Pan-Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Pan-Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

This pan-roasted zucchini and cherry tomato recipe is a simple side dish of big hunks of zucchini browned to perfection, bursts of cherry tomato, whole garlic cloves made soft and buttery, and a sprinkling of ground coriander and coarse sea salt to finish it off.

Simple Preparation for Fresh Market Ingredients

Chopping the zucchini into big chunks for this pan-roasted zucchini and cherry tomato recipe makes a hearty and satisfying side dish. The simple addition of a little ground coriander (the seed of the cilantro plant) creates a hint of sweetness. Don’t be tempted to stir the veggies too much; leaving them in the pan to cook will create a nice brown color on the zucchini, and will prevent the cherry tomatoes from turning to mush. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and coarse sea salt.

More on Zucchini

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Pan-Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

For simple recipes, the quality and freshness of ingredients makes a difference. Pick up the zucchini and cherry tomatoes for this recipe at your local farmers market, or grow your own. 

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: California, Mediterranean
Keyword: easy zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 47 kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin
  • 1 pound large green zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil (expeller pressed refined or extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ pound cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • black pepper, Freshly ground, 4-5 grinds
  • coarse sea salt for garnish
  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, and then into 2” chunks.

  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, cut side down, without stirring, until they start to brown. 

  3. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground coriander. Stir to combine. Cook another 5 minutes without stirring until zucchini is a nice roasted brown color and tomatoes are splitting and softening. Pour onto platter. 

  4. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and coarse sea salt.

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