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Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers

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This Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers recipe is the perfect way to show off those summer veggie harvests. Pull them from your garden or the farmer’s market, and have them ready to eat in just 10 minutes!

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If you are looking for a delicious zucchini stir fry, this is it. Using only 7 ingredients, you will get a side dish that is a great addition to any meal.

I love the lemon juice at the end of this sauteed zucchini and bell peppers side dish; it gives you a burst of freshness that complements the fresh veggies natural flavors. 

If you prefer your sautéed zucchini and bell peppers with a smoky flavor, cook them in bacon fat instead of olive oil and garnish with crumbled bacon pieces. You will love how easy it is to enhance those flavors.

But the best part of this dish is how healthy it is and how fast it comes together. Whether you need a light meal, fast prep time, or just a perfect side dish, this is one of those stir fry recipes you will come back to again and again.

Because everyone loves healthy zucchini and bell peppers. No matter how you serve them.

Sliced zucchini, bell peppers and green onions on a cutting board

What ingredients are in stir fry zucchini and bell peppers?

  • Olive Oil: the base you use to stir fry the veggies
  • Green Onions: bring a hint of onion flavor to the dish
  • Zucchini: gives a tender and crunchy texture to the stir fry
  • Red Bell Pepper: adds a pop of color and sweetness to the mix
  • Salt: brings out the overall taste in this quick stir fry
  • Black Pepper: this helps your body take in the nutrients in the other ingredients of the dish
  • Lemon Juice: gives a tangy citrus note to brighten up the flavors

Pro Tip: I like green zucchini, but if you prefer the color and flavor of yellow squash, you can use this in the recipe instead. Also if you have other vegetables you want to toss in, you could customize your full list of ingredients to whatever you love.

Try adding cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, garlic clove, and even sesame seeds if you love them.

green onion in a skillet, being cooked

How to Cook Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil shimmers, then sauté green onions in a single layer briefly.
  2. Add bell peppers and zucchini, salt, and black pepper and sauté over medium-high heat until tender-crisp.
  3. Turn off the heat and drizzle lemon juice over the vegetables. 
  4. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Pro Tips:

  • For a smoky twist, use bacon fat instead of olive oil.
  • Make sure to cut the zucchini and bell peppers into even strips for consistent cooking.
Zucchini and Bell Peppers added to skillet

Can I Add Protein to Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers?

Yes you can add protein to Zucchini and Bell Peppers! While this recipe is written as a vegetarian side dish, you can add your favorite protein by tossing in cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, or beans to your zucchini stir-fry to make it a complete meal.

What to Serve with Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers:

I love serving Skillet Zucchini and Bell Peppers with steamed rice or quinoa and raw garden fresh snap peas on top. It also is a fantastic side to a main course like grilled meats, tender steak, or fish.

Pro Tip: If you have leftovers, this is a great way to give flavor and more vegetables to sandwiches, quesadillas, and omelettes!

Cooked zucchini and bell peppers in skillet

Is Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers gluten free vegan?

Yes this zucchini and bell peppers side dish is a perfect gluten free and vegan dish. All of the ingredients are naturally gluten free and contain no animal byproducts.

Whether you need a bell pepper stir fry recipe for your friends who need to eat gluten free vegan or if you are just looking for a variety of options on your table, this is a great dish that comes together so quickly.

How to Store Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers:

If you have leftover stir fry zucchini and bell peppers, transfer the cooled stir fry into a sealed container. Then be sure to refrigerate it until you are ready to use it again.

sautéed zucchini and bell peppers in a serving bowl

How Long Does Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers Last?

Sautéed Zucchini and Bell Peppers will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the fridge. Be sure to keep it in an airtight container and in the fridge when you are not using it.

Can You Freeze Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers?

You can freeze skillet zucchini and bell peppers, but we do not recommend it. If you cook vegetables all the way and then freeze them, they will be mushy when thawed. It’s best to eat this fresh and use it in other dishes instead of freezing it.

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Can Dogs Eat Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers?

While zucchini and bell peppers are safe for dogs, this Zucchini and Bell Peppers is not safe. The seasonings we add (salt, pepper, lemon juice) are not good. It’s better to feed your pup small pieces of raw vegetables instead of this cooked dish.

wooden spoon scooping out a portion of zucchini and bell pepper side dish.

More Vegetable Side Dishes You’ll Love…

Next time you need a fast side dish, try this stir fry zucchini and bell peppers. Whether you serve it next to grilled meat, over rice, or in lettuce cups, this simple side dish is so fast and easy, you will find yourself making it again and again.

Yield: 4 Servings

Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers

sautéed zucchini and bell peppers in a serving bowl

Whip up this quick and colorful Stir Fry Zucchini and Bell Peppers! Bursting with flavors, it's an easy and healthy side dish for any meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add green onions and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Add in zucchini, bell peppers, salt and black pepper and sauté for 4 minutes.
  4. Vegetables should be tender crisp.
  5. Turn heat off and pour lemon juice over vegetables.
  6. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Notes

Also great when cooked in bacon fat!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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Catalina

Friday 14th of June 2024

I made your stir-fry zucchini and bell peppers as a side dish, and it was fantastic! The veggies were perfectly cooked, and the seasoning was spot on. Definitely making this again.

Tisha

Thursday 13th of June 2024

I love this recipe! The flavor is incredible and it's the perfect addition to any dish

Sandra

Thursday 13th of June 2024

This was the perfect side for our dinner last night! I love all the flavors in these vegetables!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Thursday 13th of June 2024

It was so easy to make and came out perfectly seasoned! And the lemon really brightens up the flavors that made each bite enjoyable! This is a new favorite in my recipe collection!

Krystle

Wednesday 12th of June 2024

I am drowning in zuccini from my garden. This is the perfect way to use it up, and goes great with any meal.

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