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How to Cook Zucchini Noodles (with step by step instructions)

How to cook zucchini noodles- showing you an easy 5-minute method for cooking zucchini noodles, plus how to make them ahead and store for meal prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 34kcal


  • 2 zucchinis (medium size)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


How to make zucchini noodles

  • Pick straight zucchini that are at least 2 inches thick.
  • Trim the ends off as straight as possible. You may wish to cut each zucchini in half across the center, to make two shorter pieces.
  • Use the small (⅛ inch) blade on your spiralizer. Attach one end of the zucchini to the rotating paddle, and center the middle of the opposite end of the zucchini on the circular blade.
  • Rotate the handle with gentle pressure to generate zucchini noodles.
  • If you are getting many short 'half moon' noodles, remove the zucchini and re-center it on the blade.

How to cook zucchini noodles

  • Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the noodles and cook, stirring and tossing with tongs, until slightly tender, around 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Zucchini noodles may be stored (pre-cooking) in a storage container lined with a paper towel for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg