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Zucchini and Mushrooms

by Adrianne

Zucchini and Mushrooms are a quick and easy side dish.  Sauteed in a delicious honey balsamic dressing to bring the WOW factor you simply cannot go wrong with a plate of these! 

Silver spoon pouring balsamic dressing over sauteed zucchini and mushrooms

Side dishes like our  Skin on Roast Potatoes and Mashed Peas are so handy to master as you can throw them on the table with just about anything! Chicken recipes are a popular choice for dinner ideas and with a few sides to go with them, you will have delicious complete meals!

If it was the zucchini calling you to this recipe then I know you will also love our Zucchini Slice recipe. 

Zucchini and mushrooms work incredibly well together as they contrast in texture and taste! 

Better yet, this recipe is quick and easy to prepare with simple, easy to find ingredients. 

For side dishes that are easy and delicious, I’ve got you! 

What veg does well with mushrooms?

Plenty of foods go well with mushrooms, whilst other vegetables are a good idea, mushrooms are also versatile enough to serve across a number of different plates. Here are some winning combinations:

Can you eat mushrooms raw?

Fresh, raw mushrooms are delicious and totally edible. They taste amazing on their own and their texture when raw is soft and delicious. 

Sauteing, grilling and frying mushrooms are different ways to cook them to change up the way in which we can eat this delicious vegetable. 

Garlic Mushrooms are a widely popular recipe and you can choose to stuff your mushies like in our Baked Stuffed Mushrooms and our Baked Stuffed Flat Mushrooms (yum and even more YUM!!).

Ingredients for Zucchini and Mushrooms

In the photo below you will see all of the ingredients you need to create this dish. The sauteed vegetables sauce has great depth of flavour and is made from simply combining the ingredients and stirring them together. 

Ingredients for sauteed zucchini and mushrooms on a marble background with text overlay

As you can see we have basic ingredients, you likely even have some of them at home ready to go! 

How to cook Zucchini and Mushrooms 

We cook our Zucchini and Mushrooms in a pan on the stove. It is also possible to grill them or stir-try them. 

The photos below show you this process step by step:

  1. add balsamic, honey, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, stir to combine (shown in photos 1-6)
  2. prepare your vegetables (shown in photos 7-8)
  3. pour 1/2 the sauce over your zucchini (shown in photo 9)
  4. saute for 2-3 mins to start the cooking process (shown in photo 10) 
  5. add sliced mushrooms and remaining sauce (shown in photos 11-12) 
  6. toast flaked almonds (shown in photo 13)
  7. drain veggies, keep liquid (shown in photo 14)
  8. grate raw zucchini and season it with salt (shown in photo 52)

Zucchini and Mushrooms process shots with text overlay

There are a couple of steps from the above that I want to expand on as they are slightly more important than others, so I will do that in the photo below. 

Zucchini and Mushrooms process shots with text overlay

Balsamic Zucchini Mushrooms

  • the dried onion is a herb found in the spices section of the store. Here we add it to the balsamic vinegar. Doing so, will re-hydrate the onion and the taste in the saute sauce is amazing! (photo 1)
  • the flaked almonds get lightly toasted for taste and texture. They will toast very quickly, so keep an eye on them and stay near whilst cooking them. (photo 2)
  • we drain our sauteed vegetables from the sauce once they are cooked. But we keep this liquid and use it for drizzle when serving. This ensures our zucchini and mushrooms don’t become too soggy when left to sit in the sauce. (photo 3) 
  • the remaining zucchini gets added to the dish raw, again for texture and as a contrast to the wet cooked zucchini, simply season this with a little salt! (photo 4) 

How long does it take to saute vegetables?

The mushrooms cook faster than the zucchini does. For that reason, we add the zucchini and saute it 1st, before adding the mushrooms and sauteing both together. 

This process is very short, ie we start with 2 mins for the zucchini and another 2 mins for the mushrooms, finishing when all of the vegetables are a similar colour, having been cooked in the saute vegetable sauce. 

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Chicken recipes to serve with a side of zucchini and mushrooms

This recipe is perfect as a vegetable dish, it is very handy to make a batch on the weekend and then have delicious prepared veggies you only need to heat and serve with your dinner during the week. Sauteed zucchini is your new best friend! 

Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms on a large white plate with a small bowl of balsamic dressing

Zucchini mushroom chicken, yes please!! 

Here is the fill list of zucchini recipes to get you into your kitchen fast! 

Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we need 1kg zucchini for this recipe
  • 500 grams mushrooms
  • the flaked almonds get lightly toasted for flavour, texture and visual effect
  • simply combine the ingredients for the sauteed vegetable sauce and stir 
  • we saute our veggies in a pan on the stove

FAQs about Zucchini and Mushrooms

  1. a food processor is a fast handy way to slice our zucchini
  2. use a knife for the mushrooms, we are going for thick pieces
  3. the honey is optional (adds a touch of sweetness)
  4. the vegetables will last a few days in the fridge
  5. drain the veggies and set the liquid aside so they will stay fresher for longer
  6. This is an EASY recipe

Zucchini and Mushrooms Pro tips:

These additional tips are so that you can master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • the main reason why we use a pan and not a wok for this recipe (common for stir frying) is because we don’t want the veggies to sit in the sauce for too long as they will go soggy) 
  • ensuring we have some raw zucchini (seasoned with salt) on the plate provides contrast between the sauteed zucchini and mushrooms which will be wetter and soft. 
  • the cut core pieces of the raw zucchini have a little firmness and this is perfect as it adds another texture to the dish
  • drain, but keep your sauteed liquids, this will add a touch of extra flavour and freshness when reheating the veggies 

Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms on a plate with a small bowl of sauce

Side dishes to write home about

Zucchini and mushrooms as a side dish is perfect and popular. Here are some other options you can try when you want to switch it up a little:

  1. Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
  2. Skin on Roast Potatoes (with rosemary and thyme)
  3. Potato Salad
  4. Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  5. Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  6. Mashed Peas
  7. Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad (everyone loves this one!)
Zucchini and mushrooms sauteed and presented on a white plate with a small bowl of balsamic dressing

Zucchini and Mushrooms

Zucchini and Mushrooms are a quick and easy side dish. Sauteed in a delicious honey garlic balsamic dressing to make the zucchini and mushrooms fly off the plate!
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: Mushrooms, zucchini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Fry pan


Zucchini and Mushrooms

  • 1 kg zucchini
  • 500 grams mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tbs garlic, minced Note 1
  • salt and pepper to taste, Note 2


Zucchini and Mushrooms

  • Combine balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, dried onion, salt and pepper in a jug and stir to combine
  • Take 3/4 of your zucchini and slice using the food processor. Note 2
  • Use a knife to cut your mushrooms into big chunks
  • Pour 1/2 of your sauce over sliced zucchini, add a little oil to a fry pan and saute the zucchini for 2 mins at medium heat.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the zucchini and pour remaining saute sauce over them.
  • Toast flaked almonds for 2-3 mins until a light golden brown
  • Continue to cook for 2 mins and rotate the vegetables around as you go so they are fully coated in liquid.
  • Turn the heat off, remove the pan from the stove and drain the vegetables (keep the liquid)
  • Use a grater to make long strips of raw zucchini, working from the outside in. Once at the core, use a knife to cut this zucchini into thin slices. Season raw zucchini with a little salt.
  • Plate the raw zucchini 1st, then the sauteed zucchini and mushrooms. Sprinkle toasted flaked almonds on top. Pour liquid into a small bowl and drizzle over vegetables for serving.



  • Note 1 Minced garlic is better in this recipe that garlic powder. We want the chunky texture of the paste which delivers better in the minced form 
  • Note 2 We use the salt and pepper in the sauteed vegetable sauce as well as a pinch of salt to season the raw zucchini
  • Note 3 You can use a knife if you don't have a food processor. Or a mandolin. We want thick-ish chunks. 


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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Zucchini recipes

If you love zucchini you are in the right spot. Our Zucchini Slice recipe is a must try!   I love cooking with this vegetable and there are many recipes here for you to enjoy that are zucchini based. 

Season it well and you can bake, grill, fry, saute and shred it till your heart is content. Some various techniques are seen in our Gluten Free Zucchini Slice  and our Zucchini Frittata where shredding and slicing come into play. 

Hope you love this quick and easy side dish recipe with the end goal of getting dinner on to your table and into your belly fast. 

Sing out to me if you have questions and I would love to hear your feedback on the recipe in the comments below! 

Adrianne xx

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Kushigalu December 4, 2019 - 10:44 am

5 stars
One of the best combination. Simple yet so delicious. Love it !

Adrianne December 6, 2019 - 4:35 am

Thanks for your feedback Kushigalu! Cheers

Jo Allison December 4, 2019 - 10:57 am

5 stars
Now that is such a delicious veggie side! The sautée sauce tastes amazing and I loved the little crunch from almond flakes. Perfection!

Adrianne December 9, 2019 - 6:59 pm

Thanks Jo, appreciate your feedback!

Jill December 4, 2019 - 11:34 am

5 stars
This is a vegetable combo that I have not thought of. Love the crunch added from the sliced almonds!

Adrianne December 6, 2019 - 4:36 am

Thanks Jill!! Yes, toasting them, makes all the difference. Cheers

Danielle Wolter December 4, 2019 - 11:41 am

5 stars
What a great side dish! You can’t go wrong with mushrooms IMO. These look incredible!

Adrianne December 9, 2019 - 6:59 pm

Cheers Danielle!! Glad there is a fellow mushroom lover out there.

kim December 4, 2019 - 12:46 pm

5 stars
Love this delicious side dish! So easy and so much flavor!

Adrianne December 6, 2019 - 4:48 am

Thanks Kim, cheers for your input!


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