Easy Sauteed Vegetables

Easy sautéed vegetables recipe! We love this dish with onion, zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic, but you can substitute or add your favorite vegetables. These sautéed veggies are quick to cook and easy to prepare.

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Sauteed Vegetables Recipe Video

Related: We always love serving these roasted vegetables!

How We Sauté Vegetables

We love this healthy and colorful dish made with garlic, and a little butter for some richness. Keep this recipe for sides throughout the week. These veggies make a perfect side to protein. This baked tofu and our lemon dill baked salmon are my favorites.

Best Sautéed Veggies in a Skillet

This recipe is easy to meal prep, too. Chop your vegetables at the beginning of the week and portion them out so that they are ready to prepare later in the week when you need an easy, nutritious side.

The trick for the best sautéed veggies is to season with salt and pepper towards the end. This way, they have a chance to brown. Salting them too early encourages the vegetables to release moisture, which makes the final dish soggy.

In addition to the salt and pepper, we add some butter and garlic at the end. We use this trick when making sautéed zucchini and even scallops! By adding them at the end, the vegetables are coated in a lovely garlic butter. We love it!

Adding garlic and butter to the vegetables

I already mentioned that this is a versatile recipe, but here are a few more vegetables that work well when making it:

  • Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Broccoli, cut into small florets
  • Snap peas
  • Sweet peas
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Grape tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Corn kernels
  • Asparagus
  • Thinly sliced fennel
  • Thinly sliced carrots

When using different veggies in this recipe, consider how hearty they are. If they are on the heartier side, like broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots, we recommend cooking them with onions in the beginning. If they are more delicate, like tomatoes, or snap peas, add them towards the end.

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Easy Sauteed Vegetables

Easy Sauteed Vegetables

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We love these healthy sautéed vegetables made with some of our favorite veggies, garlic, and a little butter for some richness. These are quick to cook and easy to prepare. This is a versatile veggie recipe, so look at the article for other vegetables that work well in the recipe.

Makes 4 servings

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion

2 medium bell peppers

1 medium yellow squash

1 medium zucchini

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon butter, optional

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    1Cut the onion, bell peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini into 3/4-inch pieces.

    2Heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering.

    3Stir in the onions. Cook, stirring around the pan, for one minute.

    4Add the remaining vegetables (bell peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini). Cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

    5Stir in the garlic, butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, and cook for one minute. Serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 86 / Total Fat 6.6g / Saturated Fat 2.3g / Cholesterol 7.6mg / Sodium 149.4mg / Carbohydrate 6.2g / Dietary Fiber 1.7g / Total Sugars 3.3g / Protein 1.1g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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3 comments… Leave a Review
  • Audrey Flower March 25, 2023, 6:48 pm

    I’ve just won a golf club raffle – a wonderfully varied vegetable basket with even some delicious black tomatoes (I first thought they were small plums). It has all the ingredients for the stir fry and thanks for the good tip of adding salt/pepper and butter/garlic at the end. Tonight’s the night …

  • Inez Lewis March 16, 2023, 12:36 pm

    This is my first comment and I really had to let you know I tried your Cornbread and I was not disappointed.It was such a simple recipe,to say it was delicious is an understatement. My son and I finished it within 24 hours.It’s a case of having a slice and going back for seconds. Thank you, you’re my inspiration.

  • Judy March 6, 2023, 7:49 pm

    Thank you for this fabulous recipe and excellent tips. I have been wanting a simple stir fry that my grandchildren will eat. I was thrilled to find this in my inbox. It was perfect! I held off on the salt, butter, and garlic until the end, just as you said. The veggies were tender but firm. The garlic and butter made a sauce ( I added a little more butter). It was so delicious we ate the whole thing. You’re awesome and I can’t wait to explore your other recipes.


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