How to cook courgette: the easy way to make the most of this versatile vegetable

Here's how to cook courgette. Serve it up as a delicious side dish, or on its own for a light lunch treat...

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Want to know how to cook courgette without any fancy cooking appliances? If you've got a spiralizer – great –, spiralize away and then either quickly boil or fry (we're talking one minute) your spiralized courgette for a delicious alternative to pasta. No spiralizer? No cry. You don't need one to enjoy courgettes. All you need is a frying pan or oven baking tray and a bit of olive oil. Read on for our courgetti-esque secrets...

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How to cook courgette: fry it

If you're frying your courgettes, you'll need to slice them, with each slice needing to be about the thickness of a pound coin. Any thinner and they'll burn, any thicker and they might not cook well. Warm a few tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan, season your courgettes well (they like a lot of salt), and fry for about four minutes on each side. Make sure the slices are well spaces out and not on top of each other.

Top tip: avoid covering the pan with a lid, as this will cause condensation, and the courgettes will become too wet. 

How to cook courgette: in the oven 

Baking is always the healthiest way to cook your vegetables, and courgettes are baked in much the same way as any other vegetables. Chop them up into wedges in the same way you would carrots: cut in half, then quarter them lengthways. Season the wedges well and place onto a lined baking tray skin side up. Drizzle liberally with olive oil. Bake on gas mark 6 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.