5 Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles

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5 Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles
5 Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional noodles that is healthier and gluten-free, you can use zucchini noodles. This noodle is simple to make and delicious. See what you need to prepare it.


Makes 4 Servings

  • 4 large zucchinis;
  • Salt (optional);
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of canola oil (optional);
  • Water (optional).


Method 1 of 5: Cutting the Zucchini Noodles

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Step 1. Choose whether or not to peel the zucchini

If you want pasta strands that look more like traditional ones, peel the zucchini before using them. For something a little more colorful, keep the shell.

  • Keeping the zucchini husks also has some health benefits. Bark provides extra fiber and a high fiber diet can help regulate the digestive system.
  • Cut one end of the zucchini so you can rest it on your worktop. Use a vegetable peeler to cut the dark green skin, exposing the light green flesh below it.
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Step 2. Make yarn

You can make long, thin strands of noodles using a vegetable peeler.

  • Run the peeler on the side of the zucchini, vertically, to produce long, flat strands. When you reach the seeds, turn and do the same with the other side of the zucchini. Do not use the part with the seeds.
  • If you choose the peeler, use the thinnest blade possible to produce the smallest possible thickness of pasta.
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Step 3. Cut slices

For slightly thicker 'pasta', ideal for lasagna, use a slicer or a sharp knife.

  • Slice the zucchini vertically with a knife. The dough should maintain its shape and a very thin thickness.
  • When you reach the seeds, turn and do the same with the other side of the zucchini. Do not use the part with the seeds.
  • If using a slicer, adjust it with the thickest blade. Run zucchini vertically across the blade to produce long slices.
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Step 4. Prepare spaghetti strands

Spaghetti strands can be made with a vegetable peeler or a slicer.

  • Roll the peeler or slicer vertically on one side of the zucchini. Take a very thin portion of the zucchini, maximum 1, 25 cm, in each pass, thus creating spaghetti-like strands. If you are using a slicer, you can pre-define the thickness to be cut (if your utensil has this function).
  • If using a mandolin, adjust the blade for the finest possible cut. Run the blade lengthwise to create the strands.
  • When you reach the seeds, turn and do the same with the other side of the zucchini. Do not use the part with the seeds.
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Step 5. Prepare short strands of noodles

The short strands of zucchini noodles can be made with a grater.

  • Simply run the grater over the zucchini, pressing down firmly to create small rice-like pieces. In this method, keep working vertically, as it is easier to avoid the seeds this way.
  • When you reach the seeds, turn and do the same with the other side of the zucchini. Do not use the part with the seeds.
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Step 6. Make spirals

You can make spiral noodles with a spiral vegetable cutter.

Press the zucchini against the blade and turn the cutter handle. The wires will come out on the other side of the blade

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Step 7. Choose between eating the zucchini strands raw or cooking them

Zucchini strands can be enjoyed raw in salads or isolated. Other alternatives are to boil them, sauté them, or microwave them to make them softer and more noodle-like.

Zucchini is usually moist. Therefore, dry the strands even if you intend to consume them raw. Put the strands in a strainer and let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wrap in paper towels and gently press to absorb as much moisture as possible

Method 2 of 5: “Sweating” the Zucchini Noodles

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Step 1. Preheat the oven to 95 °C

Place sheets of paper towels on a baking sheet.

Normally, it is not advisable to use paper towels in the oven. The paper could end up on fire. However, as the zucchini will release a lot of water, this risk does not exist in the process described here

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Step 2. Place the noodle strands in the pan

Spread the strands in a single layer, distributing them evenly across the baking sheet.

  • If it is not possible to create a single layer of noodles, use several paper towels instead of just one. All strands need to touch the paper towel to dry. Otherwise, the threads at the bottom may not dry as well as at the top.
  • Spread a little salt over the noodles before putting them in the oven. Salt will help speed up the process.
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Step 3. Let the noodle strands 'sweat' in the oven

Place the strands in the oven and bake them for 20 to 30 minutes or until most of the moisture in the zucchini is gone, or 'sweaty'.

This is an important process when you want to prepare a dish with zucchini noodles. It is the most effective method of removing moisture from the noodle strands. If you skip it, your recipes will be a little "soggy"

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Step 4. Remove remaining moisture

Wrap the paper towel around the noodle strands and squeeze them to remove any remaining moisture.

Note that the noodles will be very dry at this point, but not so soft anymore. To do this, you will need to cook them afterwards

Method 3 of 5: Boiling the Noodles

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Step 1. Put water in a pot and boil

Fill a pot ½ to 2/3 full with water. Place it in the oven and heat it over medium high heat until the water starts to boil.

Add salt. When the water starts to boil, add a generous amount of salt. The zucchini strands will absorb the salt as they cook, gaining flavor. You can add the salt before the water starts to boil, but this will increase the process time

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Step 2. Add noodles and cook quickly

Put the strands in boiling water and cook until tender, but before they start to break.

  • The exact cooking time depends on how soft you want the strands and whether they were too dry to start with. If the strands were still a little damp, 2 minutes should be enough. If they were quite dry, however, it may be necessary to cook them for up to 10 minutes for an al dente pasta and 15 for softer strands.
  • The most important thing is to keep your attention. If the strands start to break, stop cooking.
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Step 3. Serve

Dry the strands and transfer the noodles to individual dishes.

Dry the water by pouring the noodles into a colander. Leave them to rest for 5 minutes or enough to remove water from the strands

Method 4 of 5: Sauteing Zucchini Noodles

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Step 1. Heat the oil in a skillet

Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil or your favorite oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat.

Stir the pan carefully to cover the entire surface with the hot oil. When the oil is hot enough, you should be able to do this task without too much difficulty

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Step 2. Saute the pasta a little

Add the spaghetti strands to the hot oil and saute them for 6 or 7 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • Pay attention during preparation. If the noodles are left standing at any point for too long, they may stick, burn and break.
  • This method of preparation produces strands of noodles that are soft, yet slightly crispier than those made by cooking in water.
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Step 3. Serve

Transfer the noodle strands to an individual dish and bon appetite!

You can save what's left of the noodles after cooking it. It retains its flavor and texture for a day or two in the refrigerator

Method 5 of 5: Zucchini Noodles in the Microwave

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Step 1. Start with partially damp/wet noodles

For this method, it is important to keep some of the zucchini's natural moisture, as the strands will be cooked without drying completely in the microwave.

  • You can skip the whole 'sweating' part of the noodles or even the method of wrapping it in paper towels. Despite this, it is still interesting to leave the wires in a drying rack for about 10 minutes before taking them to the microwave.
  • If you've already dried the noodles, you can still use this method. Just add 2 or 3 tablespoons of water to the pasta dish to restore some of its moisture and prevent it from drying out too much.
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Step 2. Place the noodles in a microwave resistant dish

Arrange strands into an even layer and cover loosely with microwave-resistant plastic wrap or lid.

Do not close the container completely. If you are using a cover, open any holes it has or leave it partially unhooked so that air can circulate. If using plastic wrap, simply wrap the container with it instead of wrapping it tightly

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Step 3. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes

Cook noodle strands until tender but not broken.

Pay attention while cooking. If the noodles are overcooked, they can become soggy, hard and look bad

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Step 4. Serve

Remove excess liquid from pasta and serve on individual plates.

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