Today I just wanted to share a quick post on 3 of the easiest ways you can make and enjoy ZOODLES – zucchini noodles!
I have been fortunate enough to receive two different veggie spiralizers to review, and as soon as I received them – I started to experiment. I was excited to try out a variety of zoodle recipes , two of which I will be sharing with you VERY soon! One of the comments I had gotten from Diana was that she would like to see a post on how to cook the zucchini noodles. Diana – your wish is my command!
There are 3 very easy ways to cook zoodles – microwave, boil or sautée – and each way only takes a couple of minutes. Of course, you can totally enjoy them raw as well – but I know a lot of folks like to cook them to soften them up a bit.
#1 – Microwave
The first option is the microwave. This is a good option if you have a lot of other cooking going on, and I tend to use this when I have a couple of other pans and pots on the stovetop that I have to mind.
Toss zoodles in 1 TBS olive oil and place in microwave safe dish
Cover with flour sac, other thin kitchen towel or even paper towels
Microwave for 4 minutes, toss or mix up zoodles, and microwave for another 4 minutes
Test a zoodle for desired softness – and continue to microwave for 1-2 minutes additional as needed
#2 – Boiling
The second option is to boil the zoodles. This method will give you the softest outcome, but unless you are very quick – your zoodles can taste water logged.
Prepare a pot of water, using enough water to cover the amount of zoodles you will be adding
Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil over high heat
Once the water is at a rolling boil – quickly pour all zoodles into the boiling water
Let cook for about 15-30 seconds and drain immediately
#3 – Sautée
The last option, and my personal favorite is to sautée the zoodles. I think this option gives the best overall texture – making your zoodles the perfect noodle replacement for a variety of pasta and stir fry dishes.
Add 1-2 TBS olive oil in a frying pan and warm over medium heat
Add the zoodles and continue to cook over medium-high heat, tossing with tongs or a fork as you cook
Sautée for about 8-12 minutes, again – testing for desired softness. Depending on your dish, you may want a bit of a crunch or you may want them to be soft like a traditional noodle. Add additional oil as needed and continue to cook until you reach the desired texture.
If you are in the market for a veggie spiralizer – I have had the opportunity to test out 2 different types.
The handheld model is most useful for softer veggies, such as zucchini. Common Sense Goods sent me their handheld model to try out – and you can find it on for just $16.99. I think this is a great item to have on hand – and the fact that it is fairly small, I like that it doesn’t take up counter space or anything like that.
This counter top model is a game changer. I cannot say enough about this spiralizer, which you can find on Amazon for about $30 – $40. I LOVE that the blades are sharp and sturdy enough to not only make beautiful zucchini spirals – but it can also take on sweet potatoes and more of those stubborn veggies. While it is something that I have to store – it is about the size of a toaster and has built in storage for the various blades, so I am not really struggling to find a home for everything. Very convenient – I highly recommend that you pick one of these up for yourself!
Look at all of those gorgeous spirals!
Do you have a favorite zoodle dish? Share yours below!