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Zucchini in Creamy Coconut Sauce

A delicious, creamy coconut sauce that makes zucchini or yellow squash irresistible. Your pickiest eaters will become veggie fanatics. Serve with Thai Grilled Salmon and Basmati Rice Pilaf for an anniversary or birthday dinner idea. No one will know it's low-carb.

July 7, 2021

Zucchini in Coconut Sauce in a white bowl

Vegetable Garden Filled with Zucchini and Yellow Squash?

Green and yellow zucchini are the stars in my vegetable garden because they are the first to harvest yearly.  It’s great when the bounty starts coming in, and fresh produce arrives for FREE  (minus the organic compost, seedlings, stakes, raised beds, etc.). During the summer, I am always looking for new ways to use zucchini because they are so prolific and I don’t want any of my hard work to go the waste. Zucchini is also great in quiche, omelet, or try this frittata recipe. Give these recipes a try if you have an abundance of these delightful veggies in your garden.

A Thai Twist - Zucchini in Creamy Coconut Sauce

The coconut milk gives a Thai twist and provides a delicious, creamy sauce that makes the zucchini irresistible. The tomato paste adds a unique zing to the sauce – everyone will become a veggie fanatic. Traditional green zucchini or yellow squash can be used in this recipe. Feel free to spice it up with red pepper flakes, hot chile sauce, or red curry paste.

Recipe Steps

Saute onion, celery, and garlic.
1

Sauté vegetables in a Dutch oven or sauté pan.

Saute yellow zucchini squash
2

Gently add tomato paste to vegetables.

Simmer yellow squash zucchini in coconut sauce
3

Simmer squash in coconut sauce.

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Zucchini in Coconut Sauce in a white bowl

Zucchini in Creamy Coconut Sauce

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 4 reviews
  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A delicious dish of zucchini in creamy coconut sauce that makes the squash irresistible. Your pickiest eaters will become veggie fanatics. Serve with Thai Grilled Salmon and Basmati Rice Pilaf for an anniversary or birthday dinner idea. No one will know it’s low-carb.


Ingredients

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  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 zucchinis, or yellow squash, diced (or 1 of each makes a colorful dish)
  • 1 lb. white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 oz. tomato paste*
  • 13.5 oz. can coconut milk (no sugar added)
  • 1 Tablespoon red curry paste or sriracha sauce or to taste, optional
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 23 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced.


Instructions

  1. In a deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil on medium, stir in garlic, onion, and celery, and cook for 5 minutes, often stirring until vegetables soften.
  2. Add and mushrooms, salt, squash, and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add tomato paste and gently work the paste into the vegetables.
  4. Add coconut milk and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  5. Taste for seasoning and serve. Note: Feel free to spice it up with red pepper flakes, hot chile sauce, or red curry paste.

 


Notes

If eating low-carb or paleo, serve over cauliflower rice.

Tip: freeze the unused portion of tomato paste in a zip-lock baggie for future use.

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10 responses to “Zucchini in Creamy Coconut Sauce”

    • Ohhh that spice blend sounds like a great addition! I did not know the Arabic word for the famous 7 spice blend. Thanks for the education and review.

  1. This was so good — The changes I made were only because these were the things I had on hand and I was trying to use up some things — I’ll bet the recipe “as is” is delicious, but I thought I’d share our version. Zucchini only (a 3-pack from Aldi), 1 pkg brown mushrooms, 4 small peeled sweet potatoes, chopped and roasted in olive oil/salt, a splash of tomato sauce instead of paste, and the coconut milk was one can minus 1/2 cup. Like I said, I was improvising! Used the same onion, garlic, salt, siracha. No lime but I will try next time! Left off the cilantro. Sorry I’m not one of those people trying to improve your awesome recipe, I’m just sharing that it is a flexible recipe! I think the coconut milk/siracha combo is so so tasty – not too hot. This is in our rotation now! Thank you so much.






    • Hi Heather, that makes me so happy to hear! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and I appreciate your creative use of what’s on hand. Brilliant!

  2. This was so good — The changes I made were only because these were the things I had on hand and I was trying to use up some things — I’ll bet the recipe “as is” is delicious, but I thought I’d share our version. Zucchini only (a 3-pack from Aldi), 1 pkg brown mushrooms, 4 small peeled sweet potatoes, chopped and roasted in olive oil/salt, a splash of tomato sauce instead of paste, and the coconut milk was one can minus 1/2 cup. Like I said, I was improvising! Used the same onion, garlic, salt, siracha. No lime but I will try next time! Left off the cilantro. Sorry I’m not one of those people trying to improve your awesome recipe, I’m just sharing that it is a flexible recipe! I think the coconut milk/siracha combo is so so tasty – not too hot. This is in our rotation now! Thank you so much.

    • Thank you so very much for your review. I am glad you liked it and made it to your meal rotation. That is a big compliment!

  3. This dish is delicious and flavorful. It’s a great side dish with your Thai salmon recipe or any chicken and rice dish. Good eating!






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Karen the Supper Sanity Home Chef

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Hello, I’m Karen, a very passionate meal planner. As a mother of three, I have been planning family menus for years. When I was diagnosed with a digestive condition, I found it necessary to follow an eating regime that eliminated many ingredients. That made meal planning a health necessity. I’ve learned a lot and want to share my resources to simplify meal planning, shop efficiently and cook affordable homemade meals. If you wish to try new recipes, plan healthier meals, and enjoy a great dinner with your friends and family, Supper Sanity can help.

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