Published Feb 03, 2021
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Sautéed Vegetables make the perfect quick side dish. They are so flavorful and come together in no time. Serve Sauteed vegetables with your lunch, dinner, or for the holidays!
Add Sautéed Vegetables to your dinner rotation for a burst of nutrients! They also make the perfect Holiday side dish. And yes, you could totally make this and enjoy it with easy steamed rice, couscous, easy roasted potatoes, or quinoa.
In this post, I am going to show you how I make almost any vegetable delicious. Sautéing them with lots of flavors is a good way to be able to eat vegetables AND enjoy them.
These days, I am always making some form of sautéed vegetables. Some are quick and easy with pre-cut and packaged vegetables. And sometimes I cut the vegetables myself. Regardless of whatever vegetables you choose, the principle is the same.
Sautéed Vegetables Ingredients
To make sautéed vegetables, you could use a wide variety of vegetables. These are the ones I used in this recipe.
Be sure to check the full recipe below for the quantities of the vegetables used.
1. Brussels Sprouts. For crunch.
2. Carrots. For color.
3. Red Bell Pepper. For color and crunch.
4. Zucchini. For nutrients.
5. Yellow Squash. For color and nutrients.
6. Olive Oil. For sautéing.
7. Red Onion. For flavor.
8. Garlic. For flavor.
9. Salt. For flavor.
10. Black or White Pepper. For flavor.
11. Bouillon Powder. For Flavor.
12. Pepper Flakes. For heat. Omit if you don’t like heat.
Tip: A good rule of thumb is to use vegetables with a variety of colors. That makes for a colorful dish and one that is loaded with nutrients.
Seasoning For Sauteed Vegetables
The best seasoning for Sauteed Vegetables which I have found is to use a combination of salt, black or white pepper, and bouillon powder. Also, sauteeing onion and garlic before adding the vegetables builds a great flavor base!
Bouillon powder is my secret ingredient which adds a little extra something special and makes even unloved vegetables palatable. I particularly love and use Knorr Chicken Bouillon powder a lot!
How To Sauté Vegetables
1. Start by heating up olive oil or any neutral oil in a skillet.
2. Add chopped onions and saute until translucent.
3. Add minced garlic and sauté to release its flavor. Also, add red pepper flakes if using and stir so it releases its flavor.
4. Add the vegetables to the pot starting with the hardest vegetable. Let the hard vegetable cook for 30 seconds to one minute before adding the softer ones.
5. Once all the vegetables are in the pot, sprinkle over salt, black or white pepper, and bouillon powder. Toss well to combine. Taste the sautéed vegetables and adjust seasoning as needed.
Best Vegetables To Sauté
Most vegetables can be sautéed but some of the best vegetables to saute include:
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Brussels Sprouts
How Long To Sauté Vegetables
Sauté vegetables on medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Sautéing vegetables at a high heat allows the vegetables to caramelize while the moisture locks in.
Be sure not to overcook your vegetables so they lose their crunch and nutrients.
Can You Sauté Frozen Vegetables
Yes, you absolutely can sauté frozen vegetables. Note however that vegetables tend to lose their crunch after being frozen so frozen vegetables won’t have a bit of a crunch like fresh vegetables but they still taste great.
Sauteing frozen vegetables is a great way to save time. I often buy giant frozen vegetable packs from Costco and keep them in my freezer for a quick saute on busy weeknights.
How To Sauté Frozen Vegetables
Follow the same procedure for sautéing fresh vegetables. Start by sautéing onion and garlic then add the vegetables and let them sauté then you add the seasoning.
What To Serve With Sauteed Vegetables
Sauteed vegetables go well with:
- Pan Grilled Salmon
- Lemon Butter Tilapia
- Cajun Salmon
- Herb Roasted Chicken
- Pan Seared Tilapia
- Pan Seared Ribeye Steak
- Easy Coconut Rice or other grains
- Juicy Roast Turkey
- Lemon Butter Salmon
More Side Dishes You’ll Love
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- 5 oz Brussel sprouts, about 10 Brussel sprouts stalk trimmed and cut lengthwise in half
- 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced into circles
- 1 red bell pepper sliced into chunks, seeds removed
- 1 zucchini cut into quarter inch thick circles or half moons
- 1 yellow squash cut into quarter inch thick circles or half moons
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or other neutral oil
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper or black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder other kinds of bouillon powder would work as well
- Prep the Veggies. Rinse all vegetables and chop them.
- Place a large skillet or cast iron braiser pan (this helps hold heat well) on medium high heat. Add the oil and let it heat up until shimmering.
- Add the diced onion and stir. Sauté for one minute until translucent. Add the minced garlic and stir. Let the garlic cook in the oil for 30 seconds so its flavor can bloom.
- Sautee the Veggies. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and stir, cooking for one minute. Add in the carrots and stir. Let it cook for 30 seconds. Then add in the bell peppers and stir. Let it cook for 30 seconds. Add in the zucchini and yellow squash and stir. If you are using other kinds of vegetables, start by adding the hardest vegetables. Let all the vegetables cook to your desired doneness.
- Add in the salt, pepper and bouillon powder. Mix everything well to combine. Let them cook together for 2 minutes. Vegetables should still be crisp.
- Serve warm.