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Corn, Sweet Onion & Zucchini Sauté with Fresh Mint

Servings: four as a side dish.


  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups small-diced sweet onion, such as a Vidalia (about 7 oz. or half a large onion)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • 1-1/4 cups small-diced zucchini (about 6 oz. or 1 medium-small zucchini)
  • 2 slightly heaping cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 medium ears)
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Scant 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Scant 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • One-quarter lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 180
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 90
  • Fat (g): 10
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 290
  • Carbohydrates (g): 24
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 4


  • Melt 1 Tbs. of the butter with the olive oil in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions and 1/2 tsp. of the salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 min. Uncover, raise the heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are light golden and shrunken, another 3 to 4 min.
  • Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter and the zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is slightly shrunken and almost tender, about 3 min. Add the corn, garlic, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until the corn is tender but still slightly toothy to the bite, 3 to 4 min. (It will begin to intensify in color, glisten, and be somewhat shrunken in size, and the bottom of the pan may be slightly brown.) Add the cumin and coriander and cook, stirring, until very fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add all but about 1/2 Tbs. of the mint, a good squeeze of lemon, and a few generous grinds of pepper. Stir, let sit 2 min., and stir again, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan (moisture released from the vegetables as they sit will loosen the bits). Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lemon. Serve warm, sprinkled with the remaining mint.


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  • Madison Chef | 11/10/2017

    Tremendous. Made last night for the 2nd time. Followed the recipe exactly. The 1st time we didn't have any mint, so skipped that ingredient. What a mistake. Used mint the 2nd time and OH what a difference.

  • lacey160 | 06/05/2016

    Made this side dish along with the Maryland Crab Cakes as recommended on this site. Fantastic blend of flavors! Can't wait to make it again.

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