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In the world of social media, culinary delights often become viral sensations, and one such dish is Thomas Keller’s viral zucchini recipe. Cooked up in the kitchen of renowned chef Thomas Keller, this Mediterranean-style zucchini recipe offers a flavorful take on a simple, healthy, and widely loved vegetable.

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Making the tasty zucchini


The recipe begins by slicing the zucchini lengthwise and scoring the flesh using a sharp knife. Sprinkle salt over the zucchini, letting it rest for about 15-20 minutes to draw out excess moisture. Once rested, pat the zucchini dry with a paper towel to remove any residual moisture. Preheat your oven to 450°F in preparation for baking. In an oven-safe skillet, heat enough canola oil until it’s nearly smoking. Arrange the zucchini in the pan with the scored side down, searing it for about 5 minutes; adjust the heat as necessary to prevent burning.

Next, transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for around 20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and cooked through. After baking, dry the zucchini to remove any excess oil. While the zucchini is roasting, you can prepare the Greek yogurt sauce. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, half of the feta cheese, minced garlic, and the zest and juice of one lemon. Season the mixture with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

When it’s time to serve, spread some of the prepared sauce on your serving plate and place the roasted zucchini on top. For garnish, top the zucchini with the remaining sauce, sprinkle the remaining crumbled feta, and a generous pinch of freshly chopped mint leaves. For an added crunch, scatter crushed pistachios over the top. If desired, a sprinkle of ground sumac can add a tangy punch to the final dish. It’s best served immediately while the flavors are fresh.

The viral Thomas Keller zucchini recipe

With all this said, it’s time to bring this tasty viral dish to your kitchen. Whether you’re looking to expand your cooking experience, or trying to add more vegetables to your meals, Thomas Keller’s Viral Zucchini is the dish to make.

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How To Make Thomas Keller’s Delicious Viral Zucchini

Logan Warren
This viral zucchini, seared and baked to perfection, and served with a tangy, refreshing Greek yogurt sauce, is a delightful mix of taste and textures.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 2 zucchini large
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt plain
  • 2 oz feta cheese divided
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1 tsp fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • ¼ cup crushed pistachios


  • Slice zucchini lengthwise and score the flesh with a sharp knife. Sprinkle with salt and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Preheat your oven to 450°F. In an oven-safe skillet, heat enough canola oil until nearly smoking. Place zucchini in the pan, scored side down. Adjust the heat if necessary and sear for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Pat dry to remove excess oil.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the sauce by combining Greek yogurt, half the feta cheese, minced garlic, lemon zest, and juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To serve, spread some sauce on the serving plate, place the roasted zucchini on top, and garnish with the remaining sauce, feta, mint, and crushed pistachios. If desired, sprinkle some ground sumac on top. Serve immediately.


Drain the excess moisture from the zucchini before cooking to prevent it from falling apart.
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