4 net carbs

Steak and Zucchini Skillet

Experience a delightful and quick-to-make steak and zucchini skillet dish that combines succulent seared steak and tender zucchini, guaranteed to leave you craving more.

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Steak and Zucchini Skillet

Top view of steak and zucchini skillet in a large pan with a wooden serving spoon.

Low-Carb Steak and Zucchini Skillet [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Indulge in a delightful culinary experience with our steak and zucchini skillet recipe. Succulent cuts of perfectly seared steak with tender zucchini create a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. This recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes and only uses one skillet. Elevate your dining experience with this sizzling steak skillet, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will leave you craving more with every bite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 4 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds steak of choice, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large zucchini, diced into bite-size pieces


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
    Top view of heating olive oil in a hot skillet.
  • Add the steak to the skillet, season with salt and black pepper. Cook until steak is seared on all sides, stirring occasionally.
    Top view of chopped steak added to a hot skillet.
  • Add the butter and garlic, cook for another 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant.
    Top view of cooked chopped steak bites, with butter and garlic.
  • Add the zucchini to the skillet, and stir until well combined. Cook another 5-6 minutes until zucchini is fork tender, or cooked to preference. Enjoy!
    Top view of steak zucchini skillet in a skillet cooking.




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Recipe variations

You can substitute a different vegetable if you don’t care for zucchini. Broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and green beans all work well in this recipe. You can also combine two or more veggies if you prefer more variety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb steak and zucchini recipe Keto?

Yes! With only 4 net carbs per serving, this recipe is an excellent option if you’re following a Keto diet.

Is this low-carb steak and zucchini skillet recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: This recipe is great for meal prepping! You can make it ahead of time and store it in portioned containers in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover steak and zucchini skillet in air-tight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
  • Freezing instructions: Cooked zucchini doesn’t thaw well when frozen and is often mushy. For this reason, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.
  • To reheat: Reheat on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave.

Additional Details

Steak and zucchini skillet is a delectable low-carb dish that combines the rich flavors of tender steak, vibrant zucchini, and a medley of aromatic spices. This recipe is perfect for individuals with diabetes who are seeking a delicious and nutritious meal that won’t spike their blood sugar levels.

The steak and zucchini skillet is an enticing dish that marries succulent steak with the crispness of zucchini, resulting in a harmonious combination of flavors and textures. This recipe is a low-carb alternative to traditional steak fajitas, making it an excellent choice for individuals who need to manage their carbohydrate intake.

Steak and Zucchini Skillet Ingredients

  • High-Quality Steak: Opt for a tender cut of steak, such as ribeye or sirloin, as it will contribute to the dish’s rich and juicy texture.
  • Zucchini: Zucchini adds freshness and a subtle crunch to the skillet while being low in carbohydrates and high in essential nutrients.
  • Aromatic Spices: The combination of spices like chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and paprika infuses the dish with a tantalizing aroma and depth of flavor.
  • Bell Peppers and Onions: These colorful vegetables not only provide additional texture but also add a touch of natural sweetness to balance the savory flavors.
  • Lime Juice: The zesty acidity of lime juice enhances the overall taste of the dish and complements the steak and vegetables beautifully.

How to Cook Steak and Zucchini Skillet

  • Marinate the Steak: For maximum flavor, marinate the steak for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight before cooking. This allows the meat to absorb the marinade’s flavors and become more tender.
  • Slicing the Steak: Prior to cooking, slice the steak against the grain. This ensures that the meat remains tender and easier to bite into.
  • Consistent Vegetable Slices: To ensure even cooking, slice the zucchini, bell peppers, and onions into uniform pieces. This will help maintain their texture and prevent overcooking.
  • Sauté in Batches: Avoid overcrowding the skillet when sautéing the vegetables and steak. Cook them in smaller batches to ensure they sear properly and retain their individual flavors.
  • Retaining Crispness: If you prefer your zucchini to have a crunchier texture, add it to the skillet towards the end of the cooking process and cook it for a shorter duration.

Additional Variations and Serving Suggestions

  • Low-Carb Tortillas: If you desire a wrap-style meal, serve the steak and zucchini mixture in low-carb tortillas for a delicious and portable option.
  • Cauliflower Rice: For a lighter twist, pair the skillet with cauliflower rice, which adds a nutritious, low-carb substitute for traditional rice.
  • Fresh Guacamole or Salsa: Top your steak and zucchini skillet with homemade guacamole or salsa for an extra burst of flavor and creaminess.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese: Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over the finished dish to add a tangy and salty element that perfectly complements the steak and vegetables.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

The steak and zucchini skillet recipe is an excellent choice for individuals with diabetes due to several reasons:

  • Low-Carb Profile: This dish is low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable option for those aiming to manage their blood sugar levels effectively.
  • Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Zucchini, bell peppers, and onions provide an array of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, promoting overall health and well-being.
  • High-Quality Protein: The steak offers a lean source of protein, which aids in muscle maintenance and keeps you feeling satisfied.
  • Balanced Meal: With a combination of protein, healthy fats, and low-carb vegetables, this recipe provides a balanced nutritional profile that supports stable blood sugar levels.

The steak and zucchini skillet is a mouthwatering low-carb dish that caters to the dietary needs of individuals with diabetes. By combining high-quality ingredients and a range of flavorful spices, this recipe offers a satisfying and nutritious meal option. Whether served on its own or paired with cauliflower rice or low-carb tortillas, this skillet is sure to delight your taste buds while keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Embrace this recipe and enjoy a scrumptious meal that brings together the best of taste and health.

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