Sizzling courgettes agrodolce

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4 as a side


4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 medium courgettes, thickly sliced
1 small red onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 garlic clove, sliced
3 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
2 tbsp flame raisins
3 fresh oregano sprigs, leaves stripped


1. Put 3 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and set over a medium-high heat. Add the sliced courgettes and cook briskly, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until sizzling and golden. Spoon the fried courgettes onto a plate, leaving as much oil as possible in the pan.

2. Turn the heat down a little and add the onion to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the pine nuts and garlic, then cook for a further 2 minutes, until the pine nuts begin to brown.

3. Add the vinegar, sugar and raisins to the pan and simmer for a minute or so to form a syrupy glaze. Return the browned courgettes to the pan and heat through for a further 2 minutes, tossing now and then to coat the vegetables. Season, drizzle with the remaining 1 tbsp oil and serve with fi sh or chicken and some crusty bread, if liked.