Video Series: Tips & Tricks for Spiralized Cooking

Let’s address the elephant in the room: when you cook zucchini noodles, their excess moisture releases and thins out your pasta sauce, resulting in a soupy bowl of noodles.

Phew! Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about how to prevent a watery pasta sauce. Actually, I wrote a brief post on this here, which has many of my top tips. However, I finally made a video with my top tips on reducing zucchini noodles’ excess moisture, which includes steps you can take before, during and after cooking.

So, without further ado:

What are your favorite tips for avoiding a watery pasta sauce with zucchini noodles? Share them in the comments! 

New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image.


Penny says:
Currently I wash my spiralizer as soon as I finish cutting.Thanks for the chance to win.
istara says:
There are some pre-made pasta sauces you can get called "stir through" sauces which are much thicker than regular ragu-style sauces. I've found these work quite well with vegetable noodles, they just end up more with the consistency of a regular sauce once some moisture has leaked through. Likewise straight pesto goes on well, if anything better than on spaghetti because the moisture helps it spread around more.
judyaintx says:
I swish the parts in a sink of soapy water and let them air dry. But I'd really love to use that little Oxo gadget instead! :-)
judyaintx says:
Replying to myself here! The comments will look rather strange on this post. The question to answer to enter the Oxo giveaway is "How do you clean your spiralizer?" But the question in the post itself is how to avoid watery sauce! I avoid watery sauce by dumping my cooked zoodles into a fine strainer and then onto some paper towels. If I blot them quickly, I can put them into my bowl and top them with the hot sauce (and meatballs & cheese!)
Dawn says:
Thanks for the great ideas!
jesusan says:
Hi Ali. I appreciate the tips on how to keep pasta sauce from being watery, but for future videos I would appreciate it if the volume of the music was much lower - at least for me it was overwhelming while I was watching… Thanks. Susan :-)
Rebecca says:
I drain them like regular pasta if I am adding a sauce. But usually I incorporate the released moisture into the sauce I make.
Stephanie English says:
I clean mine by rinsing immediately and using a toothpick for the hard to reach pieces!
Jenn says:
A dish brush! Not as cute as the OXO one though haha
Anonymous says:
When making potato pancakes I place my shredded potatoes and onions in a salad spinner and it does a great job of removing the water. Think I may try this with the zucchini. What do you think?
Dee Buckley says:
Great ideas for getting the water outta the Znoodles. Just have to say I love your posts about everything Inspiralized you have helped me to absolutely LOVE Zucchini... And Congrats on your Engagement!!!!
Kathryn says:
I found this tip a couple weeks ago, I tried it, and it definitely got a lot of water out of the zucchini before cooking. Toss with the 2 teaspoons salt, and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes. Make sure to rinse the salt off with cold water before or after cooking.
Kelly Smith says:
I drain my zoodles in a colander and then pat dry with paper towels, if I'm planning to use them in a light or creamy sauce. If I'm making tomato based sauce, I just add them at the end of the cook time to warm. Enjoyed your video! Thank you!
Stacy Taylor says:
Loving my spiralizer! Thanks for the tips and the chance to win.
Andrew Schroeder says:
I would love it if you would try salting the Zoodles generously and letting them sit and drain for a half hour. I've seen this done for eggplant and other watery vegetables -- it draws the water out by osmosis. For example, here's a quote from an eggplant parm recipe: "FOR THE EGGPLANT: Toss eggplant and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt in large bowl until combined; transfer salted eggplant to large colander set over bowl. Let stand until eggplant releases liquid, 30 to 45 minutes. Arrange eggplant slices on paper towels; cover with paper towels. Firmly press each slice to remove as much liquid as possible, then wipe off excess salt."
sue says:
i am currently just soaking it in warm soapy water to get most of the food off before cleaning with a kitchen brush!
findingmykd says:
I still stand by steaming them in a colander -- excess liquid released during the cooking process drips through! :)
Emily says:
Just got a spiralizer for my birthday, thanks for all the recipes and tips! So far just using an old toothbrush to clean it.
Bonnie says:
I use dish brush & hot soapy water to clean my spiralizer... but those brushes look like they would do a better job!
diana says:
Love my spiralizer! Thank you for all the awesome recipes!
Brenda says:
I put them in a colander and let them "drip dry" for a bit -then make sure that the pasta sauce i am using is fairly substantial. Loved your video - very very good! Thanks for your recipes - I bought the spiralizer because of you and am fixing dinner for the husband this evening with your recipes :)
ruth detroit area says:
I quite often use a 'turkey baster' to suck excess moisture out of a casserole dish or 9x13" or 9x9" pan - just tilt the casserole and work from the one place where all the excess moisture flows. This probably wouldn't work if an all-over sauce was just too thin, but I don't have a problem if I get it before stirring everything together. BTW, over the 44 yrs I've been married I've gone through quite a few turkey basters, but the last one I got has lasted a long time: it's got a rubber/plastic bulb on top, and the long part that holds the liquid is metal. Ali, that might be a good 'give-away' if you can demonstrate a need to the manufacturer! hint-hint :-)
Vanessa says:
I toss my zoodles with salt and let them drain in a colander for 20-30 minutes, then rinse. Works everytime! :)

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our free starter guide

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

you know what keeps me up at night? 🥺 the gut-wrenching mom guilt from worrying that this time is going to fly by (it is!) and I’m going to look back and wish I had made more one on one time with each my kids when they wanted it! it’s so hard to separate my time, and I’ll admit that I’m not great at finding ways and the right moments to do it. mamas out there who have 2 or more, what do you do to get more individual time with each of your kids?

maybe I’m putting too much pressure of myself in this season of life, but I can’t help feeling like I’m failing and I’m missing out on this adorable age! #proofofmom #motherhood #thisismotherhood #toddlermom

turned up my Broccoli & Cheddar Egg Donuts with some everything bagel seasoning, and it's a totally new recipe 🥯 🧀 you can grab this original recipe on the blog - just add a generous amount of EB seasoning to them! great for an on-the-go breakfast, packable kids lunch, or just a protein packed snack!  🥚

also, we only have two more weeks left in florida, which means I’ll be back to dreary backgrounds to my food photos 😂😂 🌊⁣

#healthysnacks #vegetarianbreakfasts #vegetarianbreakfast #glutenfreebreakfast #vegetarianrecipes #glutenfreerecipes #broccoliandcheddar

IT'S HERE!!🎙️ 🎉 👏🏼

I’ve partnered with @giltcity to curate an "inspired living" list, full of incredible deals that you can snag right now, including some of my favorite brands that make life... better: like a bathing suit that actually fits well (@wildislesswim) 👙 OR one of my healthy and delish meals fully made, delivered to your doorstep (@cookunity) 🍔 OR supplements customized for your specific body (@mybinto) 💊 OR a productive screen time app for your kids (@abcmouse) 📱 OR a pick-me-up treat at a local cafe (@shortgrainjc). ☕ #ad

you can swipe up on my stories OR click the link in my bio to check out the FULL list of brands and deals! I'd love to know... which deal are you going to snag?! 👇🏼👇🏼 #giltcitypartner

I'm here with your #meatlessmonday challenge 💪🏼  if you don't do it already, make one of your meals #plantbased this week! 🌱 if you need instant inspiration, try my SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN ENCHILADA QUINOA CHILI 🥣, made in a pressure cooker! you seriously can't beat how easy this is - it's a one-pot wonder and always a hit with my whole family (toddlers, too!) grab the recipe on the blog! 🥑⁣

lu serves this with a bag of tortilla chips 🤣⁣

#quinoachili #healthychili #vegetarianchili #plantbased #veganchili #veganeats #glutenfreerecipes #vegetarianrecipes #foodvideo #cookingvideo