Whether it’s the main course or a side dish that steals the show, zucchini is a versatile ingredient! Read on to find some creative zucchini recipes and ways to cook with the summer squash.Jump to Recipe
Zucchini, a summer squash known for its versatility, took the early 2010s by storm with recipes like “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) that gave health enthusiasts a delicious low-carb alternative to pasta. It’s packed with beneficial nutrients like Vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, and fiber. Although zucchini is frequently thought to be a vegetable, it’s botanically classified as a fruit. It can come in a variety of colors, ranging anywhere from deep yellow to dark green.
Dessert Zucchini Recipes
We heard people did a lot of bread baking during COVID-19…so why not zucchini bread? It’s a great way to use this garden vegetable for a better-for-you sweet treat! If you want to add a sweeter touch to the zucchini loaf, add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips!
Who knew what zucchini could be an awesome addition to your favorite brownie recipe? They keep these chocolatey squares of goodness nice and moist. The addition of frosting adds another layer of deliciousness to this confection!
Zucchini Pound Cake
Grab the bundt pan because this is super moist and delicious dessert is everything you could want in a pound cake. With a decadent cinnamon glaze, it’s a great way to use up the fresh zucchini from your garden. Zucchini adds a great texture and moistness to baked goods and helps bulk up cakes with a boost of nutrition! Grab the heavy cream and whip it up for some homemade whipped cream garnished with strawberries!
Main Dish Zucchini Recipes
“Zoodles” and Turkey Meatballs
These spiral noodles are a fantastic alternative if you are looking to lower your carb intake, and turkey meatballs are a healthier alternative to the fatty, high-cholesterol red meats. Top with your favorite spaghetti sauce and fresh herbs!
This recipe’s got it all! It’s gluten-free, low-carb, keto-friendly, and guilt-free! To prevent a watery lasagna, slice your zucchini very thin, salt it, then dry it, or grill it for 1-2 minutes on each side. Layer your zucchini slices with a bolognese sauce, a ricotta mix (ricotta cheese, parmesan, egg, and some salt and pepper), and mozzarella. Top the zucchini with a sprinkle of more herbs and 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella. Pop the lasagna in the oven and let it cook for about 40 minutes at 40 degrees F. Then, let it broil for 5 minutes to get a nice golden brown top.
What we love about this dish is that it’s easy to customize to your own taste, and naturally low in carbs! This is a recipe that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser! I made this last night and it was a hit!
- 3 zucchini
- 1 lb pork or chicken sausage
- 1 cup dry breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 32 oz jar tomato sauce feel free to add extra spices to your taste
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Trim the stems from zucchini and slice vertically. Scoop out seeds and put in a bowl.
- Mix seeds with sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
- Fill squash with sausage mixture and place in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- Pour spaghetti sauce over the top of the zucchini and cover the pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake until sausage is browned and cooked all the way through, about 45 minutes. Remove foil and top with mozzarella cheese.
- Return to the oven and cook until the cheese is melted, about 15 more minutes.
Sides and Small Bites
Cheesy Zucchini Bites
These cheesy little zucchini bites are a great way to use up all that extra zucchini from the garden. They’re like tater tots but made in a mini-muffin pan. They’re kid-friendly and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, school lunch, or a quick snack. A bit of rosemary, lemon zest, cheddar, and parmesan work together to make a flavorful go-to dish that you can make ahead or freeze.
Cheddar and Zucchini Frittata
This is a great recipe for breakfast. It’s protein-packed, so easy, and it tastes great! Add spinach for some extra nutrients, too! Serve with a side of whole-wheat toast with jam and some fruit, and you have a balanced, family-friendly brunch that everyone will love!
Step aside, zucchini noodles. There’s a new zucchini dish in town, and it comes in the form of zucchini fritters. The best part? You only need 25 minutes and 5 ingredients to take this garden veggie into an all-star appetizer, snack, or side dish.
How Do You Cook Zucchini?
This is simple, tasty, and can easily be lightly re-crisped on the stove as leftovers! Heat a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add a thinly sliced onion to the pan and cook gently until they begin to brown, about 10 to 11 minutes. Add sliced zucchini, salt, pepper, thyme, and a bit more butter. Enjoy as a yummy side dish!
Grilled zucchini makes an excellent addition to salads, sandwiches, and pasta! Marinate your fresh zucchini for at least 20 minutes in a blend of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, your choice of dried herbs, and garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper, then pop it onto the grill! Be careful not to overcook it!
Crispy Parmesan Baked Zucchini
If you’re trying to sneak some veggies into your kid’s diet, this may be the way to start. Parmesan cheese is the perfect disguise. First, spray a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place it on top of a baking sheet. Take 4 zucchinis and cut them into quarters lengthwise. In a small bowl, combine parmesan, thyme, basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Place the zucchini quarters on the prepared rack/sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a parmesan spice mixture. Bake your parmesan zucchini until tender, which should be about 15 minutes. Finally, broil for 2-3 minutes until the top is a crisp golden brown.
Easy Pan-Fried Zucchini
I don’t know about you, but I can eat just about anything that’s been pan-fried. There’s something that fried breadcrumb crunch that’s addicting. For this recipe, start by rubbing your zucchini slices with minced garlic. Then, dip them in flour, egg, then bread crumbs. Heat oil in a skillet and pan-fry breaded zucchini in batches on both sides until lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Dip in your favorite aioli or creamy yogurt tzatziki and experience crispy, crunchy, pan-fried bliss.
Share Your Favorite Zucchini Recipes!
Whether you want to replace pesto pasta or potato hash browns, zucchini is a master of disguise. No matter how you cook with Zucchini, there’s no denying that it’s one of summer’s easy, cheap, versatile ingredients. Share your favorite recipes and dishes on FamilyApp!