Food With Zucchini

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Food With Zucchini

Here are healthy zucchini recipes that are easy to follow, use simple wholesome ingredients, and are packed with flavour! Enjoy your zucchini all year round whether it’s the main dish, a side dish, or even a baked dessert! There is something for everyone. As always, tips, variations, ways to serve it, and storage suggestions included.

Zucchini is a beautiful summer squash that we just can’t get enough of! It’s a juicy, buttery, tender-crisp veggie that is just as delicious grilled or steamed as it is roasted or baked. If you’ve got a garden full of zucchini (or courgette as they are sometimes called!) that you’re wondering what to do with, or you just happen to love zucchini, you’re sure to find your new favourite recipe in this list. There are side dishes, main dishes, and even desserts!

Despite it being a summer squash, zucchini can be found at your local grocery store all year round, so keep these easy healthy zucchini recipes handy when you’re looking for holiday side dishes and cozy baked goods. You’ll find that each recipe is easy to follow, gives tips and tricks to make it even easier, uses simple, fresh, and healthy ingredients, and allows for customizing the way you like it.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Zucchini Recipes

The beauty of these recipes is they come with all of the information you could possibly need! Depending on the recipe, you will be given specific storage suggestions based on whatever it is. Some will let you know to only store in the fridge for a couple of days, while others will let you know it can be made ahead for meal prep or freezes very well. You will find them at the bottom of the recipes and when in doubt feel free to leave me a question in the comment section and I will get back to you with an answer.

Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Mexican Chicken and Zucchini cooked in one skillet with black beans, corn, fresh herbs, taco seasoning and melted cheese on top. One pan, low carb and 30 minutes dinner.

Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini cooked in fresh tomato sauce, with melted buffalo mozzarella cheese on top and garnished with basil. Serve on its own for easy low carb dinner or with spaghetti for a family meal. Buon appetito!

Caprese Chicken & Zucchini

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Low-carb Chicken Zucchini Casserole with layers of chicken, zucchini noodles and easy enchilada sauce. Lots of fiber, vegetables and protein.

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Chicken Zucchini and Corn

This garlic Chicken Zucchini and Corn recipe is a 20 minute healthy weeknight dinner that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Low carb, easy and one pan deliciousness!

Chicken Zucchini and Corn

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime is delicious 20 minute, healthy and gluten free dinner idea. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just chop zucchini.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Greek Chicken Kabobs recipe flavoured in as little as 30 minutes marinade, then grilled on skewers with vegetables for the most delicious and healthy chicken souvlaki.

greek chicken kabobs with zucchini

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies

Quinoa Skillet recipe with chicken breast and vegetables like zucchini, tomato and corn. Healthy chicken and quinoa dinner in less than 40 minutes with leftovers the whole family will love.

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Loaded with chicken, a savory sauce, diced zucchini and bell pepper and then topped with crunchy cashews and green onions, these lettuce wraps are perfect for a low carb lunch or light dinner!

healthy chicken lettuce wraps on plate

Zucchini Dinner Recipes

Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

This 30 minute healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family’s favourite! Minimum ingredients and effort with maximum flavour.

Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna made low carb with layers of zucchini instead of pasta, flavorful turkey tomato sauce and gooey cheese. Classic comfort food experience at only 318 calories per huge slice.

zucchini side dish

Tex Mex Rice and Beans with Zucchini

Tex Mex Rice and Beans is a 30 minute one pot easy and healthy Mexican rice with zucchini, brown rice, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and spices

Sautéed zucchini is a quick, easy, and healthy side dish. It’s delicious, too. I love this version with zucchini cooked with garlic and butter. You only need five minutes of cooking time, and it’s time to eat! Jump to the Garlic Butter Sautéed Zucchini Recipe

Garlic Butter Sauteed Zucchini

How to Cook Zucchini on the Stove

We love zucchini around here. Have you seen our Guilt-Free Zucchini Noodles or these stuffed zucchini boats, yet? We’ve even made a free-form lasagna using zucchini. This time, we are sharing how to cook zucchini on the stovetop. You only need five minutes of cooking time. Let me show you how. More from Inspired TasteEasy No-Fail Blondies –

There are lots of ways to cook zucchini, but the quickest is to pan-fry or sauté it in a pan on the stove. By cooking zucchini this way, the zucchini browns on the outside and becomes tender on the inside.

We pan fry zucchini often and especially love it when the zucchini is cooked in a little butter. The butter adds a nutty flavor and helps the zucchini to brown.

We also love adding a tablespoon of minced garlic to the pan, because butter and garlic are just meant to be, right?

The trick to sautéing zucchini is not to overcook it. Overcooked zucchini turns mushy.

Golden brown zucchini that's been cooked on the stove

My Best Tips For Pan-Fried Zucchini

Use a wide skillet. By using a large skillet, the zucchini has the chance to spread out and brown. This applies to cooking most vegetables on the stovetop. We use the same tip when cooking mushrooms — by spreading the veggies out in a single layer, they brown instead of steam.

Don’t peel the zucchini. Peeled zucchini turns mushy and has no crunch.

Don’t salt zucchini ahead of time or at the beginning of cooking. Salt draws out water from the zucchini. This will make it less crunchy when it’s cooked. Since salt does make things taste good, we use it, but prefer to salt towards the end.

Cook the zucchini until crisp-tender, which means it will look wilted, but still have a crunch.

Possible Zucchini Recipe Variations

Sautéed zucchini has lots of possible recipe variations. Here are a few of our favorites:

Make it cheesy and stir in a little bit of grated parmesan or another type of cheese just before serving.

We love the combination of garlic and butter, but you can use other spices. Try Italian seasoning, Za’atar spice blend, Cajun seasoning, an Indian spice blend like curry powder, or chili powder (here’s our homemade chili powder blend).

Add in some extra crunch with toasted sliced almonds or buttery pine nuts.

Throw in chopped tomatoes with the zucchini and cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender and the tomatoes collapse a little and release some of their juices.

Add more protein by adding cooked or canned beans — white beans, chickpeas, and black beans would be excellent.

A bowl of Garlic Butter Sauteed Zucchini

More Easy Zucchini Recipes

  • These meatless Stuffed Zucchini Boats are packed with flavor. We stuff them with three kinds of cheese as well as one of our favorite ingredients: roasted red peppers.
  • Our easy, Cheesy Baked Zucchini Chips are addictive. They are perfect to serve with dinner or just as an afternoon snack.
  • How to make the Best Zucchini Bread with a lightly spiced, perfectly sweetened batter and a whole pound of grated zucchini mixed in.
  • This Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles Salad has zucchini noodles, cucumber, tomatoes, feta and a spicy yogurt dressing.
  • Zucchini stars in this Vegetable Lasagna with tender vegetables, a light tomato sauce, and lots of cheese.

10 Comfort Foods You Can Make With Zucchini

You can’t argue that comfort foods have some type of wonderful power that warms your soul by bringing you to simpler times. Unfortunately, many comfort foods pack some major calories as their mouth-watering taste can be attributed to high amounts of unhealthy fats and carbs. However, did you know you could still have your nostalgia-fest dishes with zucchini comfort foods?

Zucchini is low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol- making it a perfect addition to comfort food recipes. The squash is also filled with lots of nutrients such as protein, fiber, folate, and magnesium. With these 10 recipes, transform your favorite comfort foods with the power of zucchini. 

1. Healthy Zucchini Nachos

vegetable, salad, pepper, seafood
Dara Ades

Instead of munching on nachos full grease, try these healthy zucchini nachos. Since they’re not made with tortilla chips, they are much lighter. But no worries, they still have that amazing, zesty taste of normal nachos.

2. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

vegetable, meat, sauce, seafood, fish
Emma Lally

At this point, I think most of us are aware of the zoodle craze. Zucchinis are great for replacing lasagna noodles too, though. Thinly slice and wrap with your typical ingredients, and bake. You’ll get a dish that tastes just as good as the real thing.

3. Zucchini Parm Burger

sandwich
Maria Serghiou

This zucchini-based veggie burger covered in sauce and topped with melted mozzarella will instantly become your new favorite meatless Monday dish. It is leaner than your average burger, yet still satisfying. This recipe is actually pretty easy to make; the cook time is under an hour.

4. Vegetarian Zucchini Meatballs

vegetable, tomato, meat, sauce, beef
Rebecca Simonov

Vegetarian or not, these meatless meatballs will satisfy anyone. They are lighter than your average meatball, but still pack a ton of comforting flavor. I would recommend serving these hot, paired with your favorite pasta (and maybe some zoodles).

5. Creamy Zucchini Soup

Sofía Vainesman

On a cold or rainy day, you could agree that a warm bowl of soup just makes your life a hundred times better. Instead of buying canned soup from the store, try this simple-to-make recipe. With only five ingredients, it is fairly easy to whip up on a budget.

6. Mini Gluten Free Zucchini Pizza Bites

pizza, cheese
Caitlyn Heter

If you loved those Bagels Bites as a kid, these zucchini pizza bites are essentially the grown-up version. They take about the same time to make as the original, plus they are a great gluten-free alternative.

7. Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Linguini

pasta, shrimp, vegetable
Maddie Cole

You don’t need to worry about eating a ton of pasta with this lighter scampi recipe. By using a spiralizer, you can instantly swap wheat linguine with zucchini noodles. It’s got the same spicy kick and warm, comforting taste as the original version.

8. Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Taco Shells

toast
Emma Lally

Switch up your Taco Tuesday with these veggie taco shells. They still have the satisfying crunch of a wheat or corn tortilla, but better yet, they are infused with cheese. I don’t know about you, but a crunchy taco with more cheese and fewer carbs seem like a win-win to me. 

9. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

chocolate, sweet, candy, coffee, cake, cookie, pastry
Julia Rose Camus

Finally, a dessert that is actually healthy for you! The combo of chocolate and zucchini pair well together; the zucchini adds texture, moisture, and nutritional value to the recipe. They are great to way to make your 8 am a bit more manageable or to treat yourself after a long day of class. 

10. Baked Breaded Zucchini Sticks

sauce, cheese
Brianna Sutherland

French fries could only dream of being as delicious as these baked breaded zucchini sticks. They are so easy to make that a college student could do it, plus it only takes about 30 minutes to make a batch. They are great for entertaining a large crowd or enjoy as a snack for one.

spaghetti, zucchini, courgette, pasta, garlic, vegetable
Katie Jannotta

When cooking with zucchini, it’s helpful to keep in mind the squash’s high water content. If not prepared properly, it tends to get mushy really fast. Slice, sprinkle with salt and let “sweat” to remove some moisture. Also, cook on high heat to let it caramelize and develop a “meaty” texture.

When cooked right, zucchini is the perfect substitution in any comfort food dish. It’s packed with nutrients and is low in carbs and unhealthy fats. So when you’re in the mood for a feel-good kinda dish, but want to keep it low carb, give some zucchini a try. 

12 of the Best Zucchini Recipes: How to Cook Zucchini

Zucchini is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, great diced with fresh herbs and a shot of lemon juice or cooked in any number of ways.


What Is Zucchini?

Zucchini—also known as a courgette or sometimes marrow—is a summer squash with smooth green or yellow skin, usually about eight inches long in grocery stores. Homegrown ones can be much larger, since home cooks are more likely to wait until later in the growing season to harvest them.

Since zucchinis develop from a flower and contain seeds, they—like pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplants—are technically fruits, though most cooks consider them akin to vegetables in the kitchen. Zucchini is equally at home in savory side dishes and desserts, from salty zucchini lasagna with marinara to sweet zucchini muffins.

Fresh zucchini is low in calories, cholesterol, and carbohydrates, and is a source of potassium and vitamin A.

How to Buy Zucchini

While zucchini tastes best in late summer, it is available year-round at the grocery store. When choosing fresh zucchini at the grocery store or farmers’ market, look for ones that are even in color, free of blemishes, and firm. Grocery stores typically only carry dark-green zucchinis, so look for specimens that are a deep, healthy green. Farmers’ markets might carry varieties that are paler green or even yellow, similar to yellow squash.

Zucchinis are ideally dense and should feel like they have a surprising amount of weight for their small size. Commercial growers typically harvest zucchini early in the growing season so the fruits are dense with flesh since larger zucchinis tend to be full of mostly water.

12 Zucchini Recipes

The best zucchini recipes will cater to your own taste preferences and favorite cooking styles. Here are several zucchini recipes that showcase the versatility of this summer squash:

  1. 1. Oven-roasted zucchini squash: Roasted zucchini dishes can range from a shorter cook time to a longer cook time depending on how small or large you cut the pieces. You’ll know the dish is done when the zucchini are completely tender, rather than when your oven timer goes off. Practice this skill by making Chef Thomas Keller’s oven-roasted zucchini squash, which he accompanies with a tangy and savory vierge sauce.
  2. 2. Fried zucchini blossoms: Zucchini blossoms are the edible flower of the zucchini plant and often appear in Central American, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines. Prepare and serve these edible flowers as an appetizer, brunch treat, or side dish. In Italy, where they go by the name fiori di zucca, chefs stuff zucchini blossoms with rich ricotta cheese and deep-fry them or serve them atop pizza. You can also eat the blossoms raw, slice them into ribbons in a salad, wilt them into a favorite pasta dish, or sauté them with garlic and olive oil. Try this fried zucchini blossoms recipe for a decadent, salty battered version.
  3. 3. Grilled zucchini salad: For a side dish with Mediterranean vibes, graduate grilled zucchini from a kebab to the centerpiece. Top it with feta for a salty finish or cilantro for a shock of flavor, or add quinoa into the mix for a heartier main dish. Learn how to make grilled zucchini salad.
  4. 4. Parmesan-crusted baked zucchini: For gluten-free Parmesan zucchini dish, dredge coins of zucchini in almond flour and Parmesan cheese, then cook them on a baking sheet until they become crisp-tender and golden brown. For a great side dish for proteins or pastas, try this easy baked zucchini recipe, which you can add a lemony tang to with a squirt of lemon juice.
  5. 5. Ratatouille: A summer vegetable dish that is like a thick zucchini soup, ratatouille uses a silky tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes as a foundation for onions, zucchini, and red peppers, alongside aromatic herbs like marjoram, fresh basil, bay leaf, and fresh thyme. Learn how to make this quick and easy ratatouille recipe that uses both red and yellow bell peppers.
  6. 6. Sautéed zucchini: For a truly easy zucchini recipe that can be a snack or side, sauté slices of zucchini in olive oil alongside paper-thin slices of garlic. Then pair them with fresh burrata, goat cheese, or soft mozzarella; a few tears of fresh basil; a twist of black pepper; and crusty bread. Follow this guide to sautéing to prepare your own sautéed zucchini.
  7. 7. Zucchini au gratin: A savory side dish consisting of zucchini or summer squash, heavy cream, and assorted cheeses, zucchini au gratin (or zucchini gratin) resembles potatoes au gratin. Cooking zucchini in cream gives it a velvety texture, and the mixture of cheese and breadcrumbs results in a bite that’s equal parts crispy, creamy, and tender. Use panko breadcrumbs for the topping or make your own by ripping stale bread into pea-sized chunks and baking them in the oven until they dry out. Try this zucchini au gratin recipe.
  8. 8. Zucchini bread: A quickbread, zucchini bread includes shredded raw zucchini, which imparts a moist, rich texture. Zucchini bread has a mild flavor that you can adjust for either sweet or savory palates—similar to pumpkin bread and banana bread. You can also easily make a vegan version of zucchini bread by swapping out the eggs or a double chocolate zucchini bread (closer to a zucchini cake) by incorporating cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Learn how to prepare this classic zucchini bread recipe at home.
  9. 9. Zucchini chips: Bake or fry paper-thin zucchini slices on a sheet pan until you have crispy zucchini chips. You can also coat thicker-cut zucchini chips in breadcrumbs before frying them. While basic zucchini chips are easy to make in the oven, you can also experiment with different cooking methods—like air-frying or dehydrating—to achieve different textures. Discover how to make zucchini chips using this recipe, which requires a total time of only thirty-five minutes.
  10. 10. Zucchini crisp: A freeform baked dessert, a zucchini crisp features summer squash in place of more traditional fruits, such as apples, pears, or berries. Also known as a zucchini crumble or zucchini cobbler, this crisp can be a great way to use an abundance of zucchini. Try this zucchini crisp recipe for a unique homemade dessert.
  11. 11. Zucchini fritters: Grate zucchini and mix it with flour, scallions, and seasonings for a summery, fried finger food. Zucchini fritters are a great snack on their own or dipped in a light yogurt sauce. Learn how to make zucchini fritters.
  12. 12. Zucchini noodles: Use a spiralizer to create gluten-free, low-carb zucchini ribbons, or “zoodles,” as the base for a cold weeknight pasta salad or poke bowl. Raw zucchini noodles maintain their crunch even when you toss them with a vinaigrette or sauce, like a pesto. Try this easy recipe for zucchini noodles.

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