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25 Favorite Zucchini Recipes

Here are all our favorite zucchini recipes for the season! These are all the best ways to use this seasonal…

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Easy sauteed zucchini

Got zucchini? As two cookbook authors and recipe experts, we absolutely love it when zucchini season rolls around! There are so many tasty ways to enjoy this mighty green veggie. Here we’ve put together a list of all our favorite zucchini recipes, both sweet and savory! Of course, these work in any season, whether you’ve got a boatload of this summer veggie or found some at the store.

There’s a little something for everyone here: start with hearty stuffed zucchini for dinner, try a batch of lemon zucchini bread or muffins, and don’t forget zucchini brownies! This veggie makes an unforgettably moist baked goods everyone will rave over.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the best way to store zucchini?

Store zucchini in the refrigerator crisper drawer, unwashed, in a plastic bag with a few holes for air circulation. They should stay fresh for about a week.

How do I know when zucchini is ripe?

Look for zucchini that are firm, have shiny skin, and are about 6-8 inches long. Avoid zucchini that are overly large or have soft spots.

Can I freeze zucchini?

Yes! Go to How to Freeze Zucchini.

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Zucchini Boats

25 Favorite Zucchini Recipes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
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Description

This stuffed zucchini boats recipe has a hearty filling topped with gooey cheese. It’s a tasty dinner idea that pleases everyone!


Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • Olive oil, for rubbing
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 14 to 16 ounces plant based sausage, crumbles, or standard Italian sausage (or substitute 2 cups Vegan Taco Meat)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 15-ounces fire roasted crushed tomatoes**
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 6 tablespoons grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned panko (or plain panko; omit or use gluten-free breadcrumbs for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut off the stem ends of the zucchini. Cut them each in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides with a spoon: you’ll want a thin edge around the outside of the boat. (Discard the pulp, or use it in smoothies or for another purpose.) Place the boats on a baking sheet and rub each with a bit of olive oil. Then sprinkle all 8 boats with a heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon oregano and fresh ground black pepper, divided between the boats. 
  3. Place the sausage in a medium skillet and cook according to the package instructions, 2 to 3 minutes for plant-based and 6 to 7 for regular sausage (for regular sausage, drain any excess fat after cooking). Add the garlic to the pan with the sausage and cook 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes, fennel seed, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Heat for 1 minute until warmed through. 
  4. Scoop the filling into the zucchini boats. Top with the mozzarella cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Then sprinkle with the panko. 
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving. Leftovers store up to 3 days refrigerated. 

Notes

*For plant-based crumbles or sausage, we like Impossible or Beyond (we used Impossible sausage here). For a homemade version, try Vegan Taco Meat: omit the cumin and use ½ tablespoon dried oregano.

**Fire roasted tomatoes add the best flavor here: they taste sweet and smoky right out of the can. If you can’t find them, substitute best quality tomatoes with 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika. Or, use 1 ½ cups best quality marinara sauce.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche

A side shot of a slice of the quiche, showing the various layers. There is some arugula on the plate as well. A second slice of quiche is barely visible in the bottom left of the image. Some silverware, plates, and glasses are scattered throughout the table.This Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche combines the delicate texture of puff pastry with the fresh, subtle flavors…

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This Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche combines the delicate texture of puff pastry with the fresh, subtle flavors of zucchini and the tangy creaminess of goat cheese for the perfect recipe next time you host — or when you want to change up your weekly breakfast!

A serving dish with the finished quiche, with three slices cut out. One slice is on a white plate in the top right corner, one is featured at the top of the image along with some arugula, and the third slice remains on the serving dish. There is a empty white plate in the right of the image, along with a vase of baby's breath and a glass of water.

The puff pastry, with its many buttery layers, bakes into a golden, crisp crust that goes perfectly with the creamy but fresh filling. The textures in this Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche are to die for, and this dish is really perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any meal.

A side shot of a slice of the quiche, showing the various layers. There is some arugula on the plate as well. A second slice of quiche is barely visible in the bottom left of the image. Some silverware, plates, and glasses are scattered throughout the table.

The zucchini adds a tender, slightly sweet note with the goat cheese providing a rich and tangy depth that really elevates the entire dish. This combo ensures that every bite is perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Puff Pastry
  • Eggs
  • Whole Milk
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Goat Cheese 
This image shows a tablescape with a yellow tablecloth serving Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche. There are four small white plates, some forks, one of which has a slice of the quiche along some arugula. There is a small vase of baby's breath on the table, along with glasses of water.

Step-by-Step:

Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly grease your pie dish.

Step One: Prepare the zucchini

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until lightly tender but not overly soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Thinly sliced zucchini in a white pan with a gold handle. In the top right corner is a bowl of freshly cracked eggs, next to a small white bowl of Dijon mustard. A brown and white bowl of crumbled goat cheese is in the top left corner, with a measuring cup of milk in the bottom left corner.

step two: prep the puff pastry

Roll the puff pastry sheet out slightly larger than the size of your pie plate. Press the pastry into the dish, folding it over and gently stretching until it fits your dish, trimming excess off the edges.

A layer of puff pastry is being trimmed to fit the dish. In the top right corner is a white bowl of freshly cracked eggs, next to a smaller white bowl of Dijon mustard. In the top left corner is a small brown and white bowl of crumbled goat cheese. In the bottom left is a measuring cup of milk.

Step Three: Prepare the Filling

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and Dijon until well combined and frothy.

Step Four: Assemble the Quiche

Add ¾ of the cooked zucchini in an even layer to the puff pastry crust. Then, add ½ of the crumbled goat cheese on top. Pour the egg filling into the pastry. Top with the remaining zucchini slices and the goat cheese crumbles.

step five: bake the quiche

Transfer to the preheated oven and bake, uncovered, until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. If the top is starting to look overly browned, tent with a piece of foil. You want your eggs to be set; however, you want it to have a bit of a wobble to it as it comes out of the oven. It continues to cook and set as it rests and the wobble will ensure it has a silky, not rubbery, texture.

Step Six: Cool then Enjoy!

Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!

This image shows a tablescape with a yellow tablecloth serving Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche. There are four small white plates, some forks, one of which has a slice of the quiche along some arugula. There are small vases of baby's breath on the table, along with glasses of water. A small white bowl of arugula is in the bottom right corner.

Recipe FAQs:

can this quiche be made ahead of time?

Yes! See the “notes” section for tips on how to store and reheat the quiche while still maintaining the delicious flavor and texture.

I don’t like goat cheese. Can I use something else?

I love the flavor the goat cheese adds to this recipe, but feta would work too if that’s what you prefer!

I don’t have whole milk. Can I use a different type?

Whole milk will definitely contribute to the creamy flavor of this quiche, but in a pinch, use the milk you have on hand!

I hope this Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche brings an extra dose of delicious to your table in the next few weeks! Let me know in the comments below if you try it!

Looking for some other quiche recipes? Try these!

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Puff Pastry Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche

Servings 8 slices
Calories 286kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cup zucchini sliced 1/8-inch thin or 2 large zucchinis
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed but cold if frozen, let thaw in the fridge for about 4 hours
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly grease your pie dish.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until lightly tender but not overly soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Roll the puff pastry sheet out to larger than the size of your pie plate. Press the pastry into the dish, folding over and gently stretching until it fits your dish, trimming excess off the edges.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and Dijon until well combined and frothy.
  • Add ¾ of the cooked zucchini in an even layer to the puff pastry crust. Then, add ½ of the crumbled goat cheese on top.
  • Pour the egg filling into the pastry. Top with the remaining zucchini slices and the goat cheese crumbles.
  • Transfer to the preheated oven and bake, uncovered, until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. If the top is starting to look overly browned, tent with a piece of foil. You want your eggs to be set; however, you want it to have a bit of a wobble to it as it comes out of the oven. It continues to cook and set as it rests and the wobble will ensure it has a silky, not rubbery, texture.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Storing Quiche:
Once your quiche has cooled down after baking, store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator promptly, and it should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
Reheating the Quiche:
Microwave: For a quick reheat, microwave individual slices on a microwave-safe plate for about 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.
Oven: To reheat the entire quiche or larger portions, preheat your oven to around 350°F. Cover the quiche with foil to prevent over-browning, then place it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
Air Fryer: If you have an air fryer, you can reheat quiche slices in it for a crispier texture. Preheat the air fryer to 325°F (160°C) and heat the quiche for about 5-8 minutes, depending on thickness and desired crispness.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg

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Zucchini Fritters

These easy zucchini fritters include crispy brown edges, a tender inside, and they’re a super fun way to get your veggies in!

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I’ve enjoyed sharing my favorite zucchini recipes this month, but I couldn’t leave out these super tasty Zucchini Fritters! These zucchini fritters have been a favorite of mine for years. They’re made with simple ingredients and they’re quick & easy to whip up. Plus who can resist those crispy brown edges and tender inside. And did I mention they’re also budget-friendly coming in at under a dollar per serving? I mean seriously, what’s not to love? If you’re a zucchini lover like me, then you have to give this zucchini fritters recipe a try! ;)

Originally posted 1-22-11, updated 7-20-24.

Front side view of a stack of zucchini fritters.

What Are Zucchini Fritters?

Zucchini Fritters are crispy little zucchini cakes made with grated zucchini, flour, seasoning, and a few other add-ins. They resemble little pancakes and are great to enjoy for lunch, as a snack or appetizer, or even as a dinner side dish.

Ingredients For Zucchini Fritters

Here’s everything you need to make this easy zucchini fritters recipe:

  • Zucchini: Zucchini of course is the star of the show! You’ll need roughly 2 large zucchini and there’s no need to grate them.
  • Onion and Garlic: Finely diced onion and minced garlic are the primary aromatics and add tons of flavor to these zucchini fritters.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour adds body, structure and helps hold the fritters together.
  • Parmesan: Just a little bit of grated parmesan cheese for an extra boost of umami flavor!
  • Egg: The egg helps bind the ingredients together.
  • Salt & Pepper: I tested this recipe a few times and decided to keep the seasoning simple with just a little bit of salt and pepper. Adding extra herbs seemed to overpower the taste of the zucchini. Plus there is plenty of flavor coming from the onion, garlic and parmesan cheese!

Serving Suggestions

I served these zucchini fritters with our creamy Tzatziki sauce. The cool and fresh flavors of the tzatziki pairs perfectly with the fritters. They also taste great with just a dollop of sour cream and finely sliced green onions. I also wouldn’t be opposed to dipping these in some tartar sauce or our comeback sauce!

Recipe Tips!

  1. Squeeze out the liquid well. You definitely want to squeeze as much water as you can out of the zucchini before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. This helps keep the zucchini fritters crisp and not soggy.
  2. Make sure your pan is hot. Make sure the pan and oil are hot before you add the zucchini fritters. I like to start my heat at medium-high heat and adjust if needed. If your pan gets too hot, the zucchini fritters might cook faster on the outside without fully cooking all the way through on the inside. So keep an eye on it and turn the heat down just slightly to medium if needed.
  3. Don’t use too much oil. You don’t need a whole lot of oil to fry these fritters. Just a few tablespoons of oil for a quick pan-fry is all you need.
  4. Serve immediately. Don’t wait too long to enjoy these tasty zucchini fritters. They are best when served hot and crispy. The longer they sit the more they tend to become soggy. 
  5. Wondering what else you can add? One of my favorite ingredients to add to these fritters is fresh summer corn. Since corn on the cob is in season the same time as zucchini, I sometimes grab one ear of corn to include in the mixture. Just cut the corn kernels off of the cob and add them with the grated zucchini. Trust me, corn and zucchini fritters are also really good!! :)

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Overhead view of zucchini fritters on a platter served with a hand dipping one fritter in tzatziki sauce.
Front side view of a stack of zucchini fritters.
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Zucchini Fritters

These easy zucchini fritters include crispy brown edges, a tender inside, and they’re a super fun way to get your veggies in!
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.23 recipe / $0.80 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 (makes 7-8 fritters)
Calories 254kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. zucchini (2 large zucchini) $2.00
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced $0.15
  • 1 garlic clove, minced $0.08
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.20
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese $0.40
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten $0.16
  • 1 tsp salt, divided $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.04
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil $0.12

For Serving

Instructions

  • Wash the zucchini well, trim off the stem, then using the large holes on a box grater, grate the zucchini. You should end up with about 4 cups of grated zucchini.
  • Place the grated zucchini in a fine mesh cheesecloth or a strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle ½ tsp of salt over the zucchini. Give the zucchini a quick mix and let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, using the cheesecloth or clean hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can into the bowl or over the sink.
  • Add the grated zucchini to a large bowl along with the finely diced onion, garlic, flour, parmesan cheese, egg, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add several spoonfuls of the zucchini mixture to the hot skillet to form small pancake-sized patties. Gently flatten the tops of each fritter with the back of a spoon or a spatula and cook each fritter until it is golden brown on both sides – about 3 minutes per side. Cook the fritters in 2 batches to keep from crowding the pan.
  • Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on a wire rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve immediately and enjoy while they’re hot!

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Nutrition

Serving: 2fritters | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 721mg | Fiber: 3g
Overhead view of zucchini fritters on a platter served with tzatziki sauce.

How to Make Zucchini Fritters – Step By Step Photos

Zucchini being grated.

Wash 2 large zucchini (or roughly 1 1/2 lbs.) well, trim off the stem, then using the large holes on a box grater, grate the zucchini. You should end up with approximately 4 cups of grated zucchini.

Salt being added to grated zucchini

Place the grated zucchini in a fine mesh cheesecloth or a strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle ½ tsp of salt over the zucchini. Give the zucchini a quick mix and let it sit for 15 minutes to help draw out some of the excess water.

Water being squeezed from zucchini

After 15 minutes, using the cheesecloth or clean hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can into the bowl or over the sink.

Zucchini fritter ingredients in a bowl.

Add the grated zucchini to a large bowl along with 1/4 yellow onion (finely diced), 1 clove of garlic (minced), 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 large egg, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper.

zucchini fritter ingredients mixed.

Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.

zucchini fritters added to hot oil in pan.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat 3 Tbsp cooking oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add several spoonfuls of the zucchini mixture to the hot skillet to form small pancake-sized patties. Gently flatten the tops of each fritter with the back of a spoon or a spatula and cook each fritter until it is golden brown on both sides – about 3 minutes per side.

zucchini fritters flipped in pan.

Cook the fritters in 2 batches to keep from crowding the pan.

cooked zucchini fritters on a wire rack.

Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on a wire rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve immediately and enjoy while they’re hot!

Front side view of a stack of zucchini fritters.

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