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40 Delicious Zucchini Recipes That Will Make You a Believer

updated May 15, 2024
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Zucchini and squash casserole in a dish with a gold handle
Credit: Laura Rege

Once we’ve reached the middle of summer, it’s impossible to ignore the fresh zucchini piling up at farmers markets and taking over gardens. While some people can’t get enough of summer’s most abundant vegetable, others need a little more convincing.

Zucchini has a mild taste with a subtle sweetness, which might make you think it’s a little blah. But spun a different way, that’s exactly what makes zucchini so great: It’s incredibly versatile, both in the ways it can be cooked and the ingredients it can be partnered with. So if until now you’ve just been sautéing, roasting, and grilling zucchini, that’s a good start, but it barely scratches the surface of what you can do with this summer staple.

Whether you slice it or shred it, at the breakfast table it has a place in everything from egg casseroles to savory pancakes. Zucchini bread is a timeless classic, but consider upping the ante with a chocolate zucchini bread. Love lasagna? Wait until you swap the pasta noodles for thin strips of zucchini.

Here are 40 recipes that will change your mind about zucchini, or maybe even make you fall even more in love with it.

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Zucchini and Squash Casserole

In this recipe, very simple ingredients come together in the oven to create an irresistible summer side dish more delicious than the sum of its parts.

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Zucchini Lasagna

This low-carb lasagna swaps thin-sliced zucchini for lasagna noodles, which shifts the emphasis to the best parts of lasagna: the tomato sauce, the cheese, the veg.

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Easy Zucchini Bread

This zucchini bread recipe is our tried-and-true method that uses up a full pound of zucchini and will make you two gorgeous loaves — one for now and one for the freezer.

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Zucchini Pancakes

Fluffy savory pancakes packed with shredded zucchini, herbs, and salty bites of feta cheese. Serve them with tzatziki or a lemon-tahini sauce for dipping.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini boats are the perfect vehicle for gooey cheese, tangy sauce, and your favorite pizza toppings.

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Extra-Crispy Fried Zucchini

An impossibly crispy, crunchy exterior without deep-frying? Yes please. Dunk them into your favorite sauce and you have the perfect summer appetizer.

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One-Pot Creamy Zucchini Pasta

Whole-milk ricotta cheese is the secret to this extra-luxe and lemony zucchini pasta.

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Easy French Ratatouille

Make this thick and silky French stew of eggplant, zucchini, sweet peppers, and ripe summer tomatoes before summer ends.

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Creamy Zucchini Gratin with Lemony Breadcrumbs

This zucchini gratin features a crisp, buttery breadcrumb topping spiked with lemon zest for a bright and summery pop of flavor to contrast the creamy Gruyère sauce.

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Grilled Zucchini

Easy step-by-step to grilling summer's most abundant vegetable.

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Zucchini Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Grated zucchini is added to an oil-based cake batter along with warming spices and chopped walnuts, baked, then frosted with a lemon cream cheese frosting.

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Spaghetti alla Nicolina (Spaghetti with Zucchini and Pecorino Romano)

This summer pasta is as simple as it gets – it has zucchini, extra-virgin olive oil, pasta, Pecorino Romano, salt, and pepper.

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Zucchini Banana Bread

Two of our favorite quick breads — zucchini bread and banana bread — join forces for the ultimate summer quick bread. Cut a thick slice, add a swipe of butter, and enjoy for breakfast, snack time, or dessert.

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Lemon Butter Pasta & Veggies

A quick and easy pasta recipe tossed in a lemon butter sauce and filled with sautéed zucchini and cherry tomatoes.

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Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fritters

This Italian summer staple brings the best of the summer garden — zucchini, basil, and parsley — into a freshly-fried patty.

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Grilled Zucchini Boats with Lemony Tabbouleh

The tender grilled zucchini boat holds a tangy, bright, lemony tabbouleh enhanced with spiced ground beef and is served warm. Serve with hummus and baba ghanoush with warm pita for dipping, and round out the meal with a big summer salad.

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One-Pan Creamy Orzo Chicken and Zucchini

A one-pan orzo and chicken dinner that’s creamy, yet light and packs in a full pound of zucchini.

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Grandma's Zucchini Bread

Lemon zest lends brightness to this moist and tender zucchini bread, which is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

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Creamy Roasted Garlic Pasta with Zucchini & Corn

This creamy, caramelized zucchini and garlic pasta with sweet corn may just be the summery, hearty-but-not-heavy comfort food you’ve been craving.

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Creamy Parmesan Zucchini

A simple zucchini casserole with a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. This casserole is the perfect summer side dish — it’s a breeze to prepare, and is out of the oven in less than 30 minutes.

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Orzo Minestrone with Fresh Corn, Zucchini, and Pesto

A lighter summertime rendition of minestrone soup made for cooler evenings.

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Spicy Stir-Fried Zucchini

This stir-fry is exactly what you need for a weeknight dinner: it’s fast, needs only five ingredients, and has a spicy kick.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Sausage

Celebrate summer with sausage-stuffed zucchini boats nestled atop a two-ingredient cherry tomato sauce.

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Make a double batch of these zucchini fries, because after an audible crunch into a crisp, golden fry packed with herbs and salty Parmesan cheese, you will be reaching for more. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Although you can't see or taste it, zucchini gives this triple-chocolate cake recipe its super-moist and tender texture.

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Zucchini Muffins

A full pound of zucchini goes into these lemon-y muffins, perfect for using up that summer bumper crop.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Thin and crispy Parmesan zucchini slices served with an herb-yogurt sauce is summer's answer to chips and dip.

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Zucchini Parmesan

This summery riff on classic eggplant Parmesan celebrates the custardy goodness of tender zucchini.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

While tasting pretty much identical to a regular chocolate quick bread, this cake is way more moist — thanks to the zucchini — and has a slightly denser crumb. It is a cracking-good way to use some of the many, many zucchini you may have right now.

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Caramelized Zucchini Phyllo Pie

Crisp, flaky layers of phyllo dough encase a savory filling of caramelized zucchini, sweet summer corn, two types of cheese, and lots of fresh herbs.

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Zucchini Melts

A simple, five-ingredient recipe for zucchini melts on marble rye bread.

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Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir-Fry

A quick and easy weeknight dinner for a spicy stir-fry with ground pork and zucchini. Just serve it over rice and you've got a complete meal.

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Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad

With no time to overthink the food, make an easy pasta salad with summer’s freshest veggies.

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Garlic Chive Pork Zucchini Boats

These stuffed zucchini boats are inspired by two dim sum staples: garlic chive pork dumplings and stuffed eggplant.

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Ratatouille Pizza

Use the best of your summer garden produce in this French-meets-Italian-inspired recipe.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Bite-size zucchini batons in a crunchy panko and Parmesan coating and air fried until golden and crisp.

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Sausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles

The classic combination of sausage and peppers is tossed with tender zucchini noodles in this easy summery one-pot meal.

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Buffalo Chickpea Zucchini Boats

Buffalo chickpeas are tangy, spicy, and buttery all at once — a perfect contrast to the sweet, mild zucchini. Plus, we'll take any excuse to drizzle dinner with creamy ranch.

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Quick-Pickled Zucchini

Pickled zucchini coins are a tangy companion to sandwiches, cheese boards, salads, and more!

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Zucchini Boats with Mozzarella and Olives

Zucchini boats are a tasty, easy and healthy centerpiece at any summer meal.

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