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11 Easy & Delicious Zucchini Recipes

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Raise your hand if you have way too much zucchini. ??‍♀️ Whether you’re growing zucchini in your garden or receiving baskets of summer squash from friends and neighbors on your doorstep, there’s always a surplus of zucchini in the summertime. Luckily, zucchini is an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be used in many sweet or savory recipes. From chocolate chip zucchini muffins to zucchini fritters, these easy and delicious zucchini recipes will help you use up your bumper crop.

1. Summer Pasta Primavera

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

This summery pasta primavera boasts a colorful mix of roasted zucchini, corn, and tomatoes and is topped off with pecorino romano, fresh basil, and toasted pine nuts. It’s a fabulous way to use the brightly colored veggies that are so abundant right now. Get the recipe

2. Ratatouille

Ratatouille, a summer stew of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs, is nutritious and richly flavored. The key is cooking the vegetables separately before combining them so that they maintain their integrity. Make a big batch over the weekend and use it in different ways all week long.  Get the recipe


Silky-smooth and full of flavor, this zucchini soup gets its creamy texture from the addition of walnuts that get puréed into the soup. Serve it hot or cold depending on your mood and the weather. Get the recipe

4. Zucchini Bread

One of my most popular zucchini recipes, this bread is chockfull of zucchini, walnuts, and currants (or chocolate chips if kids are involved). With lots of cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg, the spices in the bread shine through. It’s great for breakfast or an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.  Get the recipe


These zucchini noodles (or zoodles) tossed with garlicky basil pesto and topped with nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano and toasted pine nuts may even convert your zucchini-skeptics. Get the recipe


creamy corn, zucchini and tomatoes

You’ll love how easy it is to prepare this summery side dish of sautéed corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and creamy goat cheese. It’s a perfect pairing for grilled fish, chicken, or steak. Get the recipe

7. Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate chips

zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Looking for a grab-and-go breakfast or afternoon snack? These sweet kid-friendly muffins are loaded with shredded zucchini and chocolate chips. Get the recipe


Tender and full of rich chocolate flavor, this bread gets a boost of nutrition from lots of fresh shredded zucchini. Cocoa powder makes it taste intensely chocolatey, while bittersweet chocolate morsels create melty pockets throughout the loaf.   Get the recipe


Light and crispy, these zucchini fritters get their flavor from tangy feta, scallions, and fresh dill. They will most definitely have you looking forward to zucchini season. Get the recipe

10. Sautéed Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

This simple and summery side dish of sautéed zucchini, red onions, and sweet cherry tomatoes delivers big on flavor and presentation. Pair it with grilled flank steakcedar plank salmon, or grilled chickenGet the recipe

11. Zucchini & Cheddar Frittata

Loaded with shredded zucchini and cheddar cheese, this frittata is good warm or room temperature – and it can be served any time of day. Get the recipe

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  • Your Creamy Zucchini Soup with Walnuts and Dill was a huge success, the first time EVER that my husband liked a cold vegetable soup. 5 stars for sure!

    • — Jeanie B on September 5, 2022
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  • I have found that brining REALLY helps with enhancing the flavor of zucchini. Dissolve 1/4 cup of kosher salt in warm water. Let it cool and then add your cut zucchini. Brine for 45 minutes, then drain and dry the zucchini and proceed with your chosen recipe.
    Also, I grow several types of zucchini and find that Costata Romanesco has the best flavor. It has the added advantage of still being tender and tasty even if it “escapes” and grows too big.

    • — Rita on July 21, 2022
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    • Thanks for the variety suggestion. Where do you get your seeds?

      • — Betty Williams on July 28, 2022
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