What to do with Zucchini?
Zucchini Squash Recipes and other Fun Ways to Use Zucchini!
What to do when your garden is loaded with zucchini? Gadzukes! Head to the kitchen with all the little squashes and fill your freezer with great zucchini dishes for those days when the zucchini have long been iced over with frost. On this page you will find a compendium of
*The best zucchini recipes - I searched the web to find the best so you don't have to look so hard!
*The history of National Zucchini Day and other fun information
*A zucchini poem or two in honor of the prolific zucchini plant
*And some beautiful photos of our zucchini and summer squash friends.
*If your garden is filled with too many zucchini, this is the page for you.
All photos were taken by Elyn MacInnis except otherwise noted,and can be used with attribution.
Time to plant your zucchini!
Zucchini and baking. - Award winning Zucchini pizza, muffins, cookies and more
- Barbara Kingsolver's Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. I love her beautiful descriptions and musings. In her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, she has a great recipe for zucchini chocolate chip cookies that everyone seems to love. You
- Zucchini and ricotta galette (pizza)
It's name is galette, but it is basically a pizza, and a very tasty one at that! I don't like tomatoes much. When I was a kid every time I had spaghetti sauce I had nightmares. Some say it is because tomatoes are not good for people with B blood type
- Zucchini sandwich cookies recipe from mountainmamacooks
This recipe is written for high altitude baking. But it works at low altitudes too! Zucchini cookies with cream cheese filling... Who would have thought that you could make zucchini cookies?
- Triple chocolate zucchini cake recipe from peasandthankyou.com
If you like chocolate, you will like this one. I liked that they added those cute little sprinkles on top to make it happier. They don't taste very good, but they are so encouraging and fun to see. This cake is good!
- Zucchini muffins from simplyrecipes.com
This recipe is quite good. I have a recipe for zucchini blueberry muffins we made up wishing for blueberry muffins when we lived in Nanjing and had to use canned blueberries because there were no fresh ones available. But I have to wait to put it up
- Zucchini Waffles, recipe from The Perfect Pantry
This is a simple recipe for zucchini waffles. Zucchini have a wonderful characteristic - they can be added to recipes and you don't know they are there! I bet you can trick your kids with this recipe. Add some chocolate and you could even use them to
- Chcolate zucchini coconut cake? Yeah!
This one has a complex base of flavors... but what a fragrant mix! Very yummy!
- Baked zucchini fries
So much healthier than baked potatoes! These are yummy!
Barbara Kingsolver's Zucchini and Chocolate Chip Cookies - outstanding!
The History of National Zucchini Day - August 8 - It all started in Pennsylvania when there was a bumper harvest...
According to what I could find in my research, National Zucchini Day began as a day when people put gifts (well, maybe it was an act of desperation!) of zucchini on their neighbors porches in secret, usually at night, with great good humor. It was originally called "Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor's Porch Day." This holiday is one of a number of holidays created by Ruth and Thomas Roy in Pennsylvania at wellcat.com, who are wild and nutty holiday creators. They have some outrageous ideas for how to get rid of the excess zucchini in your garden.
- Website about the origin of National Zucchini Day - wellcat.com - where Tom Roy reveals the history
This holiday began as a bit of a joke - an act of desperation about the outrageous and prolific bumper harvest of zucchinis that happen almost every year at the beginning of August. It caught on, and now gardeners are spreading the news that there is
Zucchini in Salads - Where you find zucchini ribbons...
- Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce, recipe from Vintage Mixer
This is a lovely cold salad for hot summer days. Making zucchini noodles is a lot of fun, and eating them is satisfying. I love noodles, but am always nervous about putting on more pounds from eating too many of them! So this is a perfect "noodle" to
- Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn & Avocado, recipe from two peas and their pod
This recipe has different fragrances from the additions of avocado and corn that really add interest to the dish. I was thinking that the next time I try it I want to try adding some small pieces of red pepper.
- Lemony Zucchini and Bean Pasta Salad, recipe from Foodie Crush
I like beans. Lots of my friends don't care for them, but I think they are delicious in moderation. And I love the lemony dressing for this one. Aren't we lucky to have such a delicious combination like zucchini, pasta, and beans.
Zucchini noodles and ribbons
You can peel a zucchini with a vegetable peeler, or with a julienne peeler, leaving the seeds out. Some people like the green skin, others like to peel it off first, because the skin is sometimes bitter. Then you can sauté it in olive oil or butter, add some garlic, or some cream, and put some parmesan cheese on top, or add some tomato sauce or even a spoonful of salsa for flavor. This is a wonderful idea, and it is one of the things I often eat for breakfast. Yum!
My favorite zucchini noodle maker - Another great option for a summer dinner!
If you have a small kitchen and don't want to spend a lot of room on another gadget, try this one!
The fancy version... heavier, flexible.
How do you freeze zucchini? - Two ways of preparing zucchini for the freezer - sliced and grated
I know two ways of freezing zucchini:
1. For GRATED zucchini: Grate the zucchini in the amount you will need for your favorite recipe (1. 2 or 3 cups) and put it directly into the freezer in its bag or container. When you put it in the recipe, add the water in the container too.
2. For zucchini SLICES: You can steam the zucchini for about 5 minutes. Then cool the zucchini before putting it in a container. Don't forget to label how much zucchini you put in the container.
My favorite grater for zucchini - I know because I use it every day!
Why am I grating something every day? Because my grandogs eat grated zucchini and cucumber with their dog food and love it. Some nights they just pick out the zucchini and leave the kibble. So I use a grater every day, and have researched the one I like best. If you grate a lot, but hate taking out the food processor and hate the clean up, this is for you.
What is the difference between a zucchini, a courgette, and a marrow? - The official answer is:
Courgettes are the baby fruit of several types of marrow, harvested when they are 14 x 4 cm long, the size of a cigar.
Zucchinis are the fruits of the same plant harvested when they are 15 to 20 cm long.
Marrows are the semi-mature fruits which have reached full size.
Zucchinis have both male and female flowers.
Look for the female flower at the end of the growing zucchini.
Look for the male flower where the leaf stalk meets the stem.
They are both edible! Try them in Scrambled Eggs!
Zucchini Flower - See the fruit developing at the base of the flower?
Zucchini flowers and cooking squash blossoms - Nip those zucchini in the bud!
When you cook zucchini flowers it is customary to remove the parts in the middle, the pistils and stamens, if you remember your flower anatomy! The stem is good to keep so you have something to hang on to when you are cooking them. Otherwise, the blossom may tear. You can fry the flowers like fritters or dipped in tempura batter and fried up, incorporated in scrambled eggs, stuffed, sauteed, and even use them in a flower soup.
- Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Flowers from Aggie's Kitchen
Aggie stuffs them with goat cheese, feta cheese, or mozzarella. I would try the mozzarella first, and might even go for ricotta or muenster.
- Ricotta & Garlic-stuffed Zucchini Blossom Recipe recipe by Taste Buddies
If you are nervous about trying this, go to this page. She has the whole recipe in photos, and it is 100% clear. I wish I had the problem of too many zucchini flowers. I would make this recipe right away.
- Waldy Malouf's Baked Squash Blossoms with Ricotta and Honey
This squash blossom recipe is for the baked version. And it is sweet, not savory. I love the idea of adding honey to the ricotta cheese filling, because it returns that lovely fragrance to the dish. He rolls them in chocolate cake crumbs at the end,
Grilled Zucchini - It tastes so good - all sorts of new flavors comes out in the grilling.
I have to admit, I like frying zucchini too. Just cut big slices, coat in flour, and fry in your favorite oil. I like to add some salt, garlic powder, and thyme to the flour and it adds to the beautiful flavor of the dish.
Grilled Zucchini? - Yum! Indoor or outside on the barbeque, it's all delicious.
- Zucchini and Eggplant Parmesan - Grilled and NOT fried! This recipe is from Cookin Canuck
This so often comes fried with lots of breading, but not this recipe. It is delightful and easy. Grilling can happen on an outside grill if you like, or under the broiler in the oven.
- Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices, recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen
Using grilled zucchini slices as a base for "zucchini pizza" is a great idea. If you are vegetarian, you can have them plain,, but for those who like meat on their pizza, pepperoni is a great addition.
- Zucchini Fries - baked not fried - from twopeasandtheirpod.com
Okay - the author and her husband had a competition to see which was tastier - baked or fried zucchini fries. The baked ones won hands down, and now we know! No more need to fry zucchini fries. Yes for healthy food!
Grow zucchini - and maybe you will get a SIX FOOT LONG ZUCCHINI like this!
A six foot tall zucchini? That is what you see in the picture. In 2008 a woman in Queens, NY went away for a weekend. When she came back, her zucchini had grown almost 2 inches in two days. She let it continue growing, and ended up with a six foot zucchini.
Is it the world's longest zucchini? No - so far the world's longest was grown in India, and was more than 7 feet tall. But... it counts as one VERY BIG zucchini.
You can read all the details: here
A poem by "Wren"
It was an an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny
silver striped green zucchini.
While we slumbered, what went wrong?
Overnight it's two feet long!
Squash originated in North America, but zucchini were developed in Italy and then brought back to the US some time in the 1920s, so they count as a returning immigrant.
Zucchini Pound Cake needs its own spot!
- Zucchini Pound Cake recipe from i am baker
Wow. The lovely texture of pound cake, and full of nutritious zucchini too? Amazing! i am baker worked really hard on this recipe and it shows. Amazing. With the pan below, you can make dozens of small zucchini cakes to share with friends. Some frien
Making small cakes to give away is easy with this pan...
More exciting zucchini options
- Zucchini Fritters recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Ooooo. They are crispy and delicious and can be frozen too. Imagine.
- Turkish Zucchini Pancakes made with Feta Cheese and Dill, served with Yogurt Sauce
These are the delight of the Turkish people when the zucchinis start rolling in from the garden. Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, they are extremely satisfying. This recipe appeared in the New York Times in April of 2009. If you search
- Zukemole, like Guacamole, from Kim O'Donnel at the Washington Post
A lower fat and lower calorie recipe than guacamole, but just as delicious. Zucchini roasted with onions and garlic gives the zukemole a more intense flavor. Add some olive oil, lemon juice and herbs, and if you like it, hot sauce, for a really delic
- Zucchini Lemon Hummus
Hummus is so good for you - the addition of lemon makes it alkalizing for your system, so it will help keep your bones strong and your digestive system healthy.
What would you do with your extra zucchini? - August can bring a bumper harvest of zucchini... and then what?
You have lots of options. Please share your favorite, and if you don't see it here, please tell us in the "other" section.
What do you do if you have too many zucchini in your garden?
Zucchini jokes - What does a zucchini say when you talk to it?
Quack Quack! Isn't this zucchini duck cute? It is from Alex Galt on Flickr.
How do you know if you are living in an urban area or not?
You aren't living in an urban area if you have to lock your car doors in order to keep your neighbors from putting their extra zucchini in the back seat of your car!
Q: What is a zucchini's favorite game?
Q. What do a kangaroo and a zucchini have in common?
A. Neither one can ride a bike