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The Absolute Best Zucchini Recipes

Updated on October 01, 2014

For the Zucchini Lover in all of Us

The absolute best zucchini recipes, zucchini holidays, zucchini videos, you name it and if it's about zucchini you'll find it here!

Zucchini is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that often gets overlooked. It's light taste goes well in soups and stews. It's great fried and what would ratatouille be without it?

Zucchini is effortless to grow and it grows so fast after it's sown you'll be overrun in no time. You'll be thankful that there are so many ways to serve it and a holiday for sharing some with your neighbors!

Zucchini is a great source of Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and copper. It provides needed fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, and other good stuff. The bad part is that it also contains natural sugar. (That's what makes it taste so good.)

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Zucchini Pie Recipe

Zucchini Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Margarine

4 Cups thin-sliced Zucchini

½ cup chopped Onions

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Eggs beaten

2 cups Mozzarella cheese grated

1 can refrigerated Crescent rolls (I use Pillsbury brand)

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F

Melt margarine in 12 inch skillet over medium heat.

Add Zucchini and onions, cook until tender.

Add parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano to zucchini mixture, stir.

In a large bowl combine beaten eggs and grated Mozzarella cheese, mix well. Add the Zucchini mixture to bowl and stir gently.

Separate Crescent roll dough and place into an ungreased pie pan, to form a crust. Press the perforations together to prevent the zucchini mixture from escaping.

Pour Zucchini mixture evenly into the crust-lined pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes (or until knife inserted in center comes out clean)

Makes 8 servings

Zucchini Pie is wonderful when served for brunch, lunch or as a light dinner. Enjoy!

Photo by Ned Raggett

Zucchini Blossom Recipes - Cooking with the flower of the Zucchini

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Zucchini Linguine Recipe

Zucchini Linguine Recipe

(Try saying that 3 times fast!)

Ingredients:

1 One pound package Linguine

2 medium sized Zucchini, sliced thin

4 medium sized fresh Tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 medium sized Onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh Parsley, chopped

3 Tablespoons Olive oil

3 Garlic cloves, minced

1 Teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan to season

Directions:

Cook Linguine by following the directions on the package.

Heat Olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.

Add garlic and cook until slightly brown. (approximately 15 seconds)

Add Zucchini and Onion Stir-Fry until tender-crisp. (Approximately 5 minutes)

Add Tomatoes, Parsley, Basil, Oregano and salt and pepper and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Toss the Linguine with the Zucchini mixture in a large bowl, gently.

Top with grated Parmesan.

Serves 6 to 8.

Zucchini Linguine is delicious when served for dinner with Toasted Garlic Bread. Mangia!

Photo by Ned Raggett

Zucchini Nutrition

First and Foremost

Zucchini is high in nutrition and low in calories. Check this chart to see for yourself then go ahead, prepare and enjoy the many zucchini recipes sprinkled throughout this page. It's good for you!

Zucchini (raw, chopped with skin), 1 cup

Calories: 17

Protein: 1.4g

Carbohydrate: 3.6g

Total Fat: 0.17g

Fiber: 1.5g

Good source of: Vitamin C

Cute zucchini duck photo by Alex Gee

Grilled Fresh Zucchini Recipe

Grilled Fresh Zucchini Recipes

Healthy recipes don't have to be boring or bland. By using Olive oil and a bit of heart-happy garlic you can create delectable, good-for-you dishes that will have your family and friends asking for more.

Balsamic Zucchini Recipe

A summertime crowd pleaser for sure, this recipe turns out just a well whether you choose to grill it over gas, or charcoal. Prepare this one a day in advance for even better flavor!

Ingredients:

3 or 4 fresh zucchini (depending on size)

1/4 cup Olive oil

3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves garlic, minced

2 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking Spray

Directions:

Wash and cut, un-peeled, zucchini into ½ inch slices.

Combine remaining ingredients into a bowl, or pan, large enough to hold all zucchini slices.

Add zucchini and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for several hours. (Up to 24 )

Spray grill with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Preheat grill for approximately 5 minutes.

Grill zucchini 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until desired golden-brown color is obtained.

Photo by Ned Raggett

Fried Zucchini Recipe

Fried Zucchini Sticks Recipe

aka Fried Baseball Bats Recipe

This recipe is perfect for when you find one of those HUGE zucchinis in your garden, the one that somehow got overlooked while harvesting and turned into a giant zucchini baseball bat! Of course you can also use it for your everyday normal sized zucchinis.

Ingredients:

Extra-large zucchini, peeled, and sliced like French fries, eliminating the seeds.

1 Egg

1/4 cup milk

Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (depends on how well your zucchini hid)

1/4 cup flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Salt to taste

Directions:

Beat egg with milk in bowl.

Mix bread crumbs with flour in another bowl.

Dip your zucchini sticks into the egg mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture until well coated.

Fry in vegetable oil in a large skillet until lightly browned.

Remove from skillet and drain on a bed of paper towels.

Season with salt and serve warm.

Zucchini sticks are so delicious the kids won't even know that they're eating vegetables!

Photo by GrabaDonut

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Ratatouille Recipe

Ratatouille Recipe

Ratatouille is a classic Mediterranean vegetable dish made with succulent eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper and mushrooms.

Ratatouille is also the name of a new movie released by Pixar featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano and Janeane Garofalo, about a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a chef. Cute stuff!

I thought I'd share my recipe for ratatouille for those of you who'd like to try it or serve it in honor of viewing the movie. Hey, it could be a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!

Ingredients:

½ cup olive oil (measured and used in separate portions)

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic minced

2 Zucchini sliced (skin on)

1 eggplant, peeled and diced

2 large tomatoes or 4 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 red bell pepper diced

1 cup fresh mushrooms sliced

2 Tablespoons parsley

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of Olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat.

Add onion and garlic. Sauté until soft and golden.

In a large fry pan, heat another 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the zucchini until lightly browned. (both sides)

Remove the zucchini and place in the pot with the onions and garlic.

Sauté all the remaining vegetables, except the tomatoes, one batch at a time, adding 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the fry pan each time you add a new set of vegetables.

Once each batch has been sautéed add them to the pot with the onions, garlic, and zucchini.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cover the pot.

Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and parsley to the large pot, cook another 10-15 minutes. Stir as needed.

Serve warm and enjoy!

To make this more of a meal, serve your ratatouille over pasta!

Photo by Sabotrax

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Quick Guide to Growing Zucchini

A Quick Guide to Growing Zucchini

Growing great zucchini is easy. Once it gets established in your garden the stuff grows like a weed. Most gardeners end up with too much zucchini for their own good and have to share it with the neighborhood.

The most important thing to remember about growing zucchini is that it should be picked young, when it is no more than 2 inches in diameter. It just tastes better that way and contains fewer, smaller seeds. Picking it young will also encourage the plant to produce more zucchini.

I do have a warning for you though. Zucchini loves to play hide and seek, and it usually wins. No matter how closely I examine my zucchini plants there is always one zucchini that is growing unwatched and unpicked until it is the size of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Never fails! I don't know how they do it. Keep in mind that even at this immense size they are tasty and edible, if you remove the skin and seeds. Try using the big ones for fried zucchini sticks.

I always start my zucchini from seeds. Follow the directions on the package and be sure to give the plants lots of space because their leaves get huge.

Zucchini and all the other squashes in the squash family love full sun and well-drained, nutrition rich soil. Be sure to keep your zucchini plants well watered, especially during the hot, dry days of summer and never plant them in the same spot the following year or they may get diseased.

Harvest your zucchini by twisting it off of the vine carefully so as not to injure the plant. You may also harvest it by cutting the fruit off with a sharp knife.

The beautiful orange flowers of the zucchini plant are also edible and quite delicious when breaded and deep-fried, or used to perk up a boring salad.

Photo by Leeks'N'Bounds

Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day

August 8th is a fun food holiday that you might not be aware of, Sneak Some Zuchinni onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day.

Due to the overzealous reproductive nature of the zucchini plant, and the sometimes overzealous nature of the zucchini gardener, on Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day, zucchini growers everywhere are expected to drop off baskets of zucchini onto their neighbors' doorsteps.

When dropping off the zucchini remember, get rid of as much as possible. He who sneaks the most zucchini onto his neighbors porch, wins!

Keep in mind that the key word to this holiday is sneak. Don't get caught or next year you may find yourself the victim of this insanely entertaining holiday.

Leave a zucchini love note or a big green thumbs up!

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a fun lens. I'm still saying zucchini linguini fast. All the recipes look so good. I can see it's time to hit the grocery store.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      My husband loves zucchini and he will, no doubt, have a field day feast with all of these recipes :)

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      WhiteTigerSchools 3 years ago from 1990 Westwood Blvd Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      I always seem to wait too long and once they get huge they are hard as rock. great advise to pick them when they are 2 inches in diameter. thanks for the tips.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      We have yet to grow zucchini but I have heard that it is one of the easiest crops to produce a bounty of. One of these years I will give a few plants a little room in our garden spot. (I wanted to say thank you as well.) The staff here at Squidoo really are amazing.

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Love zucchini boiled, grilled, fried, stuffed with rice and minced meat. Great recipes here!

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