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Twenty Zucchini Recipes

Updated on December 9, 2014

Is there anything more versatile than a zucchini?

To me it's zucchini, to others courgette. No matter what it's called, the action-packed zucchini can be cooked in a hundred wholesome and tasty ways.

Zucchini can be steamed, boiled, grilled, stuffed and baked, barbecued, fried or shredded raw for salads. Made into pancakes, baked into a bread, added to cake mix, cooked up in soup, deep fried as tempura or used as a filling for quesadillas.

And how do you fancy Zucchini with Chocolate? How versatile can you get?

What's in a Zucchini?

The zucchini fruit is low in calories (approximately 15 food calories per 100 g fresh zucchini) and contains useful amounts of folate, potassium, vitamin A and manganese.

Zucchini with Cheese and Paprika

So simple. So tasty. So popular.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4 -6


  • 3 medium zucchini sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • shredded


  1. Toss the sliced zucchini into the salt and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Place in a baking dish
  2. Bake 30 - 35 minutes until zucchini is tender
  3. Sprinkle cheese and remaining paprika over top
  4. Bake 3 - 4 minutes until cheese is melted
Cast your vote for Baked Zucchini with Cheese and Paprika

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Ribbon Zucchini and Ricotta Open Pie

You need a prepared pie shell from the bakers or the supermarket.


  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • Two teaspoons lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese


  1. Take the zucchini and, with a vegetable peeler, lightly peel strips lengthwise to make thin ribbons. You don't have to remove the zucchini skin first. but keep it on for a green 'look'.
  2. Chop the olives and remove stones
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the zucchini ribbons, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Toss to combine well.
  4. Drop the ricotta in dollops onto the pie shell and spread it out slightly.
  5. Mound the zucchini over the ricotta, then place the olives evenly over the zucchini.
  6. Sprinkle the Romano or Parmesan cheese over
  7. Bake about 20 - 30 minutes. Check a couple of times to see when the cheese is melted and everything looks crispy.

The Unofficial World Cup of Food 2010 - My entry in The Cup

susanna duffy

My entry into the Unofficial World Cup of Food 2010, run by Gordon Hamilton, is this zucchini, cheese and bacon family favourite, Zucchini Pie

Cream of Zucchini Soup

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 30

Serves: 2


  • 3 small zucchini with the skin on cut in large chunks
  • 1/2 small onion
  • quarter ed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups fat free chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream
  • salt & pepper


  1. Combine chicken broth, onion, garlic and zucchini in a medium pot and cook on medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Purée: Add the sour cream. Using an immersion blender, purée till smooth.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients, and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve hot.

Zucchini Flowers are edible too!

Zucchini flowers are edible and, while often used to garnish a meal, can be cooked in delightfull ways themselves.

The flowers may be deep fried as fritters or tempura (after dipping in a light tempura batter), stuffed, sauteed, baked, or used in soups.

Zucchini Bread - Video Demonstration

Ratatouille Recipe
Another simple yet exciting meal with zucchini..


If you asked me what was for dinner and I answered 'vegetarian stew' would it sound as impressive as Ratatouille? Does 'French Vegetable Pot' sound better?

French cooking conjures up images of white-coated chefs and blue-ribboned haute cuisine, but Ratatouille is a peasant dish from Provence. It's a traditional and tasty dish, said to originate from Nice - ratatouille nicoise.

Zucchini Ideas from Readers

  • Cook zucchini on the grill with olive oil and spices


  • Cut the zucchini into thin strips with a potato peeler then pan fry them with a griddle pan. While they are still hot, drop them into balsamic vinegar


  • Pan sear zucchini along with some chicken strips with soy sauce. It makes for a delicious, quick, stir-fry type meal

    Freelancin' Fran

  • Mix grated zucchinis and red onions with crushed green chillis, lime leaves and lemon juice. Serve as an accompaniment to meat dishes


© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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      quicpost 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Will try some recipes. Thanks.

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I like to slice them and sauté in ghee with mushrooms or grate them and mix into the minced beef mix for burgers

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      This was always a dreaded vegetable for many home gardeners when I was growing up...your recipes would help deal with the glut of, well, you know...

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Over here we grate zucchinis and red onions & mix with crushed green chillis, kaffir lime leaves and lemon juice. It's served as an accompaniment to meat dishes. I also make a great zucchini gratin.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Zucchini is such a great vegetable to make, and the best part is that the menus have so much diversity.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I like to make zucchini chips and add to pasta by tossing in olive oil and breadcrumbs, then baking. I am definitely going to have to try your zucchini soup recipe!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I like it cut in pieces, mixed with other veggies -- tomatoes, yellow squash, peppers-- brushes with olive oil and broiled until a little blackened.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I did not think about using the flowers to decorate with.

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      My mum makes a fab, light courgette and potato mild curry. Tasty lens.

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      Mandy 6 years ago from Montana

      I love zucchini so much! I always cook it on the grill with olive oil and spices...delicious. I love your recipes :)

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      Mclure2 6 years ago

      Great headline

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      I've never eaten zucchini but it's always around veggie stands in the summer. I might have to try this next year!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I didn't discover zucchini until I moved to the US, I don't think we have it in Russia. I love to cook zucchini soup now that I have so many zucchinis around me :)

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      aussieremovals 6 years ago

      Amazing it's very zucchini lens............

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      DieselJoe 6 years ago

      Zucchini Fritter patties, grated & pan seared in just a bit of olive oil, seasoned with dill & feta...mmmm.

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      Paula7928 6 years ago

      great lens. I love Zuchini.

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      cheech1981 6 years ago

      i personally just like eating it raw :)

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      magicshine1 6 years ago

      I cut them thin with a potato peeler then pan fry them with a griddle pan. the while they are still hot I drop them into balsamic vinegar.

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      mett007 6 years ago

      Never tried zuccini in making these types of recipies.But now i will try because i think it will be delicious.

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      oivatco 6 years ago

      Been eating more veggies, especially zucchini. I prefer eating it steamed which is easy to prepare and low in calories. I think Iâll start getting some of these recipes for more variety on zucchini dishes, thank you for the recipes!

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      Lucas-Kain 6 years ago

      I actually swore I'd try the zucchini flowers some day. This day still hasn't come. I hope they are good!

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      thooghun lm 6 years ago

      I live in Rome, to me it's definately Zucchini! Not a huge fan of them, but this article was well put together! Thanks

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      Don Wilson 6 years ago from Yakima, WA

      zucchini seems to thrive in our garden. It's always good to find more awesome and unique ways to use it.

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      Bookmarking this lens! YUM!!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      The world always needs more ideas on how to cook zucchini :+) Thanks for the lens, My favorites are zucchini breads and muffins.

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      JZinoBodyArt 6 years ago

      The fried zucchini coins sound a lot like the "squash fritters" my mom would make. MmmmMMmm :D Nice lens!

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      modernchakra 6 years ago

      Your Zucchini Pie looks amazing! Great Recipes thank you very much for putting this together. Much appreciated!

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      wotanlee 6 years ago

      Do you know about the "Put a Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch" night in Punksatawny, Pennsylvania (yes, that's where the ground hog sees his shadow, or not to predict the length of winter)? It is held when the garden runneth over with zucchini and everyone is out of ideas and the kids refuse to eat any more. The idea is to place a zucchini on your neighbor's porch without getting caught. If you are caught, you must take all his zucchini. If not, you get rid of one of yours. This is great fun and giggles until you return home to see how busy your other neighbors have been while you were gone. Alternatively, does anyone know of a good recipe that can be frozen without making zucchini goo?

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      chloem1 6 years ago

      zucchini has to be my absolute favorite veg! especially stuffed and baked

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      AngelPadillia 6 years ago

      I like mine fresh from the garden, stuffed and baked. Delish!

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      BuddyBink 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens. Very informative. I love Zucchini bread. Have you heard or ever been the Zucchini Festival in Obetz, OH?

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      nikhelbig lm 6 years ago

      Lovely dedication to a versatile veg.

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love Zucchini. Yummm

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      My family loves fried zucchini with garlic mayonnaise. Mmmm... Yummy!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      You made me hungry with your zucchini recipes. I prepare lots of zucchini soup these days as I've got a huge harvest from the garden - those are giant zucchini (more than 2 pounds/zucchini) and they're excellent to make soup for wintertime.

      Oh, by the way, to me they're courgettes... ;)

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      Kelvinroger 6 years ago

      i love zuchini now i will tell my mother try some thing different in it.

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      HeatherTodd1 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great post...Nice

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      Bahrns 6 years ago

      great lens! now my wife can cook zuchini in different ways and my kids can eat veggies unknowingly... Thanks a lot!

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      Momwich 6 years ago

      Great job on your lense. I love Zucchini and am always up for trying new veggie recipes. I'm especially thankful to know that there are so few calories in it!

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      jamesntx 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Will give it a go.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Delicious! I plan to try your World Cup of Food entry first. This recipe sounds totally fabulous. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nope, I just like it when its moist, so I guess I prefer alot of butter! Great job on your lens.

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      AliciaMae 6 years ago

      I have a zucchini bread recipe I've used for years, and everyone always raises an eyebrow like "zucchini?" but they always love it :) I add raisins to it now, and sometimes grated carrots for a little different texture.

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      Icfaidistanceeducation 6 years ago

      Mmmmm that sounds delicious, will try it!

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      Frank Edens 6 years ago

      courgette is great to use in very fresh recipes...great lens!

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Great lens. We use zucchini alot. Great to see some other ideas.

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      iQwestArticles 6 years ago

      I like zucchini more and more the older I get - on the grill, in zucchini bread, fried, stuffed, you name it, I love it. Great lens!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Everything looks delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing your recipes! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I love to spiralize zucchini to make raw spaghetti...I am definitely going to try that soup!

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      The Zuchini Pie looks really good.

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      airblastparts 6 years ago

      I to have a weakness for cheese :D

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      ryr1995 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      FreelancinFran 6 years ago

      I love zucchini pan seared along with some chicken strips with soy sauce. It makes for a delicious, quick, stir-fry type meal ... yummy!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      No tips, just loving this look at one of my favorite veggies! :)

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      LauraTelier 6 years ago

      Some great ideas! Thanks!

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      One of my favorite veggies - great lens!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Didn't know zucchini can look so delicious. Great lens.

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Didn't know zucchini can look so delicious. Great lens.

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      My tip - have zucchini on hand before reading this. Don't read this while hungry, either. :)

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      Great recipes! I love cooking so I must visit all your cooking lenses.

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      lychic 6 years ago

      I love grilled zucchini.

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      creativeinc lm 6 years ago

      My grandmother's zucchini recipe- thinly sliced, lots of garlic, salt and pepper and fried in olive oil. Yummy. Great lens!

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      bestcardiomachines 6 years ago

      I've only just read this lens. I wish I saw this last summer when we had lots and lots of zuchinni from our new garden. Nice lens to visit again for next year.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      The recipes you have shared are worth trying.

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      timelapselove 6 years ago

      yummm! Zucchini bread please! Nice lens!

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      wonderful lens!!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Zucchini is a wonderful vegetable. Thanks so much for giving us so many tasty ways to enjoy it! Thumbs up and an Angel blessing for you!

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      jenniferteacher1 6 years ago

      I love zucchini, and don't really love pasta, so I slice it thin with a mandolin and layer it in lasagna. Yum! I'll have to try the brownies! Thanks for all these great ideas!

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Oops! Forgot to add my tip. For those watching their carbs, dice zucchini very small and use as a substitute for rice in stuffed pepper recipes.

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Just came in from the garden with four more zucchini! Now I know what to do with them, can't wait to try your soup recipies. Thanks, nice lens.

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      Bellani LM 6 years ago

      very interesting and healthy. Thank you

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      GirlLovesNature1 6 years ago

      I like zucchinis cooked in tomato sauce with chickpeas and lots of cumin, served with cous cous.

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      GirlLovesNature1 6 years ago

      Yum! I had no idea zucchini flowers were edible. Great lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My mom used to cut them length wise in quarters and broil them in a little butter with swiss cheese on top. Let the swiss cheese get crusty - yum

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like zucchini and will try your favourite family recipe. Thanks.

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      anne mohanraj 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful lens!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      It is a confusing vegetable for me. This lens really helped. thank you. Blessed!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for the zucchini recipes! I needed some new ones for all the zucchini I'm picking in my garden.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The cream of zucchini soup looks delicious!

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      My baked zucchini have fresh cream in it (but in France they put cream everywhere) and nutmeg instead of paprika. My son loves it.

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      PizmoBeach LM 7 years ago

      Great recipes. Great lens. I really like zucchini flowers!


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