This collection of The Best Zucchini Recipes includes delicious savory & sweet recipes. They’ll help you use up all that summertime zucchini in your garden in wonderful recipes.
The most common summer squashes you will in see your local grocery store or farmers’ market zucchinis and yellow summer squash. Both are great to use in recipes, but zucchini tends to be the crowd favorite. Zucchinis have a glossy, thin, green with a dense white flesh. It is very neutral in flavor so it works in both savory and sweet recipes.
Before the flowers produce the fruit, they produce a large beautiful flower. These flowers can also be used in cooking! Try stuffing them, dipping them in a batter, and them frying them. yum!
If you are referencing an British based recipe, you might come across the term “courgette”, which is just another name for zucchini.
Zucchini is a great vegetable to use in all kinds of recipes because of it’s affordable cost, size, and neutral flavor. Plus, it can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. From grilling to roasting, to sauteing to baking with it- zucchini really can do it all.
What size of zucchini to use?
Zucchini can come in a wide variety of sizes so it’s important to consider the size of zucchini you pick, based upon the recipe you are making.
Large zucchinis are great for thinly slicing and grilling, or chopping up and incorporating into a soup. Large ones are also great for stuffing, like when you are using it as a vessel for a yummy stuffing.
While it might seem like it’s great to grab a giant zucchini every time, there is a good chance that you will want a smaller zucchini if you are baking. By using a smaller zucchini, you’ll have a greater ratio of green glossy skin to the plain, white interior flesh. I love to see lots of green flecks throughout my baked goods, so I will always grab smaller ones for baking recipes. If I only have very large ones, I will grate the outer skin away first, before grating the center to achieve the amount of zucchini in the recipe.
Besides just cutting up some zucchini to roast, grill, and saute, you’ll find that the most common way to prepare it for a recipe is to grate it. You’ll want to use a box grater or a large flat grater, like a zester. The size you grate it will depend on the kind of recipe you are making- maybe you want it to have a lot of texture. Maybe you don’t, like in a cake.
Once you have grated your zucchini, you’ll want to follow the directions of the recipe to see if you need to quickly add it to it like that, or if you will need to squeeze out some moisture. If you need to remove some of the moisture from the recipe, you can layer several pieces of paper towel into a large colander, place the freshly grated zucchini on it. Wait for some of the moisture to drip out, then fold up the paper towels and squeeze out the excess.
What can you do if you are up to your eyeballs with fresh zucchini, but don’t have time to use it all up before it goes bad? Well, you freeze it!!
Once you have grated your zucchini, you can measure it out, portion it out into zip-lock bags, label them with the volume and the date. Lay the bag out on a flat surface (like a baking sheet), spread the zucchini out in the bag, and then freeze.
Let your frozen zucchini thaw completely prior to using. you’ll notice that there will be A LOT of moisture then. You’ll need to drain that away, so you don’t ruin your recipe. Squeeze out the moisture and you might feel that it’s still too wet, so lay out some paper towels, place it on them, and then place more paper towels on top. Even if you drain away the excess moisture, your recipe might be too running, so you may need to add a bit more flour to compensate for that.
*The Best Zucchini Recipes You’ll Ever Make*
I love using zucchini in a wide variety of ways. We always seem to have some in our fridge because it’s so versatile and I’m always using it in something. Because it is such a stable in our house, I’ve used it in a lot of recipes from incorporating it into things like soups, meatloaf, cakes, muffins, and waffles. I’ve shared plenty of these great recipes on the blog for everyone to enjoy! These really the best zucchini recipes you’ll ever make!
Adding zucchini to a cake is a great way to keep it really moist because of all of the water in the zucchini. It is really neutral in flavor, so you won't have to worry about your cake tasting like the vegetable. Just remember to gently incorporate the grated zucchini and always at the end.