Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata

Our Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata recipe is a fresh and flavorful side dish to add to your dinner spread. Stuffed squash is rarely this easy, cheesy, and delicious!

Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Grill Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (6 to 7 ounces each)

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 4 teaspoon olive oil

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 recipe Bacon Gremolata

Bacon Gremolata

  • 16 slice bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and finely crumbled, or 1 cup finely chopped Canadian-style bacon

  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan and/or Romano cheese (4 ounces)

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup finely chopped pepperoncini salad pepper or fresh jalapeño chile pepper*

  • 4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out centers to form 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick shells; set aside.

  2. In a small bowl stir together lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brush insides of zucchini shells with lemon mixture. Place shells, cut sides down, on a lightly greased grilling tray.

  3. For a charcoal grill, grill zucchini on grilling tray on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 5 to 7 minutes or until cut sides start to brown. Turn zucchini; grill for 1 minute more. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place zucchini on grilling tray on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.) Using hot pads, remove tray from grill.

  4. Spoon Bacon Gremolata into zucchini shells, mounding slightly and pressing down lightly. Return to grill. Cover and grill for 2 to 4 minutes more or until zucchini is crisp-tender and cheese starts to melt.

Bacon Gremolata

  1. In a small bowl stir together bacon, cheese, basil, pepperoncini, lemon peel, garlic, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
12g Fat
5g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 731mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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