Fresh Zucchini Recipes That Will Squash Your Summer Cravings
Pressure Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken with Zucchini
Greek Meatballs with Summer Squash “Noodles” and Tomatoes
Savory Zucchini Muffins
This zucchini muffin recipe has earned five stars from BH&G fans for good reason! With hard-cooked eggs, cheese, and squash combined with the corn muffin batter, this is a complete meal in handheld form (about 350 calories and 14 grams of protein). Bonus: The entire recipe requires just 15 minutes of prep time.
Panko-Crusted Beef Roast with Hasselback Zucchini
As if zucchini didn't make this cake moist enough already, we've added a zesty lemon syrup to finish this sweet recipe. The result? An extremely tender and addicting crumb that will melt in your mouth. Don't forget to add those pretty zucchini blossoms for a showstopping dessert.
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Zucchini Pizza Tacos
No need to order takeout when you can celebrate summer with a fresh grilled zucchini recipe that cooks entirely outside in just 10 minutes. Squash acts as the “meat” in this mash-up meal. It’s part pizza, part taco, and full of fresh summer flavors like tomatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs. Serve with a cool summer drink and you'll be set.
Test Kitchen Tip: Hit fast-forward on this summer supper by starting with purchased pizza dough.
Meatballs and Stuffed Zucchini
For a lower-carb, lower-cal meatball meal, give spaghetti the night off and try this stuffed zucchini recipe instead. Lean beef pumps up the protein to 27 grams per serving, while the zucchini and tomatoes fill it up with fiber and freshness.
Zucchini Steaks with Herb Garden Chimichurri
Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake
A whopping 2-½ cups of shredded squash lend loads of moisture to this better-than-bakery dessert recipe using zucchini. Instead of butter, mild extra virgin olive oil makes for a heart-healthy addition to both the cake and the buttery cream cheese frosting. Seek out cake flour ($6, Walmart) to trade in for the all-purpose flour; alongside the olive oil, it makes the texture absolutely divine.
Summer Spaghetti Salad
Searching for a pasta salad that can stand alone as an entrée? This vegetarian pasta and zucchini noodles recipe truly satisfies because the standard spaghetti is bulked up with spiralized squash, plenty of fresh tomatoes, and toasted walnuts. For a flavor boost in every forkful, peel string cheese strands to scatter between the noodles and zoodles.
Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins
Banana bread meets zucchini muffin recipe in this healthy breakfast that will have everyone asking for seconds. Yes, even with the nutritious upgrades like flaxseed, whole wheat flour, and skim milk. Pair one with a hard-boiled egg or two for a filling grab-and-go breakfast.
Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini
Is this zucchini pasta recipe breakfast or dinner? We’ll let you decide, but our vote is a resounding “both!” To make it, tuck tender poached eggs into creamy Parmesan polenta. Add a quick sauté of zucchini ribbons and peppers, and you have a meal masterpiece.
“Make more than one or you won't get any when the family is done,” recommends one BHG.com baker who has prepared this low-fuss zucchini bread recipe. A cup of shredded zucchini guarantees that each bite is super moist. The veggie’s mild flavor allows warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to step into the spotlight.
Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette
Galettes are known for their flaky crust and irresistible fillings, and this baked zucchini recipe is no exception. Pair a flaky pastry crust with the crisp-tender veggies, three types of cheese, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil, then pop in the oven for a golden-brown appetizer.
Test Kitchen Tip: Salt the zucchini to help remove some of the excess water so you don't end up with a soggy crust.
You’re just four ingredients and 35 minutes away from a fresh, family-friendly dinner. We've wrapped roasted pork tenderloin in thinly sliced zucchini strips, roasted it, and topped it with tangy pesto. Just add a side fruit or vegetable salad for a supremely satisfying summer feast.
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Ravioli, Zucchini, and Brown Butter
Individual Squash Casseroles
Pesto Veggie Gyro
Who says a gyro recipe must have meat? Grill skewers of Halloumi cheese, red sweet peppers, and zucchini, then spread with homemade pesto and stuff into fluffy flatbread for an irresistible vegetarian sandwich. Pair this grilled zucchini recipe with a side of hummus to round out the Mediterranean meal.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
A classic zucchini bread recipe is even more cravable with dark chocolate pieces and a rich chocolate drizzle on top. This recipe makes two loaves—and you’ll be happy it does after you devour your first “where has this been all my life?!” slice.
Test Kitchen Tip: Let the zucchini bread stand overnight before slicing so it's extra moist the next morning.
Corn and Zucchini Pan Soufflé
Yes way, soufflé! This impressive baked zucchini recipe looks like you labored over it all day, but it can be on your table in less than an hour. Top the airy corn, cheese, and zucchini soufflé with a fresh cilantro-tomato relish and Parmesan for a praiseworthy finish.
Roasted Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini stars alongside sweet Italian sausage in this healthy twist on the classic Italian casserole. With mozzarella, Alfredo sauce, and fresh rosemary, this roasted zucchini recipe is a delicious seasonal potluck option.
Test Kitchen Tip: Prep ahead for less stress. Assemble the entire lasagna and chill for up to 24 hours before baking and taking it to go.
Here’s a savory pie worthy of a standing ovation! Showcase your garden's finest fresh vegetables in this colorful summer dish from cooking show host/singer/mom Trisha Yearwood. Stacked with zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and two types of gooey cheese, this zucchini recipe can be served as either a side or an entrée (depending on how you slice it).
Lime Couscous with Summer Veggies
Give quick-cooking couscous a burst of summer flavor with fresh-squeezed lime juice and a medley of zucchini, carrots, and green onion. Seeking lower-sodium options? Prepare the couscous with reduced-sodium chicken broth and decrease the salt in the easy zucchini recipe to ½ teaspoon.
This casserole is hearty, healthy, and ready in a pinch. Summer squash, sausage, and stuffing mix help this crowd-pleasing baked zucchini recipe that comes together in under an hour. Plus, how can any meal that finishes with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter be bad?
Farmer’s Market Grilled Cheese
You’ll melt over this grown-up grilled cheese. Plus, you can feel good about the fresh veggies in this quick lunch or dinner zucchini recipe idea. Just layer spinach, mayonnaise, goat cheese, squash, and tomato on sourdough bread, then toast until golden.
Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting
Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes
Come summer, cut calories and carbs from your typical potato latkes and try this easy zucchini fritter recipe instead! Mix shredded zucchini with Parmesan cheese and a handful of pantry ingredients for a batter that fries up into crispy, garden-fresh cakes.
Test Kitchen Tip: While you griddle up the rest of the batch of 30 squash snacks, keep the others nice and warm on a sheet pan with a wire rack in a 300°F oven.
Spiced Nuts and Zucchini Corn Bread
Boxed corn bread mix simply can’t compete with this easy-prep homemade side. Spiced mixed nuts add just the right amount of crunch to our moist corn and zucchini bread recipe. Served warm, this homemade corn bread is the perfect complement to nearly any meal.
Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata
When you see how simple it is to prepare, this creation will become a go-to zucchini recipe idea. Heap smoky bacon, Parmesan cheese, and spicy peppers into this grilled zucchini boat recipe for a vegetable side dish everyone will love.
Test Kitchen Tip: Grill the zucchini before stuffing to ensure they’re cooked through by the time the bacon gremolata is warm.