63 Zucchini Recipes to Make for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and, Well, Anytime You’re Feeling Snacky

How do we love thee, zucchini? Let us count the ways. You’re healthy and tasty, with practically no time or skills required to turn you into a delicious meal. You’re an easy low-carb swap for our favorite comfort food recipes. And, you can be whipped up into a mouthwatering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert. Here are 63 zucchini recipes that prove it.

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1. Zucchini ‘fries’

When that fry craving hits (and you know it will), whip up this healthier version instead of the usual deep-fried taters.

2. Mini Spanish Tortilla With Zucchini

Amazing news: This whole thing is for you, and makes a mean breakfast, lunch or dinner.

3. Zucchini Ricotta Galette

This savory pie is basically foolproof, thanks to premade pie crust.

4. Pesto Zoodles

A healthy coating of homemade basil pesto takes zucchini noodles to a whole new level.

5. Zoodle Stir-fry

Skip the rice in favor of squash. It’s flavorful and filling, and it comes together in no time.

6. Baked Zucchini ‘ziti’ Spirals With Mozzarella

This has all the cheesiness but none of the carbs of the original, thanks to sneaky zucchini ribbons.

7. Easy Zucchini Bread

All you need is one bowl to mix the ingredients and a little patience as the loaf bakes.

8. Caprese Salad With Grilled Zucchini

Call it summer on a plate. Just don’t skimp on the fresh basil (or cheese).

9. Zucchini Rice

Rice is nice, but when faced with an abundance of zucchini, you can transform it into an equally delicious (and easy-to-make) side.

10. Baked Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

Love cooking, but hate doing dishes? We found your dream dinner, and it’s ready in 30 minutes.

11. Easy One-pan Ratatouille

While the traditional French version of this dish is slow-cooked on the stove, ours is delightfully hands-off.

12. Zoodles With Tomato Sauce And Mozzarella

While we wish we could eat pasta every night, we’ll settle for this lighter version instead.

13. Easy Zucchini Chips

Sorry, potatoes. There’s a new snack in town.

14. Ina Garten’s Baked Spinach And Zucchini

The Barefoot Contessa adds basmati rice and two different types of cheese to keep this dish interesting (and decadent).

15. Sweet Corn, Tomato And Zucchini Grain Salad With Peach-dijon Vinaigrette

All it takes is 15 minutes to transform some gorgeous seasonal produce into an even more stunning salad.

16. Zucchini & Tomato Ragù

Eat it in a bowl for a quick lunch, serve it as a side dish with grilled meat or add a poached egg and call it breakfast. How versatile is that?

17. Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

This pie starts with store-bought seeded flatbread, which remains crisp underneath a pile of thinly shaved summery vegetables.

18. Low-carb Zucchini Enchiladas

These enchiladas have a secret: They’re made with zucchini instead of tortillas, so they have all the gooey, cheesy goodness, minus the carbs.

19. Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew

If you want a vegetarian version of this one, simply omit the beef. Having seconds is optional…but encouraged.

20. Easy Vegan Pesto-parmesan Spaghetti With Zucchini

Here’s proof that plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming.

21. Meal-prep Turkey Meatballs With Zucchini Noodles

Balance out the rich and juicy meatballs with these vitamin A- and C-packed zoodles.

22. Kelp And Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

One taste of the peanut-tamari sauce and you’ll wonder what you were missing all this time.

23. Zucchini Carbonara With Parsnip ‘pancetta’

Mixing spiralized zucchini into the spaghetti ramps up the vegetable content, but still has a similar flavor and texture to the original pasta dish.

24. Minty-fresh Zucchini Salad With Marinated Feta

This lightning-fast salad pairs marinated feta with raw zucchini for a new take on the summer squash.

25. Cold Lemon Zoodles

When it’s too damn hot to turn on the stove, just don’t. These zucchini noodles require zero cooking.

26. Ketogenic Baked Eggs And Zoodles With Avocado

Even if you’re not on the keto diet, you won’t be able to resist these cuties.

27. Zoodles With Summer Vegetables

When the farmers market (or your backyard garden) is overflowing with zucchini, there’s only one thing to do: make noodles.

28. Cheesy Raw Vegan Zucchini Lasagna

Introducing the clean-eating version of your favorite comfort food.

29. Zoodles With Avocado And Mango Sauce

The creamy sauce is spicy, but you can make it mild by omitting the chile (if you really want).

30. Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna With Corn And Cherry Tomatoes

This beauty has the same cheesy goodness you crave (and then some), minus the hours of assembly time the traditional version requires.

31. 20-minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

Buttery and bright but without all the carbs (so you can eat it every night if you want to).

32. Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

One of the biggest benefits of zucchini noodles is that you can load them with as much creamy, dreamy sauce as you like.

33. Grilled Pesto Chicken Couscous Bowls

The pesto is made from spinach and arugula, which is just as flavorful as basil but not quite as expensive.

34. Instant Cup Of Noodles With Spiralized Vegetables

It’s like our grocery-store guilty pleasure, but a million times healthier.

35. Sheet-pan Lemon Butter Veggies And Sausage

Hands-off dinners and almost-zero dishes, these are a few of our favorite things. This meal delivers on both fronts.

36. Cheesy Zucchini Gratin

This would be just as at home in a holiday spread as it is on an alfresco dinner table.

37. Squash And Squash Blossom Frittata

If you can get your hands on squash blossoms at the farmers market, lucky you.

38. Pesto Quinoa Bowls With Roasted Veggies And Labneh

The veggies are simply roasted with some olive oil, all in the same pan, so they’re as easy to throw together as they are pretty.

39. Turkey Sausage And Veggie Polenta Bowls

Polenta feels super fancy and luxurious, but it’s surprisingly quick and versatile. Plus, you can make it as veggie-forward as you so desire.

40. Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna With Vegan Basil Ricotta

Since everything gets cooked in one appliance, you won’t heat up the entire house while channeling your inner nonna.

41. Easy Stir-fried Rice Cakes With Xo Sauce

The rice cakes are chewy, sticky and absorb the flavors that surround them, so the sauce is extra important (and tasty).

42. Cheater’s Grilled Whole Chicken And Vegetables

The bird and the veggies all get cooked on the same grates, so everything is ready at the same time.

43. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

You can’t have ROYGBIV without the green, and thus, the zucchini.

44. Vegetable Tagine With Fluffy Couscous

Any veggies will work here, but when zucchini are in season, they’re *chef’s kiss*

45. Cheesy Pesto Chips

They’re savory, crispy and hard to walk away from. Good thing they’re healthy too.

46. Indian-inspired Kitchari Bowls

Inspired by a centuries-old Ayurvedic dish, this stew is energizing and tummy settling, and won’t weigh you down.

47. Zucchini Salad With Lemon And Parmesan

Peel raw zucchini into crisp-tender ribbons, add tart lemon juice and mustard and finish with a little Parmesan cheese. Suddenly you’ve got a meal that’s even better than a bowl of pasta.

48. Freekeh Vegetable Soup

Freekeh is an ancient grain that adds body and protein to this veggie-packed soup.

49. Blistered Green Beans With Tomatoes, Pounded Walnuts And Raw Summer Squash

This whole dish is ready in about 15 minutes, and it’ll be gone from the table even faster than that.

50. Vegan Keto Coconut Curry

We’ll look the other way if you want to lick the bowl.

51. Roasted Zucchini With Parmesan

When the produce is good, you don’t need to complicate things.

52. Grilled Zucchini With Goat Cheese And Pine Nuts

We love the way the cheese gets all melty when it hits the squash.

53. Blackened Zucchini Tacos

When you have more zucchini than you know what to do with, every day is Taco Tuesday.

54. Healthy Zucchini Muffins

Some muffins are just cupcakes without frosting. These guys just taste like it.

55. Zucchini Ribbon Risotto

This creamy dish is worth the (nonstop) stirring.

56. Dairy-free Zucchini Rollups In Easy Bolognese Sauce

Low-carb, yet every bit as satisfying as the real deal. Bonus: You don’t need a spiralizer to make these zucchini noodles—a vegetable peeler will get the job done.

57. Mac And Cheese Stuffed Oven-fried Zucchini Bites

You had us at mac and cheese (and again at oven-fried).

58. Weeknight Salmon, Tomato And Zucchini Tagliatelle

This one goes out to the lazy summer cooks (aka all of us). It takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

59. Sweet Corn And Zucchini Pie

It’s like summertime in pie form, and we can’t get enough.

60. Grilled Zucchini Tacos

Make all the salsa and corn salad ahead of time; thank us later.

61. Three Herb Tomato Zucchini Salad

The secret ingredient in the tangy dressing is sumac, a Middle Eastern ingredient that adds a bright, citrusy kick.

62. Zucchini Mac And Cheese

Is it wrong that we want to marry this dish? Nope, we didn’t think so.

63. Easy Zucchini Fritters

ABD: Always be dipping…in garlic-dill sauce, of course.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...