Easy Zucchini Recipes | Midwest Living

Easy Zucchini Recipes

How many ways can you use the surplus of this popular veggie? Here are recipes for grilled, sauteed, raw, stuffed and baked zucchini.
  • Zucchini Caprese

    Grilled zucchini recipes

    Caprese (pictured at left) Bias-slice zucchini and grill with halved cherry tomatoes for 4 to 6 minutes; turn once. Toss on platter with fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar and snipped fresh basil.

    Kabobs Thread zucchini slices, summer squash pieces and onion wedges on skewers. Brush with olive oil mixed with salt, pepper and lemon peel. Grill 8 to 10 minutes.

    Packets Drizzle sliced zucchini with Italian or balsamic salad dressing and wrap in foil packets. Grill packet 6 to 8 minutes.

    Ribbons Slice zucchini lengthwise; brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 3 to 4 minutes per side until softened and charred. Sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh dill.

  • Zucchini Tacos

    Sauteed zucchini recipes

    Tacos (pictured at left) Halve and slice zucchini. Saute in olive oil 3 to 4 minutes; season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Serve with shredded cooked chicken in warm flour tortillas.

    Sauced Saute sliced or chopped zucchini in olive oil with crushed garlic and sliced mushrooms about 4 minutes or until tender. Add a little heavy cream, and cook until thickened. Season to taste; serve over pasta. Top with Parmesan.

    Asian Julienne zucchini and saute in olive oil with chopped shallots about 4 minutes or until tender. Season with toasted sesame seeds, a splash of soy sauce and crushed red pepper.

    Fiesta Saute chopped zucchini, sliced onion and fresh corn in olive oil for 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in some salsa; heat.

  • Zucchini  Appetizer Bites

    Raw zucchini recipes

    Appetizer Bites (pictured at left) Slice zucchini and spread with semisoft cheese that comes flavored with garlic and herb. Sprinkle with chopped olives and snipped chives.

    Mediterranean Toss sliced zucchini and halved cherry tomatoes with Caesar salad dressing. Serve in lettuce cups and top with crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.

    Gazpacho Chop zucchini and stir into some vegetable juice and chill. Add a splash of bottled hot pepper sauce to serve.

    Marinated Marinate zucchini slices, fresh button mushrooms and sweet pepper pieces in purchased vinaigrette salad dressing and a little finely shredded lemon peel for 8 to 24 hours.

  • Zucchini Confetti Muffins

    Baked zucchini recipes

    Confetti Muffins (pictured at left) Fold 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/4 cup shredded carrot into prepared corn muffin mix. Bake according to package directions.

    Gratin Slice zucchini and layer in a baking dish with a snipped fresh herb and shredded Parmesan mixed with panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs). Drizzle layers with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in 375° oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.

    Chocolate Cake Stir 1 cup shredded zucchini into a prepared two-layer-size chocolate cake mix along with 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces. Spoon into a greased and floured fluted tube pan. Bake in a 350° oven about 40 minutes or until done.

  • Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

    Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

    Not only are zoodles (or zucchini noodles) a lighter pasta alternative, they also don’t require any boiling, saving you time in the kitchen.

     Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

  • Baked Stuffed Zucchini

    Baked Stuffed Zucchini

    Savory cremini and nutty porcini mushrooms, along with cheese, soft bread crumbs and herbs, fill zucchini to make a hearty dish for a meatless Monday.

    Baked Stuffed Zucchini 

  • Honey-Zucchini Bread

    Honey-Zucchini Bread

     Zucchini, raisins and walnuts pack nature’s harvest into a sweet and crunchy quick bread.

     ​Honey-Zucchini Bread

  • Grilled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Dill

    Grilled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Dill

    A summer veggie, cooked in the summer way: on a grill! Lemon juice, crushed red pepper and fresh dill add more punch to the zucchini. 

    Grilled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Dill

  • Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

    Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

    Zucchini gets a flavor boost from mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and chopped walnuts in a colorful frittata. 

    Zucchini and Tomato Frittata


  • Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

    Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

    This brunch must-have goes way beyond fresh zucchini and creamy cheese. There’s garlic for punch and walnuts for crunch, plus corn, sweet peppers and herbs. 

    Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta

    Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta

    You could make a meal of this dish: caramelized zucchini, crunchy almonds, salty cheese and hearty quinoa, all dressed in honey-basil vinaigrette. The recipe comes from Little Eater, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Quinoa Salad with Roasted Zucchini, Almonds and Feta 

  • Corn and Zucchini Pan Soufflé

    Corn and Zucchini Pan Soufflé

    Homemade tomato relish tops a cheesy summer soufflé full of fresh corn and shredded zucchini.

     Corn and Zucchini Pan Soufflé

  • Zucchini-Corn Soup with Crispy Bacon

    Zucchini-Corn Soup with Crispy Bacon

    Fresh sweet corn and a generous amount of zucchini star in a simple summer soup, ready in just 35 minutes.

    Zucchini-Corn Soup with Crispy Bacon 


  • Zucchini-Sausage Casserole

    Zucchini-Sausage Casserole

    This homey casserole takes only 25 minutes of prep, making it a perfect pick for a weeknight dinner.

     Zucchini-Sausage Casserole

  • Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans, Corn and Poblano Pepper

    Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans, Corn and Poblano Pepper

    Zucchini “boats” overflow with Tex-Mex flavors and pack the heat of poblano pepper.

    Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans, Corn and Poblano Pepper

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