Savory Zucchini recipes, I can never get enough of these which is why I gathered 17 Savory Zucchini recipes to keep me inspired. Whether your garden is exploding, your neighbors are leaving baskets of them on your porch, or you’ve headed out to a farmers market Zucchini’s are definitely in abundance during the summer.
Zucchini is a green vegetable that belongs to the family of cucumbers, pumpkins, melons, and squash with an elongated shape and dark green skin, that you don’t need to peel. It’s mild flavour profile lends itself really well to many types of cuisines, and food prep methods.
Picky Eaters; no problem
At our house texture is the biggest challenge, my kids don’t like it “mushy”. Because zucchini has such a high water content it cooks quickly and can get too soft if you don’t have a good recipe or it has been stored incorrectly.
That’s where this collection of recipes comes in! With over 17 Savory Zucchini recipes for you to choose from, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. In this roundup post, we curated 17 savory zucchini recipes that are perfect for using up the summer bounty at home and made sure we’ve got some great options for vegetarians too!
Benefits of cooking Savory Zucchini recipes:
- Cooks quickly
- Long storage time (up to 2 weeks)
- Works with many different flavor profiles and cuisines
- Inexpensive: Buy fresh from the local farmers market when in season, and freeze up to 6 months.
- Health benefits: It’s a good source of vitamin A and C as well as potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and dietary fiber.
- Good for weight loss: The low-calorie count makes it a perfect choice for those who are trying to watch their weight.
- Versatile: The flavor and texture of zucchini make it an excellent for both summer side dishes and main dishes, which can be made in advance as well.
Make ahead & meal planning info
Raw zucchini will hold in the fridge for up to 5 days, making it an excellent option for casserole style side dishes that you can make ahead and just pop into the oven on a busy weeknight.
Slice, toss with olive oil and your favorite herbs, this is the time to use fresh from your garden if you have one. Grill or roast in the oven until zucchini is just tender. Use in salads, sandwiches, and as a delicious topping on pizza for a unique twist on a classic recipe.
Raw slices of zucchini are excellent on a veggie tray with baby carrots, cauliflower and broccoli florets and your favourite dip. We especially enjoy this Artichoke Jalapeno dip and this Avocado Ranch Dip
Pro Tip: Store unwashed zucchini in a paper bag in the fridge for upto 2 weeks. No paper bag? Place in a
Everything you need to know about Zucchini
Whole Zucchini is best stored in the refrigerator in a brown paper bag. A paper bag left open will absorb extra moisture, and extend the life of the zucchini up to 2 weeks.
No. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to soft squash, zucchini, yellow squash (also known as crookneck), and patty pan. Avoid washing before storing, but definitely wash before use.
Zucchini can be cut, shredded or sliced up to 3 days before using. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Add a piece of paper towel to absorb any moisture.
Yes! Zucchini sliced, diced, or grated can be frozen. For best results, freeze on a baking sheet and then transfer to a Freezer bag. This will ensure that all the pieces are easy to separate. Another great tip is to freeze the zucchini in 1 cup portions, so it’s to defrost and easier for use in recipes.
Zucchini can be cut into rounds, semi-circles, or long strips . You can also use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, or grate it using a box grater.