15 Easy Zucchini Recipes You'll Want to Eat Right Now
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that we look forward to taking over our garden all year—then we go to town. It's easy to prepare and tastes delicious, plus you can toss it into endless dishes, from pasta to sweet potatoes to baked goods (cake!) and beyond.
Zucchini squash offers plenty of health benefits, too. It's a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and water, which means it'll help you stay satisfied and hydrated.
Here, we've rounded up 15 easy zucchini squash recipes you'll want to make all year long. Get 'em while it's hot!
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Zucchini and Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes make for a healthy, flavorful dinner when filled with savory beans and veggies. Cooking the starchy root in the microwave cuts down on cook time, meaning you can have this fiber-packed meal on the table in just 20 minutes. While the potato is cooking, the black bean filling comes together on the stove. Just before serving, top each potato with white Cheddar cheese, and serve with a lime wedge. And be sure to save any leftovers—the veggie-bean mixture would be great tucked inside tacos or on top of nachos.
Get the recipe: Zucchini and Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Zucchini, Radish, and White Bean Salad
Healthy, delicious, and downright stunning. What else could you ask for?
Get the recipe: Zucchini, Radish, and White Bean Salad
Creamy Zucchini Toasts
These baked open-faced sandwiches are perfect for a quick appetizer or snack. The crispy bread, cheesy spread, and fresh zucchini combine to create a dish that rivals avocado toast.
Get the recipe: Creamy Zucchini Toasts
Chicken Zucchini and Prosciutto
Zucchini Parmesan Frittata
A frittata is one of our favorite ways to serve zucchini—and get dinner on the table with almost no work. This recipe combines tender-crisp cooked zucchini with salty Parmesan cheese. Serve it straight from the skillet or make it on the weekend to reheat on weekdays.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Parmesan Frittata
Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Sweet Potato Frosting
Although it tastes indulgent, this cake is packed with good-for-you ingredients. The base of the cake is filled with whole grains and fresh zucchini, and the rich chocolate frosting is made almost entirely from sweet potatoes. Genius? We think so. Have your kids take leftovers to school with them—it’s a dessert all parents can feel better about feeding their kids—or bring them to work with you the next day. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with dessert lovers of all ages.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Sweet Potato Frosting
Grilled Pork Chops and Zucchini With Mango Salsa
Now this dinner is what summer is all about. Bone-in pork chops are just crying out for the grill, where they get a nice char to draw out the meaty flavor. It’s paired with a zucchini-mango salsa that is a delicious take on a summer staple. Rather than using the grill all for all the ingredients—which can feel a little one-note—you’ll just grill the zucchini and onion. Then, you’ll fold in fresh mango, cilantro, and lime in to complement the smoky char and add a sweet-bright twist. It’s the kind of dinner that’s at home in many settings: for a family night, on a promising third date, or to entertain the in-laws. And best of all, it just takes 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Grilled Pork Chops and Zucchini With Mango Salsa
Green Coconut Curry With Zucchini Noodles and Tofu
A quick curry is a weeknight dinner savior, and this vegetarian version is no exception. Because all curry pastes differ in spiciness, taste the broth before adding more. Don’t hesitate to experiment with other veggies, such as eggplant or broccoli.
Get the Recipe: Green Coconut Curry With Zucchini Noodles and Tofu
Zoodles & Turkey Meatballs
Think of this dinner as a healthy helping of spaghetti and meatballs, except we cut the pasta with tons of fresh paper-thin zucchini. And let’s not forget the juicy meatballs, made from hot Italian turkey sausage for maximum flavor with minimum ingredients. They get baked on a rack, so excess fat drains off during cooking. Everything gets topped off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Get the recipe: “Zoodles” & Turkey Meatballs
The wonderful thing about a frittata is its versatility. It can be made with almost any combination of vegetables, eggs, and cheese. In this case, sautéed zucchini and onion add body, blanketed by melted mozzarella cheese. For heat, there’s Espelette pepper, which comes from the Basque region in Spain. However, if you can’t find Espelette at the store, crushed red pepper flakes will stand in just fine. Serve with salad and bread alongside, and turn the leftovers into a wicked breakfast sandwich the next day.
Get the recipe: Zucchini-and-Mozzarella Frittata
Spicy Grilled Chicken With Shaved Zucchini Salad
Are you searching for a recipe for a flavorful, healthy chicken dinner? Look no further than this simple, summery number. The Aleppo pepper-rubbed chicken packs just enough heat, and is paired with a lemony-marinated zucchini salad, all of which gets drizzled with a garlic and herb dressing. To make this recipe even more filling, add some grilled bread or pita. Shopping tip: If you can’t find Aleppo pepper, which is imported from Syria, you can use regular chili flakes.
Get the recipe: Spicy Grilled Chicken With Shaved Zucchini Salad
Chicken Thigh Cutlets with Zucchini, Celery, and Olive Salad
Chicken thighs get pounded into the thinness of cutlets and in turn, they cook faster than they originally would.
Get the recipe: Chicken Thigh Cutlets With Zucchini, Celery, and Olive Salad
The warm spices in this zucchini bread, such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger will have your home smelling delicious and perk up your tastebuds, too.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Spice Bread