Fresh Zucchini Recipes to Make a Dent in Your Bumper Crop

Healthy and crisp Baked Zucchini Fries with a fresh tomato dipping sauce ---

Running out of recipe ideas for everyone’s favorite garden over-achiever? I’ve got some fresh recipes to help you eat up that last stubborn zucchini that never seems to disappear!

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I don’t always appreciate plain zucchini, it’s sort of bland and boring when I steam it or sauté it ~ but boy does it cook up good when you add a little creativity into the mix. One of my least favorite side dish veggies has become one of my favorite ingredients for all sorts of recipes, from scones to meatballs. In fact I no longer dread the annual zucchini glut, I celebrate it!


Zucchini bread 2.0

Fresh Zucchini Recipes to Make a Dent in Your Bumper Crop

I love a Classic Zucchini Bread. But, once you’ve made your first one or two, or three, of the season, you might be ready to change it up a bit. These recipes are all a little special, and would all make a great treat to bring into the office, or enjoy with a cup of coffee in your garden, admiring your zucchini plant 🙂

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Zucchini ~ it’s what’s for dinner!

Fresh Zucchini Recipes to Make a Dent in Your Bumper Crop

Zucchini can be challenging to cook with, especially if you’re trying to wedge it into savory dishes. It’s watery (well over 90% of the darned things are water!) and doesn’t have a very assertive flavor. These recipes take advantage of zucchini’s mild, fresh sweetness in some satisfying summer dishes.

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Zucchini treats that aren’t bread

Fresh Zucchini Recipes to Make a Dent in Your Bumper Crop

Zucchini can enrich all kinds of baked goods, not just quick breads. Almost all of the time I’ll grate them for use in baking, and I always leave the skin on, it’s got great nutrition, fiber, and color. Grating changes the structure of the veg and releases water, which in turn makes my scones, blondies, or cakes nice and moist. Some of my recipes call for squeezing out the excess moisture first, but very often I don’t do that because the recipe is formulated to take that extra liquid into account.

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How to choose the best zucchini ~

Sometimes you don’t have a choice, especially if you’re growing your own, but keep these tips in mind when shopping.

  • Bigger isn’t better, don’t fall for the ginormous zucchini, it will be bland and watery.
  • I always look for young slender zukes because they’re firmer, more nutritious, and the skin to flesh ratio is higher, giving the zucchini more flavor and substance in recipes.
  • I like smaller zucchini because more peel means more green color in my recipes, which is a good thing.
  • You may see yellow, pale green, or even speckled zucchini at your market, and you can use them as well.

To peel or not to peel?

  • I never peel my zucchini, the peel adds flavor, fiber, and color, in fact, the peel’s the best part!

How to grate zucchini for cooking ~

  • I use different methods of grating depending on what I’m cooking.
  • The box grater yields a fine, wet, shred. These shreds will tend to disappear completely in baking.
  • The fastest and driest method of grating zucchini is to use the grating attachment of a food processor. The shreds tend to be a little thicker and longer with this method, which helps them hold their shape and show up more in baked goods.

What are zucchini noodles ~

  • Zoodles are a recent fad among low carb eaters, and it just means zucchini that’s been cut into long thin ribbons that resemble pasta. This requires a little gadget called a Spiralizer.
  • In my opinion zucchini noodles aren’t worth all the hype, or the bother to make them unless you need to eat low carb and you adore zucchini.
  • They’re a fun one time experience, though, I tried them in my Zoodle Pad Thai Salad, but I don’t recommend buying special equipment to make them. My Spiralizer is gathering dust.


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  • Reply
    Tricia B
    August 19, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I wish we had planted zucchini this year! I could make each of these amazing recipes. Pinned 🙂

  • Reply
    Liliane Abergel
    August 18, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Haven’t seen any Ratatouille recipe among all the yummies 🙂

    • Reply
      August 18, 2019 at 9:46 am

      lol I never liked ratatouille, and I was just thinking that I should do one for the blog…there’s still plenty of zucchini out there, so I guess I should get to it 🙂

    • Reply
      Martha in KS
      August 18, 2019 at 11:03 am

      I make my own version of ratatouille without eggplant – just zucchini, tomatoes & onions. Love it!

  • Reply
    August 18, 2019 at 8:12 am

    It is a nice, very nice collection of not-so-ordinary dishes with the humble zucchini. An upgrade. Thank you Sue, your recipes came in just the day you realise you have too much too often!

    • Reply
      August 18, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Thanks my Grecian muse!!

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