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17 Favorite Zucchini Recipes

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Ideas on how to use up all that healthy summer squash!

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How do you use up zucchini, that flavorful summer squash? There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable at its peak that go beyond zucchini bread. See recipes for zucchini pizza, zucchini relish, fried zucchini, zoodles, zucchini pancakes—OK, we’ll stop there. We hope you enjoy our collection!

Whether you enjoy it raw or cooked—or, as a secret way to add moistness to a baked good—zucchini is the green gem of the summer garden. Not only are there many ways to serve zucchini but also it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and it’s also low-carb, low-fat, high-fiber, and high nutrition! 

Our Favorite Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini and Pecan Sour Cream Pancakes

These zucchini pancakes are light and fluffy with a pleasing crunch from the pecan nuts.

Zucchini pancakes. Photo credit: Sam Jones/Quinn BreinPhoto credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Zucchini Bread

How could we not include zucchini bread, the classic way to use up zucchini? We love to freeze lots of zucchini loaves—always handy.

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Kale, Bean, and Zucchini Soup

Kale, beans, and zucchini are all powerhouse vegetables. Try them together in this soup!

Zucchini soup. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.Photo credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Garden Patch Potato Salad with Zucchini

Move over, traditional potato salads, here comes a new favorite! Packed with vegetables, colorful, and crunchy, this salad pairs especially well with grilled foods.


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Photo credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Zucchini and Tomato Au Gratin

This recipe is perfect for the summer harvest time, combining two classic and complimentary garden goodies.

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Breaded Fried Zucchini Rounds

Our breaded fried zucchini rounds are just delicious—and take no time to make. 

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Zucchini Spice Cake

This zucchini spice cake with orange cream cheese frosting is so delicious! You’ll never guess that there are hidden fruits and veggies!

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Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini adds the moistness and the benefits of vegetables, but no one will even notice!

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Zucchini Potato Soup

This Zucchini-Potato Soup is surprisingly flavorful and a big hit even with those who aren’t normally fond of soups.


Zucchini Marmalade

With a slight hint of lemon and ginger, this spread will disappear when served with warm scones. A great way to use up your bumper crop of zucchini!

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Zucchini Sausage Squares

Zucchini Sausage Squares combine simple, fresh ingredients to create a comforting, filling, and savory dish that can feed a crowd!

Zucchini Sausage Squares. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn BrienPhoto credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brien

Zucchini Pizza Recipe

When you’re faced with a glut of zucchini, turn to this healthy and delicious recipe that uses squash instead of dough for a crust.
Watch our video demo on how to make Zucchini Pizza!

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Lemon-Zucchini Muffins

Shredded fresh zucchini doesn’t alter the flavor of these lemony muffins, but it does give them a moister texture and a nutritional boost.


Zucchini Pancakes (Latkes)

What a great way to serve summer’s most abundant vegetable! These latke-style zucchini pancakes can even be served as a main course.

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Summer Squash Salad

Thinly sliced summer squash lends sweetness to this lemony salad studded with toasted pine nuts.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This Chocolate Zucchini Cake is the best chocolate cake ever! It’s moist and chocolatey and (almost) guilt-free! The cake freezes well, so you can pull it out any time.

Watch the video demo below on how to make!


Ever made zucchini noodles, aka zoodles? They’re a healthy, fresh alternative to pasta! Here is a delicious recipe that was a potluck hit.


More Zucchini Recipes

There are never enough zucchini recipes! If you need more ideas, check out these salads, soups, slaws, pickles, and other recipes using summer squash.

Grow Your Own Zucchini

One more thing: It’s fun and easy to grow your own zucchini because it’s such a prolific plant! Learn how in our free Zucchini Growing Guide.

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