10 Recipes That Prove Zucchini Is Actually a Magic Vegetable


There are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more.

Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.

Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).

Chop zucchini up and cook it with peppers and onions, then serve it with eggs as Zucchini “Hash Browns” in place of potatoes.

Grate zucchini, then form it into patties and fry into Zucchini Pancakes.


Chop up zucchini and simmer it into a hearty, loaded and well-spiced Zucchini Chili.

Use breaded zucchini in place of eggplant or chicken and make a saucy, vegetarian Zucchini Parmesan.


Grate zucchini and bake it into a moist, subtly sweet Healthy Zucchini Bread.

Top sliced zucchini with cheesy breadcrumbs for Ina Garten’s baked Zucchini Gratin.


Trade tortilla chips for baked zucchini slices, then load them up with all the fixings for Zucchini Fry Nachos.


Shave the raw vegetable so it’s paper-thin for a refreshing Zucchini Carpaccio that’s perfect for entertaining.

zoodle slaw on pulled pork sandwich

Spiralize zucchini into crunchy, slender zoodles for a riff on classic slaw.

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The Mom 100: Baby Zucchini Gratin

Feed Me Phoebe: Green Shakshuka with Zucchini, Chard and Peas

Creative Culinary: Lemony Summer Squash Bread

Taste with the Eyes: Summer Squash Lasagna with Fried Basil #glutenfree

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