Cooking with Zucchini

Go beyond bread with these top-rated recipes that turn zucchini into tasty dinners.

Versatile Vegetable
Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables. You can grill, sauté, steam, or bake it for delicious results.

Grilled Zucchini

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Any Way You Slice It
Smaller squash tend to taste better–less bitter or woody than enormous squash. Serve zucchini in risotto, as a pizza topping, in a stir-fry, or in soup.

Zucchini Risotto

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Crisp Green Zucchini
The larger zucchini you grow or get from your neighbors is a good candidate for stuffing or turning into zucchini relish or chutney. You can even eat zucchini flowers.

Pepperoni Stuffed Zucchini

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Sweet Squash
Zucchini and yellow squash can be used in baking, too–try them in brownies, muffins, cookies, and the good ol’ standby, zucchini bread.

Zucchini Brownies

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Flavor Friends
Zucchini and its cousins are especially well complemented by garlic, onions, tomatoes, dill, basil, marjoram, chives, oregano, and mint.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

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Tips for Cooking Zucchini

  • “I recommend using a very hot grill to get the outer surfaces a little crispy while keeping the interior somewhat firm. Too low temperature and it just gets kinda mushy.” — crimson buckeye
  • “To keep the beautiful green of the zucchini, I saute until tender-crisp then remove from pan.” — Nicolette
  • “I use a cast-iron skillet with 1T butter to nicely brown zucchini.” — LADYJAYPEE