Tuesday, August 06, 2013

50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes (for Sneak Some Zucchini on to Your Neighbor's Porch Day)

If you have a surplus of zucchini, these 50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes can help you use it up!

It may not be an official government holiday, but gardeners everywhere celebrate August 8 as Sneak Some Zucchini on to Your Neighbor's Porch Day.  Several years ago I did a zucchini round-up in honor of the day, but since then I've made so many more recipes with zucchini that I decided to give that post a make-over and update it with some of my new favorites.  You still have a few more days before you need to start sneaking the zucchini on to the neighbor's porch, so maybe these 50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes can help, or at least you can leave the neighbors a recipe idea along with that zucchini!  I've divided the recipes into categories this time to help you find something you'll like.  There are lots of other bloggers who have good zucchini recipes too, so after my list I'll share a few links to other places to find them. Enjoy!

(This collection was originally posted with 20 Zucchini Recipes; updated with more zucchini recipe favorites in August 2013.)  

Grilled Zucchini
Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices were a surprising hit on the blog.

You won't find an easier recipe than these Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs!

You can't go wrong with basic Grilled Zucchini as a side dish.

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.

More Grilled Zucchini Recipes:

Stuffed Zucchini
stuffed zucchini cups Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups
are another recipe that's been a big hit!

I used my favorite little 8-Ball Zucchini for these Stuffed Zucchini 

Or for a meatless version there's Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini 

  Zucchini Side Dishes
You can use a lot of different garden veggies in this Garlic-Lover's Vegetable Stir-Fry,
but zucchini is one vegetable I'd always include.

You can't go wrong with Sauteed Zucchini with Spinach and Basil Pesto.

More Zucchini Side Dishes:
"Creamed Zucchini" (a Denny Family Favorite)
Ratatouille Wanna-Be
Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon and Mint

Cheesy Zucchini Dishes

Raw Zucchini Salads
is one of my favorite way to use small young zucchini.)

Marinated Summer Squash and Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Herbs, and Parmesan

More Raw Zucchini Salads:

Zucchini Bread or Cake

Julienned Zucchini 
is a tasty diet-friendly or gluten-free spaghetti dinner.

Avocado, Tomato, Poblano, and Lime and it also happens to be vegan.

Zucchini with Eggs
is a good way to sneak some zucchini into the breakfast menu.

 Monster Zucchini and Basil Strata can be eaten any time of day.

More Zucchini with Eggs:

Grilled or Cooked Zucchini Salads
There's no doubt that Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad
is one of my favorite zucchini recipes ever!

will be a hit for a barbecue side dish!

Zucchini Muffins, Sweet and Savory

Savory Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Feta, Parmesan and Green Onions
are another one of my favorite recipes for baked zucchini treats.

More Zucchini Muffins:

Zucchini Pasta and Pasta Salad

is going to be a hit at any pot-luck you take it to.

More Zucchini Pasta or Pasta Salad

Zucchini Soup

This isn't a great photo of Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup
but the recipe is a huge favorite in my family.

More Soup with Zucchini:

Zucchini Recipe Collections from my Blogging Friends:
Lydia from The Perfect Pantry has a fabulous e-book with 23 Zucchini Recipes that are creative and delicious (like this Zucchini Ribbon Salad.)

Cookin' Canuck shares Best Blogger Zucchini Recipes.

You can find 35 Zucchini Recipes from Around the Web at Two Peas and Their Pod.

You'll find 25 Yummy Zucchini Recipes at Second Chance to Dream.

There are 35 Delicious Zucchini Recipes at Six Sisters' Stuff.

Creations by Kara has 20 Delicious Zucchini Recipes.

Taste and Tell spotlights 24 Zucchini Recipes.

Daily Bites shares 25 Ways with Zucchini.

What's your *very* favorite recipe using zucchini? Let us know about it in the comments.  And we'd also like to know if you've ever gotten zucchini on the porch!
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  1. You've proved the versatility of zucchini is seemingly endless. Wonderful array of dishes.

  2. That Grilled Greek Zucchini Salad is going to become one of my favorites, too. I like to make zucchini and herb frittatas. Thanks for celebrating this holiday!

  3. What a fantastic "Zucchini Fest!" As you might expect, I'm overun with zucchini, and I think I might adapt one of the baked dishes with cheese for tonight. (Missed you at BlogHer!)

  4. Foodalogue, thank you, and you're right, the possibilities are endless!

    Lydia, glad you like the Greek salad idea. Isn't this a fun "holiday"?

    TW, I had a feeling you might have some surplus zucchini! As you can imagine, I was so sad to miss BlogHer this year, but next year for sure I'll be there!

  5. Fantastic collection of zucchini recipes! Although, no one has to sneak any on my porch. I love the stuff!

  6. Thanks Susan! I love it too, but I confess I can't keep up with the harvest. Of course, the neighbors don't mind getting it!

  7. Right now I wish someone would sneak some zucchini onto my porch...did I just say that:D

  8. Val, if only you lived by me, I would be happy to share!

  9. Kalyn I have to say I just LOVE your blog!!! I was excited to try to so many of your recipes with my fresh produce this summer, but unfortunately my garden has only given me a handful of green and yellow beans and 3 cucumbers.. :( I've loved every recipe I've tried so far!! If you don't mind, I was wondering if you know what pops the flowers off of my zucchini plant, and what to do to avoid this next year? I have a garden fence, have used insecticides and have been fertilizing! I've never had this problem!!! Thanks...

  10. Jessica, so glad you're enjoying the blog. I don't know for sure what's causing your zucchini problems, but I found this about why zucchini blossoms fall off. That makes it sound like you'll still get zucchini. If that doesn't fit what's happening with your plant, I would google to see what else you can find! Good luck!

  11. I think the neighbors used to run the other direction when they saw me coming with sacks of zucchini. I have a favorite salad of shredded raw zucchini, swiss cheese, walnuts with a basic vinaigrette dressing. It is on my blog. This post makes one realize you cannot have too much zucchini!

  12. You have officially become my very very favoritest person!

  13. Perfect timing! I was just complaining that I didn't have any friends with gardens when I bought ny own zucchini at the grocery store. Then my brother in law showed up with more zucchini from his garden. I just started phase 1again after being told by the doctor to lose weight!

  14. Jane, your zucchini salad sounds good, especially the walnuts.

    Pam, thanks! Glad you can use some zucchini recipes!

    Lynette, zucchini will be great for phase one. Sounds like your brother-in-law is in the holiday spirit!

  15. I made a yummy zucchini cupcake this year... my family cant get enough of them!


  16. These recipes look wonderful. Zucchini is my most favorite summer vegetable, so I'm always looking for new things to do with it. I really wish I had a neighbor who felt the need to ditch some on my doorstep.

  17. I love the look of that marinated salad and the bake and the salad with feta.....

    We recently had a zucchini roundup for No Croutons Required and the entries were fabulous, it was one of my favourite rounds. You can be so creative with zucchini or courgette as we call it in Scotland.

  18. The chocolate zucchini bread has been on my to do list for a very long time… what better way to get your veggies in! :D I really like your line up of recipes!

  19. Amanda, the cupcakes look good. (Not South Beach friendly for my diet though, sigh.)

    Shea, hope you get some zucchini! Maybe one of your neighbors will hear about it.

    Jacqueline, thanks for sharing, never too many good zucchini recipes.

    The Housewife, thanks! Hope you get to try the Chocolate Zucchini bread.

  20. I'd love a big bag of zucchini about now ... now that I have these recipes.
    Seriously, wouldn't it be neighborly to find these recipes tucked in a bag of zucchini.
    Really Excellent Kalyn.

  21. Tanna, that would be a fun idea! Glad you liked the post.

  22. Perfect timing for this post. Our plant is producing huge zucchini right now and we're doing everything we can to keep up with it. That zucchini bake is particularly enticing.

  23. Love all your recipes and the pictures look great!!

  24. Now, that's some zucchini love, Kalyn! That zucchini bread with the blueberries popped out at me. ;-) All look great though. I'm making a zucchini bake this evening for our support group meeting: zucchini, sweet onion, almond flour, olive oil, and seasonings. It's a recipe from Ali at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen. Everyone loves it. I even added some chicken, cheese, and tomato sauce, and turned it into a main dish as Cheesy Chicken Zucchini Bake. One needs never be short on ideas with your listing. I especially love your numerous salad ones--thank you!


  25. Wow fabulous round up Kalyn, thanks!

  26. Dara, it must have been great zucchini weather lately in Utah, because the plants are going wild here too.

    Best Cook, thanks! (I do work hard on the photos, although I still have a lot to learn.)

    Shirley, love the sound of that recipe, but I couldn't seem to find it when I searched on that blog. (Did subscribe to her blog though, thanks for introducing me to it!)

    Amanda, thanks!

  27. Hey Kalyn, here's the link to Ali's original recipe: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/08/zucchini-baketastes-like-cheese.html Not sure why it wouldn't show up in the search (I looked, too). I found it on her sidebar links. :-) Glad you subscribed! You'll love her recipes. She'll be at BlogHer Food again this year, so I'll be sure to introduce you. ;-)


  28. Shirley, thanks for helping me find it. (Unfortunately I have a conflict for BlogHer food so I won't be there, sigh.)

  29. These ALL look wonderful! Makes me homesick for my garden in Utah. Unfortunately, we haven't learned the trick of growing zucchini in Az and it kills me to have to BUY it! I would love to have someone leave some on my porch... come on over! :)

  30. Mama Peck, how I wish I could give you some!

  31. So many fabulous zucchini recipes- so little time. I want to try every one.

  32. Great collection of zucchini recipes! The farmers are practically giving it away at the markets thee days.

  33. Thanks Kevin! I'm giving it away (literally) at my house!

  34. Wow thanks for all the zucchini recipes. This is great. We have been getting an abundance of them in our CSA, and so are always looking for new ways to use them. Here's a recipe we put up that you might like as well:

  35. i have lots of zucchinis from farmer's market sitting in my fridge now, so i am glad to have seen this post. I think the breakfast casserole is whats on my mind next.

  36. PJ, just picked a bunch more zucchini yesterday, so I'm going to be making something with zucchini myself today (probably "creamed" zucchini for my dad!)

  37. Kalyn, I made the marinated zucchini salad and it was awesome! I added some lemon zest for extra zing! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  38. Great round up. That grilled salad looks delicious and I've been looking for some whole wheat versions of bread that are low in sugar, I'll give these a go.

  39. Cristie, hope you enjoy the recipes!

  40. We had so many zucchini, and vegetarian friends were coming over, that I made a zucchini lasagna, swapping the zuccs for the pasta. It was amazing, and ever-so-easy. But we still have some left over so I'll have to tuck into some of your recipes.

  41. David, I have made zucchini lasagna like that and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the nice thoughts about the recipes!

  42. I have grated zucchini and let it drain. Then mixed it with grated cheese, thinly sliced onion and chilli to spread as a pizza topping.

  43. Thank you sooo much!! Zucchini is one of my favourite foods. So great to find so many things to do with them!

  44. I'm so happy I found this blog! Especially the Zuchinni recipes! You are so creative; I love it!

  45. Thanks for some great ideas, love the marinated raw salads, I never would have thought of that! One of our favorites is zuchini crab cakes

    shred 2-3lb zuchini and toss with 1/2 tablespoon old bay seasoning, let sit in colander and press well after 30 min.
    add 1 diced onion, 1 egg, and enough breadcrumbs to make it tacky and saute till golden brown on each side.

    they freeze great and we eat em all winter long, a similar greek style recipe can be done with salt instead of old bay, 1/2 cup feta, chopped parsley and mint, salt pep to taste, and then fry in olive oil

  46. Tsan, thanks for the great idea! Sounds delicious, both versions.

  47. Great ideas Kalyn. Question for you. Can I freeze raw zucchini now,for winter baking later? Does it come out thawed still the same? Thanks a lot.

  48. RJ, I have heard of people freezing shredded zucchini and baking with it in the winter, but I haven't tried it. If you have a FoodSaver, sealing it in a bag would be the way I would do it.

  49. Wow -- that's a lotta zucchini! So many great ideas here; I'm printing this updated post to keep on my fridge during zucchini season. Thanks so much for mentioning my zucchini e-book.

  50. I am swooning over this list of recipes. I think I just may need to go on a zucchini diet. Goodness knows I'd always be satisfied with something delicious -- yes, even for breakfast. Wonderful!

  51. Thanks Kelly! I have to admit I was kind of stunned to realize that I had over 50 zucchini recipes, and once I got started I found so many good ones!

  52. Hi Kalyn!

    You've quickly become one of my favorite food bloggers. I don't follow South Beach to a tee anymore but reading your blog helped me to remember how tasty and healthy the meal plans are. I just save your zucchini roundup on my desktop. The meals are VERY doable yet healthy. I can't wait to try them.

  53. I finally have time to grow a garden since retiring in March. Of course the zucchini and yellow squash are prolific. I have tried your recipes but find they are soupy. Do you cook the zucchini first? Additionally, I have made bread and butter pickles with my zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and pimentos...delicious. You can't tell they are not cucumbers

  54. Mickey, have fun gardening. I don't really know how to reply to that, since I have no idea what recipe you're referring to. If it's a question on a specific recipe, you can click through and ask it on that post.

  55. Wow,
    These recipes look amazing. I can't wait to try some. I've bookmarked your page. I love to cook and you've got great ideas that I can share with my readers. Thanks so much. Lisa


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