15+ Easy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

Great Ways to Use Summer Squash

These simple zucchini recipes will make quick work of even the most prolific zucchini and summer squash plants. They have the ease and lightness needed during the hot months with zucchini is in season.

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    Grilled Summer Squash
    Grilled Zucchini. Photo © Molly Watson

    Small and medium zucchini can be simply halved lengthwise, brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt, and set on the grill. Larger specimens can be but into thick diagonal slices. Serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar or a bit of basil dressing to great effect.

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    Zucchini Butter
    Zucchini Butter. Photo © Molly Watson
    This recipe slowly cooks zucchini to make it tender and keep it sweet. My uncle declared it the best use of zucchini he'd ever seen, so that's something! Spread it on toast for a savory snack or use it as a simple dip.


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    This Zucchini Frittata – an Italian-style omelet – is simple and tasty. Make it as the centerpiece of an elegant brunch, a healthy lunch, or quick dinner. Just add a fresh salad and a bit of bread to complete the meal.

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    Zucchini Fritters. Photo © Molly Watson

    Zucchini Fritters are a quick and tempting appetizer – although I've been known to make a salad and call the whole thing dinner!

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    Zucchini Meatball Soup
    Zucchini Meatball Soup. Photo © Molly Watson
    There is grated zucchini in the meatballs and cooked in the broth in this zucchini-using-up recipe. Perfect for fall nights with a chill in the air when zucchini from the garden are still coming in fast and furious.


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    Zucchini Gratin
    Zucchini Gratin. Photo © Molly Watson
    Zucchini gets sliced or shaved, layered with cheese, and baked up to tender deliciousness in this easy casserole.


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    Zucchini Mint Pesto

    Zucchini Mint Pesto. Photo © Molly Watson

    Zucchini Mint Pesto is delicious on hot pasta, as a dressing for pasta salad, or spooned over simply cooked chicken or fish. It freezes beautifully, so it's a great way to use up those piles of zucchini that start to show up in some gardens come August and September.

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    Zucchini Pasta. Photo © Molly Watson

    Strips of zucchini tangle up with the twists and turns of fussili (corkscrew) pasta in this easy, tasty pasta dish.

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    Zucchini Pickles. Photo © Molly Watson

    These Zucchini Pickles are inspired by the ones made and served at Zuni Café in San Francisco. They are easy, refrigerator pickles, so there is no need to boil or "can" them. A bit of turmeric is responsible for the brillirant chartreuse color.

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    Photo © Molly Watson

    The key to this ragout is to use very tiny carrot and zucchini. Ideally, you would only need to quarter them lengthwise to get "bite-size" pieces. Larger specimens will work just fine, but the stew (oops, I mean ragout) will have a less refined air and it will involve a bit more prep work as you cut the vegetable to the right size.

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    Zucchini Ragout, Late Summer

    Late Summer Vegetable Stew. Photo © Molly Watson

    When the garden goes crazy or you haul home just a few too many veggies from the farmers market, try this Late Summer Vegetable Stew to make quick and tasty work of your bounty. It's delicious on its own, it doesn't mind being turned into a topping for polenta either.

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    Zucchini Salad

    Zucchini Mint Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    Shaved Zucchini Salad is quick and impressive. Bonus: it can be prepared a bit ahead of basic tossed salads with no ill effect. Mix things up a bit and make this Zucchini Mint Salad, too.

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    Zucchini Souffle. Photo © Molly Watson
    If souffles scare you, they shouldn't. It's true, they can fall. But guess what? They are just as delicious (if not quite as airy) when that happens.


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    Image of Zucchini Soup
    Zucchini Soup. Photo © Molly Watson

    Whether you want the basic, super simple yet immensely flavorful Zucchini Soup, or a slightly richer Cream of Zucchini Soup or a Cold Zucchini Soup to cool off on a hot and muggy day, these recipes all use lots of zucchini to get the job done.

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    Summer Vegetable Pesto Soup (Soupe au Pistou). Photo © Molly Watson

    This pesto soup (or soupe au pistou to be French about it) simmers the ripe vegetables of summer into a light soup flavored with a dollop of fresh made pesto.