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Recipes to use with Large Zucchini

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Did that fresh zucchini from the garden go unnoticed a little too long? Well, fear not. You can still use giant zucchini from the garden! Save it from the compost pile, and try any number of these recipes with that larger zucchini.

Is large zucchini still edible?

Yes! Overgrown monster zucchini can definitely still be eaten, and there are many recipes out there that are perfect for big zucchini. From baked goods to savory dishes, oversized zucchini is super versatile. (Here is my full post on How to Grow Squash and Zucchini if you’d like to grow your own!)

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Many recipes for bigger zucchini do require the seeds to be removed using the zucchini flesh alone, simply because they are quite large and tough to eat. Any of these suggestions for zucchini recipes are a great way to enjoy your overly large harvest!

Zucchini Breads and Baked Goods

One of the best ways to “hide” zucchini in a recipe for those who are huge fans is by baking them. Extra-large zucchini can keep baked good moist and flavorful, and they’re a great way to use up your vegetables during zucchini season!

  • Zucchini Bread Muffins: Whole grain flour and shredded overgrown zucchini make these muffins delicious and nutritious for the whole family! Use a smaller zucchini if that’s what you have on hand!
zucchini bread muffins cooling on a rack
zucchini bread muffins cooling on a rack
  • Zucchini Crisp (Mock Apple Crisp)– I promise this zucchini crisp recipe tastes JUST like apple crisp! It’s the perfect way to use up large zucchini! (Down Red Bud Drive)
  • Lemon Zucchini Loaf– This is one of my favorite zucchini bread recipes, and I think you will love this lemon zucchini loaf, too! The lemon makes quick breads taste so fresh and light, plus a creamy glaze on top makes for a perfect loaf. (XOXOBella)
Zucchini Lemon Loaf from XOXObella
  • Zucchini Cheddar Cheese Herb Bread- Zucchini Cheddar Cheese Herb Beer Bread is a great use for large garden zucchinis. An easy savory loaf of bread to make. (Serene Bakes Simply From Scratch)
  • Baked Zucchini Donuts with Vanilla Glaze– Love donuts? Make a batch of healthier baked zucchini donuts with vanilla glaze. Moist, flavourful and gluten-free. An easy and delicious way to use up zucchini from your garden! (Satori Design for Living)
– Zucchini Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Zucchini Main Dishes

  • Healthy Spicy Chicken Burgers– These Spicy Chicken Burgers are pan-seared with olive oil and filled with flavor and zucchini! A healthy alternative to beef burgers! So good you can even eat them without a bun! (Hello Spoonful)
Spicy Chicken Burgers
  • Cheesy Zucchini Fritters– Cheesy Zucchini Fritters have crispy edges, tender insides and make a great snack or side dish to your lunch or dinner. Kids and adults love these nutritious fritters with mozzarella cheese that can be customized to fit anyone’s tastes. (A Cedar Spoon)
  • Zucchini and Ground Turkey Skillet- Zucchini and ground turkey skillet with ginger, green onion, baby spinach, coconut aminos and dried herbs adds up to a super clean dinner recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes! (The Roasted Root)
  •  Thai Zucchini Boats with Ground Beef– This one’s a bit different! Don’t be stuck eating boring old Zucchini Meatloaf! Here’s a fresh tasty way to eat stuffed zucchini, inspired by the flavours of Thailand, bacon optional! (Peter’s Food Adventures)
  • Zucchini Rollatini with Spinach and Ricotta– Few things smell as good as a tray of Zucchini Rollatini baking in the oven. Paper thin slices of zucchini are all rolled up, stuffed with a cheesy blend of baby spinach, and ricotta, and dressed with a simple marinara. (Sip and Feast)
  • Roasted Courgette Soup with Peas and Basil– This silky roasted courgette soup is packed with flavour, from slow-cooked courgette and garlic blitzed with peas and basil, and finished with ciabatta croutons. (The Veg Space)
Roasted Courgette Soup with Peas and Basil

Zucchini Side Dishes

  • Air Fryer Zucchini Fries– Delicious cheesy and tasty zucchini fries that make for a perfect veggie appetizer. Kid approved too! (Rachna Cooks)
  • Zucchini Ribbon Salad– Zucchini ribbon salad with fresh mint, lemon and feta. (What a Girl Eats)
Zucchini Ribbon Salad
  • Zucchini Rice Gratin– This French zucchini rice gratin is based on Julia Child’s tian de courgettes au riz, and is a delicious side dish made with fresh summer squash, rice and cheese. (Champagne Tastes)
  • Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Pizza Bites– Next time you need a game day appetizer, try these! This healthy zucchini pizza bites recipe, with spicy buffalo chicken added to the mix, is the perfect healthier game day snack that’s low carb. (Food Meanderings)

Zucchini Dessert Recipes

  • Chocolate Zucchini Brownies– Who needs chocolate cake? These zucchini brownies are rich and fudgy with a crinkly top and loaded with shredded zucchini! (Joy, Food, Sunshine)
Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
  • Brown Sugar Zapple Crisp– This fun recipe turns summer zucchini into a delicious dessert! The brown sugar crisp tastes so good and it’s just like eating an apple crisp. Top with vanilla ice cream for a perfect summer treat. (Cooking with Carlee)
  • Cherry Limeade Popsicle: These cherry limeade popsicles once won a summer desserts recipe competition. The secret ingredient was zucchini! This recipe is the perfect way to sneak zucchini into a recipe when you’re looking for a unique zucchini recipe that isn’t zucchini bread. (Creative Green Living)

Zucchini Jams, Preserves, and Pickles

  • Ginger Zucchini Preserves– Oversized zucchini are transformed into delicious preserves with this easy recipe. Perfect on scones or toast or on top of pork or chicken, these preserves are sure to please!
zucchini ginger preserves on toast
Zucchini ginger preserves on toast
  • Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles: Zucchini ribbons, pickling brine, and a day or two in the fridge produce the most amazing quick pickles ever. (Homemade and Yummy)
  • Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles- Quick Refrigerator Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles are the perfect way to turn all that extra zucchini in your garden into something delicious. It’s an easy recipe that the entire family will love! (Montana Happy)
  • Strawberry Zucchini Jam– This mock strawberry zucchini jam is such a fabulous way to turn your summer squash harvest into something unexpected and delicious. It is quick to put together and fabulous spread over toast or swirled into yogurt. (Cooking with Carlee)

If you have more tasty suggestions for how to use large zucchini from the garden, please feel free to drop a comment below!


Thursday 27th of June 2024

So many yummy ideas! I can't grow zucchini for the life of me, but I always end up with a heap from my farmers box, so this will come in super handy.


Wednesday 26th of June 2024

The Zucchini muffins are a must try!! I have made them several time and my family devours them. The zucchini is plentiful in my garden and I am always looking for zucchini recipes. I made sure to bookmark this link to come back to it during harvest season.


Thursday 27th of June 2024

I'm so glad it was helpful. When zucchini starts producing it can quickly become overwhelming.

Heather Brown

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

What a brilliant list. Every once in a while, I'll miss a zucchini when I'm picking the garden and the next thing you know, I have one the size of a baseball bat!


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

This is great! My friend Dawn always says if she's not careful, her zucchini grow as big as a leg! Now we have some recipes to deal with that situation LOL.


Friday 25th of August 2023

We make zucchini boats with our large ones. Just slice in half, scoop out the seeds and fill with browned ground beef (can use chicken or turkey as well) and tomato sauce and rice filling. Grill them or in oven until the zucchini is tender but still firm. We also love a Tex mex version with salsa, corn, cheddar or Monterey cheese, black beans and jalapeño peppers. Delish!


Thursday 31st of August 2023

@Courtney, I've become gluten intolerant, my biggest miss is my Italian. I've heard there's great recipes for fresh zucchini lasagna out there....help


Friday 25th of August 2023

Yes! I do love a zucchini boat!