Tons of easy zucchini dinner recipes are here to try. Healthy and fresh meals your family will love with this popular and cheap green vegetable.
Finding good zucchini dinner recipes isn’t always as easy as finding desserts. BUT it is one of the most versatile foods to cook with during the summer and winter months and can be added to almost anything! If you’re looking for a zucchini side dish or main entree we have a few ideas for you. (originally published 8/19, affiliate links present)
What Can I do With a Lot of Zucchini
I don’t know about you but every year when the summertime rolls around, all I can think about is getting some good vegetables out of my garden. One vegetable that always tends to grow plentiful and more easily than the others is zucchini.
It’s handy to make baked goods more moist, and savory dishes like Bisquick zucchini quiche and so many other choices.
I thought it would be great to share all of the things we’ve made here + all the zucchini dessert recipes you can try as treats too. We have a bunch of great air fryer zucchini recipes too so if you have a hot air machine I would check that out as well. 😉
What Food Goes Good with Zucchini
I mean you can bake with it, bake it with meat stuffed inside, air fry it breaded like chips. There are so many options I could go on and on about it all. Made into a casserole of sorts like zoodles and shrimp is probably one of our favorite savory choices.
You can integrate vegetables into the mix like we did with these egg nests. Using a slice in a circle all the goodies stay inside like your protein, cheeses and kale. Breakfast for dinner rocks.
- I hate wasting food more than anything in the world so it just makes sense that I have a ton of zucchini dinner recipes on hand to make “all the things
Of course we love our pumpkin zucchini muffins, but there’s a lot more you can do with these beauties!
While you can shred and freeze zucchini to use for later, it’s always just as fun to create and make meals fresh with them as well.
Then pick a few more fresh zucchini from your vegetable garden and get ready for things like zucchini fritters with parmesan cheese and a lot more! We love zucchini so watch out my friends.
Zucchini Dinner Recipes
- We love these air fryer zucchini fritters. Made with almond flour they are low carb and a keto friendly snack or meal.
What meat goes well with zucchini?
Of course you can keep it vegetarian like our vegetable lasagna with white sauce but to make it heartier or have leftovers you might want to add some beef or chicken. A fun and unique twist for a way to get your little ones to eat their veggies.
- Air fried steak is wonderful
- Pork chops
- Ninja Foodi whole chicken is killer, like rotisserie
How big can zucchini get and still be good?
About 6 inches is ideal. Who says you can’t combine taste and flavor into a unique and delicious burger? This is one you won’t want to miss.
So many different ways. You can saute it, bake it, fry it or even grill it over the open fire. Depending on the time of year, you can add it to soups, salads, or just have it as your main side dish or even main entree.
It does, so that is something to think about. Once you shred it and get ready to cook with you, always try to drain out as much of the water as possible.
That way it doesn’t release into your food when you’re baking it and you can have the freshest possible to cook and eat with as well.
How can you tell a good zucchini?
This vegetable should feel firm, yet a bit tender. Another determining factor for me is that it should be small to medium in size. If you have a zucchini plant you know how fast they grow so watch them!
Don’t let them get huge because they won’t taste great. Pick them when they’re the size you see in the grocery store.
This low carb dish is a great way to get that pasta feel without actually eating any pasta. Once you have your vegetable noodles made you can add some cooked and sauteed seafood to the top of it to make it a full meal.
Baked Zucchini Recipes
Easy Keto Lasagna – Even when you’re living the keto lifestyle, you can have your lasagna and eat it, too.
Looking for a great vegan dish that is certain to be delicious? You won’t want to miss the combination of zucchini and beets. Cheesy Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups – Another fun and simple way to create a meal that everyone will love. Dinner time can be so simple when you’re cooking with zucchini.
Baked zucchini taco boats are the best too!
Zucchini Recipes with Meat
- Lamb and Zucchini Boat – Simple and easy to make, these are great for a quick dinner when you need to get something delicious on the table.
- Lentil Quinoa Meatball Bolognese and Zucchini Noodles
- Salt and pepper zucchini chips are just amazing.
Making meatballs is a great idea with this simple and delicious recipe. It’s a new and unique way to get dinner on the table. Have you made any of our muffin tin recipes yet??
This meatloaf muffin recipe can have shredded zucchini added in to add some moisture and texture. This is one that everyone in the family is going to love.
Zucchini Main Dishes
As you can see from the recipe above, it’s great for breakfast, lunch or dinner and can be turned into a wide variety of recipes and dishes. People tend to prefer eating zucchini over other forms of vegetables because they are simple and easy to grow.
Craving a pasta seafood dish but don’t know how to make it happen? Zucchini noodles can be a great alternative and even my kids became believers after trying it with sauce over the top.
For a mixed side dish our air fryer vegetables with slices of this, squash, mushrooms and onions is heavenly. We have made something similar on the grill, follow our smoked vegetables recipe for those instructions.
Zucchini Noodle Recipe
Below is the basics, basically. I mean just using the veggie itself and how would you make that big whole thing into skinny pasta like spaghetti noodles and cook them until tender. I still like a bit al dente because you definitely don’t want to overcook these babies.
First off we prefer to make air fryer zoodles because the texture turns out so well. It will get the edges nice and crispy a bit but still tender in the center. This is how to boil zoodles below.
Zucchini Dinner Recipes
- Rinse zucchini, cut off ends and discard. Leave the skin on. Use a spiralizer to make long pieces of pasta shaped pieces.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add salt and zucchini noodles. Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes max until al dente but softened.
- Use tongs to remove and place on a plate with a few paper towels on it to absorb the water. Serve tossed with spaghetti sauce for pasta, with shrimp on top, or just alone as a low carb side dish.
Spicy Asian Zucchini – If you like spice, you’re going to love this dish. One bite and you’re hooked and going to want it over and over again. Just because you’re eating veggies doesn’t mean that you have to lack in the flavor department.
Air Fryer stuffed zucchini boats – Super simple and great for vegetarians or with meat. You’ll love bite and bite of this easy dinner option. It’s a bit like stuffed bell peppers but you’re hollowing out the middle and stuffing it.
Add meat with some tomato sauce, chicken zucchini boats, or filled with just cheese! Baked zucchini is healthy and takes very little time to cook too.
Keto Zucchini Casserole This hearty casserole is packed full of taste and flavor and is so simple and easy to make. Using a mixture of zucchini and yellow summer squash is a great option for this zucchini dinner too.
Add in a bit of pesto to your zucchini ribbons – noodles and you’ve created yourself quite the feast! Add chicken to the top for a heartier meal and there are two other ideas.
Here’s a zucchini dessert too!
- Our zucchini pineapple bread is popular
- Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
- Chocolate zucchini bread with chocolate chips
Our no noodle lasagna has been a hit too!
Have fun creating these simple zucchini dishes. They are all so versatile and delicious that you’re certain to find one that you love. If not, just create your own and give it a whirl as well!
Do you have a favorite zucchini recipes to share?
Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!