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43 Zucchini Dinner Recipes

26 May

If you have an over abundance of zucchini from your garden, try a few of these 43 zucchini dinner recipes.  This list has several different ways to use this summer squash for main dish recipes with zucchini.  Many of these recipes freeze well, so you can enjoy your harvest long after the season is over.


During the late summer, we eat zucchini everything.  I'm always looking for zucchini dinner ideas for new ways to eat this versatile summer squash.


Our favorite way to eat zucchini is in a zucchini bread.  But one can only have so much zucchini bread as it's not exactly healthy.



I like lighter meals for summer, and these zucchini main dish recipes are perfect.  There are several unique zucchini dinner recipes here, so you're sure to find one that your family will love.


43 Zucchini Dinner Ideas


I compiled a list of 43 zucchini main dish recipes, so you could try one each night and have a new dish for all of zucchini season!


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What Food Goes Well With Zucchini?


Zucchini blends well with most foods because it doesn't have a lot of flavor.  I love zucchini with tomatoes.  It also goes well with mushrooms, onions, herb and spices, and most cheeses.





What Can I do With Too Much Zucchini?


Zucchini has a high water content, but it can be frozen.  You can make most of these main dish recipes with zucchini to freeze for later.


You can also slice zucchini or shred it to freeze to make zucchini dinner recipes.  I shred zucchini and freeze to add to stir fry and other dishes.


How Can You Tell a Good Zucchini?


Look for zucchini that is about 6 to 8 inches long for zucchini dinner recipes.  You can eat larger zucchini, but the seeds get large and don't taste very good.  The skin can also get bitter on bigger zucchini.  However, you can always scoop out the seeds and peel the zucchini to use it.


Zucchini shouldn't have any cuts or nicks on it.  It should feel firm to the touch.




Zucchini Ravioli Recipe


Make a zucchini ravioli main dish with spinach ricotta cheese for the filling.  Although this is a vegetarian recipe, you can add ground beef or ground sausage if your family prefers a non vegetarian zucchini dinner recipes.


Grilled Mexican Zucchini Boats


These grilled Mexican zucchini boats, inspired by the flavors of Mexican street corn, are the perfect side dish for summer grilling! Hallowed out zucchini halves are rubbed with a flavorful mix of spices, grilled, then fill with creamy cotija before finishing off with a splash of lime!


Zucchini Bean Burgers


This zucchini bean burger is a flavorful variation on a classic American burger. It’s delicious and light, which makes for a perfect summer meal.


Lamb and Zucchini Boats


Are you looking for a quick and easy dinner that your entire family will love? And oh, by the way, is made with whole foods and ingredients and can be made Paleo, Whole30, Keto, and dairy-free? This lamb and zucchini boat dinner will take you 20 minutes start to finish and you can make it on the grill, skillet, or oven. PS – while you can enjoy it any time, it’s best during your bountiful summer zucchini harvest!


Zucchini Pizza Boats


Weight Watchers Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe If your children are anything like my daughter, getting them to eat veggies (especially the green ones) can be a real challenge!




Caprese Chicken and Zucchini 


Caprese Chicken and Zucchini cooked in fresh tomato sauce, with melted buffalo mozzarella cheese on top and garnished with basil. Serve on its own for an easy low-carb dinner or with spaghetti for a family meal.


Vegetarian Zucchini Boats


Learn how to make an easy vegetarian zucchini boats recipe.  These are easy to make, and you can freeze zucchini to make these all winter long after the season is over.


Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups


These Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups are a great low-carb dinner option, packed with flavorful beef and ricotta cheese.


Zucchini Casserole with Ground Beef


This zucchini casserole keeps it low carb with zucchini. Ground beef with a simple sauce and cheese make a very family-friendly meal!


Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas


These chicken zucchini enchiladas are a delicious low-carb variation of the Mexican cuisine favorite. A seasoned ground chicken filling is wrapped in thin zucchini strips, topped with enchilada sauce and cheese and baked to melty, bubbly perfection.





Zucchini Cannelloni


This zucchini cannelloni is a healthier take on an Italian classic! The cannelloni has a creamy butternut squash filling and the whole dish is then drizzled with a delicious brown butter rosemary sauce!


Pasta Primavera with Zucchini Noodles


Celebrate Spring and the fresh vegetables of the season with this Pasta Primavera dish. It is great on zucchini noodles and with traditional pasta.


Parmesan Zucchini Casserole


You will find tons of creaminess in this Parmesan Zucchini Casserole. Enjoy this super easy fresh and flavorful dish as a side or even a main meal. Grab some fresh zucchini and have this delicious recipe baked in no time.


Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi


This fast 20-minute easy sheet pan shrimp scampi recipe is the best. The garlic lemon sauce with tomatoes and zucchini completes the meal.


Peach Zucchini Salsa


The subtle flavors of Dijon and basil on light tilapia, paired with a vibrant sweet but savory fresh peach zucchini salsa. A healthy, palate-pleasing gluten-free and paleo dinner entree and zucchini dinner ideas.




Zucchini Parmesan


This breaded Zucchini Parmesan is fried until crispy and baked in a casserole dish with layers of marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. What a way to enjoy fresh garlic zucchini!


Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Lasagna


This creamy Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Lasagna substitutes the traditional pasta for thin slices of zucchini to make a delicious low carb lasagna that the whole family will love!


Mexican Zucchini


This easy Mexican Zucchini is made in one skillet and is sure to be a family favorite. You will love your favorite taco ingredients mixed with light zucchini noodles creating a low-carb, filling meal.


Basil Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs


Summertime means grilling, and grilling often means kabobs for us. Basil Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs use a sweet basil oil for a flavorful variant on kabobs.  I like this zucchini dinner ideas because it's for the grill and perfect for summer!


Italian Zucchini


This oven baked Italian zucchini is the perfect weeknight meal. It’s healthy, quick, easy, and yet incredibly filling!





Mediterranean Zucchini Boats


Mediterranean Zucchini Boats take summer zucchini and stuff them with a mixture of ground beef and lamb, rice, tomato sauce, cumin, cinnamon and are topped with cheese and fresh parsley. If you have an abundance of garden zucchini this is the perfect way to use them up!


Puff Pastry Zucchini Tart


A simple zucchini tart made with puff pastry, ricotta, lemon and chili flakes.


Red Pesto Pasta With Zucchini


Done in under 30 minutes with just 15 minutes of active prepping & cooking this red pesto pasta is packed with veggies & flavor. Easy to make with homemade or store bought pesto - and with a great recipe for the homemade version included.


Spanish Chicken Stew with Zucchini and Black Olives


This Spanish Chicken Stew with Zucchini & Black Olives comes together in less than half an hour but tastes like it's cooked for hours, a hearty chicken stew full of warming rosemary, lemon and garlic flavors.


Taco Zucchini Boats


Turn your ordinary zucchini into tasty taco stuffed zucchini boats filled with seasoned meat and rice, and covered in your favorite toppings.





Fried Zucchini Flowers


A typical Mediterranean dish: Fried Zucchini Flowers or Squash blossom in English, and in France they are called Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette. You can find different recipes for the batter as well as the filling, I use a simple batter flavoured with saffron and fill them with mozzarella and ham.


Zucchini Pasta Salad


A lightly creamy tortellini pasta salad filled with summer’s best vegetables.  Serve as a side dish or zucchini main dish recipes on a hot summer day.


Mediterranean Pasta with Zucchini


This creamy pasta is bursting with Mediterranean flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic basil and zucchini cooked to golden perfection.


Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Rolls


These baked Italian sausage stuffed zucchini rolls are my new favorite weeknight dinner! Herby, lightly spicy Italian sausage is rolled up in thinly sliced zucchini ribbons, topped with fresh mozzarella and pepperoni, and baked in rich, sweet marinara sauce. It’s low carb and gluten free friendly.


Italian Zucchini Casserole 


This is a simple zucchini recipe that is a great way to use up your garden's bounty and get some healthy vegetables into your dinner. This Italian Zucchini Casserole can be done in just under an hour.




Stuffed Zucchini and Peppers


These stuffed zucchini and peppers recipe are delicious and they can be frozen and served at a later date.


Spanish Chicken Stew


This Spanish Chicken Stew comes together in less than half an hour but tastes like it's cooked for hours, a hearty chicken stew full of warming rosemary, lemon and garlic flavors. One of my favorite weeknight dinners for years - and great to keep in the freezer for cold days when you need to warm up.


Zucchini Rolls Ups


Zucchini Roll Ups (aka Zucchini Rollatini) are filled with a savory cheese mixture and topped with tomato sauce similar to stuffed shells but with just 10g net carbs per serving. They're packed with flavor and you won't miss the carbs!


Chicken Philly Stuffed Zucchini


Chicken philly stuffed zucchini delivers all the flavor you need but without all the carbs. Make it family friendly and serve in slider buns.


Zucchini Feta Fritters


These zucchini feta fritters are perfect for using up a harvest of summer zucchini! Serve in a tomato sauce spiked with kalamata olives!


Cheesy Dinner Frittatas 


You are going to love this dinner frittata recipe! Frittatas a wonderful way to use up extra garden produce or leftovers from the night before.





Pasta With Zucchini and Tomatoes


This pasta with zucchini and tomatoes is fresh and flavorful, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy fresh produce. You’ll have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.


Pesto Pasta


This Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Ricotta is refreshing, flavorful, and easy to make. The red pepper flakes add a hint of heat with the lemon zest bringing in a balanced freshness to the dish.


Zucchini and Corn Grilled Naan Pizza


It’s summer so light, quick, seasonal and easy is the name of the game. And it doesn’t get more summery than this Easy Zucchini and Corn Grilled Naan Pizza!


Zucchini Pizza


Dreamy little pizza bites featuring summer squash and fragrant herbs. A delicate, seasonal appetizer.


Zucchini Slices


This oil free Zucchini Slice is so delicious! Packed with zucchini it makes a simple but nutritious weeknight dinner and it’s perfect to serve for school lunches. 


Vegetable Lasagna


In this vegetable lasagna, you won't miss the noodles, it's so good! Savory, flavorful, yummy gooey goodness!


Zucchini Rice Casserole 


A wonderful way to celebrate zucchini and other in season produce, this zucchini and rice casserole is hearty and delicious! Can be served as a main or a side.


I hope you love these zucchini dinner recipes!


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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