12 Baked Zucchini Recipes for Sides and Snacks
Zucchini is a master of versatility. It can be grated and turned into a fluffy fritter. It can be halved and hallowed, filled with cheese or meat, and turned into scrumptious zucchini boats. It can even be spiral cut into zoodles, or zucchini noodles. If you can imagine it, zucchini can probably be it. But if you're not trying to reinvent the zucchini wheel tonight, these easy baked zucchini recipes are the perfect options for side dishes or appetizers. We gathered 12 of our top-rated baked zucchini recipes, each a bit unique and different, so you're not short on ideas of how to cook your bounty of zucchini.
Kitt's Oven-Roasted Zucchini
Pantry and fridge staples like Italian-style bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese are just two of the six ingredients needed to make this all-purpose baked zucchini recipe, so as long as you have them on hand, you can bake this zucchini side dish any night of the week in just under an hour. Mix the ingredients, and put the vegetable into the oven to tenderize it, while you finish the main dish, and everything will come together perfectly.
This simple baked zucchini recipe uses several types of tangy dairy and toasty paprika for an easier version of stuffed zucchini. Some reviewers turned this into an simple zucchini dinner by adding cooked ground beef.
Baked Zucchini Chips
Crispy, crunchy zucchini chips are an excellent baked zucchini recipe when you have lots of the vegetable to use. They're every bit as crunchy as fries, but they're oven-baked. With just five ingredients, this quick dish comes together in just 15 minutes.
Oven Baked Zucchini Fries
Long, tender wedges of zucchini are turned into French fries' cousin with a coating of bread crumbs and umami-rich Parmesan cheese. Serve with ketchup or any of your favorite dipping sauces. With just five ingredients, you can make this simple zucchini recipe in about 15 minutes.
Vegan Crispy Baked Zucchini Rounds
Somewhere between fried okra and fried pickle slices, these baked zucchini rounds are tender and juicy with a crunchy crust that's positively scrumptious. The thinner the rounds, the better, one reviewer wrote.
Rely on the heat of your oven to make these zucchini spears extra crispy. Preheating the pan while the oven warms will give the sides a quick sear for flavor and texture as soon as the vegetable pieces hit the pan.
Lemon Pepper Zucchini
Ditch the breadcrumbs and Parmesan for some high-flavor spices in your cabinet. This three-ingredient recipe turns zucchini into a fast side dish with the tart-heat balance of lemon-pepper seasoning.
Roasted Garlic Zucchini and Tomatoes
"This is my husband's favorite way to eat up summer's 'never-ending' supply of zucchini and tomatoes," writes recipe creator SweetBasil. Indeed, when your garden or farmers' market is overflowing with tomatoes and zucchini, this will be your go-to baked zucchini side.
Zucchini and Potato Bake
Potatoes add a bit of tummy-filling staying power to this zucchini side dish. Red bell pepper adds a punch of color and crunch. Bread crumbs tie together all these texture for a simple side dish that could become a go-to pick.
Italian Baked Zucchini Side Dish
Once you master the ratio of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, you can begin adding herbs and spices to change up your zucchini side dishes. This one uses oregano for a decidedly Italian spin.
Baked Zucchini Sticks
As an appetizer or a side, these baked zucchini wedges are fun to dip and nibble. A quick egg wash helps the breadcrumbs stick better so everything stays on the zucchini while it bakes in the oven.
Sesame Parmesan Zucchini
The bit of crunch from sesame seeds and toasty flavor from sesame oil is a fun and unique spin on basic baked zucchini. The Parmesan adds a rich savory factor, making this a robust but simple side dish for any number of meals.