19 Ways to Eat Zucchini for Breakfast
Zucchini proves as versatile for breakfast as staples like eggs and oats. Hear us out! You already know zucchini works as both dinner and dessert. But you can also sneak this mild, flavor-neutral summer squash into pancakes, waffles, breakfast casserole, smoothies, muffins, and more. We'll show you how in these zucchini recipes for breakfast dishes.
Sharyn's Zucchini Quiche
Our home cooks call this an egg-cellent recipe to experiment with. Their alterations include adding mushrooms or sausage as well as using less biscuit baking mix. And most reviewers agree on this: Squeeze the liquid out of the shredded zucchini before adding it to the dish.
Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins
Zucchini peaks in the summer, but this sweet, spiced recipe will convince you to keep it on hand well into fall. Side note: The water in zucchini keeps muffins and quick bread moist, so don't squeeze it out in recipes like this one.
Paleo Zucchini Oatless Oatmeal
You don't have to follow a paleo diet to choose this grain-free take on oatmeal over the real deal. When combined and cooked, grated zucchini, egg whites, almond milk, applesauce, and flaxseeds take on a porridge-like texture. Top this nutrient-dense dish with cinnamon, berries, and nuts.
Mom's Zucchini Bread
"This is my master zucchini recipe. No need to look further," reviewer MommyFromSeattle says. "Super quick and easy to make, and my two year old and five year old inhale this stuff."
Frittata di Zucchine e Fiori di Zucca (Italian Zucchini Frittata)
This frittata can credit its garden-fresh flavor to thin strips of zucchini, delicate zucchini blossoms, mint, and parsley.
Zucchini Scallion Frittata Cups
Eggs (mostly the whites), half-and-half, Parmesan, zucchini, and scallions team up in this convenient low-carb breakfast. Consider doing your future self a favor: freeze a batch.
Savory Zucchini Muffins
Sometimes, you're not in the mood for eggs. Meet your new alternative. The perfect ration of zucchini, flour, cornmeal, milk, sour cream, and eggs (you won't even taste 'em) results in these moist muffins. Roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and hot sauce keep them savory.
Orange juice and banana mask zucchini's flavor in this green smoothie. Reviewer Tammy Lynn calls it filling but refreshing.
Zucchini Oatmeal Waffles
"These had the slightest zucchini bread taste. I served them with buttermilk syrup, but they would be great with maple as well. Next time I'll up the cinnamon for more of that zucchini bread flavor," reviewer ALYNN21 says.
Zucchini with Egg
Back to basics: Just saute zucchini in olive oil for 10 minutes before scrambling eggs in the same skillet.
Halloumi and Zucchini Frittata
Once this frittata's edges start to brown in the oven, about 10 minutes in, top it with slabs of salty Halloumi cheese. Mint and dill keep this vegetarian breakfast tasting light.
With chorizo, chicken sausage, starchy sweet potatoes, and spinach, this zucchini breakfast balances hearty and healthy. Top each serving with a poached egg.
Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes
Biscuit baking mix and eggs bind with grated zucchini, onion, and Cheddar in this top-rated recipe. Reviewers brag that their kids (even babies!) can't stop eating these savory pancakes.
Beet, Greens, and Zucchini Tart
Thanks to frozen puff pastry, you can pull off this impressive brunch dish without a ton of effort. Prep it in advance for an even easier moring.
Light Zucchini Casserole
With buttermilk and biscuit mix (plus Parmesan for good measure), this breakfast casserole has comfort food written all over it. And trust the reviews: You'll want to drain the moisture out of the zucchini in this dish, too.
Kolokithokeftedes (Greek Zucchini Fritters)
These Greek-inspired, bread crumb-coated zucchini fritters are pan-fried in olive oil and go great with scrambled eggs and toast.
Zucchini Bread Pancakes
"I love zucchini, and it's always fun to find new ways to use it," says Tammy Lynn. " I added my favorite zucchini bread ingredients, cinnamon and vanilla, to a fluffy pancake recipe! If you like nuts in your quick breads, you may try adding 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to your batter."
Instant Pot® Zucchini Steel Cut Oatmeal
Here's a quick steel-cut oatmeal recipe for the Instant Pot! Breakfast is ready in about 30 minutes. "Add some veggies to your breakfast by trying this steel cut oatmeal packed with zucchini, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweetened with maple syrup," says Tammy Lynn.
Shakshuka (Middle Eastern Breakfast Dish)
If you've never dined on a tomatoey dish in the morning, all the more reason to give shakshuka a shot. Take it from reviewer gml4923: "My husband even liked this, and he is pretty picky about breakfast dishes. I am always looking for new ideas for breakfast, and I'm very happy I stumbled upon this."