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Zucchini and Summer Squash

Go beyond bread with these top-rated recipes that turn zucchini into tasty dinners.




Versatile Vegetable


Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables. You can grill, sauté, steam, or bake it for delicious results.


Any Way You Slice It

Smaller squash tend to taste better--less bitter or woody than enormous squash. Serve zucchini in risotto, as a pizza topping, in a stir-fry, or in soup. 


Crisp Green Zucchini

The larger zucchini you grow or get from your neighbors is a good candidate for stuffing or turning into zucchini relish or chutney. You can even eat zucchini flowers.


Sweet Squash

Zucchini and yellow squash can be used in baking, too--try them in brownies, muffins, cookies, and the good ol' standby, zucchini bread.


Flavor Friends


Zucchini and its cousins are especially well complemented by garlic, onions, tomatoes, dill, basil, marjoram, chives, oregano, and mint.


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Comments
Aug. 5, 2009 2:51 am
Great ways with zucchini!!!! Thanks for the great ways to fix this wonderful veggie. Thelbern
 
Aug. 12, 2009 7:23 pm
I have dehydrated zuks (zucchinis)and ground them to save in a sealed jar for using later to flavor soups!!! Works wonderfully.
 
Aug. 12, 2009 7:24 pm
Make a good fish soup and add loads of zuks for a wonderful, healthy meal.
 
Aug. 12, 2009 7:26 pm
Last summer I made canned pickles with zuks instead of cukes (cucumbers). I followed the same recipe but I added a pickled jalapeño pepper to my jar. OMG!! Heavenly!!
 
Mary 
Aug. 12, 2009 11:35 pm
not sure if this will help me or not.... but i need a recipe for "fried zucchini" PLEASE HELP...
 
Janet 
Aug. 13, 2009 5:07 am
My fried zuck rec - cut zuk in 1/4 in rounds - salt/pepper dredge in flour dredge in beaten egg dredge in panko deep fried til golden brown
 
Aug. 13, 2009 12:30 pm
This is for Mary about the "FRIED ZUCCHINI" I have done them two ways, You can dust with flour and salt and pepper and fry them with a little olive oil, or you can skip the flour and fry them with a pinch of salt and pepper in olive oil Good Luck
 
Aug. 13, 2009 1:36 pm
This was the first summer I've ever had the opportunity to have my own garden and I was so surprised at how many zucchini I ended up with! Thanks for all the great recipes and tips- I've come up with many creative dishes on my own and now I have even more ideas to work with :) My family epically loved the fried blossoms and 'apple' cobbler (although I made it as a pie). Thanks!
 
Jackie 
Aug. 13, 2009 6:53 pm
I just had gastric bypass surgery three weeks ago and can't yet enjoy my harvest of squash and green beans. Does anybody have any tips on how to dehydrate them so I can use them later? I sure appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, Jackie
 
IrishLace 
Aug. 16, 2009 5:21 pm
I need suggestions on how to freeze summer squash and zucchini. Please help before I loose all of this bounty! Thanks a lot.
 
PATCHIEUSA 
Aug. 19, 2009 6:50 am
I add celery salt to flour, pepper, dip Zucchini in egg (with a bit of water) then into flour mix. fry till brown and when hot sprinkle with parmesan cheese
 
Claire 
Sep. 3, 2009 7:23 pm
Answer my question. Do you drain the juice from the zucchini or keep it?
 
Cassie L 
Sep. 5, 2009 11:34 pm
I have never had any luck freezing yellow squash--it turns out mushy and gummy. Any suggestions.
 
Linda54494 
Sep. 13, 2009 4:28 pm
mmm good great zucchini recipes to build our recipe files with
 
Linda54494 
Sep. 13, 2009 4:32 pm
I just scrape the yellow or zucchini squash and slice and bag in the amounts I want and freeze. I also grate these squash and bag and freezr for bars muffins or breads and label the recipe on the bag or the amount of shredded zucchini that is in the bag. It works well for me that way for frying the zucchini or yellow squash slices and also for baking.
 
christylcruz 
Oct. 2, 2009 6:55 pm
To: Claire Don't drain. that is your moisture for the recipe.
 
Lois J. Daniel 
Jan. 28, 2010 11:11 pm
I just cook a spaghetti squash it was good and it turn out pretty good for my frist time of trying or every hearing of a spaghetti squash.The way you cook is you cut it open clear the seed's out you wash it and you spread butter on and put cinnamon and brown sugar and bake at 350 until brown.
 
Louise 
Mar. 28, 2010 2:38 pm
This is for Mary - Another way to fry the large zucchini out of your garden (the ones you somehow overlook and don't find until they're giant-sized)is to cut the zucchini in rounds, dip the rounds in an egg-milk batter, and then dredge them through fine dry bread crumbs (I like the Italian seasoned ones). Fry them gently in a little olive oil - mmmmmmm! Another thing I like to do with zucchini is halve it lengthwise, cover it with water in a skillet, and cook it until it's tender (about 12-15 minutes). Remove it from the pan, brush the halves with butter, and sprinkle salt, pepper, and dill weed to your taste on it. Wonderful!
 
Tracy 
May 29, 2010 6:23 pm
I have some frozen zucchini rounds. I may try to butter, garlic and parm cheese recipe but cook them in my toaster over
 
pansy 
Jun. 12, 2010 8:09 am
I'm new at this, can you freeze squash that you have fry
 
bev. 
Jul. 10, 2010 8:20 am
In answer to freezing squash. We have had a large garden for years and I have always had luck with slicing squash, adding chopped onions if desired and steaming in microwave steamer. Let drain, cool and package in quart bags in freezer. One trick I've learned is to take a straw to suck excess air to avoid freezer burn. Be sure to drain after thawing to use in recipe. This year I've fallen in love with roasted veggies done in the oven. Just a little olive oil, onions, garlic, peppers, seasoning or whatever you want to add. Cook at 450 until done. If I'm not going to freeze I add sliced tomatoes and Balsimic vinegar last 15-20 minutes, sprinkle with favorite cheese. This is a good way to use up oversize squash.
 
cotton 
Jul. 19, 2010 12:45 pm
To freeze squash I flour, salt, pepper and lay each seperated on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. After they freeze I then put them in a gallon ziplock bags. Then when I want squash I can just grab a hand full, roll in egg batter, flour again and fry.
 
cotton 
Jul. 19, 2010 12:47 pm
oops, each slice that is seperated.
 
Rosanna 
Jul. 26, 2010 2:44 pm
looking for a way to clean and cook squash greens(tops) any one know how. i am told this is a sicilian dish.
 
Rosanna 
Jul. 26, 2010 2:46 pm
anyone have a recipe for cleaning and cooking the greens from squash
 
Aug. 16, 2010 3:36 am
I have too many crookneck squash.hey are yellow with big bumps on them. They are very difficult to cut and I don't know what to do with them. Many of the gardeners around here have never cooked them. They use them as gourds. Anyone have ideas on preparing this kind of squash?
 
Jodi 
Aug. 22, 2010 1:41 pm
any one have a good zucchini dill pickle recipe?
 
Sep. 7, 2010 10:03 pm
for Rosanna 7.26.10 ... i think you're referring to the 'flowers' on the zucchini/squash vines ... my grandmother would take the flowers when they're wide open early in the morning, gently rinse, shake it dry, dust with flour, dip in beatened egg, then in seasoned bread crumbs and fry ... we'd have them for breakfast ... delish!
 
Judy A 
Oct. 8, 2010 1:17 am
Our favorite zucchini recipe: Cut squash in slices or chunks, whatever you prefer, put into a casserole dish with a good lid. Sprinkle with a little dill weed & salt, cover & microwave, stirring a time or two for even cooking, until almost done. Let sit covered for a few minutes as it will finish steaming in its own juices. Toss with a little butter if you're not dieting.
 
justcooking 
May 18, 2011 3:45 pm
Fried zucchini -- you will need 1 egg mix w/1/2 cup buttermilk sourthern fried fish fry mix cut zucchini in thick french fry shape first dip zucchini in egg-buttermilk mix then in fish fry mix deep fry in hot oil til golden brown.. dip in ranch dressing .... yummy !!
 
Baby Ann 
Jul. 5, 2011 10:02 am
for fried Zucchini I first dip in flour shake off excess...then did in egg....then dip in Panko bread crumbs.( Japanese style bread crumb)...then heat Canola oil on med low heat until hot...fry dipped zucchini until crisp on each side. keep oil at even heat. very tasty and crunchy.
 
Judy S. 
Jul. 30, 2011 3:33 pm
I too would like some ideas on using the crookneck yellow squash.
 
Judy S. 
Jul. 30, 2011 3:33 pm
does anyone have ideas on a good meat mixture for making stuffed squash?
 
Aug. 1, 2011 5:05 am
Rosanna, my family is sicilian and the greens are called dindaroome. They boil them in water with garlic greens and sugar, serve it on pasta, but it is bitter and stringy. They ate anything durring the great depression. They were able to grow these vines up the fences in Detroit. It was better than starving. They even ate the dandelion greens,called them shigodia, also kind of nasty.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 5:08 am
Judy S. I rember them being made just like stuffed green peppers. They let them get kind of big so they could hollow out the seeds. Stuffed then with a meat and rice mixture and baked them in tomatoe juice. These are very good, but I think you could find a good stuffed pepper recipie on this sight and follow it just supstitue the peppers with zuccini, cheers.
 
doodles 
Aug. 3, 2011 5:49 am
SLICE ADD STEWED TOMATOES MUSHROOME MOZZERLA CHEESE MIX AND BAKE FOR ABOUT 45 MIN
 
zoegail 
Aug. 3, 2011 4:26 pm
My sweet Italian grandmother made a zucchini & egg dish...I was hoping someone had a similar recipe.
 
Aug. 5, 2011 4:14 pm
I have used the crookneck squash the same as for zucchini, they work well grated for breads, cookies, etc. Also have made bread and butter pickles from them using a regular bread and butter pickle recipe. My understanding is these squash are pretty much inter-changeable with cucumbers.
 
doodlepug 
Aug. 6, 2011 3:20 pm
I make a dish with yellow crooked neck squash called "Posh Squash" You slice up crooked neck inti1/4 " rounds. Cook in small amt. of boiling water until barely tendar. Let cool. Beat up 6 eggs or more depending how much squash you cooked. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of lowfat mayonaise. Add some sliced green onions with some of greens(about 5 of them. Put some dried dill to taste, a little salt and pepper, 1 cup fresh grated parmasen cheese.Mix all together add squash put in baking dish sprayed with pam and bake at 375 for around 45 minutes or less until it starts to firm up. You want it cooked so stick a knife in it to see if done. I have made this for years and everyone loves it!!
 
stacie 
Aug. 9, 2011 9:39 am
when adding zucchini & squash to my pasta sauce, when should I add it,in the beginning,middle,or towards the end of cooking time? (I should say, I slow-cook my sauce for 2 days.)
 
stumblingbear 
Aug. 13, 2011 12:24 pm
can you freeze raw zucchini
 
sharronsuss 
Aug. 18, 2011 7:58 pm
When the kids were little and we had a garden full of zucchini, I discovered that the only recipe that really used up enough of the squash to matter was zucchini pancakes. I made up the recipe myself, trial & error, based on potato-pancake concepts: shred and lightly salt zucchini, press and drain in colander to get out as much liquid as possible, then measure and add an egg per 3-4 cups of shredded zucchini and enough flour to hold it all together. (The better you get out the liquid, the less flour you'll need. Fry in 1/2 inch of hot oil on both sides till golden brown, drain on paper towels or brown paper bags (remember them?) Serve with sour cream, apple sauce or yogurt, just like potato latkes. We thought of them as health food...and the kids would eat amazing amounts!
 
Pat 
Aug. 19, 2011 6:46 am
Zucchini is fabulous. I appreciate all the new ideas.
 
queengardner 
Aug. 24, 2011 5:43 am
zucchini fritters: grate zucchini (1 large or 2 med.), add 1 egg, 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese and enough italian seasoned bread crumbs to form patties. Season to taste (I like salt, fresh ground pepper). Fry in olive oil in skillet. Drain and serve.
 
ruthrenee 
Aug. 24, 2011 5:49 pm
a good hotdish type recipe is to take hamburger and brown and drain. Combine in a large bowl with sliced/diced zucchini and summer squash, add homemade salsa or can use the ingredients of, tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, and tomato sauce/juice, raw rice. Mix and put in oblong casserole baking pan, top with cheese slices and then cover with uncooked bacon slices. Bake at 375 for about an hour. Let cool a little before serving. I really like to use my home canned salsa. You can also bake and freeze this for a great meal in the winter when the zucchini and squash are not plentiful. I am pretty much a "dump" cook so use 1 lb or so of hamburger and 3/4 cup of raw white rice and about a quart of salsa.
 
terri 
Aug. 30, 2011 1:33 pm
One of my favorite ways to eat zucchini is in summer stew. I use a pound of Italian sausage (hot or sweet, depends on your taste preference) with casing removed. I roll sausage into 1 inch balls and brown on all sides in olive oil. Take 1-2 cans It. style stewed tomatoes, put quickly in the blender to smooth tomatoe chunks then add to the sausage balls with 1/2 can of water. Cut up 1 med.onion, 6 cloves of garlic, and 1-2 (depending on size) zucchinni, sliced, 1-2 carrots, sliced and 3-4 med red potatoes, diced, add to tomatoe. Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, fresh basil, It. seasoning and alittle crushed red pepper (optional). Cover and let simmer for about an hour, checking that all veggies are tender. Add 1 can drained cut green beans and fresh,sliced mushrooms. Simmer an additional 30 min. Serve with asiago grated cheese. (or parmesean, whatever grated cheese your family prefers) Some crusty It bread finishes off this hearty stew!This is delish!
 
shirley gray 
Sep. 4, 2011 4:42 pm
I am looking for the zucchini and summer squash chips res. on the cbs today show on 9/3 any one get that one?
 
kevin 
Sep. 12, 2011 5:33 pm
how do i cook zucchini gray
 
DaniAdrienne 
Oct. 14, 2011 9:58 am
Cube and boil zucchini, apple, and squash - puree in blender, add to almost any soup recipe. My fave: chicken soup with red split lentils, carrots, onion, celery purple potatoes, garlic, basil, pepper, the blended veggies make it so thick and flavorful and add bonus vitamins for my little girl who has no idea they are there! I don't know how much of anything i use, just spice to taste.
 
guyanne 
Nov. 14, 2011 7:33 pm
Someone mentioned dandelion greens. They are delicious. Pick young, wash, bring water to boil; put greens in and boil 10 min; pour off water; cover with fresh water and boil again. Repeat 1 or 2 more times. 3X will work for most dandelion greens, but if older leaves, might pour off again and add fresh water and boil till tender. This gets rid of the bitter taste and all the extra salt in the dandelions greens naturally. You can season with pepper or pepper and cooked bacon if you wish. I eat mine just as they finish cooking. Cant wait for rain and Spring Dandelion greens! guyanne
 
guyanne 
Nov. 14, 2011 7:40 pm
me again. Dandelion roots are nice dried and ground for a tasty hot drink. The flowers make a freshening astringent brought to a boil and refrigerated. Will last for a week in frig. Dandelion wine is nice, however, I failed to detect the taste of the flower under the orange slices used in the making of the wine. Good, but lke citrus wine. guyanne
 
Mandy 
Jul. 5, 2012 11:44 am
The best recipe I have ever tasted for Yellow squash or Zuchs, Is Casserole. You slice and boil untill just barely tender, Then you lay a flat row of either out on the bottom of a baking pan, Then sprinkle a thin layer of Stove top, dripp water on the stove top stuffing, then Sprinkle a layer of your favorite cheeese, and repeat. Then bake @ 350 untill cheese is melted. Even my kids love this. I mix Shredded Cheddar with Velveeta for a creamy texture.
 
Jul. 11, 2012 7:02 am
my fav fried zucchini: slice up zucchini, fry in butter, Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic. Add a sliced onion if you like. Fry until still slightly firm and browned. Today I added fresh thyme. It was a very delicious treat!
 
Jul. 21, 2012 9:36 am
zucchini pizza crust: 2 c zucchini, 2 eggs, 1/4 c flour, 1/2 c mozzarella, 1/2 c parmesan. Mix together, add herbs if desired. bake at 400 F for 35 min
 
Mona~Rethia 
Jul. 22, 2012 7:59 pm
One of our all time comfort foods for using, zucchini, early yellow squash or crookneck(with the bumps when young or peeled). Prepare squash 4 cups cubed, we cut it into 4 sections and slice, until enough for a full skillet. Set aside, dice a medium or large onion, saute in butter, canola, or olive oil. When transparent add squash, salt and pepper to taste and cover; cook until tender but not mushy.(On Medium heat about 10 12 minutes) Remove lid and cook for a little while longer for evaporation of excess liquid if present, add enough slices of american cheese to cover, Optional you can add Pepper Jack cheese slices to kick it up a bit. Stir the cheese through until all incorporated. Serve hot or cool until just warm, either way it is delicious and a favorite we look forward too each year.
 
Mona~Rethia 
Jul. 22, 2012 8:08 pm
Dandelion greens are great in the spring while still small to med. sized leaves, add to plantain broad or long leafed and we also use young speckeled dock. Cook until tender, then drain liquid. Use oil of choice in skillet size to hold the greens, fry with diced onion and can add tablespoon of cornmeal. Serve as is, or add vinegar to taste for pickled greens. Excellent side dish for Soup beans, cornbread and fried potatoes. Very popular here in our area.
 
Mona~Rethia 
Jul. 22, 2012 8:30 pm
I had added recipe for Dandelion jelly, and left out to add sugar to the liquid as called for on the fruit pectin package insert. Sorry about that.
 
lij 
Jul. 23, 2012 12:07 pm
There is a recipe on this site for zucchini cream pie. The directions say to bake until set. Can someone tell me how I know when it is set?
 
Pat 3270 
Aug. 1, 2012 2:09 pm
To fry zucchini use a nonstick skillet on top of the stove with a little oil. Slice zucchini very thin, dip in egg/milk mixture and then coat with yellow corn meal, season with salt and lemon pepper and fry till golden brown on both sides.
 
Julz 
Aug. 6, 2012 12:03 pm
I made the cream pie and wasn't sure if it was set. I pressed on the middle and it still jiggled so I went by the browning of the outside crust. Since this is so near Creme Brule, I also used my torch to glaze the top. I cooked it for an entire hour just to be sure.
 
 
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