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35 Delicious Ways To Use Zucchini

What to do when zucchinis seem to fall in love and raise entire families in your fridge drawer? Here’s how to cope with a squash population problem.

It’s just about getting to be the season of SQUASHENANGST, when huge sacks of unwanted baseball bat-size zucchinis start showing up on doorsteps in the dead of night. But you — yes, you! — have the power to conquer this vegetal scourge, and feed yourself very well in the process. Here’s how…

ZUCCHINI FOR BREAKFAST:

1. Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Recipe here.

2. Spicy Zucchini Frittata

Jalapeño, red onion and corn give this some Southwestern flair. Good centerpiece for big brunch. Recipe here.

3. Zucchini Waffles

Zucchini is very good at being sneaky and doesn’t interfere with the waffleness here at all; just adds a little extra moisture and texture. You could easily mix shredded zucchini into your favorite pancake batter, too. Recipe here.

4. Zucchini Summer Skillet with Poached Eggs

Recipe here.

5. Bacon Zucchini Quiche

A strong vote for zucchini as the bacon of the vegetable world. Recipe here.

ZUCCHINI FOR LUNCH:

6. Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Using canned chickpeas makes this recipe much faster, but feel free to cook your own if you’ve got the time.

7. Baked Panko Zucchini Fries

No, they’re not Actual French Fries Made Out Of Potatoes. But who said they were trying to be? Recipe here.

8. Shaved Squash Salad with Sunflower Seeds

If you’ve never had it, you should know: Raw zucchini is delicious. You just need to slice it very thinly (a mandoline is handy, but a knife works too) and toss it with lemon juice, olive oil, salt pepper. Recipe here.

9. Zucchini and Ricotta Galette

Adding sour cream makes a nice soft pastry crust that folds over to keep everything cozy. Recipe here.

10. Spinach and Zucchini Soup

Recipe here.

11. Zucchini Crudo

A very elegant option for those who don’t love the idea of meticulously slicing up an uncooked fish. Recipe here.

12. Zucchini Pizza with Olive Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

ZUCCHINI FOR SNACKING:

13. Zucchini Cornbread

A little bit sweet, a little bit crunchy, a little bit addictive. Recipe here.

14. Zucchini Butter

Cooking finely grated zucchini with olive oil or butter and garlic turns it into a soft, melty, yummy mess that you can spread on pretty much whatever. Recipe here.

15. Zucchini Pizza Bites

Awww, it’s like they want to be real pizzas when they grow up! Recipe here.

16. Zucchini Fritters

Think of them as summer latkes. Recipe here.

Pro fritter tip: Make sure you salt and squeeze.

Sometimes you want the moisture zucchini gives off (that’s why it makes such nice cakes) but in fritters or other fried situations, all that oozy squash-water is a big, soggy problem. The solution? SALT.

After you shred/grate/slice your zucchini, toss it with a generous amount of salt (this will draw out the water in the squash) and let it sit in a colander to drain for about 30 minutes. After that you can rinse it to get the extra salt off and then squeeze it with your hands or twisted up in clean dishtowel to wring out as much water as you can. Now proceed!

This trick works with other recipes too; raw zucchini salads will be less leaky (and thus keep better) if you salt, drain, rinse, and pat-dry the sliced squash before dressing it.

17. Summer Squash Tartines

This recipe has you sauté the zucchini slices, but you could also use (dressed) raw squash or slice up a grilled squash.

18. Zucchini Baba Ghannouj

Swap in a squash for eggplant to make “mama ghannouj.” Recipe here.

ZUCCHINI FOR DINNER:

19. Zucchini Parmesan

Zucchini, like everything else on earth, tastes pretty great if you cover it in melty cheese. Recipe here.

20. Balsamic Steak with Garlic Zucchini

An easy one-skillet weeknight dinner. Recipe here.

21. Summer Squash Sauté

Recipe here.

22. Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cream Sauce

Get yourself a julienne peeler to turn zucchini into cute little strips. Recipe here.

23. Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

You could also shape the meatball mixture into burger patties. Recipe here.

24. Tuscan Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash

Garlic, rosemary, oregano, and red pepper make a great marinade. Recipe here.

25. Julia Child’s Zucchini Tian

Truly brilliant: The squeezed-out zucchini liquid from salting the zucchini gets used to make a creamy bechamel sauce. Healthy AND thrifty! Recipe here.

26. Sesame Chicken and Zucchini Stir-Fry

Boneless chicken thighs, breasts, or ground chicken would all work in this. Recipe here.

27. Ratatouille’s Ratatouille

Smitten Kitchen’s version of the starring dish in that movie with the talking rat is pretty and delicious, but you’ll definitely need a mandoline or an excellent knife if you want to make it without going crazy.

28. Noodleless Zucchini Lasagna

Great for the gluten-averse. Recipe here.

29. Zucchini Pistou

AKA pesto with a French accent. Recipe here.

ZUCCHINI FOR DESSERT:

30. Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Essentially just a carrot cake that’s changed its colors. Recipe here.

31. Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is the classic zuke-dump technique for a reason: It’s always good. You can skip the chocolate (and maybe add some nice walnuts instead?) if you’re weird like me. Recipe here.

32. Zucchini Brownies

Recipe here.

33. Zucchini Cobbler

WHO SAYS you can only cobble fruit? Recipe here.

34. Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Don’t panic, it still tastes 100% like real chocolate cake—just lovely and moist thanks to the shredded green stuff. Recipe here.

35. Zucchini Nut Cookie Sandwiches

If you’re feeling bold (or hot), you could use the cookies to make ice cream sandwiches (!) Recipe here.

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