15 Ways to Cook Zucchinis (aka Courgettes)

Low Carb Zucchini RecipesZucchini – also known as courgettes or summer squash – are very low in carbs.  They clock up only 2g net carbs per 100g (3.5oz).

Zucchinis are very versatile. They make a perfect side dish for low-carb meals.

They also make a great sub for some high-carb ingredients. For example, you can use grated zucchinis in low-carb baking, or make zoodles instead of pasta.

Here are some ideas on how to include zucchinis to your low-carb diet.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes

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1. Roast

Slice zucchinis, drizzle with oil, and stick in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until soft and browned. Jazz them up with cheese, spices and herbs, or mix with other low-carb vegetables.

roasted-zucchini-tomatoes-and-peppersRoasted Zucchini, Tomato and Peppers
Recipe by Olga’s Flavour Factory

2. Grill

Grilling zucchinis works as well as roasting, and is a bit faster.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Grilled Lemon Garlic ZucchiniGrilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini
Recipe by Damn Delicious

3. Pan-fry

Slice into discs and pan-fry with some oil for about 5-10 minutes on medium-high heat. Grating zucchinis instead of slicing also works well when fried.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Fried Zucchini with ParmesanFried Zucchini with Parmesan
Recipe by Buns in My Oven

4. Add to salads

When in season (late summer – early autumn), fresh zucchinis taste lovely just as they are, without any cooking required. The texture is crunchy, with a hint of sweetness in the taste.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini and Walnut SaladZucchini and Walnut Salad
Recipe by Diet Doctor

5. Baked parmesan “fries”

Parmesan “fries” made from zucchinis help to fill the gap where potato fries used to be.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Crispy Parmesan Zucchini FriesCrispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Recipe by Wholesome Yum

6. Potato substitute for bakes, casseroles and stews

Use zucchinis instead of potatoes in bakes and casseroles.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Easy Cheesy Zucchini BakeEasy Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

7. Zucchini soup

Zucchinis make good companions for cream and cheese in rich-tasting soups.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe -  Cream of Zucchini SoupCream of Zucchini Soup with Gorgonzola
Recipe by Daring Gourmet

8. Zucchini noodles – “Zoodles”

Cut zucchinis in very thin strips, or use a spiralizer tool. Get the excess moisture out – add salt, leave for several minutes, then press with paper towels – this helps to create firmer texture. Steam or stir-fry zoodles with a little oil, for several minutes or until soft. Boiling is also possible, but it adds more water to the texture and can make your noodles soggy.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Bacon and Shrimp Zucchini NoodlesBacon and Shrimp Zucchini Noodles
Recipe by Inspiralized

9. Pasta sheets

Slice zucchinis lengthways into thin slices. Use instead of pasta sheets in lasagna recipes.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Low-Carb LasagnaLow-Carb Lasagna
Recipe by Modern Low Carb

10. Wrapping for fillings

Slice zucchinis into thin wide slices, cook until soft, and use to wrap up meaty or cheesy fillings.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini and Goat Cheese WrapsZucchini and Goat Cheese Wraps
Recipe by Caveman Keto

11. Mini-pizza bites

Cut a large zucchini into discs, top up with tomato sauce, meat and cheese for a low-carb mini-pizza.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini Pizza BitesZucchini Pizza Bites
Recipe by The Comfort of Cooking

12. Zucchini chips

You can’t have any potato crisps (aka chips in the USA) on low-carb, but zucchinis can help you with that. Cut up into thin slices, coat with oil and bake at a low temperature until thin and crispy.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini ChipsZucchini Chips
Recipe by A Spicy Perspective

13. Zucchini fritters

Grate zucchinis, squeeze out excess moisture, mix with shredded cheese, a couple of eggs and a spoonful of coconut flour, and fry.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - The Easiest Zucchini FrittersThe Easiest Zucchini Fritters
Recipe by Low Carb Maven

14. Low-carb zucchini bread

You can add zucchinis to recipes for low-carb breads, both sweet and savoury. Bear in mind they have quite a lot of moisture, so think of them as a “wet” baking ingredient.

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Low-Carb Zucchini Walnut BreadLow-Carb Zucchini Walnut Bread
Recipe by Gourmet Girl Cooks

15. Low-carb cakes, brownies and muffins

Zucchinis can even transfrom into a low-carb dessert!

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Chocolate Zucchini CupcakesChocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
Recipe by I Breathe I am Hungry, 3.5g net carbs

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Blueberry Zucchini CakeBlueberry Zucchini Cake
Recipe by All Day I Dream About Food, 6.6 g net carbs

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Low-Carb Zucchini BrowniesLow-Carb Zucchini Brownies
Recipe by Cafe Delites, 4g net carbs

Low-Carb Zucchini Recipe - Carrot Cake Zucchini MuffinsCarrot Cake Zucchini Muffins
Recipe by Beauty and the Foodie, 2g net carbs


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2 comments on “15 Ways to Cook Zucchinis (aka Courgettes)

  1. YES!!!! No one, and I mean NO ONE, in my family likes cauliflower in any way, shape or form! I know… sacrilegious on a low carb diet… but it is what it is. I use zucchini for everything… pasta, rice, mashed, grilled, fries, potato salad (yummy:9 by the way!), tots, hashbrowns, you name it! I am the weird one in the neighborhood begging for people to give me their extra zucchini. 🙂

    1. Zucchini forever 🙂 Thanks for sharing, I haven’t tried it mashed or as tots, must check it out.

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