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Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Enjoy all the flavors of summer with my recipe for Baked Stuffed Zucchini. Fresh zucchini are split and filled with a mix of onion, tomato, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese, then baked until tender.

Last summer, we had a lovely zucchini plant in our little garden. One zucchini plant. One zucchini plant that darn near took over the whole garden.

Three baked zucchini on a white plate.

Even though it was huge—gigantic would be more like it—that darned plant wasn’t producing anything. It had to have been 6 feet across and three feet high. It had loads of blooms on it, but every day, we’d find the blooms gone—just snapped right off at the top of the stem.

Hmmm… something wasn’t quite right. And the yellow squash that was nearly buried under the zucchini was suffering the same fate.

Well, we finally figured it out. The culprits were two fawns and a mama deer that visited our backyard every afternoon. They thoroughly enjoyed their dinner of zucchini and squash blossoms before taking a nice, long nap in the shade of a pine tree. We decided that was okay, and we could get any zucchini we wanted from the grocery store.

Ingredient List

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Ingredients needed to make stuffed zucchini.
  • Zucchini – Choose zucchini that are about 7 to 8 inches in length. Larger zucchini may have tougher seeds.
  • Butter and Olive Oil – I always use a little oil in the pan with butter. Butter gives great flavor and the oil helps to keep the butter from burning.
  • Green Onions – I like the flavor of green onions in this recipe. Substitute another type if you prefer.
  • Roma Tomatoes – You can, of course, use any type of tomatoes that you like or have on hand. It’s just that I find Romas are the most consistent and readily available year-round.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread Crumbs – Use the readily available, dry breadcrumbs from your grocery store or make your own by blitzing a couple of pieces of day-old bread in the food processor.
  • Parmesan Cheese – No need for expensive, real Parm in this recipe. The boxed stuff will do just fine.

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Can I use other cheeses in this recipe?

Of course, you can try any other cheese that melts fairly well. Mozzarella cheese, Cheddar cheese, Colby, Swiss, and Fontina cheeses are all great possibilities.

Can I make stuffed zucchini ahead of time?

Stuffed zucchini is easily reheated in the oven or microwave, so yes, you can make it ahead of time.

Three baked zucchini on a white plate.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Swap out the traditional breadcrumbs for either crushed gluten-free crackers or purchased gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Can I add meat or protein to the stuffing?

Yes. Many stuffed zucchini recipes do include protein in the filling. Ground meats such as Italian sausage, ground beef, or ground turkey are good choices as well as diced, cooked bacon.

How do I know when the zucchini is fully cooked?

It’s done when it feels tender when pierced with a sharp knife, the stuffing is heated through, and the top is beautifully browned.

A serving of zucchini on a white plate.
Lana Stuart.

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Three baked zucchini on a white plate.

Baked Stuffed Zucchini

You'll love my Baked Stuffed Zucchini recipe with its mix of onion, tomato, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese baked in tender fresh zucchini.
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Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese plus more for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a small baking dish with oil, butter, or cooking spray.
  • Wash the zucchini well and cut it in half lengthwise. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. (This softens it slightly and makes it easier to remove the interior.)
  • Remove from the microwave and cool briefly.
  • Score ¼” in from the edge with a sharp knife. Using a spoon, scoop out the zucchini flesh with a spoon. Reserve the removed zucchini and zucchini shells for later.
  • Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • To the skillet with the sauteed onions, add the reserved zucchini, diced tomato, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Fill the reserved zucchini shells with the mixture. Place in the prepared baking pan and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top. Drizzle with additional olive oil.
  • Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until tender.

Notes

  • The zucchini is done when it feels tender when pierced with a sharp knife, the stuffing is heated through, and the top is beautifully browned.
  • Store any leftovers in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 365kcal | Carbohydrates 30g | Protein 16g | Fat 21g | Saturated Fat 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat 2g | Monounsaturated Fat 9g | Trans Fat 0.2g | Cholesterol 32mg | Sodium 664mg | Potassium 769mg | Fiber 4g | Sugar 9g | Vitamin A 1398IU | Vitamin C 46mg | Calcium 393mg | Iron 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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How to Make Baked Stuffed Zucchini Boats – Step-by-Step Photos and Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a small baking dish with oil, butter, or cooking spray.

  1. Wash the zucchini well and cut it in half lengthwise. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. (This softens it slightly and makes it easier to remove the interior.)
  2. Remove from the microwave and cool briefly.
  3. Score ¼” in from the edge with a sharp knife. Using a spoon, scoop out the interior of each zucchini half with a spoon. Reserve the removed zucchini and zucchini shells for later.
  4. Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened.
  5. To the skillet, add the reserved zucchini, diced tomato, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine. Remove the pan from the heat.
  1. Fill the reserved zucchini shells with the mixture. Place in the prepared baking pan and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top. Drizzle with additional olive oil.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

— This post was originally published on August 26, 2009. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

Stuffed Zucchini - fresh zucchini from the garden filled with a stuffing of onion, tomato, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. https://www.lanascooking.com/stuffed-zucchini/

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10 Comments

  1. I love zucchini. We call them courgettes in England. even I wouldnt be able to get mad at the fawn-so sweet lol! I love this recipe too, seems like a great, sneaky way of getting my 6 year old to eat some veg!

  2. I could eat these, by themselves, for dinner! Yum. I am so impressed that you got photos of the deer! (I’m impressed that you HAVE deer…) How cute. I’d probably let them eat my zucchini too, just so I could see them on a daily basis!

    1. Alta, I got the pictures looking out through the kitchen bay window. Those little deer are cute but they can be pests, too. Not only did they enjoy the squash blooms, they also ate their fill of tomatoes and tiny watermelons. Grrr….

  3. Liz Brooks says:

    I found you through Kay via Twitter. This sounds delish! What a wonderful way to use up zucchini:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Isn’t Kay the best and her web site is extraordinary! Hope you’ll visit again.

  4. Mathilde's Cuisine says:

    Zucchini, with Eggplant, is one of my favourite vegetables and the stuffed version is always delicious. I just came back from Turkey where you can find stuffed vegetables everywhere and it’s a pure pleasure!

    1. Yes, stuffed veggies are always a treat. Stuffed tomatoes, stuffed peppers, you name it and I like it!

  5. jenn (Bread + Butter) says:

    Yum!! I love stuffed zucchini!! Plus, stuffing it with more veggies is really tasty!!

  6. I really like this recipe. Zucchini is one of my favorite veges. Thanks for sharing!