Bored of the same old courgette recipes? Grow your own and have a zucchini glut? Here you’ll find all the courgette recipes you’ll ever need. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or just wanting some ideas, you will find something delicious here for sure. Courgette glut? Bring it on.
Courgettes / Zucchini
Courgettes (Cucurbita pepo), as they are known here in the UK, are a summer squash and they come in all shapes and sizes. They even have a few different colours too. From almost white to almost black with yellow and varying shades of green in between.
In the US, Canada and Australia, courgettes are called zucchini. The name is taken from the Italian, zucchino which means “tiny squash”. This makes perfect sense as summer squash are harvested before they come to maturity. If you leave a courgette for any length of time, it turns into something with hard seeds that’s closely related to a marrow.
The word courgette, on the other hand, is French. But it has exactly the same meaning as zucchini.
I absolutely adore courgettes. They have a mild and slightly sweet flavour, so they can accompany just about anything without taking over. But most of all I love them for their ease of preparation. All you need to do is give them a quick rinse, take off the ends and chop, slice or grate. No deseeding, or awkward manipulation skills.
And on top of that you can eat them either raw or cooked. Courgettes / zucchini are just brilliant.
They’re a stalwart of the vegetable patch too. If you can get them past their teeny stage without a slug attack, you’re set to enjoy a bumper crop. And if you really have too many to use, give some to friends, family or neighbours. Some of them will be delighted.
Health Benefits of Courgettes
Courgettes contain a lot of water. However, they are surprisingly good for you. Anything watery is going to help with hydration, but more importantly they’re a good source of potassium, vitamins A and C, antioxidants and both soluble and insoluble fibre. ref: Healthline
All The Courgette Recipes You Will Ever Need
Recipes with courgettes / zucchini are the star of the show. I have plenty of recipes where I add courgettes as one of the ingredients, such as this Thai green curry or jewelled Persian rice. But they’re rarely the main feature.
Here you’ll find classic recipes such as ratatouille as well as complete innovations such as chocolate zucchini overnight oats. In fact there’s a whole heap of recipes from soup to cake and everything in between.
Recipes are vegetarian unless they state they’re vegan. If it’s not specified already, I’ve added vegan to the titles for those that are free of animal products. Or at least I have where I’m able. I’m unable to edit my own recipes, which is a bit of a pain.
Courgette Recipes: Table of Contents
- Main Meals
- Soup recipes
- Sides & salads
- Appetisers & snacks
- Pickles & chutneys
- Savoury bakes
If you have rather too many courgettes sitting in your fridge, main meals are one of the best ways to use them up. Don’t think of them as a side dish only. You can combine them with other ingredients, but make them the star of the show and free up some fridge space at the same time.
You’ll find both vegetarian and vegan courgette recipes for one pot meals, pasta, casseroles, quiches, as well as stuffed zucchini.
One Pot Courgette Recipes
Anything you can cook in one pot usually has my vote. I’m all for less washing up. Having said that, the freekeh recipe at the bottom is actually cooked on three pots, but it is all done on the stove top.
Creamy Vegetable Pasanda (vegan)
Summer chickpea and courgette curry | vegan
Cypriot Vegetable Stew aka Turlu
Zucchini Frittata Recipe with Ricotta
Courgette Tempeh Hash
Courgette and Mushroom Stir Fry (vegan)
Courgette Chickpea Pancakes with Mango Cucumber Chutney
Freekeh With Chilli Chickpeas and Herbed Vegetables
Pasta and Zoodles
Everyone loves pasta, but have you considered using spiralised zucchini instead of noodles?
Zucchini Pasta Sauce (Creamy Tomato Style with Hidden Zucchini!)
Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles (keto)
Zucchini Pasta Salad | Nibble and Dine | An easy summer side dish
Vegan lasagna for one in the air fryer
Zoodles Recipe (How to Cook Zucchini Noodles)
Zucchini Noodles Recipe, 5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowl (vegan) | Salt & Baker
Courgette Tarts and Quiches
Zucchini Quiche with Feta and Mint
Three Allium Smoked Chilli Courgette Tart
Zucchini Puff Pastry Tart with Pesto Ricotta
Keto Zucchini Tart Pizza
Casseroles and Savoury Bakes
Chaniotiko Boureki with Greek Yoghurt (Savoury Zucchini, Potato Casserole)
Easy Zucchini Casserole Recipe [ Video] | MasalaHerb.com
Zucchini Stuffing Casserole – Life Currents vegetarian
Zucchini meatballs in tomato sauce
I do love a stuffed courgette. They remind me of all the delicious stuffed vegetables I enjoyed when I lived in Egypt. I usually stuff mine with rice and lentils and cook them in tomato sauce. Something similar to these stuffed peppers in fact.
These recipes all offer something a bit different.
Easy vegetarian chickpea curry stuffed zucchini boats | Rhubarbarians
Stuffed Courgettes with Bulgur Wheat and Preserved Lemon
Pepper Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Stuffed Zucchini with Ricotta | Marcellina in Cucina
Vegan Stuffed Zucchini Boats | Clean Green Simple
Courgette Recipes: Soup
If you want to get rid of a number of courgettes, soup is often the way to go. Especially a blended soup. Soup is also one of the best ways of using up overgrown courgettes that are a bit too watery for other recipes.
Summer Green Soup with Parsley Pesto
Leek and Courgette Soup (aka zucchini) | Fab Food 4 All
Creamy Courgette Soup (vegan)
Zucchini Soup with Basil (vegan)
Zucchini and Sweet Potato Soup (vegan)
Sides and Salads
When I think of courgettes, it’s often a side dish that springs to mind. But I have to confess I rarely think about adding them to salads.
Zucchini Side Dishes
Courgettes With Za’atar and Yoghurt
Sweet and Sour Zucchini (Zucchini Agrodolce) (vegan) | Sip and Feast
Ginger & Chilli Courgettes/Zucchini (vegan)
Shredded Zucchini & Feta Saute – Food Meanderings (keto)
One-Pot Ratatouille in 30 minutes (vegan) | My Pure Plants
Zucchini Sabzi | Indian Zucchini Stir Fry (vegan)
Courgette fritters are one of my favourite ways to eat this ubiquitous summer squash. They work really well as a light lunch, a side dish or the main part of a larger meal.
Spicy Courgette Fritters
Courgette Sweetcorn Fritters with Chilli Tomato Sauce
Carrot Zucchini & Brown Rice Fritters – Craving Something Healthy…
Courgette Salad Recipes
Lemon Tahini Courgette Salad
Hazelnut, Parmesan, and Grilled Zucchini Salad
Easy Zucchini Salad (vegan)
Zucchini Appetisers and Snacks
I’ve made zucchini fries a number of times and I highly recommend them as an appetiser or light lunch. There are, however, a few other things you can do with them.
By the way, I have a lovely mushroom pâté recipe that would be perfect for the zucchini roll ups featured in this section. Just saying!
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips – Easy No Breading Recipe
Vegan Zucchini Fries (Courgette Fries) (vegan)
Baked Courgette Fries
Baked Courgette and Onion Bhajis
Zucchini Roll Ups (courgette sushi)
Courgette Baba Ganoush (aka) Smokey Vegan Zucchini Dip
Zucchini Crostini (vegan) ~ This Wife Cooks
Courgette Pickles & Chutneys
Quick Pickled Zucchini
Spicy Courgette and Apple Chutney
Sweet Spicy Zucchini Relish
If you’ve not made savoury vegetable muffins before, you’re in for a treat. They’re perfect lunch box and picnic material. Easy to make, simple to pack and they hold up well to transport. They may not add much in the way of flavour, but they add moisture, nutrients and pretty green flecks.
Miso Muffins with Kale, Carrot and Courgette
Zucchini Cornbread Muffins | Occasionally Eggs
Healthy Vegan Savoury Muffins (Gluten Free) – Forkful of Plants
Courgette Recipes For Cakes
It may not be that obvious, but courgettes can work really well in cake. Remember carrot cake? Just like carrots, they add bulk, moisture and nutrients. Half the time those not in the know don’t have a clue what they’ve just eaten.
Courgette Cake with Lime and Mascarpone Frosting
Best Ever Zucchini Bread (Easy Recipe!) – Little Sunny Kitchen
Chocolate Courgette Cake Squares
Pear and Zucchini Bread (low-sugar, dairy-free)
Easy Zucchini Sourdough Discard Muffins | Heartbeet Kitchen
Vegan Zucchini Muffins
Zucchini Bars – Healthier Zucchini Bar Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing
Vegan Zucchini Brownies
Miscellaneous Courgette Recipes
There’s always something that doesn’t quite fit. That doesn’t make them less interesting or appealing though. Often it’s the opposite. These miscellaneous courgette recipes are a case in point.
Vegan Overnight Zoats (Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Oats)
Vegan Zucchini Overnight Oats
Zucchini Smoothie Recipe (paleo & vegan)
Zucchini and Hummus Pita Sandwiches
Cherry Limeade Popsicle Recipe (vegan)
Your Favourite Courgette Recipes
I hope you’ve found something to inspire you with all these fabulous courgette recipes. Let me know if you try any of them. I’m also keen to know what I’ve missed? What are your favourites? Do tell by commenting below.