Easy Baked Zucchini

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Baked zucchini is the perfect side dish for just about any meal! Garden fresh zucchini is tossed with olive oil and herbs and topped with a pinch of parmesan cheese.

These baked zucchini rounds come out perfectly tender crisp with a golden parmesan cheese topping.  We serve baked zucchini with steaks, burgers, chicken… or even to snack on on their own!

Baked Zucchini topped with cheeese on a plate

Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies to plant in my garden, it grows like crazy and we always have an abundance!  I love to use it in both sweet recipes (like Zucchini Brownies or Zucchini Banana Bread) and in savory recipes like Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats!

I have tried many baked zucchini recipes, but this one is so simple I would have to say it’s my favorite! To make Baked Zucchini, I most often either grill or bake it with just seasonings and olive oil! While I suggest Italian seasonings, you can add in your favorite herbs and spices to change it up or to compliment your meal.  The cheese (my favorite part) can be replaced with any cheese you like as well!

This baked zucchini recipe uses zucchini that is cut in 1/2″ rounds to allow the cheese to lightly brown while still keeping the zucchini tender crisp. If you prefer a softer zucchini, you can cut them thinner (or even cut them into sticks or wedges if you prefer)!

A bowl of sliced zucchini with seasonings, herbs and cheese

When making this Baked Zucchini recipe, everything can be prepared well in advance and when dinner is almost ready, just pop this in the oven for a few minutes.

How to Bake Zucchini

Zucchini is very easy to overcook, so it I always set a timer while it’s roasting. The thicker you cut your zucchini, the crispier it will stay while you bake it, I find 1/2″ is about perfect!

Zucchini is best baked at a high temperature for a short amount of time, which allows it to slightly caramelize (which adds flavor) without getting mushy. In this recipe, your baked zucchini will only be in the oven for 8-10 minutes, including the broil section to roast it to perfection!

Parmesan topped zucchini witon a baking sheet

If you are grilling up some steaks or meat, change this recipe up by grilling your zucchini on the barbecue too (amazing flavor, I might add), and adding your cheese afterwards. The flavor of grilled zucchini goes perfectly with steaks and a pasta salad!

Baked zucchini is an easy recipe, and always a crowd pleaser. The bonus? You will most likely already have everything you need in your kitchen! It’s delicoius, loaded with flavor and it’s keto friendly as it’s naturally low in carbs!

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Review Recipe

Easy Baked Zucchini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Perfectly tender crisp zucchini topped with parmesan cheese.


  • 2 medium zucchini sliced into 1/2" rounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese divided

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Toss zucchini slices with olive oil, seasoning, salt & pepper and about 2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese.
  • Place on a baking sheet and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake 5 minutes.
  • Turn oven to broil, place pan near the top and broil 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and zucchini is tender crisp.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 80, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 141mg, Potassium: 255mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Vitamin C: 17.6mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Keyword zucchini

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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