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!

5 from 17 votes
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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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss zucchini slices with olive oil, seasoning, salt & pepper and about 2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake 5 minutes.
  4. 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, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 141mg, Potassium: 255mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 5.2%, Vitamin C: 21.3%, Calcium: 11.8%, Iron: 2.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Fantastic. I am not typically a Zucchini fan but my husband is so I made this for him. It was delicious. I think I ate more than he did. This will quickly become a family favorite. Thank you for share!

  2. I made this and the zucchini didn’t get crisp at all, in fact they were quite mushy. I left them in under broil for almost 5 minutes more than suggested time.

    What did I do wrong?

    1. This zucchini doesn’t get crispy like a fried or breaded zucchini would. It’s more the texture of a sauteed/fried zucchini. I hope that helps.

  3. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. Bring borderline diabetic causes me to search for foods that won’t raise my blood sugar and this is perfect for me and healthy!!! Thank you again!

  4. Good recipe! I added fresh minced garlic and used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan. Couldn’t find my Italian seasoning so I used dried basil, oregano and thyme. Broiling on high took maybe 5 minutes before any browning was seen on top. Next time I will cut the zucchini to an inch thick. I also let the zucchini sit in the oil/seasoning/garlic mixture for a couple of hours before baking.

  5. Best zucchini recipe ever. Just fixed this for lunch. Followed recipe to the T. Delicious and easy peasy. This from a girl who’s idea of easy meals is the drive-thru. This one is going into my personal book of healthy eating for life. Looking forward to trying your other recipes.

  6. Made this last night for company and it was simple and delicious. I made a lot, and we kept eating them while cleaning up after dinner. Loved them! A perfect way to use some zucchini garden bounty!

  7. Loved this. I made it for the first time tonight for dinner and the 2 of us ate the whole batch in one go! Definitely a keeper. Thanks and God bless :)

  8. Really enjoyed these little gems. I used a homemade Italian seasoning infused EVOO. I roasted a bit longer than recipe suggested then broiled. I think next time I might add just a sprinkling of panko to Parmesan topping give it just a bit of crunch. Overall, very tasty and look forward to trying it with chicken cubes as a foil packet for camping
    BTW: I also like the idea of adding carrots and mushrooms to the mixture as a previous reviewer suggested.

  9. Yummm!!! This was delicious.. doubled the recipe because I added 2 carrots, mushrooms, and 1 large zucchini.. put in the oven for 20 minutes. Delicious!

  10. These were great! Before the last minutes under broiler I added a little mozzarella shredded on top of each one. Thanks for the quick delicious recipe .

  11. Perfect for all the influx of zucchini we’re about to get from our CSA box. Chocolate zucchini bread is my husband’s favorite use for it, but this looks just a little bit healthier. ;)

  12. Our vegetable and herb garden is blooming and I can’t wait until zucchini pop up. We love zucchini during hot summer months and this will be perfect with steak and oven roasted tomatoes!

  13. These are amazing. My family loves zucchini and we eat this several times a week. It is perfect with just about every dish you can imagine.

  14. These look delicious! Just the perfect complement to the batch of turkey burgers I’m planning on testing out my homemade bread with! I definitely can’t wait to try it!

  15. How delicious do these baked zucchini look?!? Everyone in my family would just love these little rounds… even the littles!

  16. Gosh I’m dying for zucchini season! I could eat it every day but for some reason I feel bad eating it in the winter… stupid seasonal eating lol! When the plants start cranking out zucchini I’ll be trying this recipe!

  17. This is such a great way to dress up such a mild vegetable.  So simple but still flavorful. My 3 yo will love this, as long as she doesn’t just pick off the cheese!

  18. Such a great way to use the zucchini! I absolutely love that golden crispy coating on them too! Easy and tasty recipe, thanks for sharing!

  19. The cheese on top of the zucchini is just the right amount to get my family to eat vegetables!  They LOVED this!  

  20. Having your own veggie garden is one of the coolest thing of everyone who loves cooking! I’m really jealous xD I’ve never tried to bake zucchini like this type. Looks so simple and tasty,