Baked Zucchini with Parmesan

Learn how to bake zucchini perfectly with this simple and cheesy recipe.

Baked Zucchini with Parmesan
Baked Zucchini with Parmesan
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Editor's Note: Learn how to bake zucchini to perfection with this simple recipe. Baked Zucchini with Parmesan is a cheesy and flavorful side dish recipe that anyone will enjoy making. This is one of the easiest vegetable side dish recipes you will ever make because it can be made in only 20 minutes with five ingredients. Halved zucchini are seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper before getting topped with a scrumptious combination of Parmesan cheese and minced garlic. The Parmesan zucchini are then baked until golden brown and tender.

Serve this Baked Zucchini with Parmesan alongside chicken, beef, or fish for an amazing meal. Are you more in the mood for a lighter dinner? This oven-roasted zucchini could be served with crusty bread for a quick, tasty, and light meal.

If you're overwhelmed with the number of zucchini growing in your yard, then you'll want to keep this easy zucchini recipe in mind! Save some time by making part of this recipe in advance, too.

This is a tasty, easy side dish. Good with roast leg of lamb, lamb chops, or baked cod.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking MethodBaking, Oven



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course, Side Dish, Vegetable

EquipmentBaking/gratin Dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureCheesy, Savory, Umami

Type of DishGratin, Vegetable


  • 4 small zucchini, washed and halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Arrange the zucchini, cut sides up, in an ovenproof dish large enough to hold them in a single layer. Lightly brush with the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Mix the Parmesan and garlic together, then sprinkle over the zucchini.

  2. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the zucchini are tender and the cheese is browned.

Prepare Ahead

Step 1 can be prepared several hours in advance.


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My family loves zucchini and I have not found a recipe to prepare it that they do not like. This will be a great addition to the recipe rounds. Not that zucchini is complicated to prepare, this is an easy recipe that almost prepares itself.

This is such a satisfying dinner when I want something a little lighter, but still cheesy and tasty.

This is a way easier recipe than I've been doing, which is quartering them and grilling them. Doing it that way creates an uneven angle, making it more of a chore to season the zucchini. With summer here, I'll have to try this new way!

Ok, here is a recipe that I enjoyed making, eating, and even cleaning up! My produce coop selected zucchini last week, lots of zucchini so I have tried several zucchini recipes from this website. Thanks! I made a couple of changes. I cut the zucchini into rounds so they were bite size. I didn't have fresh garlic so I used garlic powder. I added some red chili flakes too. They were fantastic and went fast! I am starting another batch! Any other variations that someone's tried?

I love zucchini in the summertime! I wonder if I could adapt this for the grill.

I love making these! They're super tasty AND they're healthy. It's a win-win )

My husband and I loved this easy and tasty zucchini/parm dish. Used organic zucchini and Locatelli Pecorino/Romano. No salt and pepper needed. Delish!

Anytime I can put extra cheese on a dish, I am all about it. And I am all about this Baked Zucchini!

That's all I have to say yum yum



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