Zucchini boats are a tasty way to use up a surplus from your garden, and to treat your family to a variety of healthy, hearty, and tasty fare.
Zucchini is a popular vegetable for making stuffed culinary surprises. But people are often baffled about how to make them. Here you can discover many creative and inventive ideas for making stuffed zucchini.
There's something for everyone in this collection of zucchini recipes. Some are vegetarian specialties, plus some feature meats like taco meat, sausage or leftover turkey.
Some bake in the oven, and some are created using an air fryer. All are baked to perfection for a tasty lunch, dinner or side dish.
Zucchini Boat Recipes Table of Contents
- What the Irish Call Zucchini
- Pizza Zucchini Boats
- Turkey and Veggie Stuffed Zucchini
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini
- Shrimp Scampi Boats
- Rice Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Mediterranean Zucchini Boats
- Veggie Stuffed Air Fryer Zucchini
- Easy Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini
- Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini
- Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini
- Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Boats
- Buffalo Zucchini Boats
- Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini
- Storage of Zucchini Boats
- Thank You to Our Contributors
What the Irish Call Zucchini
Did you know that zucchini are called courgettes in Ireland. These summer squash grow well in Ireland, just like in America. They make a wonderful meal when stuffed.
Here's a collection of stuffed zucchini or courgette boats - use whichever name you prefer.
Pizza Zucchini Boats
Pizza has never felt so healthy as it is with these stuffed zucchinis!
These delicious zucchini boats are topped with all things pizza. They're sure to satisfy your pizza cravings while still keeping everything low-carb and on the healthier side of life.
Onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme and organo are sautéed in olive oil before combining with your favorite marinara sauce, for a decilious Italian inspired topping.
Turkey and Veggie Stuffed Zucchini
If you have leftover turkey, then you need to tuck into a zucchini with some veggies for an awesome dinner.
This recipe uses lean ground turkey to add some meaty nutrition and heartiness.
The ground turkey is combined with chopped onions, bell peppers in a skillet before topping the stuffing with cheese for a tasty dinner.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini
These stuffed zucchini have so much buffalo chicken flavor! You won’t even miss the bun!
They're gluten free, budget-friendly and ever so tasty.
Shrimp Scampi Boats
This is one amazing way to get shrimp scampi flavor in a healthy and hearty zucchini vessel.
Shrimp are paired with fresh tomatoes, minced garlic, and fresh parsley, before smothering them in a decadent white wine and butter sauce, for a light and satisfying meal.
Rice Stuffed Zucchini Boats
These vegetarian stuffed zucchini have rice, veggies and lots of mozzarella for a tasty meatless meal.
They're hearty and satisfying, so you won't even miss the meat. If you wish you can add your favorite protein to this topping to make it truly satisfying. Chickpeas, black beans, cooked chicken, Italian sausage or turkey are all great choices.
Mediterranean Zucchini Boats
This recipe is loaded with seasoned ground beef for a very zesty zucchini meal that everyone will love!
They're topped with feta cheese and pine nuts for a truly Mediterranean twist.
Veggie Stuffed Air Fryer Zucchini
Let your air fryer do the work for dinner tonight.
This recipe is packed with good for you veggies for a garden fresh meal.
Easy Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini
This stuffed zucchini couldn’t be easier or cheesier! So satisfying! These Italian inspired zucchini boats are topped with marinara and oodles of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Dried Italian seasoning adds a little zing to the pasta or marinara sauce, but you could always add some chopped fresh herbs like basil or oregano.
Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini
If you want to serve less meat but still offer satisfying dinners, then save the recipe for these Tex Mex stuffed zucchini. Your family will love this dish.
This vegetarian recipe uses up all of the scooped out zucchini flesh in the stuffing mixture. There's lots of fiber, and not too many calories or carbohydrates in this nutritious meal. The recipe card includes all of the nutrition information and values.
Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini
Skip the noodles and still get that lovely lasagna flavor that you crave!
Who doesn't love the savory and tasty Italian combination of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese?
Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
This is one unforgettable way to serve tacos with fresh ingredients! Your family will love these!
Simply sprinkle the top of these Mexican inspired zucchini boats with chopped fresh cilantro. You can add some red pepper flakes to this mixture to make it as hot as you like.
This recipe is for anyone who craves tacos without indulging in excess carbohydrates.
Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Zucchini stuffed with tuna makes for a heart healthy meal you will want to make for lunch every week!
This recipe creates a stuffing using canned tuna combined with breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs would work great here.
Once you stuff the zucchini you can pop them on a parchment lined baking tray or cook them in an oven proof baking dish. They're simply delicious.
Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Boats
Skip the bread and tuck your cheese steaks into zucchini for a keto friendly meal that you are absolutely going to love.
Ground beef is used for this savory stuffing and everything comes together in a skillet before topping the zucchini boats. Ground turkey could be substituted for the ground beef for a leaner recipe, but you may need to change the name from Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Zucchini boats.
Buffalo Zucchini Boats
Pack a whole lot of zesty buffalo flavors into a zucchini for a filling way to have a favorite sandwich while skipping the bun!
Melted cheddar cheese adds a lovely tang to these buffalo chicken boats. Everything comes together beautifully when you use a spoon to drizzle ranch dressing over the top of each boat.
Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini
This protein rich quinoa stuffed zucchini recipe will fill you up with good for you ingredients to keep you going all day long.
They're simple to make, good for you, and truly satisfying. Plus quinoa adds extra protein to this meal, to help keep you feeling full and energized all day.
Storage of Zucchini Boats
Leftover stuffed zucchini boats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Reheat them by placing them in a casserole dish or on a baking pan in a 350˚F oven for 25 minutes. You can also reheat them in the microwave until warmed through, but the texture is better when the're reheated in the oven.
You may be wondering if you can you freeze zucchini boats?
I actually don't recommend popping fully stuffed and baked zucchini boats in the freezer. Zucchini contain quite a bit of water and will get mushy once they're thawed after spending time in the freezer.
However, if you like to complete meal prep in advance, then you could make a meat filling for your zucchini boats in advance and pop it into the freezer in a sealed freezer bag. It should keep for about 2 months.
When you're ready to serve your zucchini, then simply cut your fresh zucchini, scoop out the flesh and top each half with your thawed filling. Top with your favorite cheese and bake.
Thank You to Our Contributors
I hope you enjoyed this collection of reader and blogger zucchini boat recipes from around the internet.
Remember you can experiment with these recipes and try some of these different toppings for stuffed squash too.
A big thank you to all the contributors who gave permission for me to share their wonderful photos and recipes with you today.
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Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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