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This easy oven roasted zucchini recipe is such an easy and healthy side dish, it’s sure to become a staple. I love sharing how to make all kinds of low carb vegetables in the oven, and zucchini is definitely one of my faves… especially in the summer. In fact, every summer I try to see how many zucchini recipes I can squeeze in. This baked zucchini in the oven is my 6th recipe this season!
While it’s fun to sneak it into unexpected comfort foods like zucchini pizza crust and zucchini chips, you’ll even more commonly find me cooking simple roasted zucchini squash as a side dish to pair with a low carb dinner.
If you don’t know how to roast zucchini in the oven yet, you’re missing out, and it’s time to fix that right away. Happy summer… I mean, happy zucchini season!
Can You Roast Zucchini?
Yes, you absolutely can make zucchini in oven – and it’s delicious! The method is very similar to cooking any other kind of roasted vegetables.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for cooking zucchini on the stove top, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Zucchini – You’ll need 2 pounds of zucchini for this roasted zucchini recipe. You can also make the same dish using yellow squash, patty pan squash, or a combination.
- Olive Oil – Adds flavor and helps the zucchini brown. Avocado oil can be used as well.
- Italian Seasoning – The oven roasted zucchini recipe calls for Italian seasoning. I make my own Italian seasoning mix, but store bought works, too. You could also make these with Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, or even taco seasoning. Another option is to chop up some fresh herbs instead — use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon for this recipe. (And let’s be honest, plain salt and pepper are totally delicious, as well.)
- Garlic Powder – The powder works best, as fresh garlic would burn in the high heat of the oven. Granulated garlic, which is like garlic powder but more coarse, also works but you’d need a bit more of it.
- Salt & Pepper – I use sea salt for all my recipes, but kosher salt is fine as well.
How To Roast Zucchini In The Oven
This section shows how to bake zucchini in the oven, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Cut zucchini into spears. Simply cut off the ends of the zucchini and then cut each one across in half, making 2 shorter cylinder-shaped pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise 4 times, making 8 sticks out of each larger piece. See below for a visual.
- Season zucchini. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini sticks with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper. Toss to coat.
- Arrange. Place zucchini sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet, with spaces between them. (You can line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper if desired. Cooking spray is recommended if using foil or an unlined pan.)
- Roast zucchini in the oven. Bake until tender, flipping halfway through. I like to serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
How Long To Roast Zucchini At 400?
Roasted zucchini spears in the oven take about 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees F, flipping halfway through for best results. If you like it a little more crisp tender, cook for a few minutes less. If you like it a little softer, cook for a few minutes more! How long you should bake zucchini can also vary depending on the thickness of the spears, so keep an eye on them.
How To Roast Zucchini Without It Getting Soggy?
Due to their high water content, the key to perfect roasted zucchini is high heat. Roast at 400 degrees F, and not for too long. The roasting time will vary depending on the size and shape of your zucchini pieces, so check on it occasionally.
Can You Make Roasted Zucchini Slices?
Sure, you can roast zucchini rounds, too! Just slice your zucchini into 1/4-inch slices instead of spears, then follow the same instructions.
Oh, and if you like roasted zucchini rounds, you might as well make ’em into zucchini pizza bites!
Store any leftover oven roasted zucchini slices or spears in an airtight container the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
However, since this roasted zucchini recipe takes just 15-20 minutes to bake, I recommend baking it fresh for best results. You can cut up zucchini ahead of time if you want to meal prep.
Can You Freeze Oven Baked Zucchini?
Yes, you can freeze roasted zucchini squash. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, then once frozen solid, transfer to a freezer bag.
Reheat roasted zucchini squash in a 350 degree F oven or microwave, until heated through. It may be a bit mushier than the original — but still delicious if you ask me!
What To Serve With Roasted Zucchini
Serve your baked zucchini with a protein for a healthy meal:
- Chicken – Try air fryer chicken thighs, pan seared chicken breast, baked chicken leg quarters, or dozens of other chicken recipes here.
- Fish – Pan seared salmon, baked cod, or pan fried tilapia make great pairings with roasted zucchini. For a special occasion, Chilean sea bass is the best!
- Beef – Can’t go wrong with a grilled steak or oven steak! You can also keep it simpler with juicy burgers instead.
- Pork – My favorites are stuffed pork chops or a pork tenderloin.
More Healthy Zucchini Recipes
If you like pan roasted zucchini recipes like this one, you’ll probably love some of my other healthy zucchini recipes:
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