Side Dish | August 29, 2018

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

Crispy, salty. cheesy, baked zucchini! Doesn’t that sound amazing? You’ll never believe how easy this parmesan crusted zucchini is!

sliced zucchini with golden parmesan crust


STEP ONE: The Zucchini

You can slice your zucchini really any way that you prefer? If you like more of a zucchini stick instead of sliced zucchini, chop it up that way! I cut them in different ways all the time, This time I sliced them, you dont want them sliced too thin, about 1/4 an inch.

sliced zucchini on cutting board


To create a nice crispy crust you will want to coat the zucchini in olive oil. Then you are ready to dip them into the crust.

sliced zucchini in bowl with olive oil


What kind of parmesan do I use? you will want to use fresh grated parmesan. Instead of the shelf stable kraft kind (gross) go to the specialty cheese section and pick up a tub of freshly grated parmesan cheese, OR a fresh block of parmesan cheese.
Did you know my tub of freshly grated parmesan cheese from the specialty cheese isle was THE SAME PRICE as the processed parmesan cheese from the shelf? However, it taste a million times better.

fresh parmesan cheese, olive oil, salts and parsley in plates


Chop your parsley and mix all the cheese and salts together. toss them in a large bowl. After coating your zucchini in oil dip both side generously into the parmesan mixture.

parmesan mixture coating a zucchini in bowl


Depending on how you decide to cut your zucchini will change how long you bake it, but no matter how long your baking you’ll want to bake it like this on a cooling sheet to that air is able to circulate around the crust and make it nice and crispy.

coated zucchini on wire rack with cookie sheet


For thinner zucchini like shown I like to just broil it for a few minutes and even sometimes flip it half way. If you choose to cut your zucchini into spears so it is like a thick, long triangle you will want to bake for about 10 minutes and then broil to crisp up the crust.

baked parmesan crusted zucchini

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baked parmesan crusted zucchini
Parmesan Crusted Zucchini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Crispy, salty, delicious parmesan crusted zucchini made with fresh parmesan, sea salt and fresh parsley. The perfect crispy snack or side. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked zucchini
Servings: 6
Calories: 77 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese fresh, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 /2 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 med zucchini
  1. In small bowl mix grated parmesan cheese, sea salt, garlic salt and chopped parsley.

  2. Slice zucchini as desires (pictured I sliced them length wise) coat in olive oil and then generously coat in parmesan mixture.

  3. Take a cooling rack and lay on a sheet cake pan. Place zucchini on cooling rack. This allows the air circulate around the zucchini to help create a crispy crust. 

  4. Broil sliced zucchini for 2-4 minutes and flip. Broil opposite side, until crust is golden brown and crispy. 

    If zucchini is cut into spears bake at 350 for 15 minutes, skin side down, and broil for 2-4 minutes until golden brown. 

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Crusted Zucchini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 661mg29%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Recipe for Parmesan crusted Zucchini doesn’t say what you do with the Johnny’s Garlic Spread…..??

    1. When recipe card said “mix dry ingredients” that means the salt, cheese, and garlic spread. Or if you are using dry herbs for an alternative to Johnny’s garlic spread.

  2. The beautiful images that have my mouth watering include some sort of dip or sauce. Might you be able to share what it is?! Yum! The zucchini is prepped now and waiting for our meat to have 15 minutes left!