How to cut a zucchini + tips


The other day my friend brought over 3 HUGE zucchini from her garden! She’s the sweetest. I was super excited to get in the kitchen and bake up something yummy. Today I thought I’d share this quick tip on how to cut a zucchini… but look out for some yummy recipes coming your way!

how to cut a zucchini

How to cut a zucchini

  1. Wash your zucchini really well.
  2. Cut the ends of your zucchini off.
  3. Slice the zucchini in half if it is really large.
  4. If you’re wanting slices, just slice them up. If you’re wanting to grate the zucchini then cut it in half again.
  5. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and place in a bowl.
  6. Then shred the half piece with a cheese grater or a food processor.

Here’s a little step by step tutorial…

How to cut a zucchini from #tips #cooking


how to shred zucchini

Once you have shredded your zucchini put it on paper towels so that the towels will absorb the excess water. Then pat the zucchini with a paper towel. This way you won’t get soggy zucchini bread! I had to learn the hard way. ;)

how to grate a zucchini + a super helpful tip!

Once your zucchini is shredded it’s a good idea to freeze some for later. You know for those times when your craving chocolate zucchini cake?! ;) I typically will place 2 cups in a sandwich size bag. This way you can pull out a little bit at a time. Just make sure to label how much is in the bag. It’s best used within 6 months.

Freeze your zucchini so you'll have it for months to come! #cooking

My little guy loved helping me with the zucchinis. He is such a great little helper!

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Psst if you’re looking for a yummy zucchini recipe, head over to Better Homes and Garden where I’m sharing these yummy chocolate chip zucchini muffins!

Chocolate chip zucchini muffins featured on Better Homes and Garden

They are seriously AMAZING! I can’t wait to make them again!

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What’s your favorite zucchini recipe? Share in the comments.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Bev posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:02 am (#

    Where is the recipe for the chocolate chip zucchini muffins ?

  2. Flora posted on August 8, 2013 at 11:35 am (#

    Thanks for the tips! I love Michelle’s Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    • Jamielyn posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm (#

      Double Chocolate? Yummy!! :)

  3. Sara posted on August 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm (#

    OMG!! I MUST do this!! I really MUST! tomorrow I will go and buy the ingredients :) I am very curious to know what it taste like

    • Jamielyn posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm (#

      It is so delicious and you can hardly taste the zucchini! I hope you enjoy them! :)

  4. gina posted on August 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#

    Well I feel stupid – I never knew you were suppose to remove the seeds! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm (#

    Hi JamieLyn, My zucchini plant is producing like crazy! I’m going to follow your suggestion & freeze some. I also didn’t know that you don’t save the seeds! Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm (#

      I would love to have a zucchini plant! Enjoy all your delicious zucchinis Michelle!

  6. Tiffani posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:48 am (#

    Love your labels! Where did you get them??

    • Jamielyn posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm (#

      I got these labels at the dollar section in Target! :)

  7. Heather posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:02 am (#

    Hi Jamielyn. Wow, guest posting on Better Homes and Gardens (again) that’s amazing, congrats!!! Your tips are perfect and the recipe looks absolutely delicious!

    Have a Sweet Day!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm (#

      I love all their recipes! Thanks so much Heather! xo

  8. Beth G posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:09 am (#

    Must try the muffins! I made Parmesan Zucchini Crisps last night and they were super yummy! Found it on the food network website – Bobby Flay! Toss sliced zucchini in olive oil then dip in a mixture of bread crumbs, shredded parmesan, salt and pepper! (press mixture onto zucchini so it really sticks!) bake at 425* for 20-30! so easy and so good! Eat immediately tho! Hubby was late getting home and his serving was NOT as good as mine! Poor guy! ha ha!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#

      Oh wow! Those sound so amazing!!! I will definitely have to give those a try!

  9. Carol posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:33 am (#

    I didn’t realize either that you remove the seeds…so you just discard them?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm (#

      For baking I like to remove the seeds and discard them, but if you are grilling with them you can leave them in! :)