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You’ve made all the zucchini recipes. Then you look in your refrigerator and OMG THERE IS STILL SO MUCH ZUCCHINI. Time to bake this easy Roasted Zucchini recipe!

a plate with the best roasted zucchini spears

Meet the Best Roasted Zucchini Recipe

Zucchini spears that are seasoned with Parmesan and herbs and roasted to tender perfection, oven baked zucchini is the kind of no-brainer vegetable side dish that you’ll make first from summer necessity.

Then you’ll make it again because it’s simple and healthy, and miraculously everyone in your household eats it happily without complaint. (And for a hint of summer smoky flavor, try Grilled Zucchini.)

While every now and then I want to get more creative or indulgent with my sides (ahem, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus), most of the time, I want side dishes that are quick to prep, healthy, and will go well with a variety of dishes.

Roasted Zucchini is just that sort of recipe.

Like my favorite Roasted Potatoes and Carrots and Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, it bakes away hands-free in the oven so that I can focus on pulling together the rest of the meal.

And, like this Easy Sautéed Zucchini and Sautéed Cabbage, it has friendly ingredients like Parmesan and olive oil that win over picky eaters and vegetable skeptics.

A sheet pan of Roasted Zucchini, baked on a cooling rack

How to Make Roasted Zucchini

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. Don’t overthink it! I’ve included a few basic steps, plus tips for you to vary up the spices if you’re feeling frisky.

Tip!

To roast a medley of vegetables, and for more tips and seasoning suggestions, check out my ultimate guide to Oven Roasted Vegetables.

Three small green zucchini for Roasted Zucchini
  • Start by trimming off the ends of your zucchini and slicing it lengthwise into quarters. I like to call this the “spear” approach.

Cutting the zucchini into halves, then quarters, makes this recipe ultra quick and easy to prep because the zucchini takes less time to chop.

Other benefits of larger pieces: larger pieces of zucchini are less prone to overcooking (and thus becoming soggy). See more about how to avoid soggy zucchini below.

A clear bowl with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning for Roasted Zucchini
  • Drizzle the zucchini with the Roasted Vegetable Big Three: olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Add any other spices you like. My go-to is Italian seasoning. It’s a quick blend, kid friendly, and versatile enough to pair well with anything you are serving with the zucchini.
  • Add some Parmesan. Because everyone likes Parm.
  • Toss to coat the zucchini evenly.

NOW, here is the game changer that will help you make the best, crisp-on-the-outside, tender on the inside, NOT SOGGY Roasted Zucchini.

A sheet pan of Roasted Zucchini pre-baking
  • ELEVATE THE ZUCCHINI by placing it on a baking rack, then setting that baking rack on top of your regular baking sheet. This allows air to circulate on all sides of the zucchini and helps water evaporate so the zucchini is beautifully caramelized, not soggy. I use the same trick to make crispy Zucchini Fries.
Roasted Zucchini with golden baked Parmesan

From here, all that remains is to bake!

  • Roast the zucchini at 400 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, until it is tender.
  • From here, I like to pop the zucchini under the broiler so that the Parmesan becomes nice and crisp.

At this point, your baked zucchini is hot, lightly cheesy, and absolutely delectable.

For an additional pop, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top and sprinkle the zucchini with fresh herbs if you like. Delicious!

Roasted Zucchini on a sheet pan ready to serve

Tip to Avoid Soggy Baked Zucchini

Ever wondered why your roasted zucchini is soggy? There are two likely causes.

Soggy Roasted Zucchini Culprit One: Overcrowding the Pan

With any roasted vegetable, if you crowd the veggies too closely on the pan, the air won’t circulate properly and the vegetables will steam instead of roast.

Baking the zucchini on an elevated baking rack as this recipe suggests is very helpful in helping the air circulate and avoiding soggy zucchini too.

If you have more zucchini slices than will fit on the pan comfortably (this happens especially with baked zucchini chips and baked zucchini fries), divide the sliced veggies between two separate sheet pans. Bake the pans in the upper and lower third racks of your oven and switch the pans’ position halfway through.

Soggy Roasted Zucchini Culprit Two: Overbaking

Unlike harder vegetables (like this cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash), zucchini has a high water content. That means that if you overbake it, the water will seep out and your zucchini will be soggy.

Cutting the zucchini into larger pieces is a nice safety net. Larger pieces are harder to overcook. It’s another reason I love slicing the zucchini into spears.

A white plate with spears of Roasted Zucchini

More Slicing Options

If spears aren’t your thing, you have other options!

  • Dice the zucchini into bite-sized like Air Fryer Zucchini.
  • To use this recipe to make baked zucchini chips, cut the zucchini into thin (1/4-inch-thick coins). Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

If you go the zucchini chip route, be sure to give the slices plenty of room on the pan and watch carefully to make sure they don’t overcook. I still recommend using the baking rack trick too.

More Roasted Vegetable Options

  • Roasted Zucchini and Squash. Feel free to use a mix of yellow squash and zucchini in this recipe or use the recipe to cook yellow squash only.
  • Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes. Replace half of the zucchini with 1 to 2 cups of cherry tomatoes. Omit the baking rack. Toss the vegetables together with the olive oil, Parmesan, and spices. Roast the tomatoes on one side of the sheet pan and the zucchini on the other. Toss the cherry tomatoes once halfway through.
  • Roasted Zucchini and Onions. Replace one of the zucchini with a small red or yellow onion. Omit the baking rack. Cut the zucchini and onion into chunks (instead of cutting the zucchini spears). Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes, tossing the vegetables once halfway through.

Spices for Roasted Zucchini

This recipe includes my go-to combination of Italian seasoning, Parmesan, and lemon. It’s always a crowd pleaser and goes with just about anything.

For more options, you can also:

  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat.
  • Add a clove of minced garlic.
  • Swap the Italian seasoning for chili powder and the lemon juice for lime. (Omit the Parmesan.)
  • Top the Roasted Zucchini with fresh herbs. Dill and basil are two of my favorites.
  • Swap the Parmesan for crumbled feta. Sprinkle the feta on after the zucchini has baked.

How to Store Roasted Zucchini

In general, I do not recommend freezing zucchini due to its high water content. Frozen zucchini becomes mushy when thawed.

Roasted zucchini, however, is easy to store in your refrigerator! Here’s how:

  • After the roasted zucchini has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Roasted zucchini can last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat roasted zucchini: Arrange it in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Reheat at 400 degrees F, just until the zucchini is hot. Do not overbake, or it will become soggy.
Roasted Zucchini on a white plate

What to Serve with Roasted Zucchini

The beauty of roasted zucchini is that it tastes mild, meaning it pairs well with just about any main dish. A few I especially like it with include:

AND SO MANY MORE.

Ready to take your zucchini supply by storm? Time for Parmesan roasted zucchini!

Roasted Zucchini

4.70 from 275 votes
How to make the best easy roasted zucchini! Topped with Parmesan and Italian seasoning, this delicious zucchini is never soggy and goes with so many dishes.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 small zucchini ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, dill, or a mix (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the zucchini in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan mixture. Toss to coat, then arrange the zucchini on top of the cooling rack on the prepared baking sheet, being careful not to overlap the spears.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the zucchini is tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the oven to broil. Cook until the Parmesan is lightly crisp on top, about 2 to 3 minutes. Don’t walk away! The second you stop watching the cheese, it will decide to burn.
  • Remove the zucchini from the oven and immediately squeeze the lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with herbs. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • For storage tips, see the blog post above.
  • For more ways to flavor the zucchini (or for ideas to use it to make zucchini and squash, zucchini chips, zucchini and tomatoes, and more!), see the blog post above.
  • To make vegan, Paleo, and/or Whole30 compliant: Omit the Parmesan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 305IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. The flavor was good, I love zucchini. But it never did crisp, it feel all apart as zucchini does. Put it in the air fryer and no……it did not improve. Not gonna try this one again2 stars

    1. Sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe Kate. These won’t get crispy but the parmesan typically makes them have a crisp coating. The method here helps keep them from being soggy, but it’s hard to know what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

    2. LOVED this recipe! Big fan of roasting vegetables for easy prep and maintaining some vegetable “crunch” (i.e., not soggy) – this recipe delivered on both accounts! I think I roasted mine for 20 minutes and then broiled, but everyone’s oven is different so cook it to your preference. I typically cut zucchini in rounds so this also was a fun, different way to enjoy it – will definitely make again!5 stars

  2. It was really delicious.I made half the recipe and ate the whole thing with a salad for dinner! I’m excited to have a new zucchini recipe where I don’t have to salt and soak it first. I’m going to experiment with using panko and nutritional yeast for Vegan family members who don’t use parmesan.5 stars

  3. My adult son is not a big vegetable fan. He Loved this recipe and told me I could make this for him anytime. Super quick and easy!5 stars

  4. Whoops you omitted the Parmesan cheese from the ingredients.

    Tip for preventing soggy zucchini: this squash has one of the highest water contents. So much that it will effect the outcome of many cooking methods. To prevent this, slice the zucchini into spears and liberally salt. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and you’ll see that a lot of water has sweated out. Whip away the water and salt with paper towels. Now cook it.3 stars

  5. Very good! Replaced the Parmesan with nutritional yeast, to make it vegan. This will be a new easy staple, thank you!5 stars

  6. I used to steam them and they’d always be overcooked. I like roasting them in this manner. This is the second time I’ve cooked them in this way and this time I even cooked them longer so they’d get slightly browned to use with my coconut milk curry.5 stars

  7. I’ve made roasted spears of zucchini before. After sprinkling with the oil, salt, and pepper, I also added some bread crumbs to add a little crunch. With the Parmesan and added spices, this is a great side dish to add to any meal!5 stars

  8. I have made this numerous times. It is definitely a go-to when I need something easy for company, particularly during grill season! Never disappoints! It’s not meant to be super crispy, but it is an awesome side. I don’t typically use the Italian seasoning, but just add the fresh herbs at the end. Always a hit!!5 stars

  9. This is a great recipe. I baked for 15 minutes & roasted for 4 minutes. It turned out great. I like the herbs. It was flavorful without being salty. I will definitely make this again.5 stars

  10. Stuck with two zukes in the fridge and I didn’t want to steam them and didn’t want anything complicated so I tried this recipe. It turned out very well. I added smoked paprika to the spice mix and I really liked it. The spice possibilities are almost limitless, (Chinese 5-spice, Indian/Curry, Mex/Latin, Ital, etc.) just be sure to use plenty of seasoning. I was very pleased at how the zukes didn’t get mushy but were still “cooked.” I think it’s the combination of high temperature (I also used a convection setting on my oven) and being on a rack (i.e., not on the pan itself.) I could see kids liking this because it’s long spears and isn’t mushy. Bookmarked!5 stars

  11. This was perfect. I patted my zucchini spears first with a paper towel. This removed any excess moisture. I baked as directed. I turned broil on for a few minutes at the end. They were yummy. A game changer for me. Zucchini is back on the menu. Ty.5 stars

  12. I have been looking for a baked zucchini recipe for awhile and came across this one. I made it this evening and it is DELICIOUS! Thanks for this recipe……I will be making it a lot!5 stars

  13. Very good recipe, came out really well and thanks to your tips it didn’t turn soggy or burn or undercook or overcook which I am so prone to otherwise all the time. Really appreciate your efforts!5 stars

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