Here’s how to freeze zucchini! It’s the best way to preserve this vegetable if you’re not sure how to use it.

How to freeze zucchini

Got a zucchini to use up and not sure what to do with it? Sure, you can make zucchini bread. But for the most versatile method, try popping it in the freezer! Yes, frozen zucchini works well and you can cook it like you would a fresh zucchini. Even better: it takes just minutes to prepare it for the freezer. Here are the tricks to how to freeze zucchini, and a few recipes for using it!

How to freeze zucchini

How to use up extra zucchini? Zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and zucchini cake are often the answer. But sometimes, there’s not time for baking. (Or maybe you’ve already baked all the things!) That’s where freezing comes in!

For many vegetables, you have to blanch them before freezing: a quick dip in boiling water to help lock in the bright color and texture of the vegetable. But this isn’t required for zucchini, since cooking starts to bread down its delicate texture. This makes it even simpler to prepare than other veggies! Here’s how to freeze zucchini:

  1. Slice the zucchini into 3/8-inch thick rounds.
  2. Place the rounds on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer to a sealable freezer-proof bag. Freeze for 6 to 8 months.
How to freeze zucchini

Ways to use frozen zucchini

Frozen zucchini works in recipes that call for fresh zucchini. Keep in mind, you may need to cook the zucchini a minute or two less time than the recipe calls for since the freezing process can slightly soften the vegetable. Here are a few great zucchini recipes to use it:

How to freeze zucchini

Can you use frozen zucchini in baked goods?

In theory, you could defrost the zucchini, chop it in a food processor, and then use it as shredded zucchini in a baked recipe. Just make sure to save all the liquid that comes out of the zucchini as it is integral to baking recipes. Full disclosure: we have not tried this, so proceed at your own risk. Test it out in:

More freezing methods

Want to freeze more fruits and vegetables? Here are a few more methods for preserving fresh food for months:

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How to freeze zucchini

How to Freeze Zucchini


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Here’s how to freeze zucchini! It’s the best way to preserve this vegetable if you’re not sure how to use it.


Ingredients

  • Zucchini

Instructions

  1. Slice the zucchini into 3/8-inch thick rounds.
  2. Place the rounds on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer to a sealable freezer-proof bag. Freeze for 6 to 8 months.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to freeze zucchini

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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