Baked Parmesan Zucchini is the perfect side dish for just about any meal!

Garden or market fresh zucchini is sliced and tossed with olive oil, herbs, and parmesan cheese, baked in the oven, and then finished under the broiler. Zucchini become perfectly tender with a crisp cheesy coating that is irresistible! Serve these tasty baked zucchini slices as a side dish along with any beef, chicken, pork, or fish entrée! Or serve them as delish appetizer, or add them to a stir fry or soup. There are so many possibilities with this simple squash recipe!

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Best Baked Parmesan Zucchini!

  • Oven-baked zucchini slices are super quick and easy to make and are a healthy addition to any entrée or added to a side dish. Also delicious as an appetizer with some Tzatziki to dip into! We can eat an entire pan of this dish in about 5 minutes!
  • Stir oven parmesan zucchini into your favorite hot pasta dish, add it onto homemade garlic bread, or serve as a stuffed side without cutting it into slices!
  • It doesn’t take long to make this flavorful side dish since there is no peeling or processing of any kind! Zucchini is ready when you are!

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Ingredients and Variations

ZUCCHINI: Garden fresh is always best! Choose zucchini squash that are firm and heavy and without any blemishes on the skin. Yellow squash works just as well. Sliced tomatoes or potatoes can be added to this recipe for more flavor, color, and texture! 

SEASONINGS: Use a packaged Italian seasoning mix or make a super easy DIY Italian blend that can be used in dressings, dips, and even used as a rub for meat! Or kick it up a notch and add spicy homemade taco seasoning! Panko or any packaged bread crumb mixture can be added to the seasonings for a crispier recipe!

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How to Bake Parmesan Zucchini

  1. mandoline will work to easily cut uniform slices, but a sharp knife will work too.
  2. Coat zucchini slices with oil, seasoning, and half the parmesan cheese (as per recipe below). 
  3. Place zucchini on baking tray, top with more parmesan, bake, and broil!
  4. Garnish with parsley and season to taste (optional).

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Keep leftover baked zucchini in a covered container for up to 3 days. Reheat quickly on the stovetop or in the air fryer (to make them crispy again!) and season, as necessary. Or, like me, just eat them cold out right of the refrigerator!

Baked zucchini can be frozen but won’t thaw out as firm. If you do freeze it, simply use it all up in a stir fry or add to a chicken pot piehamburger soup, or a stew. 

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Make these baked zucchini slices, with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese, for a tasty appetizer or side dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • 2 medium zucchini cut into ½ inch slices (about 1 pound)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Dressing mix or ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (or basil), ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese divided
  • chopped parsley optional, for garnish (or basil or thyme leaves)
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a large bowl or zip top bag, add zucchini, oil, seasoning, and half of the cheese. Toss to coat.
  • Place zucchini in a single layer on a baking tray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 5 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil 3-5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender crisp and cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if using, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.


  • Nutrition calculated without optional and to taste ingredients.
  • Refrigerate leftover baked zucchini in a covered container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stovetop, quickly under the broiler or in the air fryer.
  • Freeze leftovers and use in stir fries, soups or other recipes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 98 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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