How to Freeze Zucchini

By Polly Conner
March 1, 2021

When you have an abundance of zucchini, no need to let it go to waste – freeze it! Here is how to freeze zucchini so you can use it months down the road.

3 zucchinis

I have NEVER had such a great zucchini harvest. It seems like every time I go down to my garden, there are huge zucchinis waiting for me. I have zucchinis in all shapes and sizes and hardly know what to do with them. Here is a snapshot from of me and this MONGO zucchini I just picked.

Polly Conner with a zucchini

Since zucchini is one of those vegetables you can sneak into kid favorites, I love having a stash of it around.

How to Freeze Zucchini

Like freezing green onions, freezing zucchini is super easy.

After washing your zucchini, simply grate up your whole zucchini.

Shredded zucchini ready for the freezer

I found that one medium zucchini ends up being about two cups. I like to freeze my zucchini in two cup increments because that seems to be a common amount for a recipe. It can be hard to break apart once it’s frozen so you don’t want to put a ton into one big bag.

freezing zucchini in a plastic bag

Sometimes after you thaw your grated zucchini, it needs to be drained a bit. Just depends on how much water your zucchini had before shredding it up.

Now when you are have a hankering for some delicious baked goods that require zucchini, just pop a bag out from the freezer and get cooking!

Recipes to Use Frozen Zucchini In

Now that you have a stash of frozen zucchini, here are some great ways to use it up!

Zucchini Pizza Crust

Zucchini Pizza Crust: Seriously, it's good! What a great way to sneak in veggies to your dinner too.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Whole Grain Zucchini Pancakes

 Chocolate Zucchini Waffles

Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

What Else Can You Freeze?

Wondering what else you can stock up on and freeze? Here are quite a few articles that might help you out!

How to Freeze Tortillas

How to Freeze Butter

How to freeze Muffins

How to Freeze Bananas

How to Freeze Zucchini

How to Freeze Rice

How to Freeze Avocados

How to Freeze Cheese

How to Freeze Pesto

How to Freeze Quiche

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20 replies
  1. Joyce says:

    Has anyone ever frozen breaded and/or plain baked chips, spears? Also, regarding the frozen slices of zucs, wouldn’t it possible be okay if you were putting them in a casserole, stir-fry, etc.? Anything that is heated?

    • Meg says:

      I made the mistake a few years ago of freezing all of my zucchini and yellow squash as slices. When I thawed them out they were complete mush and disintegrated when I added them to whatever it was I baked them in.

  2. Mark says:

    Crystal stole my question. We’ve had really good luck with zucchini, squash, eggplant, etc. But no way to freeze it to use as just zucchini planks or slices.
    I’m looking at a freeze dryer to get.more out of my seasonal veggies.

    • Polly says:

      Honestly, I don’t think you’ll like the results of doing that. Zucchini has a very high water content and when unthawed, it will be pretty mushy. I’d recommend using it pretty much for only baking of mixed into another dish after freezing it.

  3. Tania Belkin says:

    Thank you for the advice. I think, I will do that. We are blessed with an abundant zucchini crop this year, they grow faster than we can consume them, so I am looking for alternatives.

    Plus those zucchini muffins and zucchini bread recipes look good. I happen to have many takers for baked goods in my house. 🙂

    • Polly says:

      We had a TON of zucchini this year as well! I just made some zucchini bread (in recipe index) and it turned out great. Good luck!