How to Make Tasty Tender Stuffed Zucchini Boats

by Rollie Brandt

Our family's favorite way to eat Zucchini - delicious & easy Main dish Perfect for small, young zucchini that appear first if you're growing it in your garden. With or without meat, delicious!


  • 4 Zucchini 6-7" Long
  • 1 ¾ Cups Soft bread crumbs
  • ½ Cups Grated cheese
  • ¼ Cups Chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley
  • 1 ¼ Teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ Teaspoons Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is a good size. I had 2, so I cut my recipe in half this time. Cut stem ends and wash Zucchini.

    Step 2

    You can GENTLY boil zucchini but microwaving is faster and easier. Be sure to poke tiny holes scattered about so steam can escape & zucchini doesn't explode.

    Step 3

    Microwave 2 minutes. Turn and microwave 1 more minute. Test for doneness. Sharp Knife should slide in easily. These two took 3 minutes total. More zucchini would take 2-4 more.

    Step 4

    Gather stuffing ingredients bases on recipe (I'm making a half recipe this time) I use any bread I happen to have for the crumbs. Parsley can be dry or fresh.

    Step 5

    Slice cooked zucchini lengthwise.

    Step 6

    Scoop out each half and save. (It's best to use these young smaller zucchini as their seeds are tiny and tender.

    Step 7

    Chop filling with blender or food processor. Drain zucchini shells upside down on paper towel while preparing stuffing v

    Step 8

    Note: After scooping out, turn upside down to drain while preparing stuffing.

    Step 9

    Mix zucchini filling with bread crumbs, shredded cheese, seasonings, parsley, onion and egg. Do not add last 3 ingredients listed in recipe. These will be used later.

    Step 10

    OPTION: you can add some browned ground beef, sausage, any small amount of PRE-COOKED meat IF you like. I usually do not, and it's delicious! This time I did add a little sliced cooked pork sausage.

    Step 11

    Sprinkle shells with salt. Pepper optional.

    Step 12

    Spoon mixture into zucchini shells, mounding.

    Step 13

    This time I added sausage.

    Step 14

    Dot with butter.

    Step 15

    Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake 350° 35-40 minutes until lightly browned

    Step 16

    Serve warm. (Refrigerate leftovers & microwave later to warm up)