19 Stuffed Zucchini Recipes

It's what's on the inside that counts.

chicken chowder stuffed zucchini boats

Looking to add more veggies to your meals? Look no further than zucchini boats! They’re easy to make (unlike, ahem, zoodles), individual-sized, and can help you get more greens into everything from pizza to macaroni & cheese. Bonus: they’re a great low-carb option too, and can be enjoyed by everyone in your family. Check out our list of 20 stuffed zucchini recipes—truly, it's what's on the inside that counts. 😉

Cauliflower baked “ziti”, pork rind-coated keto fried chicken, cashews as cheese in vegan queso… we love a good diet-friendly food hack. Zucchini are TOPS for low-carb replacements, and these stuffed zucchini recipes are particularly delicious. You can take all the flavors and ingredients of your favorite high-carb dishes, and stuff them into a zucchini boat. Check out our lasagna-stuffed zucchini, our pizza zucchini boats, our zucchini burrito boats, or our tuna melt stuffed zucchini for ideas. Sure, they’re not exactly the same as pizza or pasta, but we think they hit the spot.

And don’t worry, these aren’t ALL extra healthy. Sometimes we just want to eat out of a convenient, personal-sized boat (and, sure, the added veggies don’t hurt either). Try our Italian sausage stuffed zucchini, our chicken chowder stuffed zucchini, or our macaroni & cheese stuffed zucchini to see how versatile they are. You can kind of stuff anything into a zucchini boat, so feel free to fill ‘em up with your weeknight dinner faves.

Want more healthy inspiration? Check out our favorite healthy summer recipes, quick and easy fruit desserts, and our best grilled vegetable ideas too.

italian sausage stuffed zucchini
Kathryn Wirsing
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Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

A mix of breadcrumbs, Italian sausage, and fontina make this one of our absolute favorite zucchini recipes. They're a great low-carb dinner, appetizer, or lunch!

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burrito zucchini boats
Parker Feierbach
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Burrito Zucchini Boats

You won't miss the tortilla in these stuffed zucchinis. They've got everything you love about your favorite burrito—black beans, corn, CHEESE—minus the carbs!

Get the Zucchini Burrito Boats recipe.

chicken chowder stuffed zucchini boats
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Chicken Chowder Stuffed Zucchini

Using cooked rotisserie chicken, frozen corn, and sweet cherry tomatoes, you can have a summer chowder in under an hour, served in a crispy-tender zucchini boat. While bacon isn’t totally crucial in this dish, rendering it provides a salty, flavorful fat you can use to make this stuffed zucchini extra delicious.

Get the Chicken Chowder Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

lasagna stuffed zucchini
Park Feierbach
4 of 19
Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini

Lightening up lasagna with zucchini is one of our fave low-carb dinner hacks. Fill up the zucchini with everything you love about the Italian classic, and enjoy it carb-free.

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mac and cheese stuffed zucchini boats
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Mac & Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

Here’s one way to get more veggies into picky eaters’ mouths: score and scoop out zucchini pulp, chop and cook it down with spices into a cream sauce, then incorporate it into good ol’ kid-approved mac & cheese.

Get the Mac & Cheese Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

pizza zucchini boats
Kathryn Wirsing
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Pizza Stuffed Zucchini

Studded with mini pepperoni, these zucchini boats are healthy and irresistibly adorable. Top with your favorite pizza toppings too, like olives, onions or even pineapple.

Get the Pizza Zucchini Boats recipe.

buffalo chicken zucchini boats
Kathryn Wirsing
7 of 19
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini

If you love all-things "buff chick", this simple mixture of rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, and buffalo sauce will make you melt.

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garlicky shrimp zucchini boats
Erik Bernstein
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Garlicky Shrimp Zucchini Boats

When you're craving pasta, these zucchini boats are a great option. Sweet, juicy shrimp bathed in a creamy tomato-Parmesan sauce, then baked with mozzarella until the umami skyrockets—the easy filling tastes almost like a creamy shrimp scampi.

Get the Garlicky Shrimp Zucchini Boats recipe.

loaded zucchini skins
Brandon Bales
9 of 19
Loaded Zucchini Skins

Stuffed zucchini, as an appetizer! Topped with all the standard loaded potato skin fixings—bacon, sour cream, and green onions—you won't even miss the potato.

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bacon wrapped stuffed zucchini
Charlie Gillette
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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Zucchini

These spinach and artichoke dip stuffed zucchini are creamy, salty and delicious, and the bacon takes them OVER THE TOP.

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jalapeño popper zucchini boats
Brandon Bales
11 of 19
Jalapeño Popper Zucchini Boats

Jalapeño poppers are one of our favorite appetizers, so naturally, we turned them into an actual dinner. We skipped the frying and put them into zucchini boats for an easy, low-carb take on the favorite we can't get enough of.

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Cheesesteak Zucchini Boats

Everything you love about an iconic Philly cheesesteak, minus the bread. Don't forget to put the scooped zucchini back in—the added crunch goes perfectly with the bell peppers and onions.

Get the Cheesesteak Zucchini Boats recipe.

tuna melt stuffed zucchini
Chelsea Lupkin
13 of 19
Tuna Melt Stuffed Zucchini

We took our favorite tuna melt and turned it into a low-carb staple. It still has everything you love, without the bread. We love the added slight crunch of the zucchini and with the dressing mixed right in, this is the easiest meal to make in a snap.

Get the Tuna Melt Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

greek chicken stuffed zucchini
Brad Holland
14 of 19
Greek Chicken Stuffed Zucchini

These zucchini boats are infinitely adaptable. Already have goat cheese in your fridge? Use it instead of feta. Not into dill? Swap in parsley. Greek chicken for the win!

Get the Greek Chicken Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

shrimp zucchini burrito boats
Brandon Bales
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Shrimp Zucchini Burrito Boats

We LOVE burritos, and zucchini boats let us skip the unnecessary tortilla and go straight for the good stuff. This version has spiced shrimp tossed in with beans and corn and plenty of melty cheese—all our favorite things!

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Brad Holland
16 of 19
Meatball Zucchini Boats

Craving a meatball sub, but avoiding bread? Try these meatball zucchini boats instead! We made ours with ground beef, but feel free to swap in your own fave meatball recipes (and sauce!).

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loaded stuffed zucchini vertical
Joe Spit
17 of 19
Loaded Stuffed Zucchini

You won't even miss the potato in this loaded low-carb dish. It's a great anytime snack, or the perfect side for an easy weeknight dinner.

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jalapeno popper stuffed zucchini horizontal
Jon Boulton
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Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Zucchini

Love jalapeño poppers? Us too, so we used our favorite hasselback potato technique to turn the app into a low-carb side dish fit for your dinner plate.

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chicken parm zucchini horizontal
Chelsea Lupkin
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Chicken Parm Zucchini

Just look at that bubbly mozzarella! This is cheesy zucchini at its finest. Plus, thanks to pre-breaded chicken and jarred marinara, this comes together in only about 35 minutes.

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