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Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Parmesan zucchini bites are a perfect low carb and low-calorie snack or appetizer. You can have many of these throughout the day and keep yourself full!

These bites are flavorful, super tasty, and incredibly easy to make! Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free. Sometimes we just want warmer, comforting snacks. These parmesan zucchini bites are a great option.

They are low carb, low fat, and have less than 7 calories per bite. It‘s difficult to believe they are this healthy with the amount of flavor they have.

plate of zucchini bites

The recipe only has five ingredients. You should be able to make these pretty quickly when you‘re in need of a healthy snack or side dish.

These tasty little bites can be enjoyed on their own or with dipping sauces. Some sauces that would work great are sweet chili sauce, marinara sauce, or garlic aioli.

It‘s always best to make the sauces when you can. If you aren‘t able to, don‘t worry. There are a lot of healthy options at the supermarket or through an online grocer.

stack of 5 bites

Ingredients You’ll Need

Zucchinis (3)

Ground garlic (1 tsp)

Salt (½ tsp)

Parmesan powder (½ cup)

Paprika powder (a pinch)

ingredients for zucchini bites

How to Make Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Step 1. First of all, preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Get a large baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Next, slice the zucchini into round discs. You want the slices to be about ¼“ thick (.65cm).

This is the best thickness so that they do not get soggy while cooking. It‘s a good idea to dry the zucchini after it‘s been sliced. You can do this by patting the slices with paper towels.

Step 2. Spray the parchment paper with no-stick spray. This will help prevent the bites from sticking to the paper.

Step 3. Next, lay the slices flat on the baking tray. Make sure they are not touching or overlapping.

Sprinkle some garlic powder and salt over all of the zucchini slices. Sprinkle a small amount of parmesan cheese on each zucchini bite. You will want to use a fine, flakey parmesan cheese for this recipe.

Step 4. Finally, top each bite with a pinch of paprika. This adds flavor and a burst of color. Put them in the oven.

Step 5. Bake them for 15-20 minutes at 425F or until the parmesan cheese begins to brown. Remove the bites from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes before serving.

Don‘t forget to serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

steps to make zucchini bites

Should You Salt Zucchini Before Cooking?

There are a few good reasons to salt the zucchini before baking. Zucchini is a very water-dense vegetable.

When you shred zucchini, you usually have to squeeze the water out before using it. A lot of water gets released from the vegetable.

It would be difficult to squeeze the water out of the slices used for this recipe. Instead, adding a bit of salt will help release some of the water.

dipping zucchini bite in sauce

How Do You Know When Zucchini Is Cooked?

Zucchini tastes best when cooked but still has a tender texture. You will know that the zucchini rounds are cooked with the cheese starts to brown.

You will also notice that the rounds will still be able to be picked up without falling apart. They can be cooked through and still maintain their shape.

The zucchini rounds are over overcooked if you notice a lot of water on the pan and flimsy zucchini rounds.

top view of plate full of zucchini bites

Can I Use a Different Cheese?

Other cheeses will work just fine in this recipe. It‘s best to use a fine, grated cheese so that they stay on the rounds better.

You can grate almost any cheese by using a grating tool with fine blades.

Mozzarella and cheddar cheese would work great. Soft cheeses, like goat cheese or brie, would be more difficult to use and not result in the same flavor. These cheeses are not recommended for this recipe.

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parmesan zucchini bites

Parmesan Zucchini Bites

These parmesan zucchini bites are low calorie, full of fiber, vegetarian, and gluten-free. It's a perfect little snack you can have throughout the day.
4.45 from 9 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 46 zucchini bites
Calories 6.8 kcal


  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup parmesan powder
  • pinch of paprika


  • Preheat the oven to 425F (220 C) and get a baking tray. Line it with parchment paper and spray a little bit of cooking oil on it.
  • Slice dry zucchini into ¼ inch (0.65 cm) thick pieces. Place the slices on the baking sheet, sprinkle with garlic and salt.
  • Cover each zucchini slice with a layer of parmesan and sprinkle some paprika over them.
  • Bake parmesan bites in the oven for 15-20 minutes until parmesan is light golden brown.
  • Allow to cool down for 5 minutes before serving. Feel free to have them with your favorite sauce.


Serving: 1 zucchini biteCalories: 6.8kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.9mgSodium: 46mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.3g
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Friday 3rd of September 2021

These were so delicious! I was afraid I sliced them too thin so I only baked them for about 10-12 minutes. I used smoked paprika. I will definitely be making these again because they’re so yummy!