It’s time to show some love to the zucchini. This summer vegetable has many faces, and you can enjoy it in so many different ways! One of those ways is to use them in these zucchini appetizers.
Check out twenty-three of the best and simplest zucchini appetizers you can use to dazzle your guests.
What Can I Do with Too Many Zucchinis?
Whether you grow them for yourself or there was a really good sale at the grocery store, if you’ve ended up with too many zucchinis to handle, there are ways to use them well!
The good news is that zucchinis are super versatile. You can use them as the main or side dish in almost every meal.
Even better, you can blend or grate them and hide them in just about anything! Not only does this add a dose of good vitamins to your food, but it also keeps you fuller for longer.
But, of course, we’re here to talk appetizers. If you have too many zucchinis, host a small gathering with some friends and impress them with your appetizer prowess.
Those zucchinis will disappear in a heartbeat, trust me. Let’s get into it and find the best zucchini appetizer!
Easy Zucchini Appetizers
1. Baked Zucchini Corn Fritters
In my humble opinion, one of the best ways to enjoy zucchini is in a fritter. However, crispy fritters often have too much oil to be considered healthy. Well, no more!
These baked zucchini fritters have all the delicious flavors of a fritter with no deep-fried saturation. That’s what makes these a delicious healthy appetizer.
Baked until golden brown and full of fresh flavors this is one of the most delicious zucchini appetizer recipes for the summer months!
2. Baked Zucchini Fries
Enjoy a healthy and delicious alternative to the standard potato fry with these genius baked zucchini fries! Not only are these healthy and tasty, but they are also so easy to make in big batches.
This means you can feed a crowd at your gathering without spending hours in the kitchen and using up your garden-fresh zucchini.
3. Loaded Zucchini Hummus
Speaking of delicious appetizers you can make in batches, why not try this loaded zucchini hummus? This is a wonderful way to use up any extra zucchini you may have lying around, and it tastes great.
The signature green color and summery flavor make this hummus a real showstopper. Load it with all your favorite hummus accompaniments to make something beautiful.
4. Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
In the trend of zucchinis acting as potato substitutes, these air fryer zucchini chips have thrown their hat in the ring. They’re crunchy, salty, and much healthier than their potato counterparts.
These are fantastic for leaving on the table while your guests mill about. Serve with a creamy yogurt dressing or a light garlic aioli.
5. Deep Fried Battered Zucchini
Let’s quickly jump over to India for a delicious bajji recipe. This zucchini bajji recipe is a great appetizer or snack, using the most basic ingredients. You most likely have everything!
In just half an hour, you can have puffy, crunchy, light balls of dough surrounding pockets of tasty zucchini.
6. Stuffed Zucchini
Zucchini, much like eggplants, are fantastic when used for stuffing. The flesh and shell absorb flavor like almost nothing else.
Thanks to the aromatic collection of ingredients, these stuffed zucchini are delicious. If you want to be a little indulgent, add a sprinkling of cheese over the top before grilling.
7. Zucchini Potato Pancakes
Zucchini and potato are a match made in heaven. Both are mellow in flavor. One is starchy and carb-heavy, while the other is light and summery. Their pairing creates the perfect balance!
These zucchini potato pancakes are super tasty and easy to make in large quantities. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside is the best potato fritter version.
8. Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon
Stuffed mushrooms are among the best gifts you can give your guests. They’re juicy, succulent, and so flavorful that it’s almost unbelievable.
These cheese-stuffed mushrooms feature bacon and zucchini, so the health factor is happily balanced. Best of all, preparing a tray of these only takes about five minutes!
9. Zucchini Pizza Bites
Thanks to these amazing zucchini pizza bites, you can enjoy all the flavors of your favorite pizza on a healthy base. Not only are these great appetizers, but they’re also just a great snack!
While the recipe calls for sausage or pepperoni, you can load these up with any of your favorite pizza toppings. Try making a variety to ensure your guests all have something they like.
You will love this hot appetizer recipe at your next party!
10. Grilled Zucchini
There’s something so addictive about grilled zucchini. The char on the zucchini adds this delightful smokiness while the zucchini becomes soft and tender.
Sprinkled with a healthy dose of parmesan, salt, and pepper, you need nothing else! This is a great appetizer if you’re in the sun with your family and the grill is hot.
If you enjoyed the smoky flavor here, you’ll also enjoy these best smoked appetizers!
11. Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Arancini
Arancini, don’t mess around. They’re so addictive and delicious that they might just upstage your main meal if you serve them as appetizers.
Picture a ball of delicious zucchini risotto packed with mozzarella, then battered and fried to perfection. That’s exactly what you get, and it’s incredible!
12. Zucchini Dip with Mint
Use up all that zucchini differently with this delicious zucchini dip. This is a great dip to pair with anything, including breadsticks, crackers, fresh vegetables, and even wedges.
This dip is also ridiculously easy to make and stays in the fridge for several days. So, you can make this in advance!
13. Air Fryer Zucchini Pesto Bites
Whip out your air-fryer to create this healthy and tasty appetizer. This cheesy zucchini bites recipe would also be a great after-school or after-work snack to keep you going until dinnertime.
These little bites are packed with traditional Italian flavor thanks to the pest, tomato, and tasty cheese. Best of all, you only need fifteen minutes to make a batch.
This is also one of the best finger food recipes for parties!
14. Parmesan Zucchini
Take the classic zucchini fries and crank them up a notch with this cheesy parmesan zucchini. They’re so crunchy and salty, making every dip of fry as addictive as the last.
Serving up a plate of these baked parmesan zucchini bites is guaranteed to make your guests fall in love with you.
Try serving this tender zucchini with a few different sauces with the parmesan mixture to keep things interesting for your guests.
All you need for this tasty zucchini recipe is parmesan cheese, olive oil, Italian seasoning, and some bread crumbs!
These crispy parmesan zucchini bites are also sure to impress!
15. Zucchini and Ricotta Galette
A galette is a wonderful appetizer to serve if you have a few guests around that you would like to impress and a few medium zucchinis.
It’s delicate and refined and celebrates the zucchini by placing it on center stage.
The pairing of zucchini, ricotta, and pastry makes this a crunchy, summery, comforting way to start any brunch.
16. Baked Zucchini Tater Tots
We all love a good tater tot, but it’s not always the healthiest snack. Elevate your favorite freezer treat by making them from scratch with some zucchini!
Made with fresh zucchini and potatoes, these zucchini tots only use four ingredients, like grated zucchini and fresh herbs, and are guaranteed to delight a crowd.
Best of all, you can make a big batch of this crisp zucchini in almost no time, so you can feed many with this easy recipe.
17. Zucchini Muffins with Goat’s Cheese
Zucchini muffins are a special kind of treat. Because of the zucchini in the batter, these muffins are ridiculously moist. The goat cheese certainly helps, adding a creaminess that’s so addictive.
I love serving muffins as an appetizer or snack at brunch, especially if you’re serving mimosas or champagne. These are fantastic alternatives to unhealthier muffin variations and have the best flavor.
Store them in an airtight container separated by parchment paper to enjoy all week!
You might also enjoy these lovely goat cheese appetizer recipes!
18. Roasted Zucchini Slices
Keep things simple with a delicious plate of roasted zucchini slices. This is the kind of appetizer you can whip out at a moment’s notice if you have an unexpected influx of guests.
But don’t let that fool you! It tastes absolutely amazing, highlighting the natural flavor of the zucchini with a delicate char on the edges.
19. Zucchini Sliders
I love a good slider, but the additional carbs in the appetizer can detract from the main meal. That’s why I love this zucchini slider recipe.
The crunchy zucchini rounds are the perfect way to lighten up the usually greasy sliders. Try preparing the slider patties ahead of time.
Then, simply fry and assemble minutes before guests arrive.
20. Grilled Zucchini Crostini
Another simple way to enjoy zucchini is to give the rounds a quick span on the grill. The char lines paired with the delicious spice mix make these grilled crostini an absolute treat.
Use these crostini in any way you would use the usual crostini! Top with your favorite bruschetta mix, dip in hummus, or simply enjoy on their own for a quick treat before the main meal.
21. Carpaccio De Zucchini
Carpaccio is a delicious meal, and everyone should be able to enjoy it! Whether you’re vegetarian yourself or simply catering to any guests who are, this carpaccio will earn you some brownie points.
Not only does it look gorgeous on the plate, but it also tastes so summer and fresh. Plus, you can whip this up in under five minutes. What’s not to love?
22. Zucchini Lemon Ricotta Crostini
Create the ultimate summer treat for your next appetizer with this delicious recipe. It’s crunchy and creamy all at once, with the ribbons of zucchini looking just as good as they taste.
These are cool and refreshing, perfect for a starter at brunch. Light enough to allow room for the main meal but tasty enough to ensure your platter will absolutely be clear.
23. Keto Zucchini Skins
Finally, we have a healthy alternative to the most iconic of game day recipes. These zucchini skins taste absolutely delicious, coming together in under an hour.
Trust me. You’ll barely miss the potato! These skins are stuffed with all your classic favorites, and you can use them to make your signature skins with the east.
Serve them alongside potato skins or completely sub them out. Either way, everyone will be happy with these on the table.
There we have it! Thanks for sticking with me through this list. Which of these zucchini appetizers is making it into your recipe book? Do you have a go-to recipe to get through tons of zucchini?
Check out the rest of All Nutritious for quick, healthy, and delicious recipes for every kind of context or table.
23 Best Easy Zucchini Appetizers
Zucchini is an incredible and versatile ingredient to add in any dish. Here are some creative zucchini appetizers that will impress.
- 1. Baked Zucchini Corn Fritters
- 2. Baked Zucchini Fries
- 3. Loaded Zucchini Hummus
- 4. Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
- 5. Deep Fried Battered Zucchini
- 6. Stuffed Zucchini
- 7. Zucchini Potato Pancakes
- 8. Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon
- 9. Zucchini Pizza Bites
- 10. Grilled Zucchini
- 11. Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Arancini
- 12. Zucchini Dip with Mint
- 13. Air Fryer Zucchini Pesto Bites
- 14. Parmesan Zucchini
- 15. Zucchini and Ricotta Galette
- 16. Baked Zucchini Tater Tots
- 17. Zucchini Muffins with Goat’s Cheese
- 18. Roasted Zucchini Slices
- 19. Zucchini Sliders
- 20. Grilled Zucchini Crostini
- 21. Carpaccio De Zucchini
- 22. Zucchini Lemon Ricotta Crostini
- 23. Keto Zucchini Skins
- Scroll up to get a bunch of easy, yummy, and delicious zucchini appetizer recipes. Don't be afraid to get creative with the ingredients. You might discover a flavor you didn't know you liked.
- Get your shopping list going, and make sure you've got all the ingredients.
- Get cooking and make your next Zucchini Appetizer!
Which one of these recipes was your favorite? Let me know in the comment section or on Pinterest!