Spiralized Zucchini Recipes and How-To Guide

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These EASY Spiralized Zucchini Recipes are the secret to getting dinner on the table fast! We’ve added tips to turn them into a complete meal. PLUS Our How-To Guide will answer all your zoodle questions including how to keep them from getting soggy!

Collage of Spiralized Zucchini Recipes

The recipes are perfect for low-carb, keto and gluten-free diets and they’re just plain fun to eat so you end up eating more vegetables.

We collected our favorite spiralized zucchini recipes below. Most cook quickly on the stovetop. If you’re using our Healthy Weekly Dinner Plan, these recipes will perfectly complement almost any Core Recipe!  

How-To Guide: Spiralize Zucchini

In case you are new to the spiralizing craze, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How do you make zucchini noodles with a spiralizer?

Long curling zucchini noodles or “zoodles” are easy to make with a handheld spiralizer. 

  1. Wash and dry the zucchini.
  2. Slice off the hard ends.
  3. Place zucchini in the spiralizer and begin turning (the zucchini or the spiralizer) so that “noodles” of zucchini form.
  4. The noodles are usually so long that you’ll need to cut them into more manageable pieces.

You don’t need to peel the zucchini first unless it’s been waxed (or if there are picky eaters at the table.) The skin has nutritional value.

You can also leave the skin on and just pick out some of the dark green strands when you’re done spiralizing. That’s the easy way to do it!

Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with zucchini and hand held spiralizer in the background

How do you make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer?

You don’t have to own a special gadget to enjoy all the wonderful spiralizer zucchini recipes. Use a vegetable peeler instead. Or, use a knife if you’re skilled with one. 

  1. Wash the zucchini and pat it dry.
  2. Hold the zucchini in place and peel the zucchini into long silky ribbons.
  3. Turn the zucchini and continue peeling until you reach the core.

Peeling a zucchini into ribbons

You may want to stop when you get to the seedy core, which is left behind with many handheld spiralizers. Some people find the seeds from to be bitter. I usually chop up anything zucchini that is left and add it to the dish too!

Another option: Just cut the zucchini into quarters! 

Can zoodles be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Store raw zucchini noodles in the refrigerator for 3-5 days in a container lined with paper towels which will absorb the excess moisture. 

Can you freeze zucchini noodles?

We don’t recommend this option for zoodles. The texture changes drastically! But, if you do decide to take on this challenge, read the tips in How to Freeze Zucchini by the Kitchn first.

How do you keep zucchini noodles from getting soggy?

Follow these tips for tender but firm (a.k.a. al dente) zucchini noodles:

  • Always blot zucchini noodles dry before using them.
  • Don’t overcook them. It only takes a few minutes to soften the noodles. If you will be adding additional ingredients to the pan after cooking the zoodles, then take that time into account. 
  • If cooking them in a skillet, don’t use a lid which will steam the noodles and cause them to release more liquid.
  • Add salt just before serving if needed and not while cooking. (Salt will cause the zucchini to release water too.)
  • Eat them right away!

Is it okay to eat raw zucchini?

It is perfectly safe to eat raw zucchini!

Got a question that we haven’t addressed? Leave us a comment below and we will add it to the list!

Spiralized Zucchini Recipes

Almost all of these recipes below cook in minutes in a skillet. We’ve added some suggestions for turning each recipe into a complete meal!

Zucchini Noodle Alfredo

Make Zucchini Chicken Alfredo by topping this with your favorite chicken. Our is Baked Blackened Chicken.

Easy Zucchini Noodle Alfredo
Zucchini Noodle Alfredo is the answer to cravings for a decadent pasta dish. It's creamy, cheesy, low-carb, and takes just minutes to prepare!
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Zucchini Noodle Alfredo Recipe - Just 5 Ingredients

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles

This pairs nicely with so many proteins. Our favorite is Skillet Shrimp.

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles
Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles are gluten-free, low-carb and are ready in just 10 minutes! 
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Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles in bowl with lemon slices on top

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

This recipe is easily turned into a spaghetti dinner. Top it with easy easy chicken meatballs or crumbled gourmet meatloaf. Add marinara just before serving to keep the zoodles firm.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles Recipe
Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles are low-carb, gluten-free and the perfect start to a quick and easy dinner.
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Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles in a bowl

Zucchini Ribbons

The “noodles” in this recipe are made with a vegetable peeler but could be made with a spiralizer too. 

Zucchini Ribbons Sauteed in Garlic and Rosemary
Zucchini ribbons sauteed in garlic and rosemary are a fun and tasty side dish. And quick too, ready in about 15 minutes start to finish!
Check out this recipe
zucchini ribbon pasta recipe on fork

Shrimp Zoodles

This Mediterranean inspired dish demonstrates how easy it is to add ingredients to the noodles to create a one-dish meal with lots of tastes and textures.

Shrimp Zoodles in 30 Minutes or Less
Shrimp Zoodles with artichokes, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts are ready in under 30 minutes. 
Check out this recipe
Zoodles and Shrimp Recipe with tomatoes and pine nuts

Crustless Zucchini Pie

You can even use noodles to make a spaghetti pie-like dish!

Crustless Zucchini Pie Recipe
This Crustless Zucchini Pie Recipe is low-carb, gluten free and delicious. Customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and eat it with a fork! 
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Zucchini Noodle Crusted Pizza Pie Recipe

Need more ideas for using up all that zucchini? Check out Zucchini Recipe Ideas which includes everything from microwave zucchini chips and healthy zucchini muffins to chocolate zucchini brownies.

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