This easy and incredibly satisfying recipe for Baked Zucchini Slices has tender zucchini rounds that are generously seasoned with a trio of garlic powder, onion powder and parmesan cheese.
About the Recipe
This recipe is a breeze to make and it is also a fantastic way to savor the natural flavors of that summer zucchini. Make this as a side dish that pairs perfectly with your grilled main dish or whip them up as a healthy and delicious afternoon snack.
Zucchini pairs well with many other flavors and textures so this makes the perfect addition to your dinner table or party spread. And cooking on high heat gives the zucchini chips the perfect crisp.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Delicious - The combination of garlic powder, onion powder, and Parmesan cheese brings out the natural flavors of zucchini which makes this recipe irresistible.
Simple - This recipe is very simple to make, requiring minimal preparation and just a handful of ingredients. It's perfect for busy weeknights or when you want a delicious snack without spending too much time in the kitchen.
Versatile - Baked zucchini slices are incredibly versatile. You can serve them as an appetizer, side dish, or even a light and healthy main course, making them suitable for various occasions.
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this zucchini:
- Zucchini - You will need two fresh zucchini cut into ½-inch rounds. I like using medium zucchini or small zucchini for this recipe.
- Olive oil - Always use a good quality olive oil for the best flavor. You could also sub with avocado oil or any other neutral oil.
- Parmesan cheese
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Kosher salt & black pepper
Let's make this easy recipe together!
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced zucchini, olive oil, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to fully coat the zucchini slices.
Step 3: Spread zucchini slices in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this easy side dish:
Uniform slicing - For even cooking, try to slice the zucchini into uniform thickness. Aim for slices that are about ½-inch thick. Thick slices will retain more moisture, and thin slices will be crispier.
Don't Overcrowd the Pan - Arrange the zucchini slices in a single layer on the baking sheet. Avoid overcrowding, as this can result in uneven cooking and steaming instead of baking which will make soggy zucchini.
Reduce Food Waste - This is an easy way to use up a lot of zucchini from the garden or farmer's market. Feel free to double the recipe and eat as the perfect snack over the week.
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Baking sheet - Use a good quality sheet pan for even cooking!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this zucchini recipe.
Seasonings - Feel free to be creative with the seasonings you use. You can try adding smoked paprika, cumin, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning or fresh herbs.
Garnish - Garnish with fresh parsley, a sprinkle of sea salt or lemon zest.
Parmesan cheese - While parmesan cheese adds a nice nutty flavor, you can try using other types of cheese. Mozzarella, cheddar, feta, or even goat cheese can all be delicious options.
What To Serve With
Here are some recipes to serve alongside these zucchini slices:
Bavette Steak - This incredible recipe for Bavette Steak is flavor-packed and simple to make. It is a great option for when you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a grilling party, enjoying a romantic dinner, or simply indulging in a flavorful meal.
Pan Seared Scallops - These easy to make pan seared scallops with a beautiful golden brown sear will be your new favorite go-to seafood dish. They are simply seasoned with salt and pepper and get a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.
Easy Tuscan Chicken - This Easy Tuscan Chicken recipe will be your new go-to chicken dinner! With seared chicken breasts, veggies, and a creamy sauce, this easy dinner recipe is great for weeknights and meal prepping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Adding other vegetables to the baking sheet along with the zucchini slices is a fantastic idea to create a colorful and flavorful medley of roasted veggies. Some good choices would be: bell peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, or carrots.
Whether to peel the zucchini or not is a matter of personal preference. Zucchini skin is edible and adds a beautiful green color to the dish, making it more visually appealing. If you prefer a smoother and more tender texture, you can peel the zucchini before baking. Removing the skin will result in a softer zucchini slice without any chewiness from the skin.
These baked zucchini slices are best served fresh from the oven. This is when they will be the crispiest. However, if you choose to reheat them and eat them at a later time, reheating them in the oven or under the broiler will help to bring back some of the crispy texture.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this simple recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating: You can reheat these in the air fryer, oven, or under the broiler.
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Baked Zucchini Slices
- 2 zucchini sliced into ½ in rounds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Combine zucchini, olive oil, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Spread on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.