Over 960 Courgette Recipes and Meal Ideas

Refresh your menu and get inspired in the kitchen with our tasty courgette recipes. With a range of delicious meals to choose from, you're guaranteed to feel inspired and get cooking in no time.

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What’s so good about courgettes?

Courgette is an excellent meal component thanks to its versatility

A member of the cucurbitaceae family (making it a fruit), courgette is closely related to watermelons, squash and pumpkins. Courgette (also known as zucchini) can be roasted, fried, baked and even spiralised to replace spaghetti for those wanting to partake in a low-carb or calorie smart diet. In addition to its versatility, courgette also has a wide range of health benefits, including being rich in vitamin A, C, calcium and zinc and an antioxidant (meaning it protects your body and helps prevent certain health issues). In addition to this, courgettes may also aid digestion, slow down ageing and support a healthy heart.
In terms of growing your own fruit and veg, courgettes are relatively low maintenance and easy to grow in the UK climate. Fun fact! The longest courgette on record measured in at a whopping 8 ft 3.3 inches long, making it much taller than the average human!

How to Cook Courgettes

Top Ways to Cook Courgette

Courgettes are a versatile ingredient that can be cooked in many ways. With that in mind, here are some of the most popular ways to cook courgettes:
  • Frying courgette: Cut courgettes into slices or strips, heat a drizzle of oil or butter in a pan, fry the courgette pieces with garlic, herbs, or spices until they are tender and slightly browned.
  • Grilling courgette: Cut the courgettes into lengthwise slices or rounds, drizzle with olive oil, grill until they have grill marks and are cooked through. This is a popular BBQ recipe choice for those following a vegetarian diet.
  • Roasting courgette: Preheat the oven to 180°C, cut your courgettes into rounds or slices, drizzle with olive oil and your favourite seasonings and roast until tender. If you’ve used this method for a stuffed courgette recipe, you’ll need to leave in the oven for a little longer, until your chosen filling is fully cooked.

3 More Ways to Cook Courgette

  • Baking courgette: If you’re using courgette in recipes such as casseroles, bakes or gratins, you can combine the other ingredients with the courgette and bake until the mixture is cooked and bubbling with heat.
  • Steamed courgette: Cut into rounds, steam until just tender and season to taste. Be careful to catch them when they are just al dente, as over-steaming can lead to a lack of flavour.
  • Raw courgette: You can eat courgette raw! This popular ingredient is particularly tasty in salads and dips.
Our Senior Recipe Development Manager, Mimi Morley, suggests that it's best not to boil courgettes, as they become mushy and lose their flavour. So, why not experiment with different methods of cooking courgette, as well as adding seasonings, herbs and spices to find your favourite - and utilise this in your next courgette recipe.

How to: Courgette - FAQs

How can you cook courgette?

Courgette can be fried, grilled, roasted, baked, steamed, and even eaten raw.

Is courgette a fruit?

Yes. Courgette is a fruit from the cucurbitaceae family.

Can you eat courgette raw?

Yes, courgette can be eaten raw and is particularly tasty in salads and dips.

How do you make courgette noodles?

Zucchini noodles, or zoodles, can be made using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler. All you have to do is cut your courgette into your desired size, length and width with the tool of your choice and serve them up. You can cook the noodles, but due to their soft, watery texture you run the risk of them getting mushy rather than crisp, so your best bet is to eat them raw.

Can you freeze courgette?

Yes you can freeze courgette. Though rather than putting it in the freezer cold, it’s recommended that you cut it into slices and blanche it first in order to prolong its lasting time.

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