Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

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Make these super simple recipe for parmesan zucchini rounds as your vegetable side dish tonight. They are crispy, cheesy, and oh so good! Good luck eating just one. This kid-friendly zucchini recipe is part of our list of 25+ cooking recipes for kids.

There was a time when I thought I didn’t like zucchini. I think this recipe for parmesan zucchini rounds was the recipe that turned me around (also this cornbread recipe).

Overhead shot of baking dish filled with parmesan zucchini rounds sitting on top of a folded blue dish towel.
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Why make parmesan zucchini rounds?

They just come out so tender from the oven. The parmesan cheese is perfectly salty and crispy after being broiled on top of the zucchini rounds.

It almost feels wrong to call them a vegetable side dish. But you do need this easy summer side dish in your life. I promise.

Also, make more than you think you need because your kids will probably gobble them up, too. It took a little convincing to get my kids to just try them but they loved them once they finally tasted these delicious parmesan zucchini rounds. They also love these zucchini fritters.

Cookie sheet with sliced rounds of zucchini ready to be baked into parmesan zucchini rounds.

What is in Parmesan Zucchini Rounds?

  • Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Can I use summer squash in this recipe?

If you really don’t like zucchini or want to just switch things up, then you can totally use summer squash in this recipe. You can also do half zucchini, half summer squash for a more colorful summer side dish. The cook time stays the same.

White baking dish on a blue dish towel filled with parmesan zucchini rounds.

Tips for making parmesan zucchini rounds

Some recipes for parmesan zucchini rounds advise baking the zucchini with the cheese on top. I have found you get crispier cheese if you bake the zucchini until fork tender first and then broil the cheese on top. That quick dose of heat over the parmesan cheese makes it perfectly melty and golden brown.

You may also like: Instant Pot Butternut Squash or baked zucchini pasta

Parmesan zucchini rounds in rectangular baking dish over folded blue dish towel.

Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Aileen Clark
Make these super simple recipe for parmesan zucchini rounds as your vegetable side dish tonight. They are crispy, cheesy, and oh so good! Good luck eating just one.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 127 kcal


  • 3 large zucchini sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Arrange sliced zucchini rounds in a single layer on a cookie sheet. 
  • Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Remove zucchini rounds from oven and set the oven to broil.
  • Sprinkle each zucchini round with parmesan cheese 
  • Return them to the oven just until the cheese is melted and golden brown, about 30 seconds.
  • Serve immediately. 


Calories: 127kcal
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Parmesan Zucchini Rounds continue to be one of my favorite summer vegetable side dishes. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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