Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks are topped with a simple cheese herb mixture and ready in 30 minutes. This simple snack or side dish is big on flavor, low calorie, and ready to be enjoyed plain or with your favorite dip!

During zucchini season we also love to make Mediterranean zucchini boats and this list of healthy zucchini recipes comes in handy!

Baked parmesan zucchini cut into halves with herbs stacked on top of each other.

Baked Parmesan zucchini is one of the easiest healthy sides ever! What I like is 10 minute prep, how firm zucchini turns out and melted herbed Parmesan cheese on top. We now love these crispy Parmesan potatoes as well!

And those burnt bits on the bottom of the baking sheet are the best! Zucchini with Parmesan cheese is a match made in heaven, lots of flavor and little calories.

Zucchini tomato bake and healthy zucchini casserole are two other cheesy sides we love, and when I am out of Parmesan I make grilled zucchini. Zucchini is truly one of my favorite versatile veggies!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Nutritious: Zucchini is low calorie, low fat but high in fiber. Which means you can eat a lot of zucchini with little calories and keep your belly full longer.
  • Affordable: It’s easy to grow, budget friendly and found year round at the grocery store.
  • Simple: 5 ingredients and that includes salt and pepper.
  • Easy: Less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Family friendly: The neutral flavor of zucchini makes it so versatile!

These zucchini slices also are made without any oil, are egg free and naturally gluten free without any breadcrumbs in sight!

Zucchini sticks stacked.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This Parmesan zucchini recipe is delicious with just 5 simple ingredients!

  • Zucchini: This recipe works best with small-medium zucchini you can just cut in halves. If you have large garden zucchini, cut into 2 inch thick rounds.
  • Parmesan cheese: Nothing beats freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Pre-grated cheese in a shaker works but doesn’t taste the same as it contains fillers like cellulose. I usually buy fresh Parmesan hunk at Costco, cut a piece to use for now and freeze the rest.
  • Dried oregano: You can also use dried basil, thyme or Italian spice mix in equal amount or any combination of them.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Baked Parmesan Zucchini

While zucchini naturally contains a lot of water, it is all retained inside the wedges.

Zucchini cut in halves on cutting board.

Slice zucchini in halves, so their flat surface will hold cheese and spices. Place zucchini on large baking sheet.

Cheese herb mixture in a bowl.

Make cheese herb mixture by combining Parmesan cheese, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Zucchini halves sprinkled with cheese and herbs.

Sprinkle mixture on top of zucchini, about 1 1/2 tsp per each slice. When spreading, go slow so precious bits do not fall on the baking sheet and stay there.

Parmesan zucchini sticks baked on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, then broil for 5 minutes. Broiling ensures the planks get nice and crunchy!

Tips for Best Results

  • Excess moisture: If your zucchini seems watery after slicing, sprinkle with salt, let rest 10 minutes and then pat dry with towel.
  • Size of zucchini slices: Larger zucchini cut in half will be more firm after cooking. If you prefer more tender results, try cutting your halves into quarters or try sticks aka Parmesan zucchini fries. If you are cutting zucchini rounds, thicker rounds will be more firm, thinner rounds more tender.
  • Even slices: No matter your cutting choice, aim for roughly the same size for all your pieces so it cooks evenly.
  • Love garlic? Me too! Add some garlic powder to your Parmesan and herb mixture.
  • Crunchier results: Add a few crushed sourdough croutons or panko bread crumbs to your cheese herb mixture.


Is baked zucchini parmesan healthy?

Yes! Courgette aka zucchini aka summer squash is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, vitamins C, B, K and potassium.

This oven roasted zucchini recipe uses minimal ingredients with Parmesan cheese being the only ingredient with additional calories. But with it’s robust taste, we only need a minimal amount.

How do you keep zucchini from getting soggy in the oven?

#1 reason for soggy zucchini is over-cooking it. Unlike firmer veggies, zucchini has high water content. It means that if you overcook it, water starts to seep out. Do not overbake and know that ovens vary, so you know your oven best. Also cut it into larger pieces because they are hard to overcook.

Can I make this in the air fryer?

Possibly, but it has not been tested. I would try at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes then check. Also, consult your air fryer manual for suggested cooking time.

What to serve these with?

Zucchini slices make a great side dish at dinner or literally eat by the stick for a snack. Drizzle or dip with healthy ranch dressing, marinara, salsa or pesto. Add protein like turkey burgers or turkey meatballs and you have a low carb dinner right there.

Storing Leftovers

Store: Baked zucchini stays fresh and firm in the fridge for up to 3 days, perfect for healthy lunch ideas. That is if crazy thing “leftovers” even possible with this yummy recipe.

Reheat: In the oven for a few minutes or if in a hurry the microwave. Microwave will be softer leftovers.

Another rule in life is to never freeze zucchini. They will thaw stringy and yucky.

More Zucchini Recipes

Enjoy, friends, and let me know how you liked baked Parmesan zucchini in the comments below.

A side view of baked parmesan zucchini sticks.
Parmesan zucchini sticks stacked on top of each other.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks are topped with a simple cheese herb mixture and ready in 30 minutes. A simple side big on flavor and low calorie!
5 from 29 votes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 41
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Trim the ends of zucchini, then cut in halves and arrange on a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Top each zucchini slice with approximately 1.5 tsp of cheese herb mixture, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then broil on High for 4 – 5 minutes or until cheese is crispy and golden.
  • Serve warm or cold as a side dish, appetizer or snack.



  • Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 – 3 days. Do not freeze.
  • Garden zucchini: If you have large garden zucchini, cut it into 2″ thick rounds.
  • Dried herbs: Any combination of dried herbs works including Italian seasoning.
  • Fresh grated: Fresh Parmesan cheese tastes the best, not from a shaker.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    These were fantastic and so easy!!! They will definitely be a regular around here during zucchini season. 🙂 Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so awesome, every recipe I’ve looked at looks so colorful and tasty!! I love your recipes, just printed a bunch to try! I love how you have WW points listed. Thanks for sharing your recipes, count on me coming back for more!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I’m glad my food looks colourful. That’s the goal, means healthy. And tasty is the goal too of course.:) Anyways, enjoy!:)

      1. 5 stars
        Been trying to do 1000 cal diet. I always t\look for recipes that give the calorie breakdown. Going to try these tonight. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    These were awesome! I added fresh rosemary and thyme; garlic powder & minced garlic; and only had grated parmesan cheese. We loved these! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I made them today! They were so easy!! My husband loved them. I only did 4 zucchinis and the cheese was barely enough, I don’t know how you made it last for 8! But I loved the how easy it was!

    1. Haha. I just don’t eat much cheese. Just enough to add the flavour and keep the veggies in majority. But you feel free to add as much as you like.:)

  5. 5 stars
    Zucchini is a staple veggie here in Greece, Olena, so this would be a great recipe to have on stand-by. Thanks for the idea – simple, healthy and cheap for me here, too!

    1. Oh, really?! Good to know. Oh I miss Europe. Would love to visit Mediterranean one day when kids are older and can handle long-distance travel.

      1. 5 stars
        Just found your website – love your recipes! By the way, we have traveled from US to Europe with 2 young children. Our oldest first went to Italy when he was 2 1/2 (and back when he was 3 1/2 and 5) and our middle one first went at 13 months and back again at 2 1/2. The last trip I was 8 months pregnant with our third and our others were 5 and 2 1/2 and they did great. Children are far more resilient than adults!

        1. Hey Monica. Welcome and thank you! Wow, you are a trooper. I’m not worried for my kids, I’m more concerned for myself and my husband’s sanity lol. We don’t like to travel with diapers, bottles, strollers and we are definitely not 3 kids people lol. Koodos to you. I don’t know how people do it lol. Our youngest one is almost 4 so we are almost there – travel and do fun things together.

  6. 5 stars
    Very good recipe. I like stuffed zucchini, and this is the exact way I cook them. I also sfuff them with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, baked peppers, parmesan and fresh basil. I like to top them with yogurt sauce with fresh dill.

  7. 5 stars
    Yum, I love zucchini!! But I was getting bored of sautéeing them them same way over and over again. This sounds like a really fun (and delicious) way to cook them instead! And that gorgeous melty cheese… To die for. Can I have your kids’ servings?? 😉 Already pinned!

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