BEST Baked Zucchini with Garlic and Lemon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
I've been searching for a good zucchini recipe. My husband likes his firm while I like mine soft. This combines the two. I cooked this up last night and we both were crazy about it! Most zucchini recipes lose flavor in their preparation. Baking it this way seals in the natural flavor of the zucchini. You've never had it this good! Cost to Make: $4 to $5 Servings: 6 (1/2 zucchini each)
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Servings: 6


  • 3 medium zucchini ends removed and cut in half lengthwise.
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced.
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper or Natures Seasons


Pre-heat the oven to 400°F

  1. Cut the zucchinis in half, than slice flesh in a crisscross pattern.
  2. Place zucchini (cut side up) on a baking sheet lined with foil, than season them lightly and sprinkle over the garlic slices.
  3. Drizzle each zucchini with olive oil and a little lemon juice.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until zucchini are soft. Serve whole and let your guests use their knives for a change!

Recipe Notes

I used my countertop toaster oven and it took 30 minutes. It will probably be closer to 40 minutes in a standard oven.This idea was modified from Gordon Ramsey's Healthy Appetite, except he intended it cup up and mixed into risotto; "Baked Zucchini and wild mushroom risotto" pg161. I served the zucchini whole and it was a hit!!