How to Microwave Zucchini

// How to Microwave Zucchini

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

1-2 mins

Free Time

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Got an abundance of summer zucchini and not sure what to do with it all? You're not alone! Zucchini grows like crazy during the summer months, leaving many of us scrambling for new and delicious ways to use it. Our microwave-steaming method is the quick and tasty solution you've been searching for. Not only does microwaving lock in that just-picked summer flavor, but it's also incredibly fast. It's the perfect way to make the most of your summer zucchini haul while keeping all the nutrients intact.

Thanks to the Anyday lid, complete with a nifty steam control valve and a silicone seal, you won't lose a bit of that peak summer flavor. This combo retains the right amount of steam inside the dish to make sure your zucchini comes out perfectly cooked—including texture, shape, and all the nutrients you want from a healthy side dish.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

1 cup sliced zucchini

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 1 cup (75g) sliced zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Toss sliced zucchini, olive oil, and salt in an Anyday dish.
  2. Cover with lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the zucchini are tender but slightly firm.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Season with chili flakes, garlic powder, and red wine vinegar for a quick side dish.
  • Top with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and toasted breadcrumb.
  • Toss into cooked pasta, and add some cherry tomatoes, and cheese for a full meal.

Recipe notes

  • Yellow summer squash or Mexican round squash (chayote) works for this recipe, too
  • Cut zucchini into larger pieces and reduce cooking time for a firmer texture.
  • Go light on salt before microwaving to prevent mushiness; season more afterward.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Zucchini

See for yourself— microwaving zucchini is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 1-3 mins
Grill* 5-10 mins
Stovetop* 10-15 mins
Instantpot* 20-25 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step by Step: Microwaving Zucchini

Add sliced zucchini to the Anyday and cover with the lid (knob lifted).

Cook in the microwave.

Zucchini is done when fork tender.

All you need to know about microwaving zucchini

How long does it take to cook zucchini in the microwave?

Ingredient Cook Time
1 cup (75g) sliced zucchini 1-2 mins
2 cups (150g) sliced zucchini 2-3 mins
3 cups (300g) sliced zucchini 4-5 mins
4 cups (375g) sliced zucchini 5-6 mins
5 cups (450g) sliced zucchini 6-7 mins
6 cups (600g) sliced zucchini 8-9 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

It typically takes around 2-4 minutes per zucchini (cut or halved) to cook in the microwave. You should see some released liquids and the skin will be bright green and shiny. The center should be slightly translucent and a fork should pierce it easily, but it shouldn't be mushy.

What kinds of summer squashes can be cooked in the microwave?

You can microwave various types of summer squash with similar results. This includes zucchini, yellow summer squash, pattypan, round, and calabacita. Just ensure even slicing, as cooking time depends on the quantity.

How do you cook zucchini without getting soggy?

Zucchini naturally contains a lot of water, which can lead to sogginess. To avoid a mushy outcome, avoid overcooking and add your seasonings and spices only after it's fully cooked.

Should you peel zucchini before cooking it?

Peeling zucchini before cooking is not necessary. The skin is soft, and edible, and adds color and additional nutrients to your dish. However, if you prefer the texture without the skin or are using large, overripe zucchini that might have tougher skin, you can certainly peel it. It's a matter of personal preference.

How to freeze microwaved zucchini?

To freeze microwaved zucchini or squash, cook to crisp-tenderness, season to your liking, and let the slices cool completely. Transfer to a 1/2 Cup Anytime Freezer Tray, cover with lid, and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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