How to Microwave Zucchini
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time1-2 mins
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.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Zucchini
See for yourself— microwaving zucchini is simply faster, start to finish.
|Microwave in an Anyday dish||1-3 mins|
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?
|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|
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.