Zucchini Substitutes for Your Home Cooking Recipe (Updated)

I am a big fan of zucchini for a long time. And of course, my family loves it every time I prepare this summer squash for them. However, you will find it very hard to buy zucchini in winter.

Even in its peak season, the supermarket, the local market as well as the groceries stores may quickly run out of this wonderful vegetable.

How can you deal with this situation? Do not worry a lot since you can have the zucchini substitutes anytime.

Although they are not the perfect replacement, they will all offer the fantastic taste for sure.


Zucchini Substitutes: Some Excellent Options To Make Your Cooking Interesting

Zucchini is very popular all over the world nowadays, and various people love the zucchini noodles.

My children are addicted to this dish since I am with a best zoodle maker in my hand. There are a number of things we can make with zoodles.

No one can refuse the attraction of zoodle salad, hamburgers, cold zoodle pasta and fried zoodle as well.

However, we cannot have the zucchini anytime in a year. As a result, I used to struggle a lot to find out the proper substitute. And now, I can have my own successful tips.

Years ago, many of my friends used to ask me ‘How can other vegetables substitute zucchini?’. My answer was total yes. Many vegetables can have the kind of similar texture and taste to zucchini. But you may not know about them.

No problem at all, you can learn about these zucchini substitutes right now. After a number of cooking failures, I have found out the best replacement in the end which may surprise you.

They can be very cheap and very familiar with all of you. Let’s go with the list below!

Other Summer Squashes

When mentioning zucchini, you need to know that it is a summer squash. This is a reason why you can find it very easily in the summertime.

Hence, the other summer squashes will be the best replacement for zucchini.

Yellow Squash

In my opinion, they are very similar to zucchini regarding the taste and the texture. The canary yellow squashes are the perfect example in this case. Moreover, you can seek for the crookneck squashes.

 And well, I am sure that you can have the same cooking recipe as the zucchini.

Don’t be afraid of the strange taste since I have tried many times, and my substitute dishes are very successful.

Your family will totally become your fan if you use these substitute in stir-fry dishes. It will provide a very brilliant taste that you cannot forget.

On the other hand, you can slice the yellow squashes with the same shape of the zucchini.

Then, cook them with button and onion. Very amazing to try, and it is one of my favorites until now.

Patty Pan

Even if you cannot find these yellow squashes, you can look for scalloped patty pan. They are not the perfect ones but an acceptable substitute.

In my viewpoint, they are very good on its own. As a consequence, it is more suitable to put them into the baking recipe.

You can add some layer of patty pan to the surface of your baking dishes.

After that, you can put them all together in the oven for half an hour. The ideal temperature that I usually advise other people is 350 degrees.

Chayote Squash

Another replacement I want to recommend is the Chayote squash which is very popular in Latin.

However, you need to remember one important thing when using this squash. It has quite a tough skin, so you need to peel the skin first before slicing and cooking.


Going to the next idea for zucchini substitutes, I am going to have the eggplants for you. I like them a lot since it is my favorite flavor.

Amazingly, they can be a direct substitute for zucchini as they are made of the same textures.

However, when comparing the zucchini to the eggplant, I think that the eggplant will have more flavor.

Furthermore, you may not know that that there are a variety of eggplants which can be slightly different.

My suggestion is the Asian eggplants because they are the most similar to the zucchini. I have used most of the eggplants and figured out that this one is the best replacement.

I have tried the European eggplants once, and it could not meet my expectation. Its skin is very tough and hard so that you need to remove it beforehand.

In addition, the large bell-shaped eggplants sometimes give you a bitter taste.

Hence, you have to salt them for about 20 minutes before starting to cook. However, I think that this way will take me more time, and the busy people will not prefer this option.

One last thing to remember if you are interested in fried zucchini. I notice that the eggplants can absorb more oil than the zucchini.

As a result, you need to have good papers to extract the oil after frying. By doing this, you can avoid the greasy taste and make the dish flavorful.


When I ask people about their favorite raw vegetables, the majority of them answer the cucumbers.

They are very fresh, easy to find and good for your health. And a happy news again, they can be a potential substitute for zucchini.

Many of you may have a doubt now since cucumbers deliver a different taste from the zucchini. Besides, they are juicier when either eating raw or making the pickle.

However, you may not know that zucchini and cucumber share the same texture and appearance.

In particular, you can cook the cucumber to make the main dishes. It is very fantastic to use the cucumber in baking as well as making casseroles.

In these dishes, the flavor and texture of the cucumber can be very outstanding. Try it now and you will love it!


Last but not least, the name to end my substitute list will be pumpkin or butternut squash. This one will be the prominent substitute when you are about to make the zucchini bread.

As a consequence, you do not need to think about how to keep the store-bought bread fresh anymore.

You can also make the pumpkin puree, which is very suitable for soup. I always choose the small pumpkin since they will give you the best flavor.

Making the pumpkin puree is not very difficult and complicated. You can cut the top of the pumpkin and take out all of the seeds.

Then, cut the whole piece in half so that you can bake them easier. The baking duration is 45 minutes at 350 degrees for the best outcome.

After that, you can peel the skin and put the pumpkin puree in the blender.


Zucchini Substitutes

In summary, I hope that all of my sharing in this article will help you increase your knowledge. I am happy when more and more people can put more interest and passion in cooking.

By reading this whole article, you can know clearly about the zucchini substitutes. As well, you can figure out which dishes are the best for each substitute.

However, in case you still want to discuss or have more advice, please feel free to keep in touch with me anytime. 

By the way, my blog introduce a lot of Foods Substitute as : curry leaf substitute, mushroom substitute, substitute for thymethyme, coriander substitute. Let's try it.

Richard Pantry.

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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Laura Strouse - last year

Can I substitute eggplant for zucchini in zucchini bread?

    Kevin Richard - last year

    Hi Laura,
    Depending on the recipe, you can substitute any squash but my favorite is shredded carrots 🙂


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