Make the most of fresh zucchini and summer squash with all the tips you need for how to freeze zucchini. Learn how to freeze zucchini for baking, freeze it without cooking, and the best way to freeze it for soups, sauces, and more.

Zucchini slices in zip top bag and zucchini shreds in reusable bag

How to Freeze Zucchini

Three are three basic ways to freeze zucchini that I plan to share in this post. Each one varies in the amount of prep time involved and are best suited to specific uses after freezing.

We’ll cover how to freeze zucchini without cooking it, how to freeze shredded zucchini, and how to freeze blanched zucchini—and how to use each of them once frozen.

Plus, there are tips for our favorite zucchini recipes to make whenever you’re ready.

whole zucchini on white countertop

Ingredients You Need

To freeze zucchini, all you need is zucchini. Any traditional or heirloom variety of green zucchini will work with these methods, as well yellow summer squash.

If working with a very large zucchini, you may find very large seeds inside. You can skip grating that part of the interior of the zucchini if you prefer.

prepping shredded zucchini to freeze

How to Freeze Zucchini for Baking

If you primarily want to preserve zucchini to have it on hand for baked goods like Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Carrot Muffins, and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, freezing shredded zucchini in the amounts you typically use in your recipes is the easiest option.

The main goal with this method is to remove the water in the zucchini to prevent the baked goods from being too wet on the inside.

Zucchini shredded in a reusable bag
  1. To do this, you’ll grate the zucchini on a box grater or in a food processor.
  2. Place it into a clean kitchen towel, wrap up, and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  3. Discard the liquid (or use it in cocktails or to flavor water), and measure out the shredded zucchini in ½ or 1 cup amounts.
  4. Add to freezer bags, press flat, and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 1 year.

Recipes to Try with Frozen Grated Zucchini

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Super moist and packed with zucchini, these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are great for breakfast or snack.
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Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries
These muffins make for a delicious breakfast, snack, or lunchtime component. This recipe was updated June 2019 to improve the texture and streamline the ingredients.
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Easy Zucchini Carrot Muffins
I prefer to grate my own carrots to ensure that the texture is finer and isn’t very noticeable in the baked muffins. See the Notes for allergy substitutions.
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Zucchini Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
Texture-wise, this tastes like a cross between baked oatmeal and banana bread. We like it for breakfast or as a snack.
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Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are a yummy way to serve vegetables for breakfast and use up zucchini should you find yourself with extra. These can be served plain or with a side of yogurt or applesauce to babies and younger eaters, or with maple syrup—they are very versatile!
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Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe
We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin's worth!
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healthy zucchini fritters
Easy Egg Cups (with Zucchini and Cheese)
Feel free to double the recipe to make a full 24 mini muffins! We like to stash these in the fridge to eat all week, so having more is usually helpful in our house.
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zucchini egg cups with berries and crackers

How to Freeze Raw Zucchini

If you want to do as little work as possible, freezing sliced zucchini without cooking it is my go-to method.

prepping raw zucchini to freeze

Once frozen, you can add zucchini to smoothies—any kind is fine, though it’s great in this Chocolate Smoothie or Blueberry Smoothie. Or, you can add directly to a pan to cook into Zucchini Pasta Sauce. Since that sauce is pureed at the end, the texture of the zucchini doesn’t matter.

(Raw zucchini that is frozen and then cooked can be a little mushy or squeaky.)

Recipes to Try with Frozen Raw Zucchini

Below are some of our favorite zucchini recipes that you can make with frozen zucchini.

Constipation Smoothie for Kids
This is a nutritious smoothie to serve any day, though it’s a great way to get that digestive system going if needed.
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Favorite Zucchini Baby Food
Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. Plus: Find storage and serving tips.
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Zucchini Pasta Sauce
Learn how to turn fresh zucchini into a bright and fresh pasta sauce with a simple method. Add the optional toppings for extra flavor as you and your family like. (Heads up: You'll want to reserve a little of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pot.)
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Simple Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Frozen banana will create a slightly thicker smoothie, so if you plan to serve this through a straw, I recommend doing either frozen blueberries OR bananas, but not both. You can do all frozen fruit if you plan to serve it through a pouch or in an open cup—or if your child is used to drinking thick smoothies!
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Best Chocolate Smoothie (with Veggies!)
Be sure to blend this super smooth for the best texture. Use any or none of the optional ingredients. See the Notes for how to make this with regular milk.
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How to Blanch Zucchini for Soups, Stir Fries, and More

If you want to use frozen zucchini in Ratatouille, Veggie Soup, Zucchini Stir Fry, or any recipe where it will not be blended, this is your best bet. To blanch and freeze zucchini, here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Dice the zucchini.
  2. Add it to a pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Lift out with a big slotted spoon and drain. Place onto a clean kitchen towel to dry and cool completely.
  3. Transfer to a freezer bag in one flat later. Remove as much air as possible with a straw and seal. Freeze for up to 1 year.
  4. To use, add frozen zucchini right into your recipe.

Recipes to Try with Frozen Blanched Zucchini

Extra-Veggie Minestrone Baby Soup (for Big Kids too!)
With a streamlined method and a quick cooking time, this veggie-packed baby soup (that big kids and parents will also enjoy!) is filled with vegetarian protein and super yummy Italian flavors.
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Easy Ratatouille with Pasta
This recipe makes enough for two meals. You can cut it in half if desired, but I like to make the larger batch and keep half in the freezer for a future meal—it's the same amount of cooking effort, so why not!
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Quick Teriyaki Shrimp with Zucchini and Rice
We like this with rice or rice noodles, but you can adjust how you serve it to fit your family!
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easy teryiaki shrimp

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze zucchini raw?

Yes, though it is best used in recipes where it will be blended such as smoothies, soups, or sauces. You can also freeze raw shredded zucchini to use in future baking.

Is it better to freeze zucchini without blanching?

You can freeze raw shredded zucchini without blanching to use in baked goods or you can freeze raw zucchini to use in smoothies, sauces, or soups that are blended smooth.

How do you freeze zucchini without being mushy?

Blanching zucchini, or cooking it for one minute in boiling water, then cooling completely before freezing, will reduce the potential for mushiness when the frozen zucchini is cooked and warmed through.

How to Store

Add the prepped zucchini to a freezer bag in a flat layer. Seal almost all the way, then remove the air with your mouth or a straw. Seal. This creates a sort of DIY vacuum seal. Freeze for up to 1 year.

frozen zucchini slices in zip top bag

Best Tips for Success

  • Discard the stems of the zucchini before preparing.
  • Use yellow summer squash or green zucchini.
  • Remove as much liquid as you can from the shredded zucchini before freezing. This will make it ready to use in your baked goods.
  • Let frozen shredded zucchini thaw and remove any moisture you see before adding to a baked good recipe.
  • Add frozen raw or blanched zucchini directly to recipes still frozen.

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Zucchini slices in zip top bag and zucchini shreds in reusable bag

How to Freeze Zucchini

Make the most of fresh zucchini and summer squash with all the tips you need for how to freeze zucchini. Learn how to freeze zucchini for baking, freeze it without cooking, and the best way to freeze it for soups, sauces, and more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Vegetable
Calories 0.04kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (or more) zucchini (or summer squash)

Instructions

To Freeze Raw Zucchini for Smoothies, Soups, and Sauces

  • Wash and dry the zucchini. Slice into ½-1 inch slices, discarding the ends.
  • Place into a freezer bag in a flat layer. Seal the bag almost all the way, remove the air with a straw, then seal. Freeze.
  • Add directly to your recipe while frozen.

To Freeze Shredded Zucchini for Baking

  • Wash and dry the zucchini. Discard the ends. Grate the zucchini on a box grater or in a food processor. 
  • Place the shredded zucchini onto a clean kitchen towel, wrap up, and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Discard the liquid (or use it in cocktails or to flavor water).
  • Measure out the shredded zucchini in 1½ or 1 cup amounts and add to freezer bags.
  •  Press flat, and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 1 year.
  • To use, thaw, remove any excess moisture, and add to your recipe.

To Blanch and Freeze Zucchini for Stir Fries, Soups, and More

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, wash and dry the zucchini. Discard the ends. Dice the zucchini into small pieces or into half-moons. I usually do ¼-½-inch thick.
  • Add the zucchini to a pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Lift out with a big slotted spoon and drain. Place onto a clean kitchen towel to dry and cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer bag in one flat later. Remove as much air as possible with a straw and seal. Freeze for up to 1 year.
  • To use, add frozen zucchini right into your recipe.

Equipment

Notes

  • Add the prepped zucchini to a freezer bag in a flat layer. Seal almost all the way, then remove the air with your mouth or a straw. Seal. This creates a sort of DIY vacuum seal. Freeze for up to 1 year.
  • Discard the stems of the zucchini before preparing.
  • Use yellow summer squash or green zucchini.
  • Remove as much liquid as you can from the shredded zucchini before freezing. This will make it ready to use in your baked goods.
  • Let frozen shredded zucchini thaw and remove any moisture you see before adding to a baked good recipe.
  • Add frozen raw or blanched zucchini directly to recipes still frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 0.04kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.01g, Protein: 0.003g, Sodium: 0.02mg, Potassium: 1mg, Fiber: 0.003g, Sugar: 0.01g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.04mg, Calcium: 0.04mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Hi! I shredded my zucchini into 1 cup increments but didn’t squeeze them out before freezing. Will it work to let them thaw and then throughly squeeze all moisture out before using in baked goods?
    Hope I didn’t mess it up!