These bright stuffed zucchini boats loaded with Mediterranean favorites like tomatoes, feta, and fresh herbs can be ready in 20 minutes or less!

Add this to the list of fun zucchini recipes to use up your summer zukes! Be sure to check out our tips and video below.

vegetarian zucchini boats assembled on serving platter

Stuffed zucchini for the modern cook = zucchini boats!

There's a reason people go nuts for zucchini boats.

They are easy to make--no special "cheffy" skills needed--and they are the perfect carrier for whatever toppings or filling you like!

Ingredients for zucchini boats including zucchini, feta, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, green onions, and lemon

Classic stuffed zucchini boat recipes typically call for a heavy meat and cheese topping, but these vegetarian zucchini boats take on fresh Mediterranean flavors that will not disappoint.

Like our Greek stuffed onions, we make use of the entire vegetable, including the flesh; it goes right in the filling for the zucchini boats.

This is a simple recipe that takes 20 minutes or less! Here's how...

How to make zucchini boats

1. Season and grill zucchini halves on both sides (a little brush of quality extra virgin olive oil is important here).

Tip: grill zucchini until tender and nicely charred, this brings out the delicious flavor!

Grilled zucchini halves. Some zucchini flesh scooped out on the side to make zucchini boats

3. Scoop out the flesh to hollow out the zucchini halves...or to create "boats" for the topping or filling (do not discard the tender charred flesh, it's so tasty and we'll use it later).

4. Make the filling. The possibilities for the filling here are endless here (see more examples below), but I kept my filling simple, leaning more towards fresh and vegetarian options.

To make it, combine the zucchini flesh with Mediterranean favorites like tomato, feta, green onions, and fresh herbs. I love using a couple different herbs here like mint and parsley. And if you like a little extra zest, then do as I have and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

5. Fill the zucchini boats with the stuffing and enjoy!

Zucchini boat filling. A bowl of sliced cherry tomatoes, zucchini flesh from grilled zucchini, feta, fresh herbs, and chopped green onions

Stuffed zucchini boat variations

Wondering what else you can use for a topping or filling for these easy zucchini boats? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Add more vegetarian items like a handful of baby spinach, olives, or marinated artichokes. And if you like things spicy, add a pinch of hot pepper flakes (Oooh or even a little harissa, which is not necessarily spicy but will add an interesting kick!)
  • Give these vegetarian zucchini boats a little Italian flare by using baby mozzarella, fresh basil, and maybe a little cured meat like Prosciutto or salami.
  • If you're up for a little extra work, then make the meat and rice stuffing from this stuffed pepper recipe (it does make more than you need for 6 zucchini halves, but then you'll have more rice to eat later. Or, make more zucchini boats!)
zucchini boats topped with tomatoes and feta

Ways to serve them

Mediterranean grilled zucchini boats are an obvious appetizer choice.

And here's a fun tip! If you're serving a larger crowd, you can cut the zucchini halves crosswise to create smaller "boats" that are much easier to pick up (no fork and knife needed.) A dollop of Tzatziki sauce on top doesn't hurt a bit! 

Or you can serve these grilled zucchini boats as a side next to things like: Chicken Meatballs; Pan-Seared Trout; Lemon Garlic Salmon; or Lamb Burgers.

Can you freeze zucchini boats?

If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge in a tight-lid glass container for 2 days or so. They're great cold or at room temperature.

But I would not advise freezing zucchini boats. The grilled zucchini will be too mushy once thawed and the topping won't be in the best shape either.

Is zucchini healthy?

If you're searching for Mediterranean diet recipes or ingredients, zucchini will show up over and over. It's a staple in Mediterranean cooking and regularly on my shopping list.

Zucchini, also known as courgette is a type of summer squash. It's low in fat and carbohydrates, high in antioxidants and filled with vitamins and important nutrients like vitamin C, folate, and potassium.

For me, zucchini is essential in a hearty ratatouille and makes a great addition to a fun skillet dinner like this sauteed shrimp and zucchini. And I'll often serve a simple baked zucchini as a side next to nearly any protein.

You may also like 50+Mediterranean Diet Recipes. Or check out the archives for all our recipes. And be sure to join my email list for FREE weekly meal plans and more!

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Tomato and Feta

The Mediterranean Dish
vegetarian zucchini boats assembled on serving platter
You'll love these easy grilled zucchini boats, prepared Mediterranean-style with tomato and feta. We make every use of the zucchini flesh too! Check out the tips and ideas in the post. Serve these as a fun appetizer or side next to your favorite summer entrees!
Prep – 10 minutes
Cook – 7 minutes
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 6 zucchini boats
Course:
Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 3 zucchini trimmed and sliced length-wise into halves
  • extra virgin olive oil I used Early Harvest Greek EVOO
  • Kosher salt and pepper to your liking
  • Dried oregano large sprinkle to your liking
  • 6 oz cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
  • 3 green onions both white and green parts, ends trimmed, chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese more to your liking
  • 6 to 10 fresh mint leaves chopped
  • Large handful fresh parsley chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Splash lemon juice not too much

Instructions
 

  • Heat a cast iron skillet or indoor griddle over medium heat. (OR, If cooking on gas grill, lightly oil the grate and preheat grill to medium-low).
  • Brush zucchini generously with extra virgin olive oil on both sides. Season zucchini (particularly flesh side) with salt, freshly ground pepper, and oregano.
  • Place zucchini, flesh-side down, on the preheated grill (or indoor griddle). Grill for 3 to 5 minutes until soft and nicely charred, then turn on back side and grill for another 3 to 5 minutes until this side is also tender and gains some color. (If using an indoor skillet or griddle, you may need to adjust heat to medium-high.)
  • Remove zucchini from heat and let cool enough to handle.
  • To create zucchini boats, use a small spoon to scoop out the flesh (do not discard). Squeeze all liquid out of zucchini flesh (you might use a linen kitchen towel or paper towel to do this.)
  • Make the filling for the zucchini boats. Put the zucchini flesh in a mixing bowl and add the cherry tomatoes, green onions, feta, mint, parsley, lemon zest. Add a small splash of lemon juice and sprinkle a little more oregano. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and mix everything together.
  • Spoon the filling mixture into the prepared zucchini boats and arrange on a serving platter. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Cook's Tips: You can cut the zucchini halves crosswise to create smaller "boats" that can be easily picked up by hand. This is ideal if you're serving a larger crowd as an appetizer (yields 12 instead of 6).
  • Cook's Tip: Grill zucchini until tender and nicely charred - this brings out the delicious flavor!
  • Cook's Tip: A drizzle of Greek Tzatziki sauce really seals the deal on these zucchini boats. Find recipe for homemade Tzatziki here.
  • Make Ahead Option: You can grill the zucchini ahead of time, then when ready to serve, follow recipe from step #5.
  • Other Filling Options: You can change up the existing filling in this recipe by simply adding more vegetarian items like a handful baby spinach, olives, or marinated artichokes. Or turn this into Zucchini Boats Antipasti. Just give your filling a little Italian flare using baby mozzarella, fresh basil, and maybe a little cured meat like Prosciutto or salami.
  • Visit The Mediterranean Dish Store for our Greek extra virgin olive oils and more! Our Early Harvest and Private Reserve extra virgin olive oils are both from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives. And you'll also find a selection of all-natural and organic spices for Mediterranean cooking. Try the Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle, or create your own 6-pack of spices.

Nutrition

Calories: 51.2kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 4.3gFat: 1.9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6.7mgPotassium: 334.1mgFiber: 1.4gVitamin A: 436.9IUVitamin C: 25.5mgCalcium: 25.5mgIron: 0.7mg
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  1. Anita says:

    5 stars
    Perfect use for the pile of zucchinis I have. So fresh and healthy. 🙂

    1. Suzy says:

      Hope you love them!! 🙂

  2. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    5 stars
    Love how easy and delicious this recipe is. It's perfect for a gathering or a party.

  3. Cookilicious says:

    5 stars
    Love this healthier version of pizza! Great summer treat as well

    1. Suzy says:

      Thank you!

  4. Nart at Cooking with Nart says:

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious and healthy! Adding this to my light dinner list!

    1. Suzy says:

      Hope you enjoy them!

  5. Irina says:

    5 stars
    These zucchini boats are so colorful that they are just perfect for the summertime. I love the recipe and cannot wait to give it a try!

    1. Suzy says:

      Enjoy!

  6. Nicole says:

    5 stars
    Enjoying all the recipes on your site!

    Would this still be okay to make on a griddle pan or just a regular skillet? Are there any adjustments in cook time?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Nicole, yes, you can absolutely make this on a griddle pan (noted in the recipe). No big changes necessarily, cook zucchini on flesh side first till tender and a bit charred, then flip over and do the same.

  7. Lori says:

    5 stars
    Love that I don't feel the void of meat in this meal! It's filling, tasty, and everyone in my family loved it.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      I'm with ya, Lori! Thanks so much for trying it

  8. Katerina says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE everything about this!! Its faaantastic!!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you! We love it too!

  9. Becky Hardin says:

    5 stars
    I am loving the stuffing in these zucchini boats.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      yay! so glad!

  10. Krissy says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes to make in the summer!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Krissy!

  11. Bintu says:

    5 stars
    These look so healthy, colourful and delicious! A great lunch option with summer quickly approaching.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Yes, totally good for lunch!

  12. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    Wow I sure could eat this everyday I love zucchini even over eggplant its a fav in our home and this looks fabulous!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Claudia! I'm so glad you liked it!

  13. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious and healthy! Perfect for a balanced dinner.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      It really is. Thanks, natalie!

  14. Adrianne says:

    5 stars
    Wow and yum! These look delicious. I love zucchini and this recipe is right up my alley. It sounds like a delicious dish. The suggestion of making them with salami is great, I will have to try it, cheers!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks, Adrianne! Enjoy! And yes, you can totally add salami or change up the toppings as you like

  15. Nellie Tracy says:

    5 stars
    This is such a refreshing and delicious recipe!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks so much for trying it, Nellie!

  16. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    I love everything about this! I'm planning out my garden and looking for as many zucchini recipes as I can find- this one sounds AMAZING!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Alright, Sarah! Can't wait for you to try this when your garden zucchini are ready!