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Zucchini Garlic Bites

This tasty zucchini garlic bites recipe combines shredded zucchini with garlic, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and is served with a marinara dipping sauce for an Italian inspired twist.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: zucchini garlic bites
Servings: 16 bites
Calories: 26kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 1 cup shredded zucchini drained well
  • 1 clove garlic grated fine
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (or 1 tablespoon dried chives)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • tomato sauce for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Use a box grater to grate the zucchini into a clean towel. Roll up the towel and twist to wring out the moisture.
  • Grate the garlic using the small holes on the box grater.
  • Add the shredded zucchini, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, chives, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Shape a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands, pat into small balls, and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven until golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Recipe makes about 16 bites.


How to Freeze
Follow the recipe and let zucchini bites cool. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet and flash freeze for one hour. Once the zucchini balls are frozen, place them into a freezer bag. Store up 4 months in the freezer.
Reheat by preheating your oven to 400˚F. Place the frozen zucchini garlic bites on a baking sheet and bake until heated through and crispy on the outside, about 10 to 15 minutes.


Serving: 1bite | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 400mg