Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Parmesan Zucchini Balls

Parmesan zucchini bites are a light and cheesey appetizer that’s really easy to make and sure to please a crowd.

Grating zucchini, mixing with a few key ingredients, and shaping them into small balls is a good way to baked Parmesan zucchini appetizers.

How to Make Parmesan Zucchini Bites

A zucchini parmesan recipe for bite-sized apps starts with preheating your oven to 400 degrees and grating a few key ingredients: zucchini, Parmesan, onions, and garlic.

parmesan zucchini appetizer
Main ingredients for Parmesan zucchini bites, include zucchini, onion, breadcrumbs, an egg, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and herbs.
grated zucchini
Freshly grated zucchini for parmesan zucchini bites.

Grate fresh zucchini until you have about 1 cup. Use a clean tea towel or paper towels to squeeze the zucchini to drain it and remove moisture. To help remove some of the water, you can try, pressing the zucchini into a wire mesh sieve.

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Remove some of the moisture from the zucchini, which will help it have better consistency.

Then grate (or finely chop) about 1/4 of a whole or red onion. And grate a block of parmesan to get about 1/2 cup.

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Take the time to freshly grate Parmesan instead of buying pre-shredded Parmesan cheese.

Finally, use the small holes on the grater to grate two cloves of garlic. You can also finely mince the garlic with a sharp knife.

basil and chives

Next finally chop some fresh basil and some fresh chives, about 1 tablespoon of chives and a half tablespoon of basil. But you can use the proportions of herbs that you prefer.

Add the zucchini, onion, garlic, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and herbs to a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients evenly.

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Essentially, you’re mixing all the ingredients together using a spoon and a medium sized mixing bowl.

Then add one egg as a binding agent and star once again. You should have a nice moist batter of zucchini, breadcrumbs and cheese.

zucchini  for zucchini balls
This is what your batter for Parmesan zucchini bites should look like.

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How to Make Parmesan Zucchini Balls

Once you have your batter, you want to shape the mixture into appetizer bites. But first line a baking pan with parchment paper, or spray it with cooking spray.

Use a tablespoon to scoop a heaping scoop of the Parmesan zucchini and shape it into a ball. You’ll essentially be using about 1 1/2 tablespoons. If you want crispier balls, make them smaller.

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Shaping zucchini balls, or courgette balls.
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In the end, you should have about 12 to 18 Parmesan zucchini bites.

Bake them in the oven at 400° for about 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll know when they’re done when their golden brown on top. If you’ve made your Parmesan, zucchini bites, small, keep an eye on them to make sure that they don’t burn.

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Baked cheesy zucchini balls.

How to Serve Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Allow your zucchini appetizers to cool for a few minutes, and then place them on a serving tray using a spatula.

The zucchini appetizers are very versatile. You can serve them warm, at room, temperature, or chilled. They are excellent on their own, but you can also serve them with a side dipping sauce. Some recipes call for a tomato based sauce, which goes really well with zucchini and Parmesan.

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You can top your baked zucchini balls with freshly chopped chives, parsley or basil.

Baked parmesan zucchini is a very comforting flavor combination, offering warmth of gooey cheese, and freshness of a light vegetable like zucchini. You can make roasted zucchini with parmesan in many different ways, but making appetizer bites makes them easier to serve and eat.

baked parmesan zucchini
Baked zucchini and parmesan make a great appetizer bite.

If you have any leftovers, you can keep these zucchini balls in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Parmesan zucchini bites are the perfect appetizer or side dish if you're looking for a fresh and cheesy combination. These zucchini balls are ideal for parties or for individual meals.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: parmesan, zucchini
Servings: 12


  • Baking Pan
  • medium size mixing bowl
  • grater


  • 2 – 3 small zucchinis
  • cup parmesan cheese
  • cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Use a grater to grate zucchini until you have about 1 cup. Place the zucchini in a towel or paper towel and squeeze to drain the water and remove some of the moisture from the grated zucchini.
  • Grate or finely chop an onion until you have about ¼ cup. Grate or mince two cloves of garlic. Grate parmesan cheese until you have about ½ cup.
  • Add zucchini, onion, garlic, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs to a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add chives, basil, pepper and one egg. Stir to combine.
  • Shape the zucchini parmesan batter into balls of a heaping tablespoon full. Lay the balls on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. You should have 12 – 15 parmesan zucchini bites.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly golden brown on top.
  • Allow the zucchini appetizers to cool about 5 minutes and serve warm. They can also be served cool or at room temperature.

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