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Cheesy Baked Zucchini Bites

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Bites

Hey there! These Cheesy Baked Zucchini Bites are delicious nuggets of savoury goodness! They are golden-brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

The crispy bottoms from the melted cheese are my favourite part.

In all, there are only seven ingredients including salt and pepper. They are so simple to prepare!

It’s wonderful to serve as a snack, appetizer, or even as a side dish. It’s tasty to eat on its own, but also scrumptious when dipped in ranch dressing, marinara sauce, or sour cream.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

How do you make these zucchini bites?

(Complete ingredient amounts and instructions available in the recipe card down below).

Place the shredded zucchini in a fine mesh stainer with a bowl underneath it. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes (first photo).

In another large bowl, add the shredded cheddar cheese, Panko, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic power, and black pepper. Squeeze the liquid out of the zucchini with your hands (as much as you can) and add it to the bowl with the other ingredients (second photo).

Combine all the ingredients together until well incorporated (first photo). Scoop out heaping tablespoons of the mixture and place them on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet (second photo).

Baked zucchini bites on top of a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until golden-brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before enjoying!

Looking for more easy recipes featuring zucchini? Check out these four!

Golden-brown baked cheesy zucchini bites in a white and blue bowl.

In summary, these baked zucchini bites are:

  • Tasty: Cheddar and zucchini is one delicious and savoury combination.
  • Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The texture is pleasing to the palate.
  • A wonderful snack, appetizer, or side dish option: It’s perfect finger food.
  • Fast and easy to put together: It uses few ingredients – many are pantry staples.
  • Scalable: This recipe can be easily scaled up to make more or halved to make fewer bites.
  • Adaptable: Switch out the cheese with another melty cheese of your choice such as gruyère, emmenthal, or Monterey jack.
  • Great to eat on their own, but also wonderful to serve with ranch dressing, sour cream, marinara sauce, or even plain Greek yogurt.
  • Vegetarian too!
Golden-brown cheesy baked zucchini bites on a white plate.

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Golden-brown baked cheesy zucchini bites in a white and blue bowl.

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Bites

Yield: 20 bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

With only seven ingredients, cheesy baked zucchini bites are a delicious savoury appetizer, snack, or side dish with a crispy outside and tender inside.


  • 2½ cups (packed) zucchini, shredded
  • 1½ cups white cheddar, shredded
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor with a grater (shredder) attachment (or a box grater), shred the zucchini and place it in a fine mesh strainer (with a bowl below). Sprinkle ½ tsp salt over the zucchini and give it a gentle toss. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, prepare and measure the other ingredients and place them in a large bowl.
  4. Then, using your hands, squeeze the grated zucchini to drain excess liquid (it doesn’t need to be fully dry) before adding it with the other ingredients.
  5. Mix together until well-combined.
  6. Scoop out heaping tablespoons (I used a #50 cookie scoop, which holds 1.28 tablespoons) of the mixture and place them at least 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden-brown. Let it cool slightly before eating.


  • Nutritional information represents one zucchini bite for a total of 20 bites.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.

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Wednesday 15th of February 2023

I’ve made these several time and they are a huge hit with the entire family. So easy! Tonight I am making them along with chicken breasts and have an entire meal done!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 15th of February 2023

So happy to hear, Susan! I'm glad that your family enjoys the zucchini bites!


Saturday 14th of January 2023

Oh man. Sooooo good. I grated in fresh garlic instead of dried (one clove) and added 3 Fineky chopped green onions (white and green parts both). Big hit and they disappeared in a flash. I grated and frozen zucchini in baggies last summer and they are perfect for this dish: once thawed they naturally release their liquid and it’s easy to squeeze out the liquid. I also convection baked these beauties and they came out with a lovely golden crispy crust. Two thumbs up.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Saturday 14th of January 2023

Thank you for the wonderful comment and very helpful tips!


Monday 2nd of January 2023

I tried that recipe: I had one half of the zucchini and I added a small carrot and everything else without measuring it. I used cookie scoop to form the balls. I cooked them in the air fryer for 10 min and they came out incredibly well and tasty. They held the shape well and had a healthy dense texture. I loved them!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 6th of January 2023

So happy to hear! I need to use the air fryer more!


Monday 31st of October 2022

i have made these zucchini bites three times this “zucchini season”. They are simple to make and incredibly delicious! Everyone who has tried them has asked for the recipe. They are that good!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Thank you so much! This comment really made my day!


Sunday 10th of July 2022

Can these be served at room temperature? The recipe looks delicious

Marie | Yay! for Food

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Sure can! Let me know if you end up making these bites!

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