How to Freeze Zucchini Plus 7 Ways to Use It

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

How To Freeze Zucchini Plus 7 Ways to Use It-

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!Is your garden over flowing with zucchini? These helpful tips on How To Freeze Zucchini (plus 7 Ways to Use It) are just what you need!

I’m not going to lie, I’m over the moon excited that all four of my zucchini plants decided to be HUGE and produce massive amounts of zucchini for me.

I’ve tried to plant zucchini before in other states and countries with no success. But apparently here in Southern Utah, zucchini is almost a no-fail plant.

In fact, there is a saying that goes around in this small town during zucchini season. “Lock your car doors, or else the zucchini fairy will make a delivery in your back seat!”

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

Basically there is SO MUCH zucchini that goes around you can’t even give it away.

I’m not giving mine away though. I’m freezing it for later on this year! It’s actually super easy to do too!

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

Simply grate your zucchini with a cheese grater on a medium grate. Not too small though or it can turn into a soupy mess.

Portion out two cups of zucchini and place it in a bowl that’s lined with paper towels or cheesecloth, then just squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

By squeezing out as much liquid now, you’ll have less of a mess later on when you try to use it in a recipe.


I mean, really, the possibilities are endless!

This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

So go ahead zucchini fairy! Bring on the green goodness!

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How to Freeze Zucchini

Author: Shawn


  • Zucchini
  • Paper Towels or cheese cloth
  • Zip Close Bags


  • Wash and trim the ends of your zucchini.
  • Use the medium grate to shred your zucchini.
  • Line a bowl with a few sheets of paper towels or cheese cloth and scoop 2 cups of shredded zucchini into the bowl. Squeeze out as much of the water as you can. Place the zucchini in a zip close bag and spread out flat. Mark the date on the bags.
  • Lay the bags flat in the freezer until frozen.

To Use:

  • Remove the zucchini from the freezer and let defrost in the fridge. If needed more quickly submerge closed bag in a sink full of cool water until zucchini is defrosted. Squeeze out any excess water that may have accumulated and use in recipe as stated.
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This is such a clever idea on how to freeze my surplus of zucchini from my garden!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
28 Responses
  1. Debby

    I have been freezing zucchini for a number of years as well. But I have found that when I thaw the frozen 2 cups of the zucchini for my recipe, I actually have less than 2 cups of the veg. So I was wondering, do I just add that frozen, drained, zucchini as needed in the recipe or do add more zucchini to make it actually 2 cups of the veg? Thanks!

    1. Shawn

      This is why I recommend squeezing out as much liquid as possible before freezing. When it defrosts if there is any excess liquid it’ll reduce the mass of zucchini. Ideally, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of zucchini, you should use 2 cups. If that means you need to add more because your frozen zucchini didn’t yield as much when it defrosted, then you should add more. Hope that helps!

  2. Vickie Timm

    Can u slice the Zucchini for like grilled and freeze that or do u have to blanch it first. Would love to have for the winter months.

    1. Shawn

      Freezing sliced or whole zucchini doesn’t give it the best texture when it’s defrosted. It’s best to use it in recipes where it can be easily blended in.

  3. Karen Pierson

    Thank you for the wonderful directions for freezing grated zucchini. What is the texture of the zucchini when thawed?


    1. Shawn

      The texture is soft when defrosted. If you don’t squeeze out a lot of the moisture before freezing it can be almost soggy. So squeeeeeeze out as much as possible! It’s great for adding into recipes, not so much a stand-alone side dish after it’s been frozen.

  4. Greg

    Is there a reason you say to do 2 cups at a time. What does that come out to once squeezed and frozen for future use?

    What part of Southern Utah? Went to School at Dixie in St George.

    1. Shawn

      I recommend 2 cups at a time because it’s more manageable when adding to recipes later on. You could freeze as much or as little as you would like. We live in St. George! Fun!

  5. Marycatherine

    Thanks Shawn for telling us how to freeze the Zucchini, I have been making breads and cakes, and brownies for years, but never knew how to freeze it so that it didn’t have too much liquid. Thanks again, I love your site.

  6. Etta Mae Milhoan

    Life saver!!!!! Got more zucchini than I can use right now and will be freezing it . Now I can bake my Nurses at the hospital bread in winter.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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