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Zucchini bites recipe with creamy garlic dip

How many zucchini’s do you have growing in your garden right now?

If you’re growing zucchini, your answer is probably, “Too many.”

I love, LOVE growing zucchini but I always end up have too much of a good thing in late summer. This year we only planted one plant and our appetites still can’t compete with all the vegetables it’s producing.

I have a few recipes for zucchini that I absolutely love. One is my zucchini bread that is a winner with my kids. I shared it a few years back on my mom blog.

And aside from a simple sautés with salt, pepper and olive oil, this is my next favorite way to eat it: Zucchini Bites.

Zucchini Bites with creamy garlic dip

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites, like zucchini fritters but better

If you’re familiar with zucchini fritters and enjoy those, then you will love these zucchini bites with my garlic dipping sauce.

If you’ve made zucchini fritters then you know then you know that they can be somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes they end up perfect, little zucchini fritters. But sometimes they end up a bit soggy or even burnt since you’re pan frying them in oil – which you really have to watch.

These zucchini bites are easier than than zucchini fritters and will give you a consistent outcome each time. And, these are baked so they aren’t caked in an overload of oil.

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip


Watch the video to see how I’ve made them and then check out the full instructions just below that.



  • It’s really, really, REALLY important to make sure you’re getting the water out of the zucchini once you shred it. Often times this is the make or break part of working with zucchini. You can let it strain over another bowl and drip out, if you have time. Or, you can press it between a few layers of paper towels to get the water out faster.
  • When baking these zucchini bites, use parchment paper to prevent the bottoms from burning. I know I didn’t do that in the video, but I made a second batch after that shot and test the parchment paper. The bottoms came out more evenly cooked.
  • Lastly, depending on how much water you removed or not, you may have to add breadcrumbs to your zucchini bites mixture. I give a range in the recipe and use the 3 cups instead of 2 if your mixture is still a little soft.

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites

These Zucchini Bites are a delicious way to use up that summer zucchini harvest, But you can really make them any time of the year. They're the perfect appetizer for football season and the holidays too. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer recipes, zucchini, zucchini bites, zucchini fritters, zucchini recipe, zuchinni recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Rachel Quenzer


Zucchini Bites Ingredients

  • 3 cups zucchini, shredded and strained
  • 2/3 - 1 cup of bread crumbs I like to use 2/3 but if you need to add more to make them easier to work with that works too. See the tips section above.
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. of fresh chives, chopped small
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped small
  • 2 tsp. fresh garlic, mined
  • Salt and pepper to taste I like to add about 6 twists of salt and 4 twists of pepper.

Creamy Garlic Dip Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pepper. 4 twists of the ground pepper shaker You should not add additional salt to this.


Zucchini Bite Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. 
  • Combine zucchini, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic, parmesan cheese, chives, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in one bowl. 
  • Mix thoroughly. It works best to use your hands to make sure everything is well combined. 
  • If the mixture seems too runny to form into soft balls, add the additional 1/3 cup of bread crumbs thats recommended. 
  • Once all your ingredients are combined, form the mixture into small bite-sized balls. Use a melon baller or a spoon to get them consistent. 
  • Add them one by one to the cookie sheet. They won't expand so you can have them close but I like to give them at least an inch of space on all sides to make sure they cook evenly. 
  • Bake these at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and pull them out at 25 minutes if they are golden brown. 
  • While the zucchini bites are baking, make your dip. 

Creamy Garlic Dip Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder and parsley. Mix well and taste. 
  • Based on taste, add pepper as needed. I like to add about 4 twists of the pepper grinder. 

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

Zucchini Bites with cream garlic dip

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  1. Melissa Chapman

    Those bites do look amazing. I need to get some at the market and follow this recipe. They look so hearty the whole family will love these.

  2. Amber Myers

    Yes please. I bet I’d love these. And that garlic dip sounds fantastic. I tend to love anything with garlic.

  3. Tasheena

    OMG, These look so yummy! I wish I had the ingredients on hand to make this recipe right now.

  4. Alli Smith

    I cook zucchini a lot during the summer months and I’d love to add this recipe to my stash. These bites look so good and that dip – oh, yum!

  5. Christine

    These look AMAZING!!

  6. Marta

    I don’t know which I like more: the garlic dip or the zucchini bites!!

  7. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I absolutely LOVE zucchini and these zucchini bites look delicious! I totally am going to try these!

  8. Helen Little

    Love how yummy and healthy these are! We always get too many courgettes, so I’ll be making these!

  9. Katrina

    These look incredible, my stomach is rumbling now! I am definitely giving this recipe a try at our football party this weekend!

  10. GiGi Eats

    I don’t know why I have YET TO BAKE WITH ZUCCHINI but I need to!! I see it everywhere, incorporated into recipes, and it’s genisu!

  11. Amy

    These bites look simply mouthwatering! I love zucchini so much and was sad to not have grown any this year.

  12. Sherry

    I didn’t grow any zucchini this year but next year I will. I’ll have to pick some up and gives these zucchini bites a try.

  13. Sue Reddel

    This recipe looks like one my family would really enjoy. I can’t wait to try it.

  14. Emily

    My MIL keeps giving us zucchini so I’ll have to try these to change things up. I bet I could make a gluten free version too.

  15. Annemarie LeBlanc

    This is a delicious way to add more veggies to our diet. I love the creamy garlic dip too. I need to make this asap!

  16. Ruth I

    These look so good! Oh I wish I have a garden full of zucchini so I could always make this.

  17. Rena

    This looks so delicious! I love zucchini and any time I can include it in a recipe I jump all over it.

  18. Esther Irish

    Oh these look so good and I bet even my picky eaters would dip them and devour them. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Farrah Less

    This is so mouthwatering I remember I have once of this in one of the restaurant we dine in can’t remember what name it is. I’d like to make my own this is so healthy-licious looking.

  20. Vicky

    Zucchini tots are a favorite around here. They are delicious plus it’s an easy way to get my kids to eat veggies!

  21. Wren LaPorte

    These look delicious! I would love to try them, so I shall have to make them.

  22. HilLesha

    I love zucchini, but I have never tried zucchini this way before. This looks so delicious, especially with the garlic dip.

  23. Angela

    These sound so amazing! I love creative recipes using zucchini…can’t wait to give this one a try!!!

  24. Agnes Dela Cruz

    Zucchini is so versatile when prepped and cooked properly. I love it in salad, or sauteed.

  25. Amy H

    This looks really good! I never thought that I would like Zucchini, but I think I want to try it now.

  26. Shannon Gurnee

    I love Zucchini Bites, but have never tried making them myself. This looks like a delicious recipe.

  27. OMG, these look absolutely scrumptious. I am bookmarking these so that I can make them this week. My hubby will LOVE it.

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