How to Cut Zucchini

5 from 34 votes

This tutorial shows a simple method for how to cut zucchini whether you're cutting in planks, rounds, cubes or small dices to use in recipes!

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Follow this simple tutorial and learn four different ways to cut zucchini. Slice into planks for salads, rounds for sautéing or dipping, and cubes (or small dice) for roasting or a variety of other recipes. Zucchini’s mild taste adapts to a huge variety of other flavors and recipes.

Slicing zucchini into rounds

The unassuming zucchini is stuffed with fiber and nutrients including lutein for eye health, B6 and folate.

How to cut zucchini

plank cut

  • Cut the stem end off the zucchin and place on cutting board.
  • With a sharp knife, divide the zucchini lengthwise into planks about ¾ inch thick.
2 image collage to show how to cut zucchini into planks

round cut

  • Remove and discard the stem end of the zucchini.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the zucchini width wise into coins about ¾ inch thick
2 image collage to show how to cut zucchini into rounds

diced cut/cubes

  • Using a sharp knife cut the zucchini lengthwise into planks about ½ inch thick. Cut each plank into sticks about a ½ inch in width.
  • Line up the sticks so they are even, cut them from one end to the other at ½ inch intervals to achieve a dice.
  • Make the cubes or dice smaller or bigger depending on recipe.
2 image collage to show how to cut zucchini into cubes

recipes with zucchini

3 image collage to show 3 different cuts of zucchini: planks, rounds and cubes

Frequently asked questions

How do you store zucchini after you cut it?

Place the zucchini pieces in an airtight container. Add a piece of paper towel at the top to absorb moisture. The pieces will keep for 3 to 4 days.

Can you freeze zucchini after it’s been cut?

Freeze the pieces well spaced out on a cookie sheet or other flat plan. Once frozen solid, transfer to other airtight container and use within 3 months for best taste

Should I peel zucchini before cutting?

Leave the skin on! It’s thin, tasty and full of nutrients.

Chopped zucchini three different ways on a butting board

Whether grilled in long planks, cut into circles and dipped like a chip, or cooked into a summer classic like ratatouille, zucchinis contribute to a wide range of warm-weather recipes.

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How to Cut Zucchini

This tutorial shows a simple method for how to cut zucchini whether you're cutting in planks, rounds, cubes or small dices to use in recipes!
5 from 34 votes
Servings 1 serving
Course Ingredient
Calories 33
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Zucchini

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top stem side of the zucchini.

Then cut into desired shape:

  • Planks: Using a sharp knife, cut the zucchini lengthwise into planks about ¾ inch thick.
  • Rounds/Coins: Using a sharp knife, cut the zucchini width wise into coins about ¾ inch thick
  • Cubes/Diced: Using a sharp knife cut the zucchini lengthwise into planks about ½ inch thick. Cut each plank into sticks about a ½ inch in width. Line up the sticks so they are even, cut them from one end to the other at ½ inch intervals to achieve a dice.
  • Use as desired in a recipe.

Notes

Storage: Cut zucchini can be stored in an airtight container lined with a paper towel for 3 to 4 days before use.
Freezing: Freeze the cut zucchini solid on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. They will keep well for up to 3 months.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 16mg, Potassium: 512mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 392IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Slicing zucchini into rounds

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