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30 courgette recipes

Published: June 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm
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Try our summery recipes using this versatile veg, from courgette risotto and vibrant green salads to our epic courgette and lime cake

Looking for courgette recipes? Wondering what to do with those courgettes in your fridge? Courgettes, at their best during the summer months, can be fried, barbecued, roasted, spiralized or even grated into cake batter. We have plenty of ideas, from courgette fritters to courgette lasagne – and even courgette and lime cake.


If you're armed with a spiralizer and you're not afraid to use it, check out our easy courgetti recipes right here.

Want expert advice for growing your own crop? Learn how to grow your own courgettes from our friends at Gardeners’ World.

For more veg inspiration, check out our fennel recipes, aubgerine recipes and runner bean recipes.

When are courgettes in season?

British courgette season starts in June and ends in October. Courgettes are at their best between June and September.

How do you cook courgettes?

How to grill courgettes: The best way to grill courgettes is to cut them into slices, brush with oil and put under a hot grill for 3-4 minutes until charred and blistered, then flip and repeat.

How to fry courgettes: To fry courgettes, half, dice or cut into slices and fry in olive oil into charred or alternatively cook low and slow until meltingly tender.

How to roast courgettes: Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Dice or thickly slice the courgette, season and toss with olive oil then roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway, until caramelised and cooked through.

Courgettes are also great diced or sliced and stirred into currys, soups and stews, as they’re great at soaking up flavours.

Can courgettes be eaten raw?

You can eat courgettes raw, they're great thinly sliced and added to salads.

Courgette recipes

Courgette and mint soup

This vibrant, summery soup is a great way to make sue of a courgette glut. The summer veggies are joined by fresh mint and lemon zest for a zingy lunch that's perfect for a warm day. It's best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.

Courgette and mint soup

Harissa lamb stuffed courgettes

Courgettes are stuffed with lamb mince, garlic, cumin and harissa, then baked in a hot tomato sauce to make an exciting weeknight dinner for two.

An oven dish of harissa lamb-stuffed courgettes in a red sauce

Stuffed marrow

Check out this courgette dish for a filling meal which uses up plenty of summer produce, alongisde a filling tomato and beef mince mixture.

A marrow cut in half lengthways and stuffed with mince and topped with cheese on a blue plate

Courgette frittata

Courgettes, spring onions and goat’s cheese meet in this vibrant veggie frittata, perfect for an al fresco lunch.

Courgette frittata with a slice cut out presented on a table with a green leafy salad

BBQ courgettes

Courgettes are made smoky in this winning BBQ side dish, paired alongside creamy labneh for contrast.

A platter of charred courgettes on a linen napkin

Courgette fritters

Top our lightly spiced courgette fritters with poached eggs for a quick weekend brunch with fewer than 250 calories.

Easy Courgette Fritters Recipe

Courgette curry

This simple yet pleasing flavour combination of courgettes and frozen peas makes for a light and summery curry which is ready in less than an hour.

Two Bowls of Courgette Curry on a Bed of Rice

Stuffed courgettes with spiced lamb

Make the most of this versatile vegetable by topping with spiced lamb mince, pine nuts and feta to create this crowd-pleasing Mediterranean dish.

Courgette lasagne

This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Courgette lasagne in a white rectangular baking dish with a spoon next to it

Chocolate courgette cake

Courgette is the secret weapon in this decadent chocolate cake, topped with a silky chocolate icing for extra wow factor.

chocolate cake topped with chocolate frosting on a ceramic cake stand with a slice cut out of the middle

Courgette and lime cake

Sneak some of your five a day into your bake with this recipe for courgette, avocado and lime drizzle cake. You can find more of our easy loaf cake recipes.

Avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake

Courgette risotto

A fresh and creamy risotto that puts baby courgettes in the limelight. It's also flavoured with mint, lemon and plenty of salty parmesan. Check out more of our best risotto recipes.

Courgette risotto with mint, lemon and parmesan

Courgette muffins

A super-simple savoury muffin recipe, made with grated courgette and cheddar. These easy vegetable muffins make a delicious afternoon snack and are a great way to use up a glut of veg.

A batch of courgette muffins in a tin

Stuffed courgettes with mushroom and quinoa

Here, courgettes are filled with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and goat's cheese, then baked. A healthy vegetarian main course.

Stuffed Courgette Recipe with Mushrooms

Courgette pilaf

A jumble of courgette, caramelised onions, tomatoes, basmati rice and gentle spices makes for a perfect pilaf.

chicken pilaf

Fried courgette flowers with honey and vinegar

Packed with sweet and tangy flavour, these courgette flowers with honey and vinegar are an easy yet impressive starter for any summer dinner party. We've got plenty more starter recipes here.

Fried Courgette Flowers Recipe With Honey and Vinegar

Courgette tart with dill dressing

Try this beautiful vegetarian tart. It's low-calorie, low fat and 5:2 diet friendly, for a healthy entertaining meal.

Courgette Tart Recipe

Healthy courgette lasagne

Check out our low-carb take on lasagne, complete with how-to video. This version uses courgette in place of pasta, so you still get lots of creamy layers but a bit of a healthier result.

courgette lasagne

Quick pickled courgette, ham hock, pea and goat’s cheese salad

We've pickled courgettes in this quick and easy salad recipe with goat's cheese, ham hock and peas, for extra flavour. Check out our best pea recipes here.

Quick pickled courgette, ham hock, pea and goat’s cheese salad

Courgette pasta with bacon

Salty smoked bacon adds extra flavour to this simple courgette pasta, livened up with fried chilli flakes. A speedy midweek meal.

Courgette Bacon Pasta Recipe

Griddled courgette salad with mozzarella, peas and mint

Make the most of homegrown courgettes in this vibrant salad for a quick vegetarian meal.

Pea and Mint Salad Recipe with Courgettes

Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Courgette stars in this vegan salad served with crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.

Roasted Courgette Salad with Chickpeas on a White Plate

Courgette and coconut layer cake

If you love veggie cakes then you'll love our easy courgette and coconut cake. This super moist and moriesh layer cake is packed with fluffy cream cheese icing and topped with crunchy coconut chips, a modern take on the British classic carrot cake. We have plenty more layer cake recipes here.

Courgette Cake Recipe with Coconut

Courgette risotto with pea, artichoke and barley

Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice and, when joined by courgette, pea and artichoke, makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories.

Courgette and Pea Risotto Recipe with Artichoke

Courgette pancakes with dipping sauce

An easy idea for a dinner-party starter: give courgette fritters a Korean-style makeover and serve with a delicious dipping sauce.

Korean Courgette Pancakes with Dipping Sauce

Courgette galette

Put courgettes at the heart of this easy galette, perfect for a stunning summer dinner.

Galette Courgette Recipe

Lemon and mint marinated courgettes

These zesty grilled courgettes are a great summer side dish to have alongside your midweek meal or weekend BBQ. Find plenty more easy recipes here.

lemon and mint marinated courgettes

Courgette scarpaccia

Courgette takes centre stage in this Tuscan pancake-tart hybrid. Scarpaccia means old shoe, perhaps because the end result should be as thin as the sole of an old shoe.

Courgette Tart Scapriccia Recipe

Courgette lollipops

Add our easy courgette side to your next vegetarian BBQ, soaked in a citrusy sweet marinade with a hint of chilli. More veggie BBQ recipes here.

Courgette Vegetable Skewers Recipe

Romana courgette agrodolce

Romana courgettes served with a sweet and spicy agrodolce sauce is perfect for a vegetarian dinner party dish.

Fried Courgette with Agrodolce Sauce

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