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How to Broil Zucchini in the Oven

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Broil Zucchini in the Oven
A freshly baked zuchinni. Photo Credit: fired1991/iStock/Getty Images

If your kitchen is overflowing with garden-fresh zucchini squash, put some of it to good use in a succulent broiled zucchini dish. Ready to eat in 20 minutes, broiled zucchini is a flavorful side dish to accompany a hearty main dish. For the best flavor, choose young, tender zucchini measuring 6 to 8 inches, since larger squash becomes tough and less flavorful. Handle zucchini with care, since the thin skin bruises easily.

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Step 1

Rinse the zucchini under cool water, and then pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Cut each zucchini in half crosswise, using a chef's knife. Cut each half into five or six long wedges.

Step 3

Place the zucchini wedges in a large mixing bowl. Add coarsely chopped garlic cloves, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil and cayenne pepper. Using a spatula, stir to coat the zucchini evenly with oil and seasonings.

Step 4

Preheat your oven's broiler unit.

Step 5

Spread the zucchini mixture in a baking pan or oven-proof skillet. Place the zucchini 4 to 5 inches under the broiler.

Step 6

Broil the zucchini until the pieces are golden brown -- about 15 minutes. Stir the zucchini every four to five minutes to prevent scorching.

Step 7

Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the zucchini during the last minute of cooking time. Remove the zucchini from the oven and serve the dish hot.

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