Courgette recipes make the most of this versatile vegetable, so we've gathered together our favourite ones to help you use up your glut of greens. We've included easy courgette soup and courgette fritters, that are perfect for light lunches as well as some other lovely ways with this gorgeous veg.
There are so many ways to try courgettes, whether they are stuffed, baked or roasted, grated into a cake mixture or spiralized to make courgetti. They are a real favourite as they cook so quickly and easily, whether you're frying them up with a little oil, chilli and garlic to make the base of a summery frittata or taking a potato peeler to them to make long, wide ribbons, that work so simply with olive oil, mint and crumbled feta.
Courgettes are in season between June and October, when they are often in abundance and inexpensive in the shops (or free, from your garden!). Look out for courgettes that are smooth and firm, with healthy looking ends, and enjoy them as part of a seasonal meal. They are perfect for summer eating, as they are light and complement a lot of Mediterranean flavours, from tomatoes to mozzarella and more.
This courgette recipes collection includes a delicious courgette soup with creamy blue cheese, a cheesy courgette and tomato gratin and prawns with courgetti - that's spiralized courgettes, though you can also use a julienne peeler or just a sharp knife. There's even a courgette and lime cake, with courgettes as a mystery ingredient - bake it then make everyone guess what's inside. We promise everyone will love it, plus it's better for you.
Courgettes are usually cooked, although you can eat them raw (we like them grated as a salad with a lemon dressing). They are related to cucumbers and watermelons and similarly, courgettes have a high water content and are low in calories. Courgette flowers are also edible and tastes great stuffed or deep-fried. This vegetable is so versatile, you'll be able to eat them again and again but in all kinds of recipes.
Delicious Courgette recipes
Courgette fritters are delicious served with a tomato and feta cheese salad for a light lunch or to accompany grilled lamb chops for a simple supper
Chilli-roast sweet potato, courgettes, roast garlic, hazelnuts and pears make a substantial salad that can be eaten warm or at room temperature. One for the middle of the table
Creamy blue cheese and courgettes go hand in hand in this simple courgette and Blacksticks Blue soup that's only 373 calories
Give classic pasta salad a healthy makeover with this green pasta salad recipe. It's perfectly creamy from the avocado and courgette adds texture
Courgettes in mint and balsamic have a herby glaze that adds real wow factor to simple roasted courgettes
This is a real showstopper, great for a large lunch gathering, but not over-fiddly and easily prepared ahead
This cake may sound strange but it's delicious! Taken from Three Sisters Bake
Grated courgettes add moistness to this light-as-a-feather cake recipe – just gorgeous with these boozy strawberries
Beautifully tender chicken is contrasted by the crispiness of the fabulous crumb, herb and Parmesan cheese coating