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 that's perfect for a light lunch, as well as something a little more unusual and extravagant, like a courgette and lime cake that's perfect for a special occasion. It might sound strange, putting a vegetable in a cake, but trust us, it's delicious and everyone will love it! We've got so many ways for you to try if you're looking to cook courgettes.
If you're wondering how to cook courgettes, then look no further for a really simple video guide on how to make courgette fritters. They make a really light and speedy meal that you can make year-round, plus you can stick them in a lunchbox if you're out and about.
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.
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
This is a real showstopper, great for a large lunch gathering, but not over-fiddly and easily prepared ahead
Give classic pasta salad a healthy makeover with this green pasta salad recipe. It's perfectly creamy from the avocado and courgette adds texture
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
Courgettes in mint and balsamic have a herby glaze that adds real wow factor to simple roasted courgettes
Freekeh with harissa-roasted vegetables is a deliciously nutty dish made with healthy grains and spiced courgettes and aubergines
This tagliatelle with pesto and courgettes is the classic 'Pesto Pasta'...with a twist.
Although courgettes have a delicate flavour they work well when partnered with gutsy flavours as in this soup
This simple courgette and broccoli salad is packed with crunch and flavour. Use large courgettes which are easier to ribbon peel
Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo shares her quirky recipe for spicing up courgettes, inspired by her Mauritian heritage. Taken from Sunshine on a Plate
Beautifully tender chicken is contrasted by the crispiness of the fabulous crumb, herb and Parmesan cheese coating