Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats

With a handful of ingredients, you can turn your garden fresh zucchini into these quick and healthy Zucchini Pizza Boats. It’s all your favorite pizza flavors and toppings, with none of the carbs or calories! Keto and vegetarian friendly, too!

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Raise your hand if you love pizza. Now raise your hand if you don’t eat pizza nearly as much as you’d like because, well…carbs. Me too.

But, when I first tried these zucchini pizza boats, I realized that it’s not necessarily pizza itself that I crave, but rather the sauce, cheese, and toppings. If I can put all those flavors on something besides bread, I end up still loving it just as much!

These healthy zucchini boats are my new pizza substitute. This is especially perfect for the summer months when there seems to be an excess of zucchini everywhere you look. That sounds to me like an excuse to have keto pizza for dinner every night (or, at least once a week)!

A close up of a zucchini pizza boat recipe on a platter

The base recipe I share below is for vegetarian pizza zucchini boats. They’re healthy, low carb, and keto. You can even make them vegan with a cheese substitute, though I haven’t tried that myself. The fun part, of course, is piling your favorite pizza toppings on these, whether you keep it vegetarian or add in some meat.

What Makes This Recipes for Zucchini Boats so Great?

  • Make it your own – Use whatever topping you love on pizza to jazz up these Italian zucchini boats. Add mushroom, bell peppers, pepperoni, Italian sausage, or even bacon.
  • Low carb pizza alternative – This recipe will satisfy your pizza cravings without any of the guilt.
  • Quick recipe – In addition to being healthy, this stuffed zucchini boats recipe is also super easy to make. There’s only about 10 minutes of hands-on time. Perfect for busy weeknights or even lunch! 
Recipe ingredients for vegetarian pizza zucchini boats

Ingredients for Zucchini Pizza Boats

  • Zucchini  – Choose zucchini close in size for equal cooking times.
  • Tomato sauce – Store-bought or homemade, it’s up to you. This easy marinara sauce would be perfect!
  • Garlic – Omit this if you’re not a garlic fan but I love the added flavour.
  • Salt – Just a pinch.
  • Oregano – This recipes calls for dried oregano and adds the Italian flavour but if you are using fresh use a tsp instead. Usually, dried herbs are 1/3 of the amount of fresh in a recipe.
  • Mozzarella – What’s pizza without cheese?! Shredded mozzarella or buffalo if you feel fancy.

See the recipe card below for exact quantities.

Healthy Zucchini Boat Toppings

Use this recipe as your base and get creative! You can top these zucchini pizzas with any of your favorite toppings. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Mushrooms
  • Onions, peppers, spinach, olives, or other veggies
  • Ham and pineapple for a Hawaiian pizza 
  • Leftover bacon, sausage, or ground meat
  • Mini pepperoni (turkey pepperoni for a healthier option)
  • Whatever your favorite pizza topping is…. if it’s weird I want to know. Leave your topping ideas in the comments!

How to Make Zucchini Pizza Boats

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a baking sheet or line it with baking paper. Remove the zucchini tips and cut them in half, lengthwise.
  2. Use a small spoon to remove part of the interior of the zucchini to shape them like boats.
Zucchinis halved with insides scooped on a baking sheet.
  1. To make the sauce, place the tomato sauce, garlic cloves, salt, and oregano in a blender. Blend until smooth. If you are making my easy marinara sauce you can skip this step and just move on to filling the scooped-out zucchini with the sauce.
A blender filled with pasta sauce ingredients
  1. Spoon the sauce in the interior of each zucchini. You don’t need to over-fill them.
  2. Top the zucchini boats with shredded mozzarella.
  3. Bake them for 25 minutes or until zucchinis are fork tender and mozzarella is gratin.
Unbaked zucchini pizza boats on a baking sheet.

Tips

  • Use Fresh, Firm Zucchini: Choose zucchini that are firm and free of blemishes for best results. Avoid soft or overly large zucchini, as they may become mushy when baked.
  • Adjust the Baking Time: Monitor the zucchini boats closely during baking, as cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the zucchini. The goal is for the zucchini to be fork-tender but not falling apart.
  • Broil for Bubbly Cheese: If you want the cheese on top to be extra melty and browned, broil the zucchini boats for 2-3 minutes at the end of the baking time.
  • Serve Immediately: These zucchini pizza boats are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when the zucchini is still slightly firm and the cheese is hot and melted.

Storage

Store: You can store your keto zucchini boat in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just keep them in an airtight container or wrapped in foil. 

Reheat: Reheat in the oven, until the zucchini warmed through and the cheese it melted. I do not recommend reheating in the microwave, as the texture will be mushy.

Freeze: Unfortunately, if you try to freeze these, you’ll only end up with a mushy, soggy mess after thawing them. Cooked zucchini does not freeze well, and then when you add the pizza sauce and the moisture from thawing…well, it’s just not a great idea.

A platter or Italian pizza zucchini boats on a table

Pizza Zucchini Boats FAQs

Can I make these ahead of time?

While you can prep the zucchini boats in advance by scooping out the centers and making the sauce, it’s best to assemble and bake them right before serving for the best texture. The baked zucchini boats don’t hold up well if made too far in advance.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! Mozzarella is the classic choice, but you can experiment with other melty cheeses like cheddar, Parmesan, or a pizza blend. Just keep in mind that the amount of cheese you need may vary depending on the type.

Are these zucchini boats keto-friendly?

Yes, these zucchini pizza boats are perfect for a keto diet. With the low-carb zucchini base and no high-carb pizza crust, they fit nicely into a keto macronutrient profile.

Can I make these vegan?

To make these zucchini boats vegan, simply swap the mozzarella cheese for a dairy-free, melty vegan cheese alternative. You may also want to make your own vegan pizza sauce rather than using a store-bought version.

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Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
With a handful of ingredients, you can turn your garden fresh zucchini into these quick and healthy Zucchini Pizza Boats. It’s all your favorite pizza flavors and toppings, with none of the carbs or calories! Keto and vegetarian friendly too!
4.45 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 155 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Chopping Knife
  • Spoon
  • Blender
  • Baking Sheet
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  • Wash and trim the zucchini and cut them lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop the seeds and a create a hollow inside for the filling to sit.
  • Place the sauce, garlic, oregano and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Spoon the sauce into the hollowed-out part of the zucchini making sure not to overfill.
  • Top with mozzarella and any other topping you wish. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and zucchinis are fork tender but not mushy.

Nutrition

Serving: 2halvesCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 7.5gProtein: 10.8gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 5.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 572mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 3.5gVitamin A: 659IUVitamin C: 10.8mgCalcium: 231mgIron: 1.5mg

Notes

Zucchini boats are best eaten fresh and do not freeze well.  Warm-up in the oven until cheese is melted.  Do not warm up in the microwave as the zucchini texture will become mushy.
 
Approximate 21 Day Fix Container Counts:
1 green and 1 blue
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 Comments

  1. I may have missed it somewhere in the description, but how many zucchini are needed for the recipe? Would the recipe for 4 servings need 2 full zucchini or 4? Thank you!

    1. About 4 medium sized zucchini are recommended but if you have fewer or more just adjust the other ingredients accordingly. This recipe scales up and down just fine.

  2. 1 star
    this is the worst recipe ever! I followed the recipe and baked for 25 min, but the outside got burned and the zucchini was not cooked so I tried for an additional 15 min at 380, and now they turned out halfway cooked. what a waste!

    1. Hi Zakia, I am sorry this happened to you but this does not seem possible. It should not take that long to cook zucchini. Did you use Zucchinis similar in size to what was shown in the ingredient photo or did you bake an oversized zucchini which would absolutely need more time? I use zucchinis that are about 8 or 9″ long and about 2-3 inches in diameter.

  3. 5 stars
    I always have way too many courgettes (zucchini) so I’ll definitely be giving these pizza boats a go soon.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m about a week out from having zucchini in the garden, so excited! Saving this to make when they’re ready. thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    These look and sound absolutely delicious! Definitely add this recipe to my weekly dinner rotation soon. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    These really came out great. I am looking forward to trying more toppings the next time I make them.

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