Yield: 4 servings

How to Shred Zucchini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Learn how to shred zucchini two ways with this easy guide. We'll teach you all the best tips and tricks for shredding zucchini step by step! Use shredded zucchini in all your favorite baked goods!


  • 1 medium zucchini


For using a box grater or cheese grater:

  1. Wash and dry the zucchini. Cut away both ends.
  2. Position the grater over a cutter board. With one hand holding the grater and one hand holding the zucchini at one end, apply even pressure and run the zucchini away from you, over the grater. Continue with this motion until only a very small piece of the zucchini remains.

For using a food processor:

  1. Wash and dry the zucchini. Cut away both ends and cut the zucchini in half lengthwise.  
  2. Insert the disc for grating into the food processor with the grating holes facing up toward the top of the food prep bowl. Attach the top of the food processor and insert the zucchini in the food chute. Turn on the food processor and use the food pusher to press the zucchini into the grating disc.

If using in a quiche, zucchini fritter or other dish requiring zucchini to be drained

  1. For every pound of grated zucchini, place grated zucchini in a colander and add 1 teaspoon of salt to draw out the excess liquid.  
  2. After about 15-20 minutes, using your hands, squeeze any remaining liquid from the zucchini and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.


  • How much shredded zucchini will I get from a zucchini? This depends on the size of the zucchini. A medium size zucchini about 6-7 inches long and about 2-3 inches in diameter will be about 1 cup of shredded zucchini.
  • Which hole size should be used to grate zucchini? For most recipes, the medium or large holes in a grater are the best choice.
  • Should zucchini be peeled before shredding? Peeling the zucchini is unnecessary. In baked goods, the zucchini skin becomes soft and adds color and nutrients.
  • Should I remove the seeds? If you feel like they are large and may affect your recipe, you can remove the seeds by cutting the zucchini in half, lengthwise, and then, using a spoon, scoop out the middle portion of the zucchini. In most small to medium sized zucchini, this step isn’t necessary.
  • How long will fresh shredded zucchini last in the refrigerator? Shredded zucchini can be stored, in an air-tight container, for about a week.
  • How do I freeze shredded zucchini? Add the shredded zucchini to a freezer-safe storage bag, compress the bag to squeeze out excess air, and label it with the amount of zucchini and date. Zucchini can be frozen for up to 3 months. Note: upon thawing frozen zucchini, the "yield" amount may be less than when fresh.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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