Cheesy Hasselback Zucchini

The slice is right in these crisp, buttery roasted vegetables

We've been seeing hasselback potatoes everywhere—so we decided to turn the tables and use the technique on one of our favorite summer vegetables, zucchini.

Turning any vegetable into a "hasselback" can be a little technical and time-consuming (check out the video above), but a sharp knife and some precision can make the task less laborious. Practice does make perfect, so feel free to make the slices a little thicker than ¼ inch the first few times you make it. Once you become more comfortable with the task, you can make the slices thinner.

Here, we made a compound butter full of lemon zest and Parmesan cheese and slathered it into all those mini pockets. While the zucchini are roasting, basting is key: You're basically spooning liquid gold over the vegetables, which come out of the oven crisp, cheesy, buttery and delicious.

Check out our favorite zucchini and squash recipes.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Cheesy Hasselback Zucchini
5 from 45 ratings
Potato takes the backseat in this recipe for hasselback zucchini.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
35
minutes
Servings
4
servings
Total time: 55 minutes
Ingredients
  • For the Toasted Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup finely ground bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • For the Compound Butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For Hasselback Zucchini
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • Compound butter
  • Toasted bread crumbs
  • Finely grated Parmesan, for garnish
  • Roughly chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Roughly chopped oregano, for garnish
  • Roughly chopped thyme, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
Directions
  1. Make the toasted bread crumbs: In a 10-inch skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the bread crumbs and the herbs, and season with salt to taste. Toast the bread crumbs until golden brown, stirring constantly to make sure they don't burn, 8 to 9 minutes. Keep warm until needed.
  2. Make the compound butter: In a medium bowl, add all the compound butter ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Make the hasselback zucchini: Preheat the oven to 350º. Slice each zucchini in ¼-inch thick slices, without cutting all the way through to keep the zucchini in one piece. Place the hasselback zucchini on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet and add dabs of the compound butter between each of the slices. Place back in the oven and roast for 10 minutes more, basting with the melted butter in the pan halfway through.
  4. Transfer the zucchini to a serving platter to assemble. Top with the toasted bread crumbs and garnish with grated Parmesan, parsley, oregano and thyme. Squeeze a lemon wedge over each and serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 421
Total Fat 36.5 g
Saturated Fat 19.2 g
Trans Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 74.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Total Sugars 6.0 g
Sodium 623.2 mg
Protein 8.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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