Wondering what to do with those courgettes in your fridge? Courgettes, at their best during the summer months, can be fried, barbecued, roasted, spiralized or even grated into cake batter. We have plenty of ideas, from courgette fritters to courgette lasagne – and even courgette and lime cake.
When are courgettes in season?
British courgette season starts in June and ends in October. Courgettes are at their best between June and September.
How do you cook courgettes?
How to grill courgettes: The best way to grill courgettes is to cut them into slices, brush with oil and put under a hot grill for 3-4 minutes until charred and blistered, then flip and repeat.
How to fry courgettes: To fry courgettes, half, dice or cut into slices and fry in olive oil into charred or alternatively cook low and slow until meltingly tender.
How to roast courgettes: Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Dice or thickly slice the courgette, season and toss with olive oil then roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway, until caramelised and cooked through.
Courgettes are also great diced or sliced and stirred into currys, soups and stews, as they’re great at soaking up flavours.
Can courgettes be eaten raw?
You can eat courgettes raw, they’re great thinly sliced and added to salads.
- We use fresh courgettes
This vibrant, summery soup is a great way to make sue of a courgette glut. The summer veggies are joined by fresh mint and lemon zest for a zingy lunch that's perfect for a warm day. It's best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.
Top our lightly spiced courgette fritters with poached eggs for a quick weekend brunch with fewer than 250 calories.
Make the most of this versatile vegetable by topping with spiced lamb mince, pine nuts and feta to create this crowd-pleasing Mediterranean dish.
This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Sneak some of your five a day into your bake with this recipe for courgette, avocado and lime drizzle cake. You can find more of our easy loaf cake recipes here.
A fresh and creamy risotto that puts baby courgettes in the limelight. It's also flavoured with mint, lemon and plenty of salty parmesan. Check out more of our best risotto recipes.
A super-simple savoury muffin recipe, made with grated courgette and cheddar. These easy vegetable muffins make a delicious afternoon snack and are a great way to use up a glut of veg.
Here, courgettes are filled with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and goat's cheese, then baked. A healthy vegetarian main course.
A jumble of courgette, caramelised onions, tomatoes, basmati rice and gentle spices makes for a perfect pilaf.
Packed with sweet and tangy flavour, these courgette flowers with honey and vinegar are an easy yet impressive starter for any summer dinner party. We've got plenty more starter recipes here.
Try this beautiful vegetarian tart. It's low-calorie, low fat and 5:2 diet friendly, for a healthy entertaining meal.
Check out our low-carb take on lasagne, complete with how-to video. This version uses courgette in place of pasta, so you still get lots of creamy layers but a bit of a healthier result.
We've pickled courgettes in this quick and easy salad recipe with goat's cheese, ham hock and peas, for extra flavour. Check out our best pea recipes here.
Salty smoked bacon adds extra flavour to this simple courgette pasta, livened up with fried chilli flakes. A speedy midweek meal.
Make the most of homegrown courgettes in this vibrant salad for a quick vegetarian meal.
Courgette stars in this vegan salad served with crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.
If you love veggie cakes then you'll love our easy courgette and coconut cake. This super moist and moriesh layer cake is packed with fluffy cream cheese icing and topped with crunchy coconut chips, a modern take on the British classic carrot cake. We have plenty more layer cake recipes here.
Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice and, when joined by courgette, pea and artichoke, makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories.
An easy idea for a dinner-party starter: give courgette fritters a Korean-style makeover and serve with a delicious dipping sauce.
Put courgettes at the heart of this easy galette, perfect for a stunning summer dinner.
These zesty grilled courgettes are a great summer side dish to have alongside your midweek meal or weekend BBQ. Find plenty more easy recipes here.
Courgette takes centre stage in this Tuscan pancake-tart hybrid. Scarpaccia means old shoe, perhaps because the end result should be as thin as the sole of an old shoe.
Add our easy courgette side to your next vegetarian BBQ, soaked in a citrusy sweet marinade with a hint of chilli. More veggie BBQ recipes here.
Romana courgettes served with a sweet and spicy agrodolce sauce is perfect for a vegetarian dinner party dish.