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If you’re searching for an easy and flavorful dish to use up your zucchini, look no further than this garlic and herb-infused feta cheese zucchini casserole. Bursting with oregano, thyme, basil, and garlic, this simple vegetable side dish bakes in 30 minutes and doesn’t require any pre-cooking.

zucchini and feta side dish with breadcrumbs, basil, and fresh parmesan cheese on top

Between all the zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and zucchini cookies, it’s only a matter of time before our zucchini begins begging us for savory herbs and cheese. LOL.

I figured you would appreciate a vegetable-packed side dish in between all the sweet options. My entire family loved this feta zucchini bake, children included. Let me show you how it comes together.

Tell Me About This Feta & Herb Zucchini Casserole

  • Texture: Each bite of this casserole is packed with crisp bread crumbs and zucchini that’s baked just until tender, before it reaches a soggy, over-baked texture. A little heavy cream and an egg hold the zucchini together so the dish is like (but not as heavy as) a cheesy casserole.
  • Flavor: Herby, salty, and tangy with a little bit of kick from the optional red pepper flakes. If you love fresh and garlicky herb flavors, you’ll love this one! I use basil, thyme, and oregano, but feel free to swap in some parsley and/or rosemary.
  • Ease: All you’re doing is mixing most of the ingredients together and spreading them into a casserole dish. There’s no pre-cooking required, but the zucchini benefits from a quick 10 minute blot/drain to rid some moisture.

Lots of texture, lots of flavor, little prepwork!

spoonful of zucchini feta herb bake

Grab These Ingredients:

Each ingredient has a specific job, so I don’t recommend leaving any out. However, feel free to substitute with my suggestions. Here’s a brief rundown so you understand the importance of each:

  1. Feta Cheese: Tangy crumbled feta cheese is my recommended choice for this dish, but shredded white cheddar, smoked gouda, Gruyère, or pepper jack for a little kick would be great alternatives.
  2. Basil, Oregano, & Thyme: Flavor! I use a mix of fresh and dried herbs. See recipe Note below.
  3. Salt & Pepper: More flavor! Also, a little salt helps draw out some zucchini moisture in step 1.
  4. Garlic & Onion: Even more flavor!
  5. Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs help give the dish some substance. Mix some in with the zucchini and other ingredients and then top the dish with more breadcrumbs before baking.
  6. Egg & Heavy Cream: You need some thick liquid in the mixture to help hold the zucchini and cheese together. 1 egg and a little heavy cream turned this into a tasty, hearty casserole. I don’t recommend any substitutes for the egg, but half-and-half works inside of the heavy cream. Milk or anything lower fat wouldn’t be ideal.
  7. Zucchini: Zucchini varies greatly in size. You need 1.5 lbs, which is about 3-4 medium zucchini. After slicing and quartering, you’ll have about 6 cups or 600-700g. No need to peel the zucchini.
  8. (Optional) Shredded Parmesan & Red Pepper Flakes: To finish off the dish, add some parmesan (or more feta cheese) on top near the end of bake time. Before serving, feel free to add a sprinkle of herbs and/or red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
chopped zucchini in towel-lined colander

Success Tips: Avoid a Watery Casserole

Zucchini is a very wet ingredient which is why it’s so lovely in baked goods… moisture! In main dishes and sides like this feta zucchini bake, however, all of this moisture can give you a very soggy dish. To combat this:

  1. Cut the zucchini thick: Slice zucchini into 1/2 inch thick slices and quarter them.
  2. Blot/drain for 10 minutes: Lightly sprinkle the zucchini pieces with salt, place into a towel-lined colander, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Blot lightly, and then use in the recipe.

You also want to avoid over-baking, so follow the baking directions below. If baked too long, the zucchini becomes overly soft to the point of tasting mushy.

Mix most of the ingredients together in 1 bowl and then spread into a greased baking dish:

zucchini feta and herb mixture in glass bowl and spread into white ceramic baking dish

Want some color? Chop up a red bell pepper and add it right into the bowl with everything else.

Bake, covered, for 25 minutes and then top with parmesan or more feta cheese. Return to the oven uncovered for 5 more minutes. Garnish with red pepper flakes and/or more herbs for serving.

zucchini, herb, and feta bake in white baking dish
zucchini feta bake side dish serving on black plate

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spoonful of zucchini feta herb bake

Feta Zucchini Casserole

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Bursting with oregano, thyme, basil, and garlic, this simple vegetable side dish bakes in 30 minutes and doesn’t require any pre-cooking. To avoid a soggy dish, draining/blotting the zucchini in step 1 is crucial.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1.5 lbs zucchini (about 34 medium)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for step 1
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (or 2 teaspoons fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil (or 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried)
  • 3/4 cup (100g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup (35g) breadcrumbs, divided
  • optional: 2 Tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese
  • optional for serving: red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/2-inch thick slices and then quarter each slice. You should have a little over 6 cups or 600-700g of quartered/chopped zucchini. Sprinkle lightly with salt (reserve the 1/4 teaspoon of salt for step 3… this is just a light sprinkle). Line a colander with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Place zucchini in lined colander. Let sit for just 10 minutes. Blot dry as best you can.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Grease a 2.5-quart baking dish. (See Note below for recommendations on best pans to use.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the heavy cream and egg together. Stir in the the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, feta cheese, and 3 Tablespoons (21g) breadcrumbs. Stir in the zucchini. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Top evenly with remaining breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake, covered lightly with aluminum foil, for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for 5 more minutes or until zucchini is tender. For a crispier/browner top, switch the oven to broil and broil for the last 30 seconds. (If skipping the cheese topping, you still want to bake the dish for 5 minutes uncovered.)
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle lightly with red pepper flakes, if desired. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat as desired.

Notes

  1. Baking Pan to Use (affiliate link): Use a baking dish that holds 2.5 quarts, such as a 9-inch square baking dish, 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan, or an 11×7 inch pan. The pictured baking dish is the Marin 8×12 inch baking dish from Crate & Barrel.
  2. Heavy Cream: You can use half-and-half instead, but I strongly recommend heavy cream. Do not use milk.
  3. Herbs: Feel free to substitute other herbs such as rosemary or parsley.
  4. Cheese: Tangy crumbled feta cheese is my recommended choice for this dish, but shredded white cheddar, smoked gouda, Gruyère, or pepper jack for a little kick would be great alternatives.

Keywords: feta herb zucchini bake, zucchini side dish

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Do you think this recipe would work with frozen zucchini? I have all the herbs in my garden and anxious to give it a try as it looks so delicious!

    1. Hi Nichole! Though I haven’t tested it, frozen zucchini should work. However, I would completely thaw and pat as dry as you can before using.

  2. Do you think we can assemble it till Step 3 and then bake it later when we have company or should it be baked immediately?

    1. I recommend baking it immediately because the zucchini will start to release more moisture.

  3. What would you serve with this? I’m thinking this as a side, but I’m wondering what kind of main dish would work well with it.

    1. Hi Sara! See the section right above the recipe card for some of our favorite dishes to serve this with. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Thank you for posting this recipe. We roast vegetables almost daily, especially during the winter. This adds variety and suggestions for herbs other than our stand salt and pepper.

  5. This recipe sounds wonderful. However, I am trying to avoid eating too much bread at the moment, but love zucchini. Do you think I could make the same dish avoiding the bread? If I did so, would I need to reduce the amount of herbs and cheese?

    1. Hi Sybil, you can skip the breadcrumbs if you’d like but the outcome will be different. For something different that’s not bread, however, you could try using grated parmesan instead.

  6. Hi Sally! This looks/sounds Delish! I rarely have heavy cream in the house, but usually plain yogurt. Do you think that might work? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jennie! You could certainly try it, but I haven’t tested it myself. Let me know if you do!

  7. FYI I’ve substituted crushed almond crackers or crushed cauliflower crackers for breadcrumbs when breading chicken and it has always worked great. Doing this also essentially makes this recipe gluten free and possible a bit lower in carb content.

  8. I made this today minus the feta cheese and used is as side dish to a vego Bolognese instead of pasta. First time ever I managed to not have soggy Zucchini! Loved it and will make again also with the feta.

  9. This was so delicious! I didn’t have any heavy cream, so I substituted a little less than a 1/4 cup of greek yogurt and thinned it out with some plain almond milk and I thought it worked great. We had quite a bit of leftovers, but it reheated well in the microwave and I also added some to an egg skillet hash for breakfast one morning and it was a very yummy addition!

  10. I made it. It tasted great. The whole family liked it. Thank you, Sally, for this recipe!

  11. This was great! I made it as written but I think I will add a bit more feta to it next time! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Always looking for new ways to prepare zucchini. I really liked this one, and it was so quick to assemble! Because I cannot tolerate cow milk products, I used full-fat sheep milk yogurt instead of heavy cream, and pecorino romano cheese instead of parmesan. Turned out great! Will definitely make again. 🙂

  13. WOW!! With so much time spent on a main dish, it’s nice to have an equally appealing side that doesn’t take a ton of time or effort! I’m always on the prowl for new things to do with “old” vegetables, and this was positively delicious. I also can see how it can be changed or adapted to accompany whatever you have as the main course. Seasoning and cheese choice could completely remake this. PLUS – it could easily be turned into a main course! Win-Win. Thank you, Sally!

  14. I love this recipe! I made it last night and it was great.

  15. I made this dish yesterday and it was fabulous. It went perfectly with my main entree which was pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. I noticed someone mentioned wanting to avoid bread – I used boxed bread crumbs and was satisfied with the outcome but may try Plain or Italian Panko crumbs the next time. Will definitely be making this again!

  16. Dumb question but you mean bread crumbs in a can not bread crumbs made from toasted bread. Is that correct?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kathleen, yes that’s exactly what I mean– breadcrumbs you purchase in a canister/container from the store. You could make your own by processing stale chunks of bread though.

    2. Correct! You want bread crumbs from a can for this recipe.

  17. I loved this recipe! I assembled about two hours prior to baking and also added two handfuls of halved grape tomatoes! The herb combo really makes for an explosion of flavor!

  18. Simple and super tasty! I had it with baked salmon, and it was lovely.

    1. Hi SW, that should work just fine. Let us know how it goes!

  19. Delicious dish. I added some corn and used crumbled goat cheese instead of feta, since I had both available. Turned out great. Served it with BBQ glazed chicken, roasted potatoes, and homemade soft dinner rolls.

  20. I’m looking for a pasta dish heavy on vegetables to serve to a crowd. . Thinking this would be delicious mixed with penne.
    Thinking of doubling everything but the zucchini to have enough sauce to cover the penne, bake covered in a 9 x13 (without the bread crumbs) for 20 minutes, mix in cooked penne, top with bread crumbs and bake 10 minutes.
    Any thoughts? Suggestions? TIA

    1. Hi Louise, what an interesting idea! We haven’t tested adding pasta to this recipe but we would LOVE to hear how it goes for you if you give it a try.

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