Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe

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If you’re looking for yet another way to serve zucchini, try this flavorful entree from Michael Weaver of Norman, Oklahoma. “I received this recipe from a friend at work,” he writes. “His wife fixes it for him, and he says it’s his favorite. It’s great when you have extra squash and don’t know what to do with it.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, shredded

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 236 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise; cut a thin slice off the bottoms so they sit flat. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells. Place zucchini shells in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.
  3. Fill each zucchini shell with 2 tablespoons meat mixture. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; microwave 1-2 minutes longer or until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Stuffed Zucchini Boats in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p43

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 224584
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"This made an okay weeknight dinner served with green beans and a rice pilaf. I think zucchini lovers would really like it."

mlpluess User ID: 7924281 90999
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"AMAZING!!!!!! Never liked Zucchini before this recipe."

JenCooksCT User ID: 7900591 156888
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"I used 1 lb. of hamburger with the 2 TBSP. of Soy Sauce and everyone agreed it still was a bit over powering. I suggest you add and taste it little by little. I also steamed the zucchini aladente which worked out well when I put it in the oven to warm up. Otherwise good idea."

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