Zucchini Pizza Boats


A healthier form of pizza!? Sign me up! Really I was skeptical about these before trying them myself, but I’m hear to tell you my entire family loved these! That is including two picky eater kids, a husband that doesn’t like veggies, myself (and I am a pizza snob, it HAS to be good, and my mom who hates pizza (I know seriously who hates pizza??). So indeed they were a success and they are definitely going to be added to my rotation. I absolutely loved them! They have so many delicious flavors and a wonderful texture when baked just right., and it’s a meal I don’t have to feel guilty about, even better!

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I’m pretty sure you too are going to love these! What’s not to love? You get part of your daily veggie intake in pizza form and they are incredibly easy to make (especially when you use a store-bought marinara sauce) – we are talking like 15 minutes prep. Then, they only take about 15 to bake so you’ve got an amazing 30 minute meal right here. Busy days just got a whole lot better.



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Zucchini Pizza Boats

4.75 from 4 votes

Zucchini pizza boats so easy, delicious and the perfect party food

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pizza boats, zucchini pizza
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 6 small zucchini (2 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (1.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner, set aside.
  2. Cut each zucchini into halves through the length (if they don't lie flat trim a thin portion from bottoms so that they will lie mostly flat. I only had to do this with one of them). Pat insides dry with paper towels (cut portion). Align on prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic then brush lightly over tops of zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste then brush a slightly heaping 1 Tbsp marinara sauce over each zucchini, leaving a small rim near edges uncoated.
  4. Sprinkle tops evenly with mozzarella cheese then with parmesan cheese. Top with pepperoni slices (placing them more near centers as the cheese will melt and spread). Bake in preheated oven 12 - 18 minutes (bake time will vary depending on how thick your zucchini are and how crisp/tender you want them).
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh oregano. Serve warm.
  6. Recipe Source: The Comfort of Cooking
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Potassium 715mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 16.6%
Vitamin C 46.2%
Calcium 27.3%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Matt Robinson: Such a great idea, Jaclyn, love these! Healthy too! June 2, 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I would take a zucchini crust and lots of veggies over regular pizza crust ANY DAY! If I’m going to have white carbs, I’ll take them in the form of cookies, not pizza crust :) And so I am loving these! And the photos are extremely stunning and eye catching! June 2, 2014 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie! And yes we’ve got to save the carbs for the cookies :). June 2, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Delicious! Must try on our next pizza night Jaclyn. I have plenty of zucchini on hand right now too! June 2, 2014 at 11:22am Reply

  • Crystal | Apples & Sparkle: Yum! Perfect for summer, when you want pizza, but not all the heavy that goes along with it!! : ) June 2, 2014 at 11:21am Reply

  • Alana: Will try as soon as i buy zucchini!! I’m drooling lol thanks Jaclyn;) June 2, 2014 at 10:23am Reply

    • Barbara Plunkett Turner: Yeah, you’ll love it! It’s delicious! February 24, 2016 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Tanya: Grate Recipe I Love This Recipe. Thanks June 2, 2014 at 10:07am Reply

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com: These are so creative. What a great low-carb substitute for pizza. I think my son would love these! I love the tiny pepperoni slices. Where did you find them? June 2, 2014 at 10:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They usually just sell them by the other pepperoni slices in the refrigerated section usually by the turkey/bacon, they are these here:http://www.hormelfoods.com/Brands/BrandWall/Hormel-pepperoni.aspx. They are my fav and I’m not big on pepperoni. They also have mini turkey pepperoni too for a lighter version. June 2, 2014 at 11:51am Reply

      • Liz: How would you recommend doing this with a large zucchini? August 30, 2014 at 11:41am Reply

        • Jaclyn: I would just try to cut it into long rectangles if possible. August 30, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Debora: I love your idea, never thought of zucchini used as a base for a pizza. This is Genius and I’m so gonna try it. Thanks for the recipe. ^_^ June 2, 2014 at 10:02am Reply

    • Marjorie Stradinger: This truly IS genius. I have given up wheat, and pizza was the thing I was mourning missing the most. No more. Thanks so much. August 7, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Barbara Plunkett Turner: I made it and it IS delicious and filling! What I did was sliced a zucchini in 1/2, scored it with a fork so the sauce would adhere to it, spread regular tom. sauce along it, sprinkled some shredded mexican cheese on it, put 4 pepperoni on it and baked it at 400 for about 25 mins, then turned on the broiler for about 10 mins. Yummy! And filling! You could put a salad with it but I just had some chips with it. Really good! February 24, 2016 at 3:21pm Reply

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