Loaded Zucchini Skins take everything you love about the classic potato skin appetizer up a notch. Topped with the standard add-ons – crisp bacon, melted cheese, sour cream, and green onions – you won’t miss the potato!
I’m not trying to replace potatoes, I just love zucchini, but if you are watching carbs, zucchini is a great swap. The mild flavor, soft texture, and “skin” make them very potato-like in this case.
Though traditionally thought of as an appetizer, I think these loaded zucchini skins are perfect as a side dish or even a main course. They only take about a half hour to make so you can whip them up whenever a craving hits.
Tools you’ll need
- Baking Sheet – I like to use a baking sheet with a lip so things don’t slide off.
- Wire Cooling Rack – Not just for cookies, I like to bake my bacon on a cooling rack so the grease drips off.
- Colander – I find a colander with a handle super handy.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Zucchini – Size is subjective with zucchini, but you’ll want decently sized zucchini, unless you’re making a small batch.
- Bacon – I opt for nitrate free, uncured bacon. Sometimes I go with turkey bacon. Use your favorite.
- Olive Oil – Choose a light, high quality olive oil for the best taste.
- Salt & Pepper – You’ll use salt to both “sweat” the zucchini to remove excess moisture and to season.
- Chili Powder – Chili powder is generally pretty mild in heat but gives great flavor.
- Cumin – Ground cumin is rich and hearty and adds great depth.
- Shredded Cheddar – I use cheddar but pepper jack would be a great alternative.
- Sour Cream – For topping/dipping. Or you can use Greek yogurt for a very similar taste and texture but more protein.
- Green Onions – For garnish. They’re fresh and mellow in flavor.
Can you eat zucchini skin?
You can absolutely eat zucchini skin. It is soft, thin, and totally edible. The skin holds all the nutrients so don’t peel it away! (that goes for all baked goods that call for zucchini, too)
Are these keto friendly?
Yep, these zucchini skins are low carb and keto friendly. I promise you won’t miss the potato.
How many servings does this make?
Zucchinis greatly vary in size. How many servings you’ll get will depend on the size you start with and how generous you cut the slices. For this batch, I used four large zucchini and it made 16 servings.
How to cook bacon in the oven
You’ll want crispy bacon to sprinkle on the skins and my preferred cooking method is baking it in the oven. No grease splatters, it’s hands-off, it cooks evenly, and its easy.
To do it, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay a wire cooling rack on top of the foil, spray with non-stick spray, and lay out the bacon in a single layer. (If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can lay the bacon strips directly onto the foil.)
Without preheating the oven, turn it to 400 degrees, and place the pan in. Cook for 12-15 minutes until it reaches your perfect level of crisp. Remove from the rack and lay on paper towel to soak up any excess grease.
Click for the full “how to cook bacon in the oven” tutorial.
Need more zucchini recipes in your life? Try these:
- Roasted Zucchini
- Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta
- Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins
- Spinach & Zucchini Frittata