Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

a close-up of a stack of zucchini crusted grilled cheese sandwiches
These grilled cheese sandwiches have less carbs and are healthier than traditional grilled cheese sandwiches, by using a zucchini “bread” similar to zucchini pizza crust.

I am totally in love with zucchini crust. I think I may actually like it even more than cauliflower crust. It’s also easier and faster to make because you don’t need to dry out the zucchini quite as much as you do for cauliflower.
three zucchini crusted grilled cheese sandwiches stacked on top of each other
Last year, I shared my cauliflower grilled cheese sandwiches. While they were good, the cauliflower crust was a little delicate to work with. The zucchini crust has a little bit of flour added to it and it makes for a much sturdier bread that holds together very well.
a process photo ingredients combined in a bowl to make the zucchini bread
When I made the zucchini crust for pizza, I kept it ultra thin. For these sandwiches, I made the crust thicker so that they can substitute for sandwich bread.
a process photo showing the zucchini mixture formed into four squares on a baking sheet
Once the breads were done, it was time to assemble my sandwiches. It took a lot of willpower not to just gobble up the zucchini crust straight out of the oven. They smelled great and looked so crispy and warm. To keep things healthier, rather than slather the breads with butter and/or mayonnaise, I simply added the cheese and then broiled these to melt the cheese.

I usually stick to cheddar cheese for my grilled cheese sandwiches but lately I’ve been obsessed with fresh mozzarella, so I used that instead. Look at the stretch of the cheese!
a close-up of cheese being stretched between two sandwich slices
The end result is a crispy, fluffy low-carb crust bread and melted cheese. I really loved how these turned out! I’ll definitely be making them again soon.

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Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 sandwiches

These grilled cheese sandwiches have fewer carbs and are healthier than regular grilled cheese sandwiches by using a zucchini "bread" similar to zucchini pizza crust.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups packed freshly shredded raw zucchini  not yet drained (about 2 medium zucchini)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 tbsp superfine almond flour you can substitute with all purpose if not following a strict low carb diet
  • 1/2 cup  freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 thick slices of cheese of your choice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add shredded zucchini to a large bowl and let sit 10-15 minutes. Drain excess water from zucchini bowl. Using a tea towel or several sturdy paper towels, add in 1/2 cup of zucchini into a towel and wring dry. Repeat with remaining zucchini. When you are finished, you should have about 2 packed cups of zucchini remaining. It is okay that the zucchini is still slightly damp. If you've made cauliflower crust before, you do not need to wring zucchini as dry as the cauliflower.

  3. Add in eggs, flour, shredded Parmesan cheese, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  4. Divide zucchini batter evenly into four servings and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a spatula, thin and spread out the divided batters to form four bread squares 1/4 inch thick.

  5. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the surface starts to turn a light brown. Gently, using a spatula, flip the breads over and cook an additional 10 minutes or until the tops of the breads are a light brown.

  6. Remove from oven and flip breads again. The side on top should now be crispy. The underside will be slightly softer but this will be the inner bread sections where you will place the cheese.

  7. Place one thick cheese slice in between two zucchini breads. You can then cook these the traditional way, spreading some butter or mayonnaise on the outer bread surfaces and heating them on a skillet until cheese is melted, or you for a healthier version, place the sandwiches into your oven and broil for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted (this is the method I used).

Notes:

  • Nutrition estimate uses almond flour and does not include the cheese you choose to add to the middle of your sandwich.
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 6.5g 33%
Cholesterol 200mg 67%
Sodium 426mg 18%
Potassium 799mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6.5g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 26.3%
Vitamin C 53.8%
Calcium 80.8%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Less carbs and healthier than regular grilled cheese.

38 comments on “Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”

  1. I have Pamela’s gluten free flour. Do you think that would be a workable alternative to make these GF?

    • You know when I was making this, I was thinking to myself “I bet this would work with gluten free flour.” I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it should work. If you do try it, please let me know!

      • I was thinking the same thing, I’m going to have my son to pick up the cheese and zucchini today hopefully I’ll be serving these up for lunch com Thursday.. Oh did I mention that I’m gluten intolerant. .grateful for the recipe…

      • I hope you enjoy. Just to note, this recipe does use AP flour but you can substitute with GF flour or coconut flour or almond flour.

  2. These look so good. It’s definitely a new one for me. Thanks for sharing

  3. Um, yes please! Love the sound of this. Going to give it a try with my cheddar and some feta (my fav cheese combo)

  4. Could these be made in a waffle maker?

  5. I made these last night with my boyfriend. They were wonderful! We used fresh mozzarella and pepper jack (strange combo, but it tastes great). We LOVED these. Took a while to strain zucchini… I didn’t have cheese cloth so I used paper towels. But, it was well worth the time and effort. Thanks for the recipe! Will be making these again.

  6. Not sure where you get wheat flour being low carb.

    I’ll substute my low carb baking mix.

  7. Can I use a food chopper to cut up whole zucchini or does it need to be shredded?

    • I have not tried it with a food chopper. My only concern is that the zucchini might be really wet because of all the water that gets released and will require a lot more drying

  8. Hi. I wanted to know if you can substitute flour for breadcrumbs. Usually, I’ve noticed breadcrumbs in spinach burgers and some other things.

  9. I used this recipe to make cheese sticks and it was good. Much easier than coliflower crust.

  10. can he zucchinii slices be saved for later use as a quick fix if the kids come round.

  11. Have you tried a mix of cauliflower bread and zucchini bread? I think I will try it, and add some mozzarella to it, for a little more stability?

  12. Does the zucchini need to be peeled before shredding?

  13. is there a paleo way to make this by any chance? like using almond or coconut flour?

  14. peut être que si l’on ajoute du sel dans les courgettes , elles vont éliminer l’eau plus vite
    merci pour cette recette

  15. Do you know what the carb count is for this??

    • I do not currently have that information. There are several sites that do allow you to input a recipe and it will calculate the nutritional data.

  16. I have been making zucchini EVERYthing lately, also cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and all the wonderful veggies I find at the farmers market. I’ve also been slowly removing meat from my diet so let me tell you I’m just ecstatic about finding your recipes. They look and sound awesome and I will definitely be making at least one tonight. Thank you so much for your creativity and veggie deliciousness!!!

  17. Made these with finely ground almond flour and they came out great! I would put it in the actual recipe as an option so that keto and paleo people know it will work.


  18. Great recipe! I found that if you cute the zucchini in chunks and put in a bag in fridge overnight, it does a good job drying it out enough.

    Loved this and will definitely make it again!

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