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Zucchini Noodles Recipes (Main Dish, Side Dish & Meal Prep Ideas)

Zucchini noodles are a great way to lighten up traditional pasta and noodle dishes and I love to come up with new zucchini noodles recipes. I’ve gathered some of my favorite recipes that you can serve as main dishes, side dishes, or prep ahead for weekly meal prep.

overhead view of several zucchini nests and one with egg yolk broken

Main Dishes

Obviously, zucchini doesn’t taste like pasta or noodles, but when you spiralize it to make “zoodles” it can take the place of them in many dishes. Zucchini has a very mild flavor and pairs with countless sauces, seasonings, and spices. I’ve come up with a lot of different main dishes that you can use zucchini noodles in and skip the carbs in pasta and noodles.

thai peanut zucchini noodles

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles | Zucchini noodles are tossed in a creamy, savory, and slightly spicy Thai peanut sauce for an easy and light meal. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

Zucchini Egg Nests | These are also a low-carb alternative to traditional egg nests which are usually made with potatoes. They are great for breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner.

One-Pot Pizza Zucchini Noodles | If you’re craving pizza but want to lighten up the carbs, this one-pot dinner is great. It has all of the flavors of pizza but lighter and healthier.

Garlic Butter Chicken with Zucchini Noodles | Tender pieces of chicken are coated in a savory soy garlic butter sauce and served with zucchini noodles for a flavorful, easy low carb meal.

One-Pot Fajita Pasta with Zucchini Noodles | A lighter and low carb version of fajita pasta using zucchini noodles. Everything cooks in one pan for easy clean-up.

Drunken Zucchini Noodles

Drunken Zucchini Noodles | This is a lighter, low carb version of the popular Thai dish using zoodles instead of rice noodles. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

One-Pot Lasagna Zucchini Noodles | This is a healthy lasagna recipe that skips the pasta and has zucchini instead.  It has lean ground turkey, sauce, and ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese just like a classic lasagna but you make it in one pot for easy clean-up.

Bruschetta Chicken Zucchini Noodles | This is a really light and flavorful chicken dish that is easy to make in less than 30 minutes.

Zucchini Noodles Carbonara | This is a low-carb and lightened up version of carbonara, one of my favorite pasta dishes.

overhead photo of a skillet of taco zucchini noodles

One-Pot Taco Zucchini Noodles | A healthier, low carb, and gluten-free version of taco spaghetti, using ground turkey and zucchini noodles. It’s an easy meal and everything cooks in one pan.

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles | This is a delicious way to enjoy your favorite Thai dish without all the guilt.

Stir-Fried Zucchini Noodles | Quick and easy low carb shrimp and zucchini stir fry. This recipe is inspired by traditional lo mein, but instead of regular noodles, I use healthy and light zucchini noodles instead.

One-Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce | This low-carb one-pot dinner is made with zucchini and tomatoes for a light and healthy twist on regular pasta. 

Meal Prep Recipes

I love to meal prep because it’s so nice to make meals over the weekend so they’re quick to warm up for easy dinners and lunches during the week. Many of my favorite meal prep recipes have zucchini noodles because they keep well and go with so many different sauces and proteins. Most of them are easy to make, too.

garlic butter steak with zucchini noodles

Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Zucchini Noodles | Tender steak with zucchini noodles is a 30-minute recipe that is great for making ahead.

Zucchini Noodles with Meatballs | Zucchini Noodles with low carb keto meatballs and marinara sauce make a delicious and easy meal prep and a tasty alternative to spaghetti and meatballs.

Sesame Zucchini Noodles | Zucchini noodles are tossed in an Asian sesame sauce for easy meal prep that can be eaten hot or cold.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles | Homemade pesto tossed with tender zucchini is a healthy lunch that can be made ahead to enjoy through the work.

overhead view of four bang bang zucchini meal prep meals

Skinny Bang Bang Zucchini Noodles | I took one of my favorite skinny sauces and combined it with zucchini and shrimp to make this light and delicious meal prep recipe.

Asian Glazed Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles | Easy meatballs coated in an Asian sticky glaze and served with zucchini noodles.

Skinny Zucchini Alfredo | Lightened-up Alfredo sauce combined with healthy zucchini noodles is perfect for meal prep.

Zucchini Chow Mein | Zucchini noodles are great for chow mein – you get all of the flavors without all of the calories. It’s a low-carb way to enjoy a favorite take-out-style dish.

Side Dish Ideas

If you’re looking for some lighter side dishes to try, I think you’ll find some delicious zucchini noodles recipes on this list. Most of these recipes pair well with a variety of proteins and are easy enough to make during the week.

spicy zucchini noodles

Spicy Szechuan Zucchini Noodles | This easy dish comes together in less than 30 minutes. Spicy Szechuan (Sichuan) Noodles is one of my favorite noodle dishes and this recipe gives it a lighter twist by using low carb zucchini noodles.

Keto Bang Bang Zucchini Noodles | Zucchini noodles are tossed in a low carb version of bang bang sauce. It’s a spicy, savory, sweet, and flavorful dish that is easy to make. It can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Sauce | A creamy pumpkin curry sauce is tossed with zucchini noodles for a tasty meatless side dish.

Skinny Bang Bang Zucchini | This is a great side dish for chicken or shrimp. The sauce is creamy, sweet, and spicy.

stir fry zucchini noodles

Stir Fry Zucchini Chow Mein | A low carb version of Chinese chow mein or lo mein (Chinese stir fry noodles) using zucchini noodles. This dish is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve it as a side dish or add a protein like chicken or shrimp to make it a main dish.

Garlic Zucchini Noodles | A lighter version of Asian-style garlic butter noodles. Spiralized zucchini noodles are cooked in a flavorful garlic butter sauce.

Sesame Zucchini Noodles | These sesame zucchini noodles are a lower-carb version of traditional Chinese sesame noodles. Plus, you can enjoy them hot or cold.

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles | Zucchini noodles are tossed in a simple garlic and lemon herb sauce for a very light and easy dish.

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