How to Freeze Zucchini Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
Keyword how to freeze zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Zucchini


  • Take a step back, and admire that garden zucchini if you grew it.  God damn, it's gorgeous! High 5!
  • Chop off the the top stem and bottom of the zucchini.
  • Now it’s time to shred this up. You can use a grater for exercise, or you can use a shredding blade with the food processor.
  • Decide how you want to separate it. I like to separate it into 1 and 2 cup bags. Most of my recipes call for 1 or 2 cups zucchini, so this makes it easier to use instead of freezing it all together.
  • Place the shredded zucchini into freezer bags.
  • You really want to try to get all the air out of the bags. For this, I like to use the straw trick where you suck the air out of the bag with the straw and then zip it. It works perfectly!
  • Write on the bags to label what it is, and how many cups are in each bag. Freeze it.
  • Time to defrost the zucchini? Take the zucchini out of the freezer.
  • Place the zucchini either in the refrigerator to defrost naturally overnight, or pop in the microwave to defrost in a couple minutes.
  • Once it’s defrosted, add the zucchini to a strainer and gently press down on it. Your zucchini probably has some added water in it, so we want to make sure we get rid of all that extra water, especially if we’re baking with it.
  • Now you have your fresh zucchini defrosted to throw in any recipe you want!