What can I use instead of zucchini?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question, “What can I use instead of zucchini?”, and discuss what zucchini is along with some of the health benefits of other substitutes of zucchini.

What can I use instead of zucchini?

Eggplants, yellow squash, pumpkin, cucumber, sweet potato, carrots, mushrooms, patty pan squash, chayote squash, apples, celery, parsley, and green peppers can be used instead of zucchini. 


Eggplants have the same texture but are more flavourful than zucchini, so they can be a good substitute. The texture is not lost when sliced or baked. The vegetable is a good source of vitamin A and C, along with various phytochemicals, which reduce the risk of diabetes, and provides similar health benefits of zucchini.


Pumpkins can be used in recipes where a creamy butter texture is required, such as stews and soup. Pumpkin is rich in various micronutrients, especially vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, making it an excellent food source to prevent diseases of the eyes and skin. 


Cucumbers are eaten raw in the form of salads. This may retain the nutritional value of the cucumber, for providing the health benefits it is supposed to provide. It is a good hydrating and a detoxification agent, and its aid in weight loss and digestion. Cucumber is also good for diabetic patients as it does not raise the blood glucose levels.

Yellow Squash

The taste and the texture of the yellow squash is the same as zucchini, and can be used in all the recipes where zucchini is used.

The only difference is the colour, where the yellow squash is yellow and zucchini is green in colour. Even though the nutrition profile is higher than zucchini, it contains rich amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium,, fibre, Vitamin B2, phosphorus and potassium.

Patty Pan squash

It comes in white, green and yellow in colour. The family of patty pan squash, yellow squash and zucchini is the same, so many of their properties are also similar. It is a rich source of manganese and vitamin C, which combats inflammation and become an ideal food source for various chronic diseases.


Carrots are a rich source of carotenoids. People tend to throw away the inner hard core of carrots, whereas actually, it is that same inner hard core which is a good source to combat diseases of the eyes, mainly the prevention of xerophthalmia, cataracts and night vision.


Apples become a good substitute when making desserts where zucchinis are used. Zucchinis used as desserts are often uncommon, but nevertheless, they are used to make cakes, cupcakes, muffins and breads which can be an ideal option for patients of celiac disease. 

Yellow apples instead of red or green ones are used as a substitute as they are less acidic and less sweeter than the others.

Chayote squash

It comes under the squash family and the same health benefits as other squashes including zucchini. A major con to squash is that the hard skin has to be peeled off, as it will not let the chayote to be properly cooked. 


Celery can also be used to replace zucchini in soups. It is also high in potassium, has low amounts of carbohydrates, and similar levels of protein and calories as zucchini as both come under the non starchy vegetable section in the American Diabetic Exchange list.


Parsley can be used as a substitute for zucchini too. It is a rich source of antioxidants, just like zucchini and helps in the prevention of weight gain, stroke, diabetes, cancer and heart diseases.

Sweet potatoes

The taste of the sweet potato is almost the same as zucchini. However the only disadvantage is that sweet potatoes are high in calories, so the serving size or the standard serving will also differ if you want to take it as an equivalent to zucchini which is lower in calories. 

This can be a difficult option for people with weight gain and obesity and also cannot be consumed in larger quantities by diabetic patients. However, it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

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Zucchini is a vegetable, which is often eaten in cooked form. It comes from a vining herbaceous plant and is harvested when the seeds and the epicarp of zucchini is soft and edible. Zucchini is considered as a fruit by some people, and is often consumed as a vegan food, or for weight loss, in keto diets, also recommended for diabetic patients.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “What can I use instead of zucchini?”, and discussed what zucchini is along with some of the health benefits of other substitutes of zucchini.