Our simple roasted summer squash or zucchini recipe is a fabulous way to eat more veggies without all the hassle! And it’s loaded with flavor! It takes just a few minutes to enjoy a popular vegetable straight from the oven.

Roasted Summer Squash w Parmesan on a plate

Easy Roast Summer Squash or Roasted Zucchini Recipe

Our roasted zucchini recipe with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs brings out the best of a simple everyday vegetable. What makes this low carb vegetable recipe stand out is the wonderful rich flavors of parmesan cheese and the all the fresh herbs. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can definitely use dried. Make as little as you need for a small dinner for two, or make a whole tray for a big dinner party. It’s a no fuss, easy to prepare this roasted zucchini dish to satisfy without all the carbs.

Roasted Summer Squash with Parmesan on a baking sheet

Keto and Low Carb Roasted Zucchini Recipe

This is also a perfect keto friendly recipe with lots of flavor. We also love cooking this with regular green zucchini as well. The grated parmesan cheese is loaded with flavor but there’s so many other possibilities with different cheeses. Smoked cheddar and smoked gouda cheeses are also fantastic.

Difference between Zucchini vs Summer Squash?

This is often asked and basically zucchini and summer squash are vegetables in the same family. They’re usually differentiated by color. Zucchini is normally green, although there are some yellow zucchini varieties. Summer squash is usually yellow. Besides the main difference being the color, the shapes are different. Summer squash usually has a curved tip with a fat bottom where as most zucchini are more straight. As far as flavor difference we find that they are both very similar.

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Easy Roasted Zucchini Recipe with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs

Cooking time will vary depending on how thick you cut your zucchini. So keep checking the texture of your zucchini to see how quickly it cooks. 
Also, choose any cheese you want. A harder, drier cheese, like parmesean, will brown quickly and can burn, so consider slicing your zucchini thinner for quicker cooking if you choose parmesan.
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  • 2 medium (2 medium) summer squash or zucchini
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) parmesan cheese or any shredded cheese, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) fresh herbs , minced (or 1 Tablespoon dried herbs)
  • olive oil to lightly coat the squash slices
  • kosher salt or other flakey salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper
  • Trim ends of zucchini squash and slice lengthwise about 1/4" thick. Lightly brush or spray both sides of each slice with olive oil. For the herbs, lightly spray the leaves with oil so that they don't burn.
  • On prepared baking sheet pan, lay the slices in one layer. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of each slice, to taste.
  • Add cheese and herbs on top of each slice.
  • Bake zucchini squash about 20 minutes in the oven, or until cooked and the cheese is melted. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 322mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 17.2mg, Calcium: 182mg, Iron: 1.1mg

This roasted summer squash recipe was originally published in 2018 and re-published in 2020 with updated recipe notes. Here’s an easy baked spaghetti squash recipe,  and cheesy roasted asparagus recipe. And more summer squash recipes,to inspire you to eat healthier!