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The Best Zucchini Baby Led Weaning Recipes

Looking to try zucchini for baby led weaning? Zucchini is a versatile vegetable and a great option to enhance your favorite baby led weaning foods.

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I have so many zucchini baby led weaning recipes you’re going to want to try.

Feeding your little one is fun as they learn to explore new flavors and textures, and introducing zucchini is a great way to start!

Not only is it nutritious, but it also molds well into nearly any recipe, as you’ll soon see. This post will break down some of our favorite zucchini recipes for baby led weaning!

Can Babies Eat Zucchini?

If you aren’t familiar with baby led weaning, it refers to a feeding approach that allows babies to self-feed with appropriate finger foods rather than relying solely on purees.

grated zucchini on cloth towel

Zucchini is a mild and nutritious vegetable that is often well-tolerated by babies and kids. It is a member of the summer squash family.

In fact, it doesn’t have a strong flavor at all, which is why it can be seamlessly added into recipes.

Nutrition of Zucchini

Is zucchini good for babies? Absolutely – zucchini has many nutritious properties that can benefit babies.

  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A is beneficial for a baby’s immune system and can also help support vision. It is best absorbed with sources of fats, like oils, butter, seafood or high fat dairy. This could be as easy as sauteeing zucchini in olive oil or shredded it into whole fat yogurt.
  • Potassium – Potassium is an electrolyte that helps with heart health, fluid balance and balancing sodium levels in the body.
  • Small amounts of other micronutrients – Zucchini also has magnesium, manganese, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, Folate, and Copper.
  • Fiber – Fiber is always helpful for babies, especially those that suffer from constipation. Adding some shredded zucchini into your favorite recipe can be a big help. Zucchini contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.
  • Antioxidants – Antioxidants are great for overall health and can reduce some of the oxidative stress in our bodies. Yellow zucchini may contain higher antioxidant amounts than green ones.

Zucchini for Baby Led Weaning

There’s no one way to offer baby led weaning zucchini, although I will say we served a lot of zucchini fritters for baby led weaning.

Fortunately, zucchini recipes for babies are abundant and common, and can seamlessly coexist with what you may already be eating or serving.

Zucchini can be bland on its own, so it’s a great way to introduce spices to babies as well, or pair with something starchier.

grated zucchini on green cutting board

We usually blend zucchini in with other foods early on, like acorn squash or parsnip puree, such as when we’re starting to introduce baby led weaning foods at 6 months.

Tips to Choose, Cut and Offer Zucchini to Babies

To get started with courgette for baby led weaning, here are some general tips.

  1. Choose the Right Zucchini: Select fresh zucchini that is firm and free from any signs of spoilage.
    • Wash and Peel (Optional): Depending on your preference, you can choose to peel the zucchini or leave the skin on. If you do leave the skin intact, just make sure to wash it well. Peeling may make it easier for babies to handle, especially if the skin is thick.
  2. Cut into Appropriate Shapes: Slice the zucchini into baby-friendly shapes. You can create long, thin sticks (fry shape) that babies can hold, or small rounds or cubes. Ensure that the pieces are large enough for your baby to hold onto but not so small that they pose a choking hazard.
  3. Offer as Finger Food: Place the cooked zucchini pieces on your baby’s high chair tray or on a baby-friendly plate. Let your baby explore the food on their own. They might gnaw on the zucchini, suck the juices, and eventually learn to bite and chew.
  4. Supervise: Always closely supervise your baby while they’re eating to prevent choking. Be sure to stay within arm’s reach and pay attention to their cues.
baby bowl with zucchini soup

How to Cook Zucchini for Baby

As you’ll see in these zucchini recipes for baby, there are several different ways to prepare zucchini for baby led weaning.

Here’s how I cook zucchini for baby led weaning:

  • Steaming – Steaming helps retain more nutrients
  • Roasting – Roasting can add a slightly different flavor and texture, and even some crispness if desired. This would be a good method if you were making zucchini fingers or fries for baby.
  • Shredding – Shredded zucchini is great for bulking up things like baby meatballs, zucchini fritters, frittatas, pizzas, baby pancakes, and more.
  • Pureeing – Making zucchini baby food is very easy and seamless with pureeing. If you have a blender, vitamixer, or baby blender, puree your zucchini with any other ingredients you have or would like. I often mix it into mashed avocado for baby.
shredding zucchini on grater

No matter how you cook your courgette for baby led weaning, make sure it’s soft enough for your baby to easily mash with their gums, but not so mushy that it falls apart too easily.

Avoid serving it raw, as that can be too hard and tough for babies.

Allow the cooked zucchini to cool down to a safe temperature before offering it to your baby.

Since zucchini can be watery, it may need some flavor boosters.

You can use some spices, though try to avoid giving too much salt to your baby.

I love cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, nutmeg, and light paprika.

Pairing with some fat is great for flavor, and absorbing more fat-soluble nutrients, like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Plus, babies need a lot of fat for their growing brains.

Offer or pair zucchini dishes with quality fats, like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter, or even nut butters.

More Table Tips

As with all baby feeding styles, remember that every baby is different, and will eat at his/her own pace and follow their individual preferences.

Use these tips when serving courgette for baby led weaning.

  • Watch your baby at all times– It’s important to watch for any signs of allergies or sensitivities when introducing new foods. Zucchini is not a common allergen, but be careful with what you pair it with.
  • Start small – When first introducing zucchini for baby led weaning, start with a small piece of zucchini and observe your baby’s reaction before offering more.
  • Serving zucchini at 6 months – When babies are just starting to eat, it’s best to serve finger foods. You can serve zucchini fries (roasted and flavored without salt), or add some to fritters that baby can pick up themselves.
  • Serving zucchini at 9 months – By 9 months and 10 months of baby led weaning, babies will start to have or have already developed the pincer grasp. You can start to cut zucchini into smaller cuts or pieces and have them work on picking it up.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to consult with your pediatrician before introducing new foods, especially if your baby has any special dietary needs or health concerns.


Is zucchini an allergenic food?

Zucchini is not one of the top 8 allergens, however there is always a chance that a baby could have a reaction to a food or not handle it well. There have been cases of zucchini allergies, and symptoms included oral allergies, nausea and diarrhea.

Can babies eat raw zucchini?

Babies should not be offered raw zucchini unless it is finely shredded or grated into very small pieces. Raw zucchini can be a choking hazard, especially if cut into circles.

How should I store zucchini for babies?

Zucchini fingers or cooked zucchini can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days. Additionally, if cooked, most foods or recipes with zucchini will also be good for 3-4 days in the fridge if properly cooled and stored in an airtight container. Some dishes may also be able to be frozen.

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