Best easy zucchini bread recipe! This simple one-bowl quick bread recipe can be made by hand and makes two loaves of moist, perfectly spiced zucchini bread. Includes tips on how to make zucchini bread.
I love zucchini in just about anything. It's just such a versatile vegetable!
One of my favorite easy dinner recipes is this zucchini frittata, and I could eat zucchini bread every day.
This easy one-bowl zucchini bread recipe makes two loaves of moist zucchini bread, and I love that it's soft and moist without being greasy. It's so good (I think it's the best zucchini bread recipe) that it's made many zucchini bread converts!
- Fresh zucchini - It's best to use regular-sized fresh zucchini. Overgrown zucchini can be woody or dry, and, if so, they won't have the moisture necessary to make this bread.
- Kosher salt - Or a pinch of table salt.
- Butter - I use salted butter. If using unsalted butter, increase the amount of salt to ¾ teaspoon kosher salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt.
- Cinnamon - Feel free to adjust the amount of cinnamon to taste. You can also add a bit of spice like nutmeg if you would like.
- Pecans - You can omit the pecans or use another type of nut like chopped walnuts.
How to make zucchini bread
Step 1: Grate the zucchini, and place it in a colander in the sink while you continue with the recipe. Don't wring or squeeze the zucchini.
Step 2: In a large bowl, whisk the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt together until well-combined.
Step 3: Add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk in just until combined.
Top tip >> The batter will be thick and heavy at this point. I recommend mixing this bread by hand to avoid overmixing it.
Step 4: Stir in the zucchini just until it's incorporated, and then mix in the nuts, if using.
Step 5: Divide the batter between the two prepared baking pans, and bake!
- Don't squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini! Squeezing the zucchini dry will give you a dry loaf of bread because this recipe relies of that moisture.
- Be sure to properly measure the flour. I like to weigh the ingredients to ensure that the measurements are accurate. If using measuring cups, sift or stir the flour. Then, lightly spoon into the measuring cup and level. This will help to avoid packing in the flour.
- This bread is a great way to use up zucchini. It takes about 3-4 medium-ish zucchini, and there's no need to peel the zucchini before use.
- This recipe uses melted butter, so the batter can easily be mixed by hand.
- Actually I'd suggest mixing it by hand to avoid overworking the batter.
- Depending on how your oven bakes, you may need to tent the zucchini bread with foil during the last 10 or so minutes to avoid over-browning.
Zucchini bread can be made many different types of variations!
- Whole wheat flour: Here you can find my recipe for whole wheat zucchini bread.
- Chocolate chips: You can find my recipe for chocolate chip zucchini bread here.
- Chocolate: My chocolate zucchini bread recipe is here.
- Dried fruit: You can add raisins or dried cranberries in place of part or all of the nuts.
The photo above shows the difference between a loaf of zucchini bread baked in a 9x5 pan versus in an 8x4 pan. The loaf on the left was baked in a 9x5 pan. The loaf on the right was baked in an 8x4 pan.
So, while the recipe will work in a 9x5 pan, the loaf of zucchini bread will be wider and shorter. Also, the bread was finished baking about 5 minutes sooner.
No, there's no need to peel the zucchini to use it.
Zucchini bread will keep for about 2-3 days when wrapped and stored at room temperature.
You can! After baking the zucchini bread, place it on a wire racks and let it cool to room temperature. Wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap (and then aluminum foil if you prefer) and then place it in a resealable freezer bag. You can also wrap and freeze individual slices if you don't want to have to thaw an entire loaf at a time.
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- 3 cups grated fresh zucchini about 4 zucchini
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup butter melted¹
- 3 cups all-purpose flour² properly measured
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans. I like to use nonstick spray with flour. Set aside.
- Place the grated zucchini in colander in the sink while you continue.3
- Whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, and butter in a large bowl.
- Add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon, and whisk in until just combined.
- Stir in grated zucchini until just incorporated.
- Add nuts, if using, and stir in until just combined.
- Divide batter between prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.4
- Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
- Run a thin knife around the edges, and remove zucchini bread out onto wire cooling racks to finish cooling.
- The butter should be just melted but not hot. It takes about 35 or so seconds for me to melt it in the microwave.
- To properly measure the flour, sift or stir the flour. Then, lightly spoon into the measuring cup and level. Avoid packing in the flour as it will give you a dry, heavy loaf.
- No need to squeeze or wring any moisture from the zucchini. Simply place it in the colander, and let it sit. This will help to make the bread moist.
- I loosely tent the bread with foil during the last 10 or so minutes to prevent the top from over-browning.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
Published 4/16/18. Last updated 6/24/19.