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Zucchini Quiche

This zucchini quiche recipe is super simple and full of flavor. Loaded with zucchini, shallots, parmesan and ricotta cheese, this quiche is Ideal for a weeknight easy meal.

Belula April 10, 2021
A slice of zucchini quiche with other sliced blurry in the back and a fork on the side.

We had quiche almost every weekend at my parents’ house. And I continue the tradition at my own home. I make quiche of about anything you can think of, and we love it. This is zucchini quiche recipe I make very often, and if you follow me on Instagram you would know lol It is about time, I share the whole recipe with real quantities with you. Hope you love it as much as we do!

What will you need to make this quiche?

  • A quiche crust: I like to use homemade quiche crust. You can find a recipe with step-by-step instructions and all the troubleshooting here Quiche Crust. You can also use a store bough quiche crust!
  • The usual suspects: heavy cream, eggs (will make your filling bind and set), salt, pepper.
  • Cheese: I use parmesan and ricotta in this recipe for the extra flavor. I think zucchini and parmesan were born to be friends! Use a good ricotta, as it will have a lot less water content.
  • The start ingredient: zucchini. I try to cook with organic produce as much as I can.
  • The supporting ingredient: shallots. Love shallots, but feel free to replace them with onions if you are not a fan or can't get them where you live.
  • A round quiche tin of 24cm in diameter and 6cm in height
Closeup of one slice of zucchini quiche with other sliced blurry in the back.
2 hands holding the zucchini quiche inside the tart tin with some sliced zucchinis in the front bottom corner, a black knife on the side and a linen on the back.

How to make zucchini quiche?

Making this quiche is super easy and ideal for quick meal, be it lunch or dinner. You must:

  • Line the quiche tin with the quiche crust and pre-bake it. You can use a homemade quiche crust, like the one I recommend above with all the tips and tricks to make a killer dough or you can go with a store bought one!
  • Then prepare the filling: sauté the shallots in a pan drizzled with olive oil over low heat until tender. Add in the sliced zucchini and cook covered for about 5 minutes at medium heat, then remove the cover and cook for extra 5/7 minutes until the zucchini are cooked. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Prepare the quiche batter by simply whisking the eggs, cream, ricotta and parmesan together. Remember to season your batter, especially important!
  • And finally assemble the quiche: Fill the pre-baked quiche crust with the zucchini and shallot mixture of the pre-baked quiche crust. And then pour over the quiche batter covering the filling.
  • You are ready to bake until the zucchini quiche is golden and set. About 45 minutes.
The tart tin lined with the quiche crust ready to bake.
Chopped shallots on a pan with a dollop of olive oil.
Cooked chopped shallots and sliced raw zucchini on a pan with a dollop of olive oil and small bowl holding salt on the side.
Zucchini quiche filling cooked on a pan with a and small bowl holding salt on the side.
The baked quiche crust as seen from the sided with the cooked zucchini and shallot filling in a bowl behind it.
The ingredients for the quiche batter as seen from above.
The blind baked quiche crust filled with the cooked zucchini and shallots with some plates and bowls on the side.
The blind baked quiche crust filled with the cooked zucchini and shallots covered with the quiche batter with some plates and bowls on the side.

Some notes on how to prep your ingredients.

  • Shallots: chop as small as you can.
  • Zucchini: it has a high-water content. So, to avoid soggy quiches, you must slice each zucchini in half (as shown in the photo below) and season with salt. Let it sit about 20 minutes, pat dry with paper towel, and thinly slice it. The salt helps release all the water.
  • Ricotta cheese: place a strainer of a bowl and then place the ricotta inside the strainer. Let it release all the excess water for about 30 minutes.
  • Parmesan cheese: finely grate it.

Nota: cada horno es diferente, con esto en mente quizás haya que ajustar el tiempo de cocción. Quedarse cerca e ir observando las magdalenas para controlar su cocción es lo ideal la primera vez que las hagan.

2 hands salting the halved zucchinis placed on a wooden board with some shallots on the side.
2 hands holding a chef's knife slicing the zucchinis placed on a wooden board with some shallots on the side.

A note on pre-baking your quiche crust

At cooking school they have always told us to pre-bake the crust but never to colour it! But I disagree because most of the time this means the bottom of the quiche won't be crisp and you'll end up with a soggy crust!

To be safe, and have a crunchy delicious crust, what I do is:

  • Line a 23 x 8 cm tall tart tin with a quiche crust.
  • Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights (or beans).
  • Bake for 10/15 minutes, until the crust has turned white.
  • Remove the pie weight and the paper and bake for an extra 10 minutes in the lower rack of the oven, until slightly colored.
  • Then add the filling and completely bake your quiche!

What to serve with zucchini quiche?

In France they usually serve quiche with a green salad seasoned with a light vinaigrette.

In Argentina there is almost always meat to go with it! Breaded beef scallops or "milanesas" is our meat of choice in most cases. You might also enjoy this combination!

Can zucchini quiche be frozen?

Yes, most definitely it can. You can do this by:

  • Underbaking the quiche a little bit. Remove from the oven before it gets that beautiful golden color. And it has not set 100 %.
  • Let it cool down at room temperature.
  • Remove from the tin and cover with plastic wrap, twice. Then transfer to freezer bag or container. You can also portion the quiche and wrap each piece separately.
  • Freeze and keep for up to a month.

To defrost: place in a baking tray for 1 hour at room temperature. Then bake until golden.

The whole zucchini quiche sliced with a knife on the side and plate with sliced zucchini in the top left corner.
4 slices of zucchini quiche as seen from above placed in the bottom part of the frame.

Variations to this recipe

You can make this a gluten free meal by transforming it into a crustless zucchini quiche. Simply use a deep round baking dish instead of a quiche tin. Then fill the dish with the zucchini filling, pour over the quiche batter and bake until golden and set. About 45 minutes.

You can also replace half the zucchini with sauteed leeks. This is a wonderful combination. I do it often and love it!

The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition: 263 cal
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

  • Quiche Crust 1
  • Zucchini 3
  • Shallots 3
  • Parmesan Cheese 60 g
  • Ricotta Cheese 110 g
  • Eggs 4
  • Heavy Cream 250 g
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Procedure

  • 1. Prepare the ingredients: Slice the zucchini open in two and season each side with salt. Let it sit for 20 minutes then pat dry with paper towel to remove excess water. Thinly slice the zucchini and set aside. Chop the shallots. Place the ricotta cheese over a fine mesh sieve (placed on top of a small bowl) and let it sit for about 30 minutes to remove all excess water. Grate the parmesan cheese.
  • 2. Bake the quiche crust: Pre-heat the oven to 180 C° and line a 23 x 8 cm tall tart tin with a quiche crust. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights (or beans). Bake for 10/15 minutes, until the crust has turned white. Remove the pie weight and the paper and bake for an extra 10 minutes in the lower rack of the oven, until slightly colored.
  • 3. Prepare the zucchini quiche filling: Sauté the shallots in a pan drizzled with olive oil over low heat until tender. Add in the sliced zucchini and cook covered for about 5 minutes at medium heat, then remove the cover and cook for extra 5/7 minutes until the zucchini are cooked. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • 4. Prepare the quiche batter: Whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, the parmesan cheese and the drained ricotta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 5. Assemble the zucchini quiche: Place the quiche tin on a baking tray. Fill the pre-baked quiche crust with the zucchini and shallot mixture of the pre-baked quiche crust. And then pour over the quiche batter covering the filling.
  • 6. Bake the quiche: Bake until set and golden. Approximately 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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