Does zucchini need skinning?

It is a question that I can’t find an answer. I bought one zucchini the other day and it is the first time I ever buy a zucchini because I do not know how to cook it.

So I went searching on the net for recipes but none tells me if I need to remove the dark, hardy green skin.


In the end, I skinned it. After that, I am not sure if it can be eaten raw. (roll eyes) So, I blanched it along with my other vegetables like the broccoli, white button mushroom and asparagus.


Then, I mixed the vegetables with some low fat cottage cheese, olive oil and black pepper and bake it till the vegetables appears cooked.


I call this my vegetables lasagna.

So, do I remove the skin of zucchini? And can it be eaten raw? Tell me, please? ‘Cos zucchini is quite a ‘meaty’ vegetable that goes well with baked food.

Post Author: Lilian

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17 thoughts on “Does zucchini need skinning?


    (March 30, 2006 - 3:57 pm)

    zucchini could be eaten raw, just like cucumber kak lilian…we used to grow zucchini in our backyard dulu2…sedapnya fresh zucchini…


    (March 30, 2006 - 3:59 pm)

    Googled this. Hope it helps 🙂

    Zucchini, Courgettes
    Diet Nutrition

    Zucchini are low in calories and can be eaten raw or slightly steamed, ideally with skins. They supply useful amounts of folic acid and potassium. They are good for stir-fries and for adding bulk to stews and casseroles.

    Calories in Zucchini, Courgettes:
    4 oz/100g = 18 calories


    (March 30, 2006 - 4:12 pm)

    You don’t need to skin it. I don’t like the raw smell and the taste is not great stir-fried etc., so I usually use it in my minestrones. Yum!


    (March 30, 2006 - 4:12 pm)

    You can leave the skin on. Tastes OK and looks better for presentation.


    (March 30, 2006 - 5:16 pm)

    No they don’t need any skinning as the skin contains many vitamins. This healthy vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked, fried, stewed, steamed, etc… In fact, it can be eaten in the way you want!
    But remember that if you don’t want it to be bitter tasting (toxins), don’t mix it with curcuma or then take away the skin!


    (March 30, 2006 - 6:17 pm)

    nope you don’t need to skin a zucchini (otherwise known as ‘courgette’). and don’t be fooled, the green ones are actually easier to cook and taste better than the yellow ones. the yellow ones tend to be a bit bitter. go green!


    (March 30, 2006 - 8:13 pm)

    You don’t have to remove the skin. We can find lots of zucchini here in US during summer and I will usually stir-fry it or make zucchini omelete. Can make zucchini bread too!!


    (March 30, 2006 - 8:48 pm)

    nope, no need skinning at all! I even left the skin on when I made my zucchini brownies. definitely just like cucumber, all edible to the last seed. 🙂


    (March 30, 2006 - 8:49 pm)

    yeap! just like cucumber – u have seen them in sushi. No need to skin them but i do prefer them cook..cant stand the raw taste. Try sauteeing them with some minced meat ( oops! u r vegan ) and some preserved olive leaves ( can find in Hokkien Sundry Shop cantonese called them Lam Choy ). Nice clean flavour.


    (March 30, 2006 - 11:39 pm)

    I love courgettes aka zucchinis if you follow the American way. I usually stir fry them with shitake mushrooms. My fav are the yellow ones but then I am always partial to bright yellow.


    (March 31, 2006 - 1:58 am)

    I don’t skin my zucchinis, it taste better without the skin peel, I fry it with garlic and dry shrimp.
    I am not sure about eating it raw, but Masaller(鬼佬)over here love to cut them about 3 inch long strips, deep fried them and dip in Ranch salad dressing.


    (March 31, 2006 - 7:49 am)

    i’ve just talked to terese & my boss & no zuchinis don’t need skinning nor eaten raw!


    (March 31, 2006 - 11:06 am)

    Hi! This is my 1st visit. My! Your pix are SO beautiful, and all the food so mouthwatering! Am salivating even though I just had my tea break of “Foochow fried noodles” and mu usual Kopi-O Peng (Iced black coffee). They say fat people will grow fat from just looking at food;stimulates some hormones in them. That’s why I shouldn’t drop by too often! Bad for my shape and size!


    (March 31, 2006 - 5:13 pm)

    STP – LOL, you should drool at my other blog. That one even more sinful! Glad you like the food. I passed the situapui’s high standard of food quality!

    wuching – Hey, thanks for asking. I used the balance to put into my kiam chye boay.

    blogie – Wow, deep fried like french fries? Can’t afford it la, cos it is quite expensive. A small one cost about RM2. But stir fry sounds good though.

    boo – You know what? I never notice there are yellow ones. Am going to Cold Storage and check it out. Over here, we have only one single ‘up market’ supermarket. The rests sell kangkong and timun only. LOL.

    foodcrazee – Never heard of Lam Choy, must go check it out. Wonder how it tastes.


    (March 31, 2006 - 5:25 pm)

    may – Hey, i didn’t know zucchini can make such yummy brownies! Drool like mad over yr blog.

    Wan – Tks for the tip on the bread part. Am baking baking bread mood lately so let me see what I can do with them.

    HL – Tks for all these tips. I didn’t know I am going to get so many great feedbacks.

    Rosa – I am learning each day. Tks!

    Tom – Yeah, otherwise, it looks kinda sad without the skin. LOL.

    AY- Yet another option. I am going to experiment all these soon.

    Celestine – Hey, thanks for googling up for me. All I found the other day was recipes.

    maR – I tau you memang expert on this. Terima kasih!


    (March 31, 2006 - 8:35 pm)

    lilian, will try to get a picture of the bottle


    (September 27, 2006 - 7:35 pm)

    “To make sure your eggs are fresh, put raw egg in a glass of water. If it lays on the bottom, it’s fresh. If it is on the bottom, but the small end is up, it’s still fine. If it is floating in the middle, but not on top, it should be safe, but not very fresh. If it floats, throw it away, it’s a rotten egg.”

    your way wastes an egg lilian.

    crack an egg onto a plate……. the higher the yoke and white stands up the fresher the egg……. fresh eggs fry best as they don’t run flat and spread around. :o)

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