These Boursin Cheese Zucchini Boats make a super easy side dish that the whole family will love. Zucchini stuffed with cheese and crispy panko are baked till tender, with a slight crunch. The perfect side dish and one of my favorite Boursin recipes!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's fast! Literally cut the zucchini in half, scoop a little bit out, and fill with cheese. Bake for about 15-20 minutes and they're done!
- Gluten free and migraine diet friendly.
- Cute zucchini boats are a great vehicle for creamy cheese that both kids and adults will love.
- Pairs great with most meals for an easy side dish.
You don't need many ingredients for this simple vegetarian side dish.
- Fresh Zucchini - Small or large zucchini will work. Summer squash would be ok too if that's what you have on hand.
- Boursin Cheese - I used one 5oz packaged of Garlic and Herb, but Shallot and Chive would be good too. I like to buy this in bulk from Costco or Sam's, but Trader Joe's also has a great deal on them too.
- Panko - I typically use Kikkoman or Trader Joe's. But I like Jef's Creations of Aleia's for gluten free.
- Olive Oil Spray - This is the best way to coat the panko lightly before baking.
How to Make Stuffed Zucchini
- Start by slicing the zucchini length-wise down the center.
- Grab a spoon and gently scoop a very shallow "moat" down the center. Don't dig too deep unless you want them super cheesy. Set the zucchini scoops aside to add to smoothies.
- Fill the inside with Boursin cheese, spreading evenly with a knife.
- Top with panko and spray with olive oil.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. 15 minutes for very small or thin zucchini, 20 for very large.
- If the panko isn't golden brown, set the broiler to high heat and place under it, at least 6 inches away. Broil for 30 seconds to 1 minute, watching constantly to prevent burning.
Tips and Substitutions
- Other cheeses that would work instead are herbed goat cheese, herbed cream cheese, or Boursin Shallot and Chive. Even ricotta stuffed zucchini would be delicious, however you may have to add garlic or seasonings to enhance the flavor the way Boursin does.
- Want to make this recipe dairy free? Boursin makes a dairy free cheese! FYI this is not migraine diet friendly if you're in the elimination stage.
- There are great gluten free pankos out there, but Jeff's Panko is the one with the best ingredients.
- If using smaller zucchini, aim to cook about 15 minutes. You don't want to overcook the zucchini as they begin to get mushy.
- For low carb or keto, use crushed pork rinds on top! Just skip the broiling part.
What to Serve With Stuffed Zucchini
This cheese stuffed zucchini pairs really well with grilled meats or anything simple. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make with this side dish.
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Boursin Zucchini Boats
- 2 large zucchini
- 1 Boursin Garlic and Herb (5oz package)
- ⅓ cup panko
- Olive oil (or olive oil spray)
- Fresh pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out a shallow boat in the center, about ¼". Don't scoop too deep or you'll need a lot more cheese to fill it.
- Using a knife spread ¼ of the Boursin cheese into each zucchini, leveling off the top. Sprinkle with panko and fresh pepper and place on a baking sheet. Lightly spray the tops with olive oil or drizzle with a light coating.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through and the panko is starting to turn golden brown. It usually takes me 20 minutes for very large zucchini.
- If panko is not golden brown, turn the broiler to high heat and place under it (about 6 inches away) for 30 seconds or until the panko becomes a nice golden brown. Don't look away...it can burn easily! Serve warm.
- For gluten free, use gluten free panko brands like Jeff's or Aleia's.
- For low carb/keto, use crushed pork rinds instead of panko.
- For smaller zucchini, an air fryer is an option. Cook for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.