I discovered that I dice zucchini differently than how the Internet usually recommends you do it. Shocker. Today I'm going to show you how to dice a zucchini - my way and the Internet way.
The goal is the same. Dice a zucchini so most pieces have a bit of tender green skin, each dice is evenly sized and there's no splatters of finger blood in the mix.
An easy enough kitchen task once you know how to do it, right up there with how to dice an onion.
If you live anywhere near me you've probably read the local police reports about gangs of zucchini bandits throwing these courgettes at passersby and onto neighbouring rooftops in an attempt to get rid of them.
Because it's zucchini season. Otherwise known as Zummer. I hilariously wrote a post on how to grow and stake zucchini that will get you even MORE zucchini over the zummer season.
To this day I'm not sure why I thought encouraging the world's home gardeners to produce even more of these things was a good idea. But it's done now and that zucchini post has been shared enough times that I think we can safely assume it will be raining zucchini onto rooftops until the end of time.
So let's get to the business at hand ... how to dice a zucchini. First let's take a look at my way.
Dicing a zucchini AKA courgette
- Lay your zucchini down and cut the ends off.
- Cut the zucchini into thirds.
- Flip each third so a cut end is down.
- Slice straight down into the dice size you want.
- Flip the zucchini and cut again along the length.
- You'll now have zucchini sticks. Cut across the sticks to create your dice.
I know. It's hard to understand from photos so here's a quick video of me dicing a zucchini.
That's how I do it and how I've always done it. Now what's the most recommended way to dice one?
- Lay the zucchini down and cut the ends off.
- Slice one long strip off of the zucchini lengthwise so you can lay it flat on the counter without rolling.
- Slice the zucchini lengthwise into 4 or 5 long strips. Stack them back together.
- Slice the stack lengthwise into 4 or 5 strips.
- Gather the strips together and cut across them into a dice.
Either way works. I find working with smaller chunks makes it easier to make even cuts but if you don't mind a bit of wiggle in your cuts the other way works perfectly well too.
Like I mentioned it IS zucchini season and as I write this post I've harvested 8 of them in the past 3 days. I've given one to my mother, one to the family in my rental house, one to a guy who lives in a van, and the rest I've eaten.
Except for the 4 that are in my fridge from before I harvested those 8.
Plans for those include my Chocolate Banana Smoothie, double chocolate zucchini bread and a really fast, surprisingly delicious, creamy pesto pasta (recipe coming in a couple of days).
It's "surprisingly delicious" because it only has 5 ingredients and can be on the table in 20 minutes. I find if cheese is one of the 5 ingredients in a 5 ingredient dinner, you can pretty much rely on it being good. If it's not? Just add more cheese.
My goal this year was to make sure I didn't waste one SINGLE zucchini. I always say I'm going to do that and then at some point during the zummer I open up my crisper to find 5 melted, oozing zucchini.
Which are decidedly not surprisingly delicious.
where I sometimes post things but if Instagram was in my crisper it would probably be melting and oozing.