Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Boats


Zucchini is a staple in my diet – it’s so versatile, very keto-friendly and is loaded with nutrition. High in fiber, which those living a ketogenic lifestyle need, zucchini packs vitamin B6, riboflavin, folate and potassium (another keto need). Also, because zucchini is rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients that help us get rid of free radicals and inflammation, zucchini is a must-have on the Ketology plans because it slows down aging. When cooking zucchini – don’t peel them! The peels are critical in regulating insulin levels and thyroid and adrenal functions (also important for women over 40) because of their vitamin C and polyphenol content.

I love this super easy Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Boats as a side for almost everything – fish, chicken, steak or even as a snack. Now, it’s important that the pork rinds you choose are not laden with trans fats! Ground pork rinds are a great breadcrumb alternate that is zero carb, however we still need to remember that we want only GOOD fats. I love the 4505 brand and Epic for pork rinds that are healthy.

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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Servings: 4
Calories: 384kcal


  • 4 zucchini halved lengthwise
  • 2/3 cup crushed plain pork rinds
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Spray a baking tray or sheet with non stick cooking oil spray
  • Place the zucchini halves, cut side up, on the baking sheet.
  • Mix together the crushed pork rinds, parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/3 teaspoon pepper (or to taste).
  • Mix the ingredients together until the pork rinds absorb the butter.
  • Spoon the mixture over each zucchini half, to evenly cover. Spray the topping with a little cooking oil spray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes in the hot oven until the crust is golden and the zucchini halves are cooked through.
  • Broil for a further 5 minutes on medium heat to crisp the topping.


Calories: 384kcal
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