Crab and Zucchini Boats

Pescatarian Zucchini Boats
Zucchini Boats

Whether you are a seasoned vet or a kitchen newbie, these zucchini boats will rock your world! Super easy to make and if you are lucky, you have someone in your life with a garden that is willing to hand over a basket of squash for free. If not, no worries, zucchini is pretty inexpensive.

What I like about this recipe is that it is flexible and you can add seafood or another protein as desired. Or you can keep it vegetarian (as pictured). When I want to add some pescatarian flair, I add tinned crab to the filling because it is a tasty, low-cost way of making this recipe stand out.


4 to 5 whole zucchini squash

1 large, whole, fresh diced tomato

¼ cup of mixed Italian cheese (Parmesan, mozzarella and Pecorino Romano)

½ cup panko break crumbs

1 fresh garlic clove

2 – 3 leaves of fresh basil

2 tablespoons of butter (grass fed is best)

Himalayan salt

Red pepper flake (to taste)

1 six-ounce tin of crab (optional)

Note: Save some of the key ingredients for garnish.


Prep the zucchini

Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the flesh of the squash and set it aside in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle Himalayan salt over the zucchini shells, which will allow the vegetable to sweat and release moisture. Once moisture forms on the squash (10-15 minutes) shake off the liquid and add the following stuffing.

Preheat the over to 350 degrees.


In the medium sized bowl, chop the zucchini flesh into bite-sized pieces, add the panko break crumbs, cheese, butter, garlic, tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt, (optional) red pepper flake and (optional) crab. Mix together and stuff into zucchini shells. Top the squash with the remaining cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Crab & Zucchini Boats
Crab & Zucchini Boats


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I’m Stephanie Harris-Uyidi, affectionately known as The Posh Pescatarian. I’m a sustainable seafood enthusiast and love sharing recipes, education, and tips for making incredible pescatarian meals. I am an industry expert and an authoritative voice on the pescatarian lifestyle. When I’m not working on new recipes in my lab (AKA: my kitchen!) I enjoy traveling and learning about people, places and culture through food, ingredients, and cooking techniques. I share some of my experiences on my TV show Appetite for Adventure!



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