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Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni (Video)

My sister Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni is delicious with or without the Pepperoni, and this is a low-carb zucchini recipe the whole family will enjoy! Use Zucchini Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni

Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni is a recipe that has evolved through the years into a hugely popular zucchini recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen, and zucchini season is starting, so I’m today I’m reminding you about this absolutely easy and tasty way to cook zucchini.

It was back in 2008 when my sister Val first shared her method of broiling seasoned zucchini with cheese and guaranteed me that all her very cute kids would gobble up zucchini when it was cooked this way. I made her easy cheesy zucchini many times through the years and agreed it was delicious, so if pepperoni is not your jam, just leave it off and make the original cheesy version.

But when I decided to update the recipe with better photos with my niece Kara, we hit on the idea of giving the kid-friendly broiled zucchini more of a pizza twist. That’s how the recipe morphed into Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni. And wow. What a great idea it was to add some Italian herb seasoning to the zucchini and throw on a few slices of pepperoni after the cheese had broiled a few minutes.

Kara and I both loved these slices of still slightly-crisp zucchini topped with melted cheese and pepperoni. She thought this would be great to make for kids as a quick snack or an easy dinner, and I’ve already made it again as an easy lunch for myself.

For gardeners who are starting to get too much zucchini and are looking for Zucchini Recipes I do have a good collection of them from my own years of trying to keep up with the garden zucchini! And even now that I have to buy my zucchini at the Farmer’s Market, it’s still one of my favorite summer ingredients, and I enjoy making my favorite zucchini recipes over and over every year!

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How to Make Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni:

(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photo; scroll down for complete recipe.)

  1. Technique is important in a simple recipe like this one. If you can, use a mandoline to slice the zucchini so you get slices that are an equal 3/8 inch thick.
  2. Be sure to pre-heat the broiler and spray the pan with oil or non-stick spray before you put the zucchini slices on.
  3. Season zucchini before you sprinkle on the cheese. I like a generous amount of cheese, but adjust to your preference for that.
  4. Broil the zucchini topped with cheese for about 3 minutes, then sprinkle on the half-slices of pepperoni if using and broil about 3-4 minutes more.
  5. That’s it! Serve Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni while it’s hot, and I bet the big and little eaters at your house will gobble this up in a hurry!

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More Tasty Ideas for Using Up the Zucchini:

The Top Ten Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni

Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni is a zucchini recipe that kids will love.


  • 3-4 zucchini, 8-10 inches long (same size zucchini works best)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or your favorite season salt)
  • 1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (or your favorite herb seasoning)
  • about 3/4 lb. grated mozzarella
  • about 20 slices pepperoni, cut in half


  1. Preheat broiler and put rack into middle position or about 4 inches away from broiler.
  2. Wash zucchini and cut off ends.
  3. Cut into slices about 3/8 inches wide, using a mandoline if you have one. It’s important that all zucchini slices are same width so they can cook evenly.
  4. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  5. Cover baking sheet completely with zucchini rounds, putting them as close together as possible.
  6. Sprinkle each zucchini piece with Spike Seasoning and Italian Herb Blend (or whatever seasoning salt or spices you’re using.)
  7. Completely cover top of zucchini with grated cheese.
  8. Broil until cheese is starting to melt, about 3 minutes.
  9. Cut pepperoni slices in half while the cheese is starting to melt, then sprinkle the cut pepperoni slices over the partially melted cheese.
  10.  Broil about 3-4 minutes more, or until the pepperoni is slightly crisped and the cheese is starting to brown.
  11.  Serve immediately.


This recipe is from my sister Valerie.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni  is suitable for low-carb and low-glycemic eating plans. With higher-fat cheese and regular pepperoni, this recipe would be good for low-carb and Keto eating plans. Use low-fat mozzarella and turkey pepperoni for the South Beach Diet.

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    35 Comments on “Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni (Video)”

  1. Well thank you for this recipe – it was just wonderful and I followed directions exactly. I used Crazy Jane’s Mixed up salt because that was in my cupboard.  Also when I served leftovers later I microwaved a small cup of pizza sauce for dipping.  Try it – it was great!

  2. Wow, the dish looks really amazing. Can’t wait to try this out.

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  4. Looks so good! Great recipe for the summer! Say "hi" to Val for me.

  5. Karen, so glad you liked it, and the funniest thing of all is that Val's kids are here staying at my house right now!

  6. I love this recipe! It is healthy, tasty, and ready in under ten minutes– great for a pregnant mom with two young kids. My picky 4 yr old turned her nose up but my 22 month old chowed down. It hits all the right pregnancy craving buttons so I'll probably be making it at least once a week.

  7. Thanks Alea. It's a never-ending job to update the old recipes where you don't like the photo, but you want to cook some of these old favorites again so it's not all bad!

  8. These look delicious!

    I also like your idea of updating old recipes with photos.

  9. Leslie, glad to hear it was a hit. I'll have to tell my sister!

  10. Just tried this tonight and it was super tasty! I used a combination of kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika and a bit of black pepper as the seasoning. Even my zucchini-hating husband admitted that it was good. Thanks!

  11. Hi Kalyn!
    I really like zucchini and my husband and kids think I'm nuts. This recipe, though, might just meet with their approval. And if not, it sounds great to me.

    Thanks so much for the creative idea.


  12. I really want to make this! Problem is, I went to the store today and a small little zucchini is $1.60 each!! I would need $5 worth to make a family appetizer. I should go to the farmer’s market and see if they are having a three for a dollar sale. I love that 🙂

  13. This looks absolutely wonderful – a combination of two of my favourite foods! I also love the way that you can make it as nursery food, or make it all grown-up with Parmesan. Definitely book marked!