Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter

Raven Higheagle


Whenever you come home a bundle of squash, this is the best, purest way you can distill it.

It turns out zucchini wants to be butter. Grated fine, it cooks down quickly, pooling into a soft, freckly green pile. Spread it on toast in place of actual butter. Cake a thick layer in a sandwich with salted tomatoes or soft cheese. Sauce a grilled pizza. Consider it a side dish. Or just eat a big heap of it, right out of the pan, like we did.


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Makes About 2 Cups
5 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
    zucchini or assorted summer squash (feel free to use less or add extra -- cooking times will vary)
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil or butter
  • 2
    minced shallots, garlic, or combination of both
  • ·
    salt and pepper

How to Make Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter


  1. Coarsely grate the zucchini.
  2. Let it drain in a colander for 3 to 4 minutes or until you are ready to begin cooking.
  3. To hasten cooking time, squeeze the water out of the zucchini by wringing it in a clean cloth towel.
  4. In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil/butter.
  5. Sauté the shallots or garlic briefly. (I use both)
  6. Add the zucchini and toss.
  7. Cook and stir over medium to medium-high heat until the zucchini reaches a spreadable consistency, about 15 minutes.
  8. If you scorch the bottom, turn the flame down! (And scrape those delicious bits into the butter for added flavor -- you can splash in a little water to help deglaze the pan.)
  9. The zucchini will hold its bright green color and slowly caramelize into a nice vegetable jam.
  10. Store in a tightly sealed mason jar in the refrigerator. Warm slightly in the microwave or allow to come to room temperature when ready to use.
  11. Enjoy on toast, or as a side dish all year long!

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