How to Spiralize Zucchini

How to sprialize zucchini

Are you ready to learn how to spiralize zucchini?

I hope so because I am absolutely obsessed with zucchini pasta at the moment.

And since I’m going to be sharing a lot of zucchini pasta recipes over the summer, I have a hunch you’re going to be obsessed with it too. So today I thought we’d start with a simple tutorial to show you just how easy it is to spiralize zucchini and make delicious zucchini pasta!

But, before we dive into the tutorial, I wanted to thank all of you who commented and showed so much support when I shared that I recently have made some big changes to my diet. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing folks who make this blog community a real community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

In addition to beginning to include meat back into my diet, I have also been experimenting with being gluten-free and cutting out grains. Over the past six months as I have been making dietary changes, I began doing more research about gluten, wheat, and grains and decided to try removing gluten and grains from my diet. I was amazed at the difference this has made for me.

In the past I always noticed that I had headaches and stomaches after eating bread and pasta so I usually avoided these foods. When I prepared grains at home, I always prepared them in traditional methods like soaking brown rice, sprouting quinoa, or fermenting oatmeal. I noticed that this definitely helped lessen stomachaches, but I still had digestive issues. Now that it has become clear to me the way that these foods impact my body, I have decided to embrace being gluten and grain-free and have been very excited to find new recipes and ways of cooking that don’t rely on grains.

If you are gluten-free or grain-free, I know this zucchini pasta will also be your new best friend! So let’s get started…

How to Spiralize Zucchini

To make these cool zucchini pasta spirals, you need a tool called a spiralizer. My favorite tool and the one that I own is a plastic spiralizer by Paderno World Cuisine that I ordered from Amazon several years ago. I’ve found that it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and has lasted a really long time. This particular model has three blades so there are a couple of different cuts you can do, but I tend to stick with the “pasta” blade most of the time.

In addition to this spiralizer model, there are two other tools that can create spirals. The first is a julienne peeler. I think these work great and they are certainly affordable, but I tend to fall back on my trusty spiralizer because it actually removes the core of the zucchini, which means that your pasta isn’t as watery and doesn’t contain the seeds. For other veggies like carrots, I think the peeler is a fabulous tool, but I do recommend a spiralizer for zucchini if possible. This is purely a personal preference based on how you want your zucchini pasta to end up. 

The other tool I have seen is a spiral cutter, but I haven’t personally tried this one myself so I can’t tell you how well this works compared to the others.  If you have a specific recommendation, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what’s worked best for you!

Note: Please know that I am not working with any of these companies and was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products in this post.  All opinions here are my own.

How to sprialize zucchini

If you’re using a spiralizer with multiple blades, start by inserting the 1/8-inch spacing blade (this should be the blade with the smallest holes).

How to sprialize zucchini

Trim the ends off the zucchini. The next step is pretty simple and is completely optional. Most of the zucchinis I buy from the farmers market are pretty crooked and because of the way the spiralizer cuts the zucchini, this results in short pieces instead of long strands. So, if I have a crooked zucchini, I simply cut it in half to create two straighter pieces that will fit better with the blade. If your zucchini is pretty straight or if you don’t feel this is necessary, then you can skip this step.

How to sprialize zucchini

Center the zucchini on the sprializer.

How to sprialize zucchini

How to sprialize zucchini

Turn the handle and create your zucchini pasta! It’s like magic!

How to sprialize zucchini

And that’s it! You’ve just made zucchini pasta! All you need is your trusty spiralizer!

Zucchini pasta can be eaten raw or cooked.  In the past, I’ve always enjoyed this as a raw dish, but this summer I am excited to share more cooked zucchini pasta recipes with you. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my past favorite zucchini and summer squash pasta recipes:


And, if you’re looking for other zucchini pasta recipes, you should check out The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook for zucchini pasta recipes for paleo/primal diets and folks with food allergies/dietary restrictions. 

The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook

What are your favorite ways to enjoy zucchini pasta?



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    • Sonnet says

      It’s funny because all winter I let my spiralizer sit on my shelf and I felt so guilty for not using it, but now I use it practically daily so I think it balances out with the seasons. :)

      • says

        I purchased an apple peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef years ago. We use it for apples for pies, potatoes can be spiraled or cut. The cut spirals from the apple peels make great potpouri. Add a little cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Let the peelings dry. Place in a bowl or in a crockpot potpouri pot…..your house will smell amazing. :-)

  1. Jessica says

    This looks like a great idea. I made zucchini “noodles” by using a mandolin and while the food was awesome, I cut the tip of my finger off when using the mandolin. (Seriously-it is still healing). This item looks much safer. I may have to buy it.

    • Sonnet says

      Yikes, that sounds painful! I used to work at a raw cafe where we used mandolins all the time and I have cut myself on those plenty of times! I actually just bought one that has an attachment that goes over the blade you never have to have your fingers near it – much better! Hope the spiralizer works out for you, it’s such a fun tool! :)

  2. Maria C says

    I julienned yellow squash using a mandoline (and yes, cut a finger in the process), but I found the julienned squash was a delicious replacement for pasta in a thai-inspired salad with jicama, sweet baby bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, mango, and almond crusted chicken, tossed in a peanut sauce dressing. It was definitely a winner of a summer salad!

      • Annie says

        Ladies – Oh my goodness! I have worked out for 30 yrs., ended up hurting a disc thus disc surgury thus weight gain Oh my!!!! then i saw this zucchini pasta & the thai-inspired salad now I am excited that i have a way to recuperate get strong but not gain weight – it just does not come off as easy as it goes on!!! I love veggies and salads so thank you thank you I will take safety precautions though :)

  3. says

    I made the lentil sauce zucchini spaghetti dish yesterday, ate it for lunch and again for dinner! Loved it! Used my new julienne peeler bought for this purpose. Was very careful, did not get cut. Used the whole Zuchinni and had no problem with excess water. Thanks for such a delicious addition to my vegan way of eating!

  4. says

    Hey my apple peeler can do the same thing! How cool! Thanks the tip. I used zucchini like lasagna noodles this summer also, so this is the next “pasta” try.

  5. Michelle says

    I bought the spiralizer, made the zucchini noodles with some turkey meatballs, loved it, and now I’m desperate for more spiralized recipes using zucchini and other veggies too.

  6. Jan says

    I bought the spiralizer the first of the summer. It bothered me at first that is so cheaply made and I would spend more money if there was a option to get one that is more sturdy. Saying that I do LOVE the end product. We use it a lot and I am glad I decided to buy it even with all the bad reviews. Thanks for your post.

    • Sonnet says

      Glad the post was helpful! It does feel a little “cheap” because it’s made out of plastic, but I’ve had mine for 3+ years and it still works great! :)

  7. j b says

    I have to comment on the spiral craze…I bought my Paderno unit and made a few zucchini dishes. All came out fine. Especially with the awesome sauces that I make.
    The problem is, it will never, never replace pasta in any sense. I wouldn’t even use the word spaghetti in any spiral recipe anytime! Or lasagna fake overs.
    It creates a great end product though and I enjoy using it, so no harm, but… pasta either!

  8. Kelly says

    I loved my spiralizer the first 6-8 times I used it, but after that it stopped keeping the noodles or ribbons together and only does the half circle pieces. Still fun, but sad after so few uses I no longer get the long strings.

    • Sonnet says

      The good news is that there’s a fix for this! :) The half circle pieces are usually the result of the zucchini not being centered. When the zucchini is off-center, it won’t create the long strands. If you have a curvy zucchini, try cutting it in half and making two straighter pieces. Hope this helps! :)

  9. Amy Degler says

    I love the idea of using zucchini instead of pasta for my gluten free dishes. My family loves lasagna and I need a good way to cut the zucchini thin enough to use in it. Any suggestions? My mandoline slicer won’t do because of the safety features, you have to use the guide which will not allow you to slice the side of the zucchini. Can’t wait to spiralize this weekend!

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