Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread

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Lovely, moist zucchini bread with fresh rosemary and lemon zest.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I’m on a mission this summer. A mission out of necessity, resulting from the abundance of certain summer squash I planted in my parents’ garden. Four plants. What was I thinking?! One zucchini plant alone could feed a family of four.

Every time I stop by my parents’ house my mother glares at me accusingly. Actually, she’s not the glaring type. It’s more like a bemused look that says, “we have a problem, and it’s your fault,” along with an offer to cook me up some squash (she has an excellent recipe) and a plea to give some to me to take home.

So the mission? Come up with recipes that we all like and that use a lot of summer squash. For this I have been experimenting with zucchini bread for the last two weeks. We have a couple fine zucchini bread recipes on the site, but I was hoping for something a little more savory.

I tried all sorts of combinations, experiments with cheddar, with Parm, jalapenos, etc. Mom’s response to most of them, “good if you toast them and then put sugar and butter on them.” Not good enough.

Finally I succumbed to the classic somewhat sweet zucchini bread, but seasoned it with rosemary and lemon, so you get a savory note. More than good enough. Really good. My conclusion is that zucchini bread works well with sugar. Here we use 1 1/4 cups for 3 cups of zucchini and 3 cups of flour. So, it’s not a lot, but it’s enough to make a lovely, lightly sweet bread.

Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 loaves


  • 3 cups (390 grams) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups grated zucchini (from about 1 pound of zucchini)


1 Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two 4x9-inch loaf pans, either coating with butter or spraying with baking spray.

2 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and rosemary.

3 Beat the eggs in a mixer (or by hand) until frothy. Beat in the sugar. Beat in the melted butter and olive oil. Stir in the lemon zest and grated zucchini.

4 Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a third at a time, stirring after each incorporation.

5 Divide batter/dough into two loaf pans. Bake in a 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Test after 40 minutes. If you gently press down on the surface of the loaf, it should bounce back, and a bamboo skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.

6 Remove from the oven. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove the loaves from their pans to cool on a rack.

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Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Linda (New Paltz NY)

    I made this today with fresh picked zucchini and my family enjoys it. It’s a refreshing spin on the traditional zucchini bread. We enjoy the savory flavor of lemon and rosemary.
    Thank you for another wonderful recipe.


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  2. Mary

    I love this bread! I have made it a number of times and it always gets compliments. Homegrown zucchini squash tends to be on the large size so I appreciate that this recipe uses 3 cups. One loaf for me, one to share.

  3. Jan

    I love this bread. I can’t stop eating it and giving it away. How do you think it would work with coconut sugar instead of white sugar and whole wheat flour instead of white flour?

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  4. Paula

    I can’t wait to taste this bread! Judging by the smell alone I’m sure it is amazing! I added fresh squeezed lemon juice too!

  5. Annette

    Very good. I’m diabetic so I use Splenda to my sweetness. It’s so good thank you


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