What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

There are four different ways to make homemade zucchini noodles, and we’ll show you how to do each one.

Our love for “zoodles,” or fresh zucchini noodles, reaches a peak in the summer when this tender and sweet pasta substitute is ideal for light dinners and no-cook meals. Zoodles made from zucchini can be made in four different ways using a spiralizer, mandoline, or vegetable peeler.

Zucchini noodles can be made with tools you already have in the kitchen or with a smaller investment (in terms of space and money) than you might think, so if you think they can only be made by people with a spiralizer, think again. Here are four ways to make zucchini noodles.

Raw zucchini that has been spiralized or cut into long, thin strips to resemble spaghetti or other types of noodles is used to make zucchini noodles. Over the past ten years, the popularity of spiralized vegetables has increased along with the popularity of alternative diets that exclude pasta made from grains.

The most common vegetable is probably zucchini because it is inexpensive, simple to spiralize, and flavorless.

Zoodles can be made from almost any variety of zucchini, but small and medium-sized ones have the best flavor overall. If all you have is very large zucchini, stop spiralizing as you get close to the seedy center because the noodles made from the large zucchini’s seeds can be bitter and not as sturdy for cooking and eating.

With a Spiralizer

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer is far and away my favorite tool. It creates curls of your favorite vegetables, literally in seconds. It’s the fastest tool of the bunch and requires the least amount of strength or effort (with suction cup feet to keep it in place). You simply cut off the ends of a zucchini, place it next to the blade and spin. In less than 8 seconds you’ll have spiral sliced the entire zucchini.

Although these reviews are for zucchini noodles, keep in mind that you might want to slice up other vegetables as well. Carrots, sweet potato, apples, pears…the list is endless!.

With the simple to change blades on this spiralizer, you can make your favorite carrot pasta, curly sweet potato fries, or apple chips. Although it is larger than some of the other options, I still prefer it over them all because of how frequently I use it.

PROS: requires little strength or effort, works quickly, is durable, affordable, and offers a variety of blades for slicing.

CONS: will require more storage space than other options.

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

The great thing about a julienne peeler is that you likely already have one in your kitchen. Win! A julienne peeler frequently does double duty with a vegetable peeler. One side juliennes, the other side slices. And that’s perfect for when you want thick, flat slices of zucchini pasta. The single biggest benefit of a julienne peeler is that it’s small. It takes up virtually no space in your kitchen and will most likely reside in your utensil drawer.

Using a julienne peeler, you can create the thinnest, most delicate zucchini noodles. Then, you simply pull the strands apart with your fingers. This tool comes in at number two on my list because it requires more time to use (you rotate the zucchini to create a rectangular shape), leaves the largest core, and presents a high risk of finger nicking (yep, I’m clumsy).

PROS: cheap and easy to store.

CONS: requires more time to cut and results in a fairly large core.

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

I actually hummed and hawed about making the mandoline #2 on my list (because I love it that much) – but the julienne peeler won for size. I’ve had this mandoline for several years and it gets used a ton in my kitchen.

The mandoline creates julienne noodles that are slightly thicker than a peeler, but does it in half the time. The blades are SUPER sharp on a mandoline, so please please always use the plastic holder or a cut-resistant glove. I’ve sliced a massive divot out of my thumb before – and it’s not fun.

The best flat zucchini pasta can be made with a mandoline, and you can adjust the thickness. It has several blade options, similar to the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer, giving you the choice of perfectly consistent noodles, slices, or rounds (and easily cutting through any “harder to slice” vegetable). Alright, maybe this is actually a tie for #2.

PROS: Slicing is quick and simple thanks to the sharp blade, and the output is always the same size.

CONS: Sharp blade (use caution when handling your fingers) and medium storage size

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

If you own a KitchenAid stand mixer, you are probably familiar with the wide range of attachments available. Although expensive, these attachments can be automated by connecting to the power hub on the mixer’s front. The KitchenAid does, in fact, have a spiralizer attachment.

The Kitchenaid spiralizer comes in a nice storage box (though it’s quite large) and provides the most blade options, with 7 blades (including a peeler). But even with all these blade options I found that I still gravitated toward the 3 basic blades – the same ones which are included with the Paderno Spiralizer.

Another thing to remember is that this automated tool has a fixed width. This necessitates cutting large zucchini in half, then spiralizing each half separately.

This is a great option if you already own a KitchenAid and enjoy using attachments. The cost alone, however, will likely be the biggest deterrent for everyone else.

PROS: only automatic spiralizer, comes with a peeler, and has the most blade options.

CONS: Fixed width, takes up the most storage space, and I discovered that using the Paderno Spiralizer by hand still allowed me to spiralize a zucchini more quickly.

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

The handheld spiralizer is the newest kid on the block and the solution for curly noodles in a small contraption. It produces zucchini noodles most similar to the Paderno Spiralizer, though they tend to be flatter and not as consistently sized. I was really hoping to love this little device, but with all the other options on the market, I had to rank it last.

When spiralizing several zucchini, it can be difficult to maintain straight zucchini slices and your wrist may hurt from all the twisting. Additionally, this tool will be the most challenging if you intend to spiralize other vegetables (such as carrots and sweet potatoes), as it demands the most strength and effort. Yes, it’s inexpensive, but occasionally you get what you pay for.

PROS: cheap and takes up little space.

Cons include inconsistent noodles, the need for strength and wrist power, and a lack of the other options’ versatility.

How to Boil Zucchini Noodles

What Do You Use To Make Zucchini Noodles?

This technique was what I used the most when I first started making zucchini noodles. To prepare zucchini noodles, simply bring a pot of water to a boil, add the noodles, and cook for one minute. It’s similar to cooking frozen veggies on the stovetop. Afterward, drain the cooked noodles in a colander before serving. Before serving, blot them with a paper towel if you want them to be extremely dry.

The Ultimate Guide to Zucchini Noodles

Here are the most popular ways to prepare and cook zucchini noodles. I’ve ranked them from my least favorite to my favorite. Keep scrolling to find a video that demonstrates how I use each device. Be sure to watch that one.

And finally, I’ve included some of my best advice and some of my favorite zucchini noodle recipes right at the end. So let’s dive in!.


What is used to make zoodles?

Raw zucchini that has been spiralized or cut into long, thin strips to resemble spaghetti or other types of noodles is used to make zucchini noodles. Over the past ten years, the popularity of spiralized vegetables has increased along with the popularity of alternative diets that exclude pasta made from grains.

How do you make zucchini noodles?

Trim the top and bottom of the zucchini to make the zucchini version of these noodles. Run the zucchini lengthwise down a mandolin set to the thinnest setting to produce long, thin planks. To make fettuccine noodles, slice each plank into four or five strips using a knife. Easy peasy!.

How do you make zucchini noodles by hand?

There are ways you can create zucchini noodles without a spiralizer.
  • Use a vegetable peeler. Utilizing a vegetable peeler, lightly peel the zucchini’s sides.
  • Carve with a knife. Slice the zucchini into thin strips, working your way to the center.
  • Shred with a grater.

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