Flavourful Delights: Pulled Pork Zucchini Boats

In the realm of culinary creativity, there’s an art to crafting dishes that tantalize the taste buds while also maintaining a sense of health-consciousness. Enter the realm of “Pulled Pork Zucchini Boats” – a delightful fusion of savoury pulled pork nestled within the verdant embrace of fresh zucchini.

At first glance, this recipe might seem like a cooking contradiction – how can a dish that features succulent pulled pork also be considered healthy? Well, the secret lies in the ingenious use of zucchini as the vessel for this creation.

Zucchini, with its mild flavour and tender texture, provides the perfect canvas for showcasing the rich flavours of barbecue-infused pulled pork. By hollowing out the zucchini and filling it with a hearty portion of pulled pork, you not only add a nutritious element to the dish but also reduce the overall carb content compared to traditional methods.

The process of crafting these zucchini boats is as enjoyable as savoring the final product. It begins with carefully scooping out the seeds and flesh of the zucchinis, leaving behind sturdy vessels ready to be filled with the main attraction – the pulled pork.

The pulled pork itself can be either homemade, allowing for full control over the ingredients and seasoning, or conveniently sourced from your favourite place. Mixed with a generous dollop of tangy barbecue sauce, the pulled pork becomes a symphony of smoky flavours that harmonize beautifully with the subtle sweetness of the zucchini.

Once assembled and adorned with a colourful array of diced vegetables – think vibrant red onions and crisp bell peppers – the zucchini boats are ready to embark on their culinary journey in the oven. As they bake to tender perfection, the cheese melts into a gooey blanket, enveloping the savoury filling in a layer of irresistible decadence.

Pulled Pork Zucchini Boats


  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 cup pulled pork (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers (any colour)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch thick zucchini boats. Save the scooped-out flesh for other recipes.
  3. In a bowl, mix the pulled pork with barbecue sauce until well coated.
  4. Fill each zucchini boat with the pulled pork mixture.
  5. Top the filled zucchini boats with shredded cheddar cheese, diced red onion, and bell peppers.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place the filled zucchini boats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Once done, remove from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy these delicious pulled pork zucchini boats!

The result? A dish that satisfies both the palate and the conscience – each bite is bursting with flavour and wholesomeness. Whether served as a wholesome weeknight dinner or showcased at a gathering of friends and family, Pulled Pork Zucchini Boats are sure to leave a lasting impression, proving that healthy eating can indeed be a tantalizing adventure.

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