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Zucchini Cornbread Muffins


Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2015


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more, room temperature, for baking pan
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (for a fluffier cornbread, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 eggs


  1. Shred zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. (You should have about 4 cups.) Toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a colander set over a bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture with your hands.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush a standard 12-cup muffin tin with softened unsalted butter. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda (if using), and salt.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, and eggs (mixture might appear curdled). Add to flour mixture and stir just until combined (do not overmix). Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes before serving.

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  • kelseywaggenspa
    23 OCT, 2016
    I'm not impressed. The directions don't even say when to add the zucchini, so I just added it after I mixed everything else together. Despite baking for an extra 14 minutes, they are still uncooked in the center. I got 18 muffins instead of 12. I won't be making this again, which is a bummer because I'm always looking for new ways to use up zucchini.
  • MS12239728
    3 AUG, 2015
    I assume at some point you are supposed to add the zucchini to the mixture before putting in cups?