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Classic zucchini bread is made a little more bright and delicious with a pop of citrus flavor in this Lemon Zucchini Bread. Don’t forget the easy glaze for that extra hit of lemon flavor and sweetness! 

Sliced loaf of glazed lemon zucchini bread on a piece of parchment paper over a wire cooling rack

This whole staying at home situation has basically turned me into a small scale farmer and sourdough bread baker.

I have mentioned numerous times that I can barely keep air plants and succulents alive. Needless to say, gardening is most definitely not my forte.

However, this summer I’ve had all the time in the world to tend to my little garden and I’m proud to say that I’ve only lost one tomato plant and some cilantro. Guys, this is a pretty big deal considering I have a history of killing mint.

I honestly don’t even like tomatoes, but my local greenhouse had some container tomatoes that caught my eye, so I figured I’d give them a go and just load my tomato-loving dad all summer long.

Since I know I can actually keep things alive, I’ve got big plans for next season including cucumbers, more herbs and zucchini.

Two slices of lemon zucchini bread stacked on a white plate, with additional slices of the bread and a cup of iced coffee in the background


I’ve gotta confess that I’m not the biggest fan of zucchini on its own. It just doesn’t have that much flavor to me.

But in baked goods? I adore it. 

Not just because butter and sugar make everything better, but because the kind of neutral flavor makes it perfect for adding to all sorts of desserts and even breakfasts.

Overhead view of a glazed loaf of lemon zucchini bread on a piece of parchment paper next to a small bowl of lemon glaze

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Lemon Zucchini Cake, Zucchini Cookies, and Zucchini Bread Pancakes are all excellent ways to use up any excess zucchini this summer.

This glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread is equally great. 

This quick bread isn’t your typical zucchini bread – it’s loaded with lemon zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. It’s perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack with a cup of coffee

Overhead view of an assortment of bowls holding the ingredients for lemon zucchini bread


Just like most quick breads, Lemon Zucchini Bread is easy to make and doesn’t dirty up a lot of bowls in the process.

The first step to making this recipe is to rub the lemon zest into the granulated sugar with your fingertips. 

Lemon zucchini bread batter being stirred by a gray spatula in a glass mixing bowl

This might seem like an unnecessary step, but I promise you it isn’t. Taking the time to do this really brings out the oils in the zest and makes it more fragrant. 

After that, the recipe is pretty much a straightforward quick bread:

  • Whisk together the wet ingredients, including the zucchini
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture
  • Pour into a 8×4-inch loaf pan and bake

Once the bread is baked and has cooled, whisk together the glaze and drizzle it over the top of the bread. The glaze will harden and add a lovely texture and flavor to the bread.

Overhead view of a freshly baked loaf of lemon zucchini bread in a loaf pan on a metal cooling rack


Because the zucchini in this recipe makes the bread pretty moist, I recommend storing the Lemon Zucchini Bread in the refrigerator. 

Just wrap it tightly in foil or put it in an airtight container and it will stay good in the fridge for about 3 days. 

Two slices of glazed lemon zucchini bread on a white plate next to a stack of forks

You can also freeze this zucchini bread if you want to keep it for longer. You can either freeze the loaf whole, or cut it into thick slices and freeze those individually.

Wrap the whole loaf or the individual slices in foil and place them in a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Slice of lemon zucchini bread with a bite taken out of the corner on a white plate next to a fork

If you freeze the loaf whole, move the bread to the fridge to thaw overnight before serving.

If you freeze individual slices, you can unwrap the slices as you want them and microwave them for 30-60 seconds to thaw.

Close up of a sliced loaf of lemon zucchini bread on a piece of parchment paper
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Lemon Zucchini Bread

By: Jamie
4.38 from 79 ratings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Classic zucchini bread is made a little more bright and delicious with a pop of citrus flavor in this Lemon Zucchini Bread. Don’t forget the easy glaze for that extra hit of lemon flavor and sweetness!


  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest about 2 medium lemons
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups shredded zucchini packed and undrained
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray an 8×4 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest, mixing with your fingertips until fragrant. Add the egg, vegetable oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Stir in zucchini. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the zucchini mixture until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake 50-55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove pan to wire rack and cool in pan for about 10 minutes before turning out onto the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once bread is cooled, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Drizzle the glaze over the bread.


Bread will store in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Makes 1 8×4-inch loaf
Adapted from allrecipes


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 80mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 63IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.38 from 79 votes (79 ratings without comment)

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  1. Sofía says:

    Sounds like a big uncomfortable mess! But I’m glad things are back to normal. By the way that zucchini bread looks amazing!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by!


  2. James says:

    We made this with walnuts, and it was sooo good! Moist, sweet and a little tangy, perfect texture. Thanks! I’m definitely saving the recipe :)

  3. Cheryl H says:

    Very good! Like this for those friends who can’t have nuts–never miss them in this recipe.

  4. Desme says:

    I am so excited for this recipe, thanx for posting. I will most def. bake this on the weekend.
    Will post pics on my blog after :-)


  5. Diana says:

    Yum… Just. YUM. I sighed with longing when I saw the first picture. Yes, I’m weird about delicious looking baked goods…

  6. Allie says:

    Hi Jamie! I adore this recipe! Quick question, I recently made zucchini bread and it’s not sweet enough at all. Is there any way to fix this?

  7. Heather @ Shards of Lavender says:

    I heard about the green algae bloom and the ensuing water crisis on our local news, but didn’t realize how serious it was. When we’ve hiked in the past week, we’ve noticed excessive algae on the ponds, but our water supply has been unaffected here in Southwest Ohio. I would’ve done the same thing and packed up too… Lemon in and on zucchini bread sounds lovely. I have leftover zucchini from a zucchini coffee cake I’m baking right now and will have to this. I think I just wrote zucchini way too many times…

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Love the lemon in there. This cake looks so moist!

  9. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says:

    I love this citrus twist on classic zucchini bread! Lemon-glazed zucchini bread sounds just about perfect right now!

  10. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    Lemon seriously makes everything better. This looks awesome :)