How to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer?

What will you do to make zucchini noodles if you don’t have enough space or don’t want to buy a spiralizer? Yes, you can use a versatile utensil like a grater.

If you think zucchini noodles are only for those with a spiralizer, think again! Zucchini noodles can be made with tools you already have or with a smaller investment. Here are the tools to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer:

How to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer

Box Grater

Follow the steps below to make zucchini noodles – zoodles with a box grater.

  • Cut the ends off the zucchini
  • Take a box grater
  • Place it with the largest grating holes on its face up
  • Now push along the top of the grater
  • Push in long strokes to create long, thin ribbons


Mandolines are flat and compact. They are great for lasagna-like zucchini noodles. You can use the attached julienne blade for more spaghetti-like noodles.

  • Take large zucchini
  • Rinse the zucchini and dry
  • Trim off the end with a knife
  • Fit the mandoline with julienne blade
  • Gently slide the zucchini lengthwise to create long, thin strips

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