Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

This Grilled Zucchini recipe is one of my favorite ways to use up extra zucchini from the garden. It comes out delicious every time.

Grilled Zucchini recipe
If you're wondering what to do with extra zucchini, these Baked Zucchini Chips are a delicious healthy snack or appetizer.

Or, this 10-Minute Italian Zucchini Noodle Skillet with Sausage is my new favorite with oodles and oodles of zoodles.

My Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my favorite ways to use up extra vegetables.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Grilled Zucchini

Grilling is an absolute must in the summer. And, while there are many different ways to grill meat, I wanted to share one of our favorite ways to grill up healthy vegetables.

I love making this grilled zucchini recipe in the summer because it is ready, start to finish, in about twenty minutes.

Plus, it's gluten-free and low carb so it's something that everyone on my guest list can enjoy without a problem.

As it gets warmer, I love being able to move my cooking outside onto the grill.

Have you tried my Grilled Hawaiian Ham Kabobs? Or, how about my Spicy Grilled Corn? There are so many easy grilling recipes to try.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Frequently asked questions

Should you salt zucchini before cooking? Adding salt to your zucchini helps pull much of the water. And, it helps to add taste.

But, when you use this grilled zucchini marinade, there is no need to add extra salt to your zucchini.

Do you have to peel zucchini before grilling? 
If you purchased your zucchini from the grocery store and the skin has been waxed, yes. You will need to peel the skin to remove the wax.

However, if the zucchini hasn't been waxed, there is no need to peel it.

If you have a very large zucchini, you can peel it if you think that the skin is more bitter. But, try it first to be sure.

The skin is loaded with taste and nutrients.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

What size zucchini should I use for grilling?
Ideally, you don't want your zucchini to be too large. I look for medium-sized zucchini that is about 7" long. But, if your zucchini is larger or smaller, they will still work.

If they are super large, you will want to remove the seeds before you use them.

What other vegetables can I use this method with? If you are all out of zucchini, you can use this same method to make grilled yellow summer squash, eggplant, pepper and onion wedges, or even asparagus spears.

If the vegetables are too small, you may need to grill them on foil instead to avoid them falling through the cracks.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

What will I need to make grilled zucchini?

Can I make zucchini on the grill in foil?

Yes, if you want to make this grilled zucchini recipe in foil rather than directly on the grates, you can. Simply make a boat out of the foil and add the spears and the marinade.

Then, very carefully seal the foil and allow it to cook for the total time. You can open the foil and turn the zucchini over partway through if you like.

But, it isn't necessary to do that to cook it completely.

This is an easy time-saving hack when it comes time to clean the grill after cooking.

All you need to do is to remove the zucchini from the foil and there is no extra clean up involved. That means more time to relax and spend with friends rather than inside doing dishes.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Can I grill this inside?

If you don't have an outside grill, you can easily make it on a stovetop grill pan as long as the grill you use has ridges on it.

Any grill that is similar to a George Foreman Grill should work just as well for this grilled zucchini.

What should I serve with grilled zucchini?

This recipe is a wonderful side dish that you can serve with any type of meat you make on the grill. Here are a few suggestions that you might want to try when you make this recipe.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe


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Grilled Zucchini Recipe 

Yield: 10

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

This Grilled Zucchini recipe is one of my favorite ways to use up extra zucchini from the garden. It comes out delicious every time.
Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 Minutes


      • 4 small zucchini (about 1 pound)
      • 2 tablespoons olive oil
      • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
      • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
      • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
      • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, optional
      • Shredded parmesan cheese, optional garnish
      • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional garnish


              1. In a rectangular pan, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and Italian seasoning until well combined.
              2. Wash and dry zucchini. Cut zucchini into spears.  
              3. Place zucchini spears in the rectangular pan and toss with the olive oil mixture until coated.
              4. Heat your grill to medium-high. 
              5. Brush the grates of your grill with olive oil. You can also use a wadded up paper towel with oil on it, grip it with a grill tongs and rub it over the grates.
              6. Place the zucchini on the grill, using tongs, and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until tender.
                Remove from the grill and place on serving plate. 
              7. Garnish with additional salt and pepper or Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

                  Grilled Zucchini Recipe

                  Originally published July 2020


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