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Grilled Zucchini

Grilled zucchini is an easy side dish to make, and it pairs well with any meal. Ours cooks on the grill over indirect heat, resulting in seared (never soggy) zucchini every single time.

If your garden is anything like mine in the early summer, you’ve got zucchini coming at you from all directions. I’ve already made zoodles, zucchini bread, and zucchini lasagna.

Grilled zucchini in a serving dish.

What I love about preparing zucchini using this method is that you can pair it with a protein and grill it all at the same time- no need to pull one thing off the grill before another.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Zucchini: Cut the zucchini into ½- inch strips; do this so the outside sears and the inside cook perfectly- no mushy zucchini here!
  • Olive Oil: Impart flavor and prevent the zucchini from sticking to the grill using olive oil.
  • Salt + Pepper

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED ZUCCHINI

PREPARE THE ZUCCHINI- Slice the zucchinis into ½- inch strips and add them to a mixing bowl.

season the strips with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

SEASON- Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to the bowl, then stir to combine.

Clean the grill grates before adding the chicken.

PREPARE THE GRILL- Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. Turn off the rightmost burner, but maintain an overall grill temperature of 350°. Then, use a wooden grill paddle to clean the grates.

Set the zucchini strips on the grill furthest away from the flame.

GRILL- Using tongs, line the zucchini strips onto the warming and cook them for 15 minutes.

Flip halfway and cook the other side.

FLIP AND COOK- Flip the zucchini strips, then cook for another 15 minutes.

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Zucchini cooking on the grill with chicken grilling in the background.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Keep leftover zucchini in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
  • FREEZE – Yes, if you do it right. For best results, spread them onto a baking sheet and freeze them separately for an hour. After they solidified, add them to a single freezer-safe bag or container. They will store for 3 months.
  • REHEAT – Reheat leftover strips on a baking sheet for 5 minutes at 350°F. If you plan to cook frozen zucchini, defrost them in the fridge overnight.
  • REPURPOSE – Make a breakfast scramble and mix the leftover zucchini with eggs. You can also add them to a salad, put them in soup, top homemade pizza, or add them to a sandwich.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What seasoning should I put on grilled zucchini?

I’m a fan of the basics and season zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Other pairings we enjoy are feta, lemon, and olive oil. Sometimes we make them with olive oil and parmesan for a nice crisp.

How long to grill zucchini?

I prefer grilling zucchini slowly over low heat for 20- 30 minutes, depending on size; if you’re cooking them directly on the main grill, do so over higher heat (450° F) for 3-5 minutes.

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Grilled zucchini in a serving dish with grilled chicken in the background.

Grilled Zuchinni

Our grilled zucchini cooks low and slow, making it the perfect side dish; cook these on the warming rack and the protein down below for the perfect summer meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 57 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium zuchinni, ends removed, and cut lengthwise into ½-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground

Instructions
 

  • Slice the zucchinis into ½- inch strips and add them to a mixing bowl.
  • Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to the bowl, then stir to combine.
  • Preheat the grill by setting all the burners to high heat for about 10 minutes. Turn off the rightmost burner, but maintain an overall grill temperature of 350°. Then, use a wooden grill paddle to clean the grates.
  • Using tongs, line the zucchini strips onto the warming and cook them for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the zucchini strips, then cook for another 15 minutes.

Notes

  • Chop the Zucchini: Cut the zucchini strips the same size to ensure they cook at the same rate. 
 
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSodium: 476mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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Recipe Rating




TW

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

These came out perfect cooked!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe.