Grilled Zucchini

Turn on the grill and throw on some zucchini! Making grilled zucchini is easy and if you do it right you’ll end up with grilled zucchini with a little crunch rather than a soggy mess. Grab the zucchini from your garden or the grocery store and get grilling!

Do you have more zucchini to use up? We have plenty of healthy zucchini recipes on FFF! Check out this lasagna zucchini casserole or this coconut oil zucchini bread. grilled zucchini in a baking dish

You Can’t Beat Grilled Vegetables

Everyone always says to eat more vegetables! We understand that some people love veggies and some people don’t. The thing about vegetables is there is more than one way to prepare them.

People have discovered that boiled vegetables aren’t the only way to eat veggies! Sometimes a good boil is great, but I find that it makes veggies mushy and drains the vegetables of their flavor and their nutrients. We are BIG fans of grilled vegetables.

We have so many grilled vegetables on FFF right now!

All of these delicious grilled vegetables are perfectly seasoned and coated in olive oil. They are all grilled to perfection with a little bit of char and left with their same veggie crunch! Now we have this grilled zucchini recipe to add to the collection!

How to Grill Zucchini

The only risk you run when preparing grilled zucchini is over grilling. Don’t worry! We have you covered. Follow the steps below for the most perfect grilled zucchini.

Step 1 Choose the Zucchini

How do you know what size zucchini to buy and grill? Honestly, any size zucchini will due. In a perfect world, you would choose small to medium sized zucchinis because they have smaller seeds a lesser water content. However, if you do have large zucchinis in your garden, those will work, too!

Step 2 Prep the Zucchini

After you have picked out what zucchinis to use, wash the zucchinis and half them lengthwise (hot dog style). Lay each half onto a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil and salt and pepper.

fresh zucchini on a baking sheet drizzled in oil

Step 3 Grill the Zucchini

Preheat the grill to 400ºF and lay a piece of tin foil down onto the grill.

Next, place each zucchini half on to the tin foil and grill for 10-12 minutes flipping ever 4 minutes. Remove the zucchini from the grill and enjoy!

zucchini being grilled

Tips to Make the PERFECT Zucchini

Check out the seeds. Sometimes zucchini has a ton of seeds and water content. That may sometimes cause grilled zucchini to become mushy. If you do suspect that there are too many seeds in your zucchini halves, use a spoon to gently scoop them out.

Use good oil. You want to get your zucchini nice and grilled up. That may mean grill marks or just golden brown vegetables. We love the flavor that olive oil gives zucchini, but feel free to use whatever oil you would like!

Don’t overcook. A crunchy zucchini is better than mush. If you are going to eat your zucchini immediately grill zucchini for 10-12 minutes. However, if you are planning to use the zucchini in another recipe like pasta or for a side dish that you are going to reheat, undercook the zucchini by grilling them for only 8-9 minutes.

Also, if you do not have a grill, have no fear! You can follow this recipe, but rather than put the zucchini on the grill, place zucchini on a baking sheet and into the oven. Bake at 400ºF!

What do I do with grilled zucchini? Grilled zucchini would be delicious chopped up and tossed into pasta or even makes a great side dish for any meal. It would go great with these grilled bbq chicken breasts, lemon dill salmon burgers, or even served with these delicious Instant Pot Pork Chops.

If you do decide to use this zucchini as a part of meal prep, take a look at these delicious meal prep ideas for inspiration!

grilled zucchini in a baking dish

Healthy Zucchini Recipes

Recipe

Grilled Zucchini

Turn on the grill and throw on some zucchini! Making grilled zucchini is easy and if you do it right you’ll end up with grilled zucchini with a little crunch rather than a soggy mess. Grab the zucchini from your garden or the grocery store and get grilling!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 6 servings 1x
Category: Side Dish
Method: Grilled
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 6 medium zucchinis, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to 400ºF and lay a piece of tin foil down on the grill.
  2. Next, chop off the ends of your zucchinis and cut in half lengthwise (hot dog style) and place zucchini face up on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle each zucchini half with olive oil and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  4. Spray tin foil with cooking spray and then place zucchini flat side down onto the tin foil. Close the lid to the grill.
  5. Grill at around 400ºF on direct flame for around 10-12 minutes flipping zucchinis every 4 minutes.
  6. Remove from grill and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 73
  • Sugar: 5
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 2

Photo credit: The Wooden Skillet

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