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Grilled Zucchini Recipe: Easy and Delicious Veggie Side Dish

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Grilled Zucchini

Grilling zucchini is a simple and tasty way to enjoy this versatile vegetable. With just a few ingredients like olive oil, herbs, and lemon juice, you can create a healthy side dish that’s perfect for any meal.

Imagine biting into zucchini that’s tender with a slight char from the grill, seasoned perfectly to complement your favorite dishes. Whether you’re a grilling newbie or a pro, you’ll find it easy to follow these steps and enjoy a delicious result.

You’ll love how quick and customizable this recipe is. From adding Parmesan to sprinkling some sumac, there are plenty of ways to make it your own. Dive into these easy tips and elevate your grilling game with perfectly cooked zucchini.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For delicious grilled zucchini, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Here’s what to get:

  • Zucchini: Choose fresh and firm ones. If you can’t find zucchini, you can use yellow squash.
  • Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil adds a rich flavor. You can substitute with avocado oil if needed.
  • Kosher Salt: Enhances the natural flavor. If you don’t have kosher salt, sea salt works well.

Spices and Seasonings

  • Black Pepper: Freshly ground is best.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds a bit of kick. Use fresh minced garlic as an alternative.
  • Dried Oregano: Provides a nice herbal touch. Italian seasoning can be a substitute.
  • Dried Basil: Complements the zucchini nicely. Use fresh basil if available.

Optional Toppings

  • Parmesan Cheese: Sprinkle on top for a delightful finish.
  • Fresh Herbs: Chopped parsley or basil can brighten up the dish.
  • Lemon Juice: A squeeze of lemon adds freshness.

Keep these ingredients handy, and feel free to swap them as needed. Enjoy your grilling!


  1. Prepare the Zucchini

    • Wash the zucchini and pat it dry.
    • Cut the zucchini into spears or planks.
  2. Season the Zucchini

    • Place the zucchini pieces in a large bowl.
    • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
    • Add some garlic powder or your favorite herbs.
    • Toss to coat the zucchini evenly.
  3. Preheat the Grill

    • Lightly oil the grates of an outdoor grill or an indoor griddle.
    • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the Zucchini

    • Arrange the zucchini in a single layer on the grill.
    • Cover and grill without disturbing for 3-4 minutes per side, until tender and grill marks appear.
  5. Serve and Enjoy

    • Remove the zucchini from the grill.
    • Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
    • Serve hot as a side dish or a snack.

Your grilled zucchini is ready to enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Cut Evenly: Make sure your zucchini slices are of equal thickness. This ensures they cook evenly.

  • Season Well: Use a mix of kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. The olive oil helps the zucchini caramelize.

  • Use High Heat: Preheat your grill to medium-high. This helps create those beautiful grill marks quickly.

  • Avoid Moving: Let the zucchini cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes on each side. This helps form nice grill marks.

  • Try Varieties: You can cut zucchini into spears, rounds, or planks. Each shape gives a different texture.


  • Refrigerate: Store grilled zucchini in an airtight container in the fridge. It can last up to 3 days.

  • Reheat Gently: To reheat, place the zucchini in a skillet over medium heat. You can also microwave them for a minute or two.

  • Freeze for Later: Lay grilled zucchini on a baking sheet and freeze them. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. They can last for about 2 months.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.