Grilled zucchini is the perfect healthy summer side dish. The slices of squash are tossed in savory seasonings, then cooked until tender. It’s wonderful as a quick recipe to pair it with your favorite barbecued foods.
Try these other tasty zucchini recipes to enjoy the vegetable all year long. Like this Zucchini Pizza, Zucchini Chips, and Baked Zucchini Fries.
If you’re looking for a fast and healthy side dish for a barbecue feast, grilled zucchini is a tasty option. The squash is available year-round and cooks in under 10 minutes on the grill. Simply toss in your favorite seasonings, and cook until gorgeous charred marks appear on each side. I like to serve them with grilled burgers for the ultimate meal.
I like to keep the seasonings simple. Salt turns the bland vegetable into more savory bites. Garlic powder adds nice earthy aromatics to each bite. Black pepper adds just a hint of heat, however you could add red pepper flakes for a lingering spiciness.
Yes! You can slice the zucchini into sticks, or smaller discs. Just make sure that the vegetable is at least ½-inch thick. This prevents it from getting mushy easily, hold its shape, and not be so skinny that it falls through the grill grates.
What makes these grilled vegetables so enticing is the gorgeous marks running across the surface. There are a few keys to successful char marks. Make sure that the grill is preheated and oiled to prevent sticking. When adding the slices to the barbecue, place them on an angle to the grates, then lightly press down on them to make direct contact with the hot grill. Do not move or lift them up! Let them sear to get nice dark lines, then flip them over.
To add extra flavor to the zucchini, sprinkle it with some grated parmesan cheese or crunchy breadcrumbs. You can also drizzle some pesto sauce on top. Or dip in creamy tzatziki or ranch sauce.
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