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How To Grill Zucchini Perfectly

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How To Grill Zucchini Perfectly is easy with just a few simple steps!  Zucchini is the perfect vegetable to grill outside on your barbecue, whether it’s a gas grill or a charcoal grill, it is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to cooking zucchini. 

Delicious, tender, and flavorful with a little crunch, grilled zucchini will make a wonderful side dish to serve with family and friends all summer long! 

We grill zucchini often and with the warmer weather here, well, it makes sense to grill them outside.  So with a few easy steps, we’ll show you how to grill zucchini perfectly! 

 

 

How to Grill Zucchini Perfectly by 2sistersrecipes

What you need to grill zucchini:

  • 6 or more medium-size zucchini

  • a sharp knife or a mandoline for slicing

  • extra-virgin olive oil

  • black pepper

  • garlic powder

  • kitchen tongs

 

Steps To Grilling Zucchini:

1.  First, preheat your outside grill to medium heat. 

2.  Next, slice zucchini lengthwise into thick strips, about 1/2-inch thick, with a sharp knife or a vegetable slicer.

How to Grill Zucchini by 2sistersrecipes.com

3.   In a large baking pan, sprinkle generously with garlic powder and black pepper.  Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil over them.  

How to Grill Zucchini by 2sistersrecipes.com

4.  Then toss, using with your hands to blend them evenly.  No salt is needed.  But if you prefer, you can add a generous pinch of salt.

5.   Next, using kitchen tongs to place the zucchini on to the grill.  Cover or close the lid and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes.  Flip the zucchini over and close the lid again.  Continue to cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.  

 

How to Grill Zucchini by 2sistersrecipes.com

 Zucchini is grilled on the barbecue by 2sistersrecipes.com

6.  When zucchini is tender, remove from heat and transfer to a serving platter.  Lightly drizzle over them with additional extra virgin olive oil.  Garnish with fresh basil on the side, or on top.  Then serve.  

 

Cook’s Notes and Tips for Success! 

  • Keep in mind, it’s best to slice them into thick strips, at least 1/2-inch thick. 

  • You can use a sharp knife or you can slice with a vegetable mandoline to help slice evenly.

  • If you happen to slice a few to thin, don’t use them.  They will burn while grilling and even slip through the grill.  But, no worries!  It’s best to set those apart and reserve them for another recipe, like our lemon zucchini poppy seed muffins, and our best zucchini bread, or you can make some cream of zucchini soup without cream…  just to name a few. 

  • Always place the zucchini strips horizontally on your grill, this prevents any of them from falling through the grill. 

  • If you buy large zucchini, you don’t need as many for a family of four. 

  • Optional: when serving you can add a squeeze of lemon juice over them, or serve with some lemon wedges on the side. 

 

How many zucchini do we need?

If you have a family of four, 6 medium-size should be enough.  We like to consider at least one zucchini per person and then add a few extras on top. They will never go to waste, even if you have leftovers. 

 

How many calories are in one zucchini?

One large zucchini (about 323 grams) contains 55 calories.  Plus, it also contains 3.9 grams of protein, 1.0 gram of fat, 10.1g of carbohydrates, 3.2g of fiber, and 8.1g of sugar.  It also contains lots of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and plenty of potassium.

 

Can we grill other vegetables the same way?

Yes, indeed! We know from experience, we can grill eggplants and large asparagus the same way. 

 

What can we serve with grilled zucchini?

 

 

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How to Grill Zucchini Perfectly by 2sistersrecipes.com

Delicious with grilled chicken, steak, or just about anything.  All you need is a few minutes to slice them, then toss them with olive oil, seasonings and place them on a grill. Grill for a few minutes on each side and serve! 

Perfect! 

ENJOY!!

 

 

Yield: 4 to 6

How to Grill Zucchini Perfectly

How to Grill Zucchini Perfectly by 2sistersrecipes

How to Grill Zucchini Perfectly is easy with just a few simple steps! Zucchini is easy to grill outside on your barbecue, whether it's a gas grill or a charcoal grill, it is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to cooking zucchini.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-size zucchini
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp, garlic powder
  • pinch of salt, if needed
  • fresh basil, as a garnish

Instructions

  1. First, preheat your outside grill to medium heat.
  2. Next, slice zucchini lengthwise into thick strips, about 1/2-inch thick, with a sharp knife or a vegetable slicer.
  3. In a large baking pan, sprinkle generously with garlic powder and black pepper. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil over them, start with 2 tablespoons.
  4. Then toss, using with your hands to blend them evenly. No salt is needed. But if you prefer, you can add a generous pinch of salt. Also, if you need a little more olive oil to coat them, then drizzle an additional 1 tablespoon and toss again to coat evenly.
  5. Next, using kitchen tongs to place the zucchini on to the grill. Cover or close the lid and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes. Flip the zucchini over and close the lid again. Continue to cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
  6. When zucchini is tender, remove from heat and transfer to a serving platter. Lightly drizzle over them with additional extra virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Garnish with fresh basil on the side, or on top. Then serve.

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2 Comments

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    Susan
    June 6, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    It won’t be long until the Farmers’ Markets are filled with zucchini and this looks like the perfect way to use it! Delicious with grilled chicken, steak or just about anything.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      June 6, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Yes, I bet you can’t wait for that! We love the farmers’ markets here in the South! Have a great day Susan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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