How to Grill Zucchini

5 from 13 votes

Learn how to grill zucchini with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling zucchini makes for an easy side dish that adds vegetables to a bbq!

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Learn how to grill zucchini and turn what can be a slightly bland vegetable into a savory summer sensation. It’s a simple and easy side dish to make during the summer and serve next to grilled chicken or grilled shrimp!

Grilled zucchini slices on a plate with lemon wedges

This gardener’s favorite is a versatile vegetable that goes perfectly with so many mains. And it’s loaded with so many vitamins, plus folate, and manganese and copper.

How to grill zucchini

  • Trim the stem end off the zucchini and slice lengthwise into long, thin strips.
  • Put the zucchini slices in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper. You can add other seasoning as well like oregano and garlic powder, but it’s not really necessary.
  • Use your hands to toss the zucchini gently to coat with oil and seasonings
4 image collage to show how to cut the zucchini, add oil to it, season it and toss it to prepare
  • Lay the slices in a single layer on the grill grates perpendicular to the bars and cook with the lid closed .
  • Flip the slices to the other side, close the lid again and cook until the zucchini is fork tender.
2 image collage to show how to grill zucchini on an outdoor grill

Tips for Cooking Zucchini on the grill

  1. Make your zucchini slices of uniform thickness. This helps to ensure even cooking so all the zucchini is cooked properly together.
  2. Thoroughly clean the grill grates. You want to make sure to avoid unwanted flavor transfers.
  3. Don’t skip the oil. It helps keep the zucchini moist and prevent it from sticking to the grates.
  4. Consider also lightly oiling the grates for extra protection against sticking. Hold a small piece of wadded-up paper towel in a pair of tongs, dip into some oil and grease the clean grates.

recipes to use with grilled zucchini

Frequently asked questions

What other herbs and spices go well with grilled zucchini?

Zucchini is one of those mild veggies that takes well to a variety of herbs and flavors. Try it with a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes, thyme, dill, parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, sumac, or basil.

How long does cooked zucchini last in the refrigerator

Like all grilled foods, these are best fresh off the grill, but will last about 3 days tightly covered in the fridge.

Do I need to peel zucchini before grilling?

No, the skin is thin and edible and helps it stay together on the grill.

Grilled zucchini slices on outdoor grill

Summer is the perfect time to switch things up and cook some garden-fresh veggies on the grill instead of in the oven or stove-top. Try this grilled zucchini recipe next time you’re firing up the grill.

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How to Grill Zucchini

Learn how to grill zucchini with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling zucchini makes for an easy side dish that adds vegetables to a bbq!
5 from 13 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 87
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 zucchinis sliced lengthwise into ¾ thick planks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Chopped parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the zucchini slices in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Use your hands to toss the zucchini gently.
  • Place the zucchini in a single layer on the grill grates perpendicular to the bars, and cook with the lid closed, for 3 minutes. Flip the zucchini to the other side and cook with the lid closed, until the zucchini is fork tender, about 2-3 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges and chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

Storage: It’s best to enjoy grilled zucchini immediately after cooking. However you can store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 303mg, Potassium: 385mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg

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