Have you ever tried grilled zucchini? I think it’s one of the easiest vegetables to cook on the grill. Cut it however you like, season it, place on the grill for a few minutes, and you have a tasty side dish for your meal. It’s so easy to make. Seriously, it’s one of the simplest, delicious side dishes you can make – even if you don’t know how to grill zucchini.
Zucchini is best known as a prolific summer squash, though it can usually be found year-round in the grocery store. In addition to availability, zucchini scores high on nutrition. It’s low in calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates – making it a good choice when you’re watching any one of those nutrients in your diet.
Additionally, it’s filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and is also high in anti-oxidants, like beta-carotene. These all play big roles in keeping our bodies healthy. Zucchini is also a good source of fiber, particularly soluble fiber – which can help keep cholesterol levels in check. And because it’s low in carbohydrate, with just 3 gm per one cup of cooked zucchini, it’s a good substitute for pasta when you need to cut back on carbohydrates. All in all, zucchini has a lot going for it nutrition-wise.
How to make Grilled Zucchini
- Clean and slice two medium-sized zucchini. I like to slice them at an angle, making thick slices between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide.
- Add finely chopped fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, oregano, and basil. If you don’t have fresh herbs available, you can still make it by substituting dried herbs.
- Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Drizzle 1 tbsp. of good quality olive oil on top and stir everything together.
- Pour into a grill basket and grill till tender.
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- Use small to medium sized fruits as large ones sometimes get too seedy.
- Be sure to cut the slices all about the same width to encourage more even cooking.
- If you don’t have fresh herbs available, you can substitute one teaspoon of dried for every tablespoon of fresh herb called for.
- Use a grill basket for best results, but you could try wrapping the zucchini slices in foil and flipping the packet a couple times while cooking.
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Easy Grilled Zucchini with Fresh Herbs
- grill basket
- 2 small to medium zucchini squash
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
- 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Wash and dry zucchini, and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, cutting at an angle. Make sure slices are cut to a uniform width. Place in large bowl.
- Add in fresh (or dried) herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix together thoroughly until herbs are evenly spread throughout the zucchini.
- Pour zucchini and herbs into a grill basket and place on preheated grill that's been turned to low to medium-low. Grill for 8-10 minutes, shaking or stirring every 2 minutes until fork tender and zucchini slices are slightly charred.
- Remove from grill. Serve immediately.
- If fresh herbs are not available, substitute one teaspoon dried herbs for each tablespoon fresh herbs, i.e. 1 tsp. dried oregano instead of 1 tbsp. fresh oregano.
- To grill without a grill basket, wrap prepared zucchini and herbs in foil and grill as directed, but flipping every 2 minutes instead of stirring. It will be more difficult to judge if the zucchini is done with this method, but will still taste good!