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 ¼ inch to ½ 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.
- 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
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ? tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Wash and dry zucchini, and cut into ¼ to ½ inch slices, cutting an 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!