How to Grill Zucchini
My tips will teach you How to Grill Zucchini that’s perfect every time, and you’ll love grilling zucchini for a side dish all summer long!
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Most of my life I was lukewarm about zucchini. It wasn’t until I discovered the deliciousness of zucchini cooked on the grill that I really started to crave fresh garden zucchini. Now I grill zucchini all summer long as a side dish, or to use in recipes like Zucchini Greek Salad or Easy Grilled Greek Zucchini. And now there are more than 50 Zucchini Recipes on the blog!
I think the first weekend in June means it’s grilling season, so I’m featuring this popular post of tips for grilling zucchini as my Friday Favorites pick for this week. This is a recipe to use in the summer when you have fresh garden zucchini or zucchini from the farmer’s market.
Once you’ve tried it, I promise this recipe for grilling zucchini will become a part of your regular summer rotation. If you’re a zucchini fan but haven’t cooked it on the grill, you must try grilling zucchini for a perfect summer side dish!
What ingredients do you need?
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- fresh zucchini about 10-12 inches long
- low-sugar vinaigrette salad dressing, I usually use Newman’s Own Classic Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link)
- Garlic Powder (affiliate link) or Minced Garlic (affiliate link), probably optional, but good)
- dried herbs of your choice such as Dried Oregano (affiliate link), Dried Basil (affiliate link), Dried Thyme (affiliate link), or Ground Rosemary (affiliate link), or a combination of herbs; herbs are optional but good
Does grilling zucchini make it a healthy dish?
This recipe for zucchini that’s perfectly cooked on the grill is low-carb, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and suitable for the original South Beach Diet, so this is a recipe you can make for anyone. That’s probably one reason why this delicious recipe with tips for How to Grill Zucchini is one of the Top Ten Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen.
How can you grill zucchini without an outdoor grill?
Zucchini can be easily cooked on a stove-top grill pan with ridges (affiliate link) or even a George Foreman Grill (affiliate link) if you don’t have an outside grill. Remember the George Foreman Grill cooks both sides at the same time, so the cooking time will be less.
Can you use the tips for grilling zucchini for extra-large zucchini?
You want rather thick slices of zucchini when you’re cooking them on the grill, so for gardeners this is the perfect way to cook those big zucchinis that don’t quite get picked on time.
What other vegetables can be cooked with this method?
My How to Grill Zucchini method of marinating the vegetables, draining the marinade, and then grilling it is also very good to use on yellow summer squash or eggplant. You can also use it for mushrooms, peppers, and sweet onions.
Want more ideas for cooking vegetables on the grill?
Check out my round-up post of Low-Carb and Keto Grilled Vegetables for more ideas.
How to Grill Zucchini that’s perfect every time:
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- I like to use a mandoline slicer (affiliate link) to slice the zucchini in perfectly even slices, and I cut them on the diagonal for more surface area on the grill.
- Mix together your favorite low-sugar vinaigrette, garlic powder, and a few teaspoons of dried Italian herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, or rosemary.
- I almost always use Newman’s Own Classic Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) but any dressing that’s low in sugar will work as a marinade for cooking zucchini on the grill.
- Put the zucchini in a single layer in a heavy Ziploc bag, dump in the marinade, and let it marinate in the fridge for several hours (or all day while you’re at work.)
- When it’s time to cook, let the zucchini drain well in a colander placed in the sink while you preheat the grill to medium-high.
- There is some oil in the marinade to keep the zucchini from sticking, but if you have non-stick spray for the grill I’d use it before you start heating the grill.
- When the grill is hot, lay zucchini on an angle to the grill grates and cook 3-4 minutes.
- Then lift one piece to see if grill marks are showing, and when they are, rotate each piece going the opposite direction to get those criss-cross marks.
- Then turn and cook a few minutes more on the second side.
- I cook zucchini about 10-12 minutes total, or slightly less if you want a bit more crunch left in them.
- Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and enjoy!
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
Perfect Zucchini cooked on the grill is a great low-carb side dish for Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts or as a side dish for any of these Low-Carb and Keto Grilling Recipes.
More Zucchini Cooked on the Grill:
- Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks
- Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs
- Easy Kabobs with Zucchini and Sausag
How to Grill Zucchini
This post can teach you How to Grill Zucchini that will be a tasty low-carb side dish all summer long, and your family will love this perfect zucchini that's easy to make on the grill!
- 2 zucchini about 10-12 inches long
- 1/2 cup of your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing (see notes)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder or minced garlic (optional, but good)
- 1-2 tsp. dried oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, or a combination of herbs (optional)
- Cut zucchini into slices, making sure the slices are the same thickness. I like to use a mandoline slicer to slice the zucchini in evenly-thick slices on the diagonal so there is more surface area to touch the grill.
- Combine salad dressing with garlic powder and dried herbs of your choice, if using. (I like this both with and without the extra flavorings. This is one place where fresh herbs are not better.)
- Put zucchini slices into Ziploc bag, pour in marinade and let zucchini marinate in the fridge 4 hours or longer, even as long as all day if desired.
- When you’re ready to cook, drain zucchini into a colander placed in the sink. (Use a bowl to catch the marinade so it doesn't go down the drain and discard marinade.)
- To cook zucchini, preheat grill to medium-high. (You can only hold your hand there for 3-4 seconds.) You can spray the grill with non-stick spray if desired, but the marinade has plenty of oil so you may not need it.
- Place zucchini on grill diagonally to the grill grates, keeping a spray bottle handy for taming any flames that shoot up from the oil in the marinade.
- After 3 or 4 minutes, check for grill marks, and when you see them rotate zucchini going the opposite direction. Cook 3 or 4 more minutes after you've rotated.
- Turn zucchini to second side and cook a few minutes more, or until zucchini is starting to soften, with the outside slightly charred and browned.
- Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.
I like Newman’s Own Classic Oil and Vinegar Dressing dressing for this recipe. (affiliate links)
This is an easy recipe for How to Grill Zucchini that Kalyn came up with and has used every summer for many years.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 655mgCarbohydrates: 3.9gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you use low-sugar vinaigrette., zucchini that’s grilled using my tips will be perfect for any low-carb eating plan including Keto, and it’s also great for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. I like Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar or Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette which has only 1 gram of sugar per serving. For vegan, Paleo, or Whole 30, be sure to choose an approved dressing.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2006, and it’s literally been popular since the first day I posted it. The tips for How to Grill Zucchini were last updated in 2023.
43 Comments on “How to Grill Zucchini”
Hi, Kalyn, nice to find you still on here after all these years! We just got our first-ever gas grill and I’m a grilling newbie. When I searched “Grill perfect zucchini” your entry came up on the first page, good for you. See ya around!
How Fun!! As soon as I saw that name I wondered if it was the same PatL I used to know. Glad to hear from you! Hope you enjoy that new grill.
I loved it
Glad you enjoyed.
I love zucchini! And this is just in time for grilling season!
Hope you enjoy!
Hey Erin, how fun hearing from you! Hope you enjoy the zucchini!
Hi Kalyn! I'm making this grilled zucchini and yellow squash tonight. Im so glad I stumbled upon this blog, you and my mom Lois go way back 🙂 I remember playing at your house as a kid!!
Jeff, I cook them with the grill closed (unless I'm taking photos.) But it will work either way, just cook a few minutes longer if you keep the grill open.
Hi Kalyn, I will be trying these this weekend. Do you keep the grill cover up while cooking?
I have never tried recipes for zucchini, such a wonderful tip, thanks for sharing.
Thank you for sharing this recipe, this dish caught my eye I have included it in my June Recipe Roundup at This American Bite.
Thanks for all the nice feedback everyone, and I love the idea of serving this with garlic yogurt like Luana suggested!
More important than perfect, it looks really good!
A great sauce for that would be some Greek yogurt that has one pressed or finely chopped garlic clove mixed in it, really good and very easy. I have a Turkish friend who serves this; it's not as complicated as tzatziki, and ready in a minute.
Kalyn, There's nothing better than grilled veggies in the summertime. Love it!
Those are perfectly grilled zucchini slices! I happened to love zucchini in any form, but grilled zucchinis are delicious.
Grilled Zucchini is one of those great tastes of summer — to us, at least. I'll do up extra to serve at room temp with a little Smoked Provalone and fresh tomatoes as a sandwich. Probably not very SB friendly, but so worth it!
Since there's no fear of cross contamination, if you put the left over marinade in the 'fridge, it's a nice dressing on the sandwich. Oh yum!
Made these this evening, didn't have italian dressing but used a mrs dash italian garlic marinade. Delicious, Thanks!
This is such a wonderful tip and the pics look yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Elizabeth, so glad you liked it! I like the idea of "fries."
Just made this tonight and it was great even though it only sat for about 15-20 min in the marinade. I had long skinny zukes and summer squash so I cut them lenghwise into spears. My son called them zucchini and summer squash "fries." We loved them. Thanks!!
Brittany, hope you enjoy it!