Can you tell that I’m in grilling mode? Flank steak, rotisserie chicken, corn on the cob and now zucchini. This recipe for summery grilled zucchini takes just minutes to get on the table. Plus it tastes good and is good for you. We’ve eaten this so often these past few weeks, I thought I would share it to give you an idea for a fast vegetable side.
Markets are overflowing with one of my favorite summer vegetables – zucchini. While I slice it for a gratin or make zucchini noodles out of it, lately I’ve been chopping it up and tossing with olive oil plus a little seasoning, then onto a hot grill for a few minutes. Grilled zucchini makes for a fast and healthy summer side dish. Sometimes I’ll eat it over steamed brown rice or quinoa as a meatless main dish.
Grill Tools Make It Easy
The last few years have seen an explosion in tools to make grilling easier. With the right tools, like this non-stick grill pan with holes, small items don’t fall through the grates. And when you pre-heat the pan on a hot grill, food cooks quickly.
Nice thing is these pans are usually inexpensive, not to mention on sale right now at many stores. They make summer outdoor cooking a lot more fun.
How To Prep Zucchini
While many people grill rounds of zucchini or even long, thin strips, I prefer to cut them as shown in the photo. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, slice out the seedy center, then cut them into pieces on a diagonal. That’s it. Good knife practice too.
Figure one good sized zucchini per person. When you cut it up you might think wow, that looks like a lot of zucchini, but it will shrink on the grill as the moisture cooks off, so don’t worry. And when you take your first bite, you will be glad you did so much.
After cutting up the zucchini, place it in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Toss well to coat. Go easy on the salt if you are using the Parmesan, as the cheese is salty on its own.
Quick grilled summer zucchini. It takes just minutes to get on the table, plus it tastes good and is good for you! I like to dust mine with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, but it’s optional if you don’t eat dairy. Chopped fresh herbs are good too for a lift of fresh flavor. To “up” the flavor, add thinly sliced shallot.
- 2 large zucchini (about a half pound or 225 grams)
- 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
- Sprinkles of sea salt, pepper and granulated garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese or your favorite fresh chopped herb
- Trim ends off zucchini and cut lengthwise into quarters. With the white site up, slice out the seedy centers. See photo in post for help. Lay zucchini flat and cut crosswise on a diagonal into pieces about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide.
- Place zucchini in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic until well coated.
- Place your empty grill pan on the grill and heat it up until hot. Pour the zucchini into the hot grill pan and stir with a heat-safe spatula. Close the lid and allow zucchini to grill for a couple of minutes. Open the lid and shake the pan around (use an oven mitt!) to distribute the zucchini or stir with your spatula. Grill until zucchini is nicely browned and has some black edges. Sprinkle with cheese if using and serve.