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Grilling Zucchini And Squash Like A Boss

AustinPublished: August 15, 2023
Grilling Zucchini And Squash Like A Boss

Get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering recipe for grilling zucchini and squash. Trust me, once you try this, you'll never look at these veggies the same way again.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. Zucchini and squash? That's not the most exciting combination. We thought the same thing. After all, we love red meats and the juiciness that comes along with them. But this recipe will show you how to get great flavor from something as simple as zucchini and squash.

Why you're going to love this grilled zucchini and squash recipe.

Zucchini and Squash Side by Side

There's a lot to love when grilling zucchini and squash.

Let's talk about the simplicity of this recipe. With just a few ingredients and minimal prep, you can whip up a dish with everyone looking for more. And it's versatile too! Whether you're firing up the grill for a summer gathering or simply looking for a flavorful side dish for your weeknight dinner, this recipe is a winner.

But it's not just the ease and versatility that make this recipe a knockout. The magic happens when the fresh zucchini and squash meet the heat of the grill. As they sizzle and sear, something truly magical happens. The natural sweetness of the vegetables intensifies while their firm texture becomes wonderfully tender. And that hint of char? It adds a delicious hint of smokiness that takes this dish to a whole new level. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive, but once you try it, you'll see what we mean.

Now, picture yourself taking a bite of this grilled goodness. The zucchini and squash, still warm from the grill, melt in your mouth and burst with flavor. You savor that combination of earthy and slightly sweet notes, and you can't help but feel like a culinary genius. It's a dish that will impress your friends and leave them wondering just how you created such a masterpiece.

So, whether you're a veggie lover or someone who thinks they don't like zucchini and squash, think again. This grilled zucchini and squash recipe will change your mind.


Ingredients for Grilling Zucchini and Squash

When grilling zucchini and squash like a boss, the first step is gathering all the necessary ingredients. Here's what you're going to need—

  • Zucchini. Look for firm zucchini that feels heavy for its size. The vibrant green color is a good indicator of freshness. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and trim off the ends before grilling.
  • Yellow squash. Similar to zucchini, choose a firm yellow squash with a rich yellow color. Give them a good rinse, remove the ends, and they'll be ready.
  • Olive oil. A drizzle of olive oil is essential for bringing out the flavors of the zucchini and squash while grilling. It adds a touch of richness and helps prevent sticking to the grill.
  • Salt and pepper. These basic seasonings are a must for enhancing the natural taste of the vegetables. Sprinkle them generously on the zucchini and squash before grilling.
  • Optional seasonings. Feel free to get creative with other seasonings to add extra flavor. Try sprinkling some garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or a squeeze of lemon juice for a tangy kick. One of our favorites is paprika.

Once you have all the ingredients, you're ready to fire up the grill and get cooking. Remember, grilling zucchini and squash is about simplicity and letting the natural flavors shine through.


With your ingredients ready to go, it's time to make the magic happen.

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Take a moment to savor the anticipation of the incredible flavors that are about to dance on your taste buds. Grilling zucchini and squash will elevate your culinary prowess to new heights.
  2. Let's prepare our star ingredients. Give your zucchinis and squash a thorough wash and gently pat them dry. Slice them into long, uniform strips approximately ¼ inch thick. Marvel at these vegetables' vivid colors and textures.
  3. Drizzle the zucchini and squash strips with olive oil and generously sprinkle them with your preferred seasoning blend. Personally, we love the simplicity and tantalizing blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of sizzling heat. Gently toss the vegetables to ensure every strip is coated with the heavenly mixture.
  4. Directly place the zucchini and squash strips on the preheated grill grates, ensuring they form a single, harmonious layer. Grill the zucchini and squash for approximately 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn tender with beautiful caramelized grill marks.
  5. Once your grilled zucchini and squash have reached perfection, carefully remove them from the grill using tongs, and transfer them to a delightful serving platter. Garnish with a refreshing squeeze of lemon juice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to add an extra kick.
  6. Take a moment to marvel at your exquisite creation - the vibrant colors, intoxicating aromas, and delicious flavors are a testament to your grilling skills. Share this culinary delight with your loved ones and let them revel in the pure ecstasy.

Now that you've mastered the art of grilling zucchini and squash, dazzle your friends and family with this simple yet irresistibly delectable dish.

Recommended sides.

When it comes to grilling zucchini and squash, the show's main stars, it's always great to have some delicious sides to complement them and complete the meal. Here are some of our favorite sides for grilled zucchini and squash:

Caprese salad.

This classic combination of juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, and fragrant basil perfectly accompanies the smoky flavors of your grilled zucchini and squash. Drizzle it with some balsamic glaze for that extra burst of tangy sweetness. Trust me, the contrast of textures and flavors will have your taste buds dancing!

Quinoa and roasted vegetables.

Another fantastic side option is quinoa and roasted vegetable salad. Cook up some fluffy quinoa and toss it with roasted bell peppers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. Add a handful of fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavors. This vibrant salad brings a nutty and wholesome element to your grilled zucchini and squash, making it a well-balanced and satisfying meal.

Sweet potatoes.

A classic side dish that never fails to impress is roasted sweet potatoes. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes, then toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place them in a preheated oven at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until they turn light golden brown. The sweetness of the potatoes enhances the smoky flavors of the grilled zucchini and squash, creating a symphony of flavors you'll love.

Grilled delight: Elevate your culinary prowess to new heights.

Grilling zucchini and squash like a boss is a delicious way to enjoy these summer vegetables. Still, it's also a fantastic opportunity to get creative with flavors and impress your friends and family at your next cookout.

Following this simple recipe, you can elevate these humble veggies to a new level, bringing out their natural sweetness and adding smoky goodness.

But what I love most about grilling zucchini and squash is their sheer versatility. You can use them as a side dish alongside your favorite meats, toss them in salads, or even layer them in sandwiches for freshness. The possibilities are truly endless!

Plus, they are packed with nutrients, low in calories, and a great source of fiber. So while indulging in the delightful flavors, you're also doing your body a favor.

While we love cooking red meats on the grill, we're always up for backyard grilling, even if it's only veggies. Sometimes, you need a healthier meal to go with a good time in the backyard.



Professional Backyard Chef

Austin, a trained chef and graduate of the The Art Institute of Washington, has a deep passion for locally sourced ingredients. He spent several years working in farm-to-table restaurants, forging relationships with local farmers and learning about the benefits of fresh, local produce. As a regular contributor to various food and lifestyle magazines, Austin specializes in creating delicious, seasonal recipes for the backyard bistro. His dedication to local ingredients helps readers discover new flavors while supporting their local economy.