All that glitters is gold, in the case of a zucchini.
Zucchini is a green and golden vegetable with the taste of summer. The grill enhances its flavor without the need for extra fat, keeping it healthy.
And if you’re grilling for a get-together, then this goodness is definitely on the menu.
Here’s an easy zucchini recipe for the grill, without the dreaded soggy-ness!.
Ingredients for Grill Zucchini
- Chopped-up zucchini. You’d need four to five medium-sized zucchinis cut in half lengthwise. This is best for grilling as it’s easy to pick up with tongs. Zucchini has a mild taste with a slightly grassy or sweet profile.
- Olive oil. Coating your zucchini in some oil lets them caramelize without burning. However, you don’t need a lot, just 1 tablespoon.
- Some lemon juice. This is to boost your grilled zucchini, which gives them a complex taste (without the complexity!). You can also substitute lemon juice with a splash of balsamic vinegar for a change in flavor profiles.
- Seasoning. You can use some salt and pepper or a blend of your choice. Your zucchini must be seasoned before grilling and after according to taste. If you use a blend of spices that already contain salt, reduce the salt you use. After grilling, taste and add more if you like!
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How to Serve Grilled Zucchini
Grilled zucchini can be a flavorful addition to various dishes, including chicken, steak, turkey, pork, or fish. Add a salad, and you got a summertime favorite.
Put some strips of cheese on the hot zucchini and throw in some flake salt to taste. Serve this goodness in some freshly baked bread. Make sure to get the cheese on there when the zucchini is super hot, so it goes gooey and yummy.
This is a great trick to make veggies appealing to picky toddlers and older kids.
You can also add other stuff to it, such as some herbs or bacon or whatever else you’re making on the grill.
A pro-tip would be to keep the complementing dish flavors to the minimum, though, so you can really get the taste of the grilled zucchini. This is great if you’re making a vegetarian special.
How to Prepare Grilled Zucchini
The process is pretty simple. Remember, zucchini cooks pretty fast, so remember to check on it and don’t let it overcook! This is one of the common suspects of soggy zucchini.
Follow these steps for the best (no-soak) zucchini ever!
1. Preheat and Oil Your Grill
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat of about 450 degrees F. Do this 15 minutes before you plan to grill your zucchini. Preheating is important as it ensures your food won’t get stuck!
Dip a paper towel in a little oil and use your tongs to wipe it evenly on your grill. Don’t use too much because you might start a fire!
2. Grab Your Zucchini
Cut your zucchini if you haven’t already. Lightly coat the halves with some olive oil (or any oil of your choice), and then put your seasoning on the cut side.
Don’t add too much seasoning because we have to add some at the end too!
3. Let’s Grill!
Using your tongs, place the zucchini on the grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side. There should be beautiful, dark grill marks on both sides.
Take it off the grill when you see these marks to avoid overcooking them.
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If you like, season one time for taste and squeeze some lemon juice over the zucchini and serve. When doing this, it’s best to put the zucchinis on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil, keeping it firm and tasty.
FAQs on Grill Zucchini Recipe
Have some questions? Read on for some FAQs!
How Do You Grill Zucchini Without Getting Soggy?
Grill your zucchini over medium-high heat. Slow cooking can make them soak in the oil and become soggy. It’s best to cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, like a baton.
What Is the Best Way to Slice Zucchini for Grilling?
You can cut the zucchini in half like batons or shave them into ribbons. Avoid cutting them into rounds as they can become hard to grill.
Why Is My Zucchini Soggy?
You might be overcooking them! Unlike other vegetables, zucchini has a lot of water. So, if you overcook it, the water will come out and make your zucchini too soggy. It can also become soggy due to extra oil.
What Temperature Should My Grill Be to Cook Chicken?
The grill should be preheated to medium-high at temperatures of 350 to 400 degrees F. The grill must be hot when you place the chicken, which allows it to cook evenly.