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Here’s how to make the best grilled squash, charred and seasoned to perfection! It’s easy to grill up this tasty summer side dish.

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Need a quick and easy summer side dish? Or got a load of yellow summer squash? Try this perfect grilled squash! It’s simple but full of big flavor, seasoned with Italian herbs like basil and oregano. Even better: it takes only 5 minutes to grill! It’s one of those sides that screams summer: you can almost smell the charcoal and hear the buzz of the lawnmower. Along with grilled zucchini, this has become a favorite for Alex and me because it’s so quick: and hard to mess up.

Want to grill all the veggies? Go to Best Grilled Vegetables!

Ingredients for grilled squash

When we say grilled squash, we’re talking summer squash. Yes, that large yellow squash that it seems everyone has more than enough of! interestingly, there aren’t tons of recipes that use the summer variety: you won’t find much summer squash soup or risotto like you do with winter squash. So making grilled squash is one of the best ways to use it (outside of roasted)! Here’s what you need:

  • Yellow summer squash (or a mix of squash and zucchini for variation in color!)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices: Dried basil, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder

Love yellow squash? Check out these Yellow Squash Recipes to Try!

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How to cut squash for grilling

There are a few different ways to cut summer squash for the grill. Here’s a little breakdown:

  • Rounds. You can slice the squash into 1/2-inch thick rounds. But the way we like to do it is…
  • On the bias (diagonal). It looks similar to rounds, but if you cut on the bias (diagonally), you get larger, most interesting shapes.
  • Planks. You also can cut the squash width-wise into long planks. (We did this for our grilled zucchini.)
How to grill squash

How to grill squash

You can grill squash right on the grill grates: no grill basket or foil necessary! It’s fast and easy: just cook them until they’re charred and tender. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s about 375 to 450 degrees.
  • Cut the squash on the bias (diagonally). Make the pieces about 3/4-inch thick.
  • Toss with olive oil and seasonings. The blend of Italian spices in the recipe below is perfect.
  • Grill on the grates for 4 to 6 minutes. Cook until charred and tender, turning once.

Variations on seasoning for grilled squash

Yellow summer squash and zucchini work well with Italian and Mediterranean seasonings, but there’s no reason not to change it up. Here are a few other seasonings that would work well.

Important: Keep in mind many of these blends have salt included. Use ¼ teaspoon of the salt below, then sprinkle with the seasoning.

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More grilled vegetables

Make all of our best grilled vegetables! This grilled squash is great for combining with a few more veggies to make into a big vegetable platter. Just keep in mind the size of your grill dictates how many you can make at once! Here are more to try:

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Grilled squash

Grilled Squash (Perfectly Seasoned!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Here’s how to make the best grilled squash, charred and seasoned to perfection! It’s easy to grill up this tasty summer side dish.


  • 3 medium yellow summer squash (or a mix of squash and small zucchini)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Slice the squash on the bias, about 1/2” thick. Place it in a bowl and mix it with the olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  3. Place the squash directly on the grill grates and grill for about 2 to 3 minutes per side (4 to 6 minutes total), until charred and tender. Taste and add a few pinches of additional salt if necessary.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Tannis Knutson says:

    very tasty and easy.

  2. Rachel says:

    I tries this Squash tonight and was very pleasantly surprised – it was the first time I’ve been able to cook Squash (besides sautéing with garlic and onions until its cooked to death) in a way I actually liked. I learned I should have mixed the spices in a separate bowl before tossing as some spices clumped in excess on a few pieces, but I know I was just cutting some corners to speed up the process and mixing spices separately should fix the issue of getting too much of one spice on different pieces. Fantastic recipe! Will definitely make these again!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed!

  3. mickel west says: