Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Here’s how to make grilled zucchini and squash! This basic recipe shows you the grill time, temperature, and perfect seasoning blend.

Grilled Zucchini & Squash

There’s nothing more summery than a bounty of zucchini and squash! There’s so much to do with this classic combination of vegetables, from casserole to roasting them. But the easiest? Grilled zucchini and squash! Throw this pair on the grill with Italian-style spices and grill until they’re charred and tender. It’s the perfect side dish for a grilled meal on the patio. We can almost feel the grass under our toes and the summer sun! Here’s what to do.

Ingredients for grilled zucchini and squash

There’s not much you need besides the vegetables here! This grilled zucchini and squash is very basic, but uses just the right ingredients to get big flavor. On their own both are very bland, but amp them with these Italian seasonings and they taste incredible. Here’s what you need for grilled zucchini and squash:

  • Medium-sized zucchini: You’ll want a zucchini that’s not too small or too big. Zucchini or summer squash that are too large can get stringy and seedy.
  • Medium-sized summer squash: Same notes as for the zucchini!
  • Dried basil and oregano: to bring in the Italian flavor
  • Garlic powder and onion powder: rounds out the amazing flavors
  • Olive oil & kosher salt
Grilled zucchini and squash

3 ways to cut zucchini and squash for grilling

How to cut zucchini and summer squash for grilling? There are a few ways we like to do it. Here’s a little breakdown:

  • Rounds. You can slice the zucchini and squash into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
  • On the bias (diagonal). If you cut diagonally or “on the bias”, you get larger, most interesting shapes.
  • Planks. You also can cut the vegetables width-wise into long planks: see this grilled zucchini.

How to grill zucchini and squash

Now, let’s get to the grilling! All you need to know is the grill temperature and basic timing. Once you’ve got that down, memorize this recipe and make it on repeat! 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 zucchini and summer squash into rounds or on the bias. Make the pieces about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Toss with olive oil and seasonings. See the recipe below; adjust as necessary if you have more or less quantity of vegetables.
  • Grill on the grates for 4 to 6 minutes. Cook until charred and tender, turning once.
How to grill zucchini and squash

Variations: try these seasoning blends!

There are lots of ways to season grilled zucchini and squash! While they’re perfect with Mediterranean or Italian seasonings, there are lots of ways to think outside the box. These are especially nice if you’re making a meal in the style of another cuisine. Here are some ideas:

Grilled zucchini and squash

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Grilled Zucchini & Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Squash


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make grilled zucchini and squash! This basic recipe shows you the grill time, temperature, and perfect seasoning blend. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 medium yellow summer squash
  • 1 medium zucchini (1 3/4 pounds total with both)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Slice the zucchini and 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, and kosher salt.
  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 more pinches kosher salt.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled Zucchini and Squash

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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