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Perfectly Grilled Zucchini Recipe

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Make Perfectly Grilled Zucchini all summer long! Quick and easy, great as a side dish with anything you’re grilling.

Make Perfect Grilled Zucchini all summer long! Quick and easy, great as a side dish with anything you're grilling.
Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, I make it year round and have a ton of zucchini recipes. During the summer months, I love grilling zucchini as a side dish to serve with chicken, fish or meat. It’s fast, easy and delicious! A few zucchini dishes I also love all summer, Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes, Zucchini Feta Fritters and this Crustless Zucchini Pie.

How To Make Perfect Grilled Zucchini

This will also with with yellow squash if you prefer or do a mix of both. It’s an easy side dish that the whole family will love, and it’s dairy-free, low-carb, keto and Whole30 friendly. You can play around with the flavor profile with different oils, vinegars and spices.

Steps for success

  1. You want to slice your zucchini into uniform strips so they grill evenly. You can do this with a knife, but you have more control with a mandolin. This is the one I use, it’s best to get a cut resistant glove (affil link) so you don’t lose a finger.
  2. To make perfect zucchini on a grill, start by seasoning your zucchini with oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
  3. Heat the grill and make sure the grates are clean and well oiled.
  4. Grill until tender and grill marks appear.
  5. If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan with ridges like this one is great.

Zucchini Seasoning Ingredients

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar or balsamic
  • dried herbs such as parsley and basil
  • garlic powder, salt and pepper

Seasoning for zucchini for the grill.How To Grill Zucchini

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Perfect Grilled Zucchini

4.84 from 18 votes
Make Perfect Grilled Zucchini all summer long! Quick and easy, great as a side dish with anything you're grilling.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Make Perfect Grilled Zucchini all summer long! Quick and easy, great as a side dish with anything you're grilling.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 zucchini


  • 2 medium zucchini about 8 oz each, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat grill on medium-high. In a large bowl, toss zucchini with oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, basil, and garlic powder. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Once grill is hot, carefully use tongs to rub an oiled paper towel over grates to clean.
  • Using tongs, place zucchini on grill. Cover and cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking on high, covered, 2 to 3 minutes more
  • When zucchini is tender, remove from heat, taste for salt and adjust as needed and eat right away.

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Serving: 1 /2 zucchini, Calories: 48 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 3.5 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g


Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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44 comments on “Perfectly Grilled Zucchini Recipe”

  1. With zucchini season upon us, I was looking for a new recipe. My husband likes to make grilled zucchini skins but I find them to be so bland. The vinegar just makes these have such great flavor. I just used plain old wine vinegar. These are so good I’ve made them 2x this week. Look forward to preparing these throughout the summer.

  2. This was awesome! I made this last week to go along with grilled chicken breast. It was a nice side and I will be making it again tonight. Thank you for a great new way to have zucchini.

  3. This was fantastic.  I’ve made it twice and both times it was terrific.  Using my mandolin to slice the zucchini made grilling easier and more consistent.  The second time I swapped out the red wine vinegar for rice wine vinegar which allowed the subtle spices to come through more adding another dimension to this side dish.   

  4. Can you marinate the sliced zucchini in this mixture for a couple of hours or will that make them soggy?

  5. So good! Thank you for creating and sharing this. My whole family ate it right up. Ashamedly I am a picky eater myself, and even though I serve healthy food and am a decent cook, I usually gag my zucchini and yellow squash down or try to hide it in spaghetti sauce or breads- but this I would eat every day!

  6. Love this zucchini. Cooked it in a grill pan on the stove cause of the heat outside but can’t wait to see how it taste on an actual grill. The 1 down is that when I entered the nutrition in the WW app it came out as 2 but not a big deal!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

    1. Someone commented earlier they used rice vinegar and it helped some of the spices shine a bit more, so go for it! I would say whatever vinegar is your vinegar of choice is a good substitute (and what you have on hand!).