Perfectly Grilled Zucchini Recipe

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

48 Cals 1 Protein 4 Carbs 3.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
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.


  • 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.



Serving: 1/2 zucchini, Calories: 48kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 3.5mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g
Blue Smart Points: 1
Green Smart Points: 1
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 1
Keywords: bbq zucchini, grilled zucchini, grilled zucchini recipe, grilled zucchini recipes

Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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  1. 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.   

  2. Can you leave this marinating overnight?

  3. It would have helped if you’d have provided a grill temperature.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    • 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.

  6. This tasted wonderful! Thanks so much.

  7. Can I use rice wine vinegar?

  8. I love grilled zucchini, but I’ve never used my mandolin to cut them for the grill. That’s the best idea ever! They were perfectly sliced and they thick enough to not fall through my grill grates. Thanks!

  9. So good. I used zucchini and summer squash, and I think this was the tastiest squash I’ve ever had. I couldn’t remember which vinegar it called for, so I used white wine vinegar with a splash of balsamic. Did I mention how good this was? Simple and flavorful. Yum. Thank you for posting this!

  10. The zucchini turned out great and we loved the flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Made this for a side with our dinner the other night and it was delicious!! Used the exact same marinade for grilled chicken breast tonight and it was amazing!! Thank you so much for all your delicious recipes!! 

  12. Made it tonight with white wine vinegar and Italian seasoning, since that was what I had on hand. Delicious! 

  13. Made this tonight and it was wonderful!  We used balsamic…

  14. Delicious

  15. Hey love your recipes, always went at least twice a weeK for ideas. But how can one find more than one option at a time like both gluten and dairy free or like both low carb and dairy free??? this would helps lots 🙂 thank you for all your hard work!

  16. Thanks Gina, this looks delicious, how long would they keep for?

  17. Japanese eggplant would work for this recipe too

  18. Mine came out very soggy/moist. Do you have any tips to avoid?

  19. Wouldn’t it be better to dust the zucchini with the seasonings after or just before you take them off the grille so they don’t burn? Just asking. Thanks.

  20. How thick are you slicing them?  If it’s in the recipe I scant see it.

  21. Any tips for cooking it on a (nonstick) stovetop grill pan?

  22. Ingredient list is for red wine vinegar. Instructions say balsamic. I assume they are interchangeable, but is one better than the other! We love grilled zucchini, but have never used any vinegar in the prep. Thanks!

  23. Hi, this looks great but I’m a little confused. Your ingredients call for red wine vinegars but in directions you state balsamic. Don’t know if it matters and if it would change the flavor.

    Thank You.

  24. About how thick do you slice the zucchini?

  25. Balsamic or red wine vinegar?

  26. I love grilled zucchini! My favorite way to eat it.

  27. There is an error in the recipe .In the ingredients you listed red wine vinegar and in the instructions you said balsamic vinegar.. So which one is it?