How to Grill Zucchini

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Zucchini thrives in the warm weather months, just in time for you to fire up the grill. When grilled, the summer squash caramelizes and softens, making it a healthy and tasty side dish. Serve grilled zucchini warm or at room temperature; you can even prepare it in advance and keep it up to two days in the refrigerator.

How to Grill Zucchini
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Things You'll Need

  • Fresh, whole zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Marinade
  • Gas or charcoal grill
  • Tongs
  • Cooling rack
Step 1

Wash any dirt from the zucchini and trim off the ends.

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Step 2

Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. If you have particularly thick squash, slice it into lengthwise 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick slabs. Alternatively, slice the zucchini at a diagonal into 1/4- to 1/2-inch oval slices.

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Step 3

Brush the squash liberally with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Or, marinate the zucchini for 1 to 3 hours. Use a mixture of olive oil, herbs and vinegar or citrus juice. A bottled marinade also works well.

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Step 1

Heat your gas grill to high heat. Position the oiled or marinated zucchini on the grates at a 45-degree angle.

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Step 2

Cook about 4 minutes per side. If you desire crosshatch grill marks, switch the angle of the zucchini slices at the 2-minute mark. If the zucchini isn't soft after this time on the hot section of the grill, move it to a cooler section to finish cooking so as to prevent burning.

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Step 3

Remove the zucchini from the heat and place it on a cooling rack. The cooling rack allows for adequate airflow and minimizes steaming.

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Step 1

Build your charcoal grill fire so that you have a hot section and a lower heat section, which is usually on the outer edges of the grill.

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Step 2

Sear the marinated or oiled zucchini over the hot section of the coals for just a minute or 2 each side. Do not leave the zucchini over the hot coals for too long, or you'll risk over-charring the outside.

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Step 3

Move the zucchini to the lower heat section of the grill to finish cooking. Remove from the heat once the zucchini is softened and cooked through. Cool on a rack.

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