This grilled zucchini recipe is a quick side dish that can accompany almost any main.

Thick slices of fresh zucchini are seasoned with herbs, oil, and lemon juice and then grilled until they’re tender.

It’s the perfect summer side dish for just about any meal! Just slice, season, grill, and serve! So quick and easy.

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Grilled Zucchini Is Quick & Healthy

  • Grilled zucchini is a quick and easy side dish ready in minutes.
  • It’s both flavorful and nutritious, and it’s naturally low in calories and carbs.
  • It needs just a few simple ingredients that you likley have on hand and it pairs well with everything from chicken to grilled pork.
ingredients for grilled zucchini including zucchini, oil, salt, pepper, lemon, basil, and garlic.

Ingredients for Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini: Choose medium sized zucchini squash to ensure a great texture and easy grilling. Slice them into planks to prevent slipping through the grate. Yellow summer squash can be prepared the same way.

Marinade: Keep it simple with minced garlic (or use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder), olive oil, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Garnish: Sprinkle fresh herbs like basil, dill, or parsley after grilling for added summery flavor. Shredded Parmesan cheese or feta are great on grilled zucchini too.

Variations: Try your favorite spices like oregano, thyme, or red pepper flakes. Add lemon zest for more lemon flavor

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How to Grill Zucchini

This is one of those summer zucchini recipes that’ll quickly become a favorite! Fire up the BBQ (or a grill pan) for a quick and simple side dish.

  1. Prep: Slice the zucchini into long strips in ½-inch to ¾-inch thick (per the recipe below).
  2. Season: Add oil, seasonings, and lemon juice and toss to coat.
  3. Grill: Place the zucchini on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
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  • Zucchini can be tossed in the seasonings and marinated for up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Cutting zukes horizontally keeps them from slipping through the grates. You can also use a grill basket or cut them into rounds and thread them on skewers

Storing Leftover Zucchini

For best results, keep leftover grilled zucchini in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy it in salads, stir-fries, or reheat in the microwave. Leftovers are also a great addition to lasagna.

More Great Zucchini Recipes

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Grilled Zucchini

Tender zucchini slices are lightly seasoned and grilled for the perfect summer side dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 medium zucchini about 6 to 8 oz each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves or oregano
  • 1 lemon divided
  • seasoning salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Slice the zucchini into long ½-inch thick slices and place them on a plate or baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, basil, salt & pepper. Squeeze half of the lemon over the zucchini and toss to coat.
  • Add the strips to the preheated grill in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until tender crisp.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Zucchini can be tossed in the seasonings and marinated for up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Cutting larger veggies helps ensure they don’t slip through the grate.
  • If you’re using a really large garden zucchini, cut the zucchini in half and remove the seeds if needed. The zucchini can be cut into large ½ moons instead. An extra large zucchini may have tougher skin that can be peeled if you’d like.
  • Zucchini cooks very fast, so ensure it doesn’t overcook! Don’t cut the zucchini too thin. 
  • If you’ve grilled meat, the zucchini can be cooked while the meat rests.
  • If you have fresh herbs, they are best sprinkled on the zucchini after cooking.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 87 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. This is the best grilled zuchini recipe ever! I made this recipe for my Mom on her Birthday and she absolutely loved it, along with the rest of my family;). I don’t think I could find a better recipe for zuchini than this one. Great job and thank you so much!5 stars

  2. This was really good. But important not to overcook which we did the first batch and it was mushy on inside…ok though threw it in freezer for when I make your creamy zucchini soup.5 stars