Grilled Zucchini


Turn on the grill and throw on some zucchini! Making grilled zucchini is easy and if you do it right you’ll end up with grilled zucchini with a little crunch rather than a soggy mess. Grab the zucchini from your garden or the grocery store and get grilling!

grilled zucchini in a baking dish

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Our favorite way to prepare zucchini is on the grill. It is the perfect side dish to any bbq dinner! All you need is a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to perfectly season your zucchini and you are ready to prepare this grilled zucchini recipe.

How to Grill Zucchini

The only risk you run when preparing this grilled zucchini recipe is over grilling. Don’t worry! We have you covered. Follow the steps below for the most perfect grilled zucchini.

Choose the Zucchini

How do you know what size zucchini to buy and grill? Honestly, any size zucchini will due. In a perfect world, you would choose small to medium sized zucchinis because they have smaller seeds a lesser water content.

However, if you do have large zucchinis in your garden, those will work, too!

Prep the Zucchini

After you have picked out what zucchinis to use, wash the zucchinis and half them lengthwise (hot dog style). Lay each half onto a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil and salt and pepper.

fresh zucchini on a baking sheet drizzled in oil

Grill the Zucchini

Preheat the grill to 400ºF and lay a piece of tin foil down onto the grill.

Next, place each zucchini half on to the tin foil and grill for 10-12 minutes flipping ever 4 minutes. Remove the zucchini from the grill and enjoy!

zucchini being grilled

Tips to Make the PERFECT Zucchini

Check out the seeds

Sometimes zucchini has a ton of seeds and water content. That may sometimes cause grilled zucchini to become mushy. If you do suspect that there are too many seeds in your zucchini halves, use a spoon to gently scoop them out.

Use good oil

You want to get your zucchini nice and grilled up. That may mean grill marks or just golden brown vegetables. We love the flavor that olive oil gives zucchini, but feel free to use whatever oil you would like!

Don’t overcook

A crunchy zucchini is better than mush. If you are going to eat your zucchini immediately grill zucchini for 10-12 minutes. However, if you are planning to use the zucchini in another recipe like pasta or for a side dish that you are going to reheat, undercook the zucchini by grilling them for only 8-9 minutes.

Can I make this zucchini in the oven?

If you do not have a grill, have no fear! You can follow this recipe, but rather than put the zucchini on the grill, place zucchini on a baking sheet and into the oven. Bake at 400ºF!

leftover zucchini?

Do you have more zucchini to use up? We have plenty of healthy zucchini recipes on FFF! Check out this lasagna zucchini casserole, these taco stuffed zucchini boats, or this coconut oil zucchini bread.

How to Store Grilled Zucchini

Let this grilled zucchini cool completely before placing it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Serving Preferences

Grilled zucchini would be delicious chopped up and tossed into pasta or even makes a great side dish for any meal. Serve this grilled zucchini with any of the recipes below.

Grilled bbq chicken breasts- Grilled BBQ Chicken is hands-down one of my favorite summer meals. Whip up this healthy grilled chicken breast recipe on the grill with your favorite bbq sauce!

Lemon dill salmon burgers- These are the most delicious salmon burgers made with flakey salmon, fresh lemon, and dill. Grill them, pan fry them, or bake them!

Grilled chicken legs- Ever wonder how to grill chicken legs? Look no further because these are the BEST grilled chicken legs in all the land. We’ll teach you how to make the most amazing chicken dry rub and give you a step by step tutorial for the best grilled chicken legs recipe ever.

Smoked Chicken Thighs Seriously delicious smoked chicken thighs made with an easy, flavorful chicken marinade!

If you do decide to use this zucchini as a part of meal prep, take a look at these delicious meal prep ideas for inspiration!

grilled zucchini in a baking dish

Grilled zucchini on a baking sheet.

Grilled Zucchini

Make this grilled zucchini recipe as a side dish to all of your favorite bbq recipes!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 22 minutes

Fat 5 Carbs 0 Protein 2

Yield 6 servings 1x


  • 6 medium zucchinis, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat the grill to 400ºF and lay a piece of tin foil down on the grill.
  2. Next, chop off the ends of your zucchinis and cut in half lengthwise (hot dog style) and place zucchini face up on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle each zucchini half with olive oil and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  4. Spray tin foil with cooking spray and then place zucchini flat side down onto the tin foil. Close the lid to the grill.
  5. Grill at around 400ºF on direct flame for around 10-12 minutes flipping zucchinis every 4 minutes.
  6. Remove from grill and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 73 Sugar: 5 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 2 Protein: 2

Author: Linley RichterCategory: Side DishMethod: GrilledCuisine: American

Keywords: grilled zucchini

Photo credit: The Wooden Skillet

About Linley Richter

Linley is a 5′ nothing spitball of positive energy who joined Team Fit Foodie in the Spring of 2014. Linley has worked on the digital side of small businesses and nonprofits since 2011, where she specialized in social media community management. Lin has a passion for food and an incredible palate. She is FFF’s chief recipe developer, so you can thank her for these incredible recipes!

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