This quick and easy Grilled Zucchini recipe makes the best side dish for a summer BBQ! 

This simple recipe brings out all the best flavors from this summer squash staple. Fresh zucchini is lightly seasoned with garlic, lemon and Italian seasoning then grilled to perfection. When zucchini are grilled, they develop a crisp yet smoky flavor that is perfect served alone, added to a vegetable lasagna or tossed in a salad. So incredibly tasty, easy to make and impressive to serve, grilled zucchini is a side dish that is sure to become a family favorite. 

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Our Favorite Summer Side Dish

  • Zucchini are economical in the summer months. Catch zukes when they’re on sale or at the farmer’s market and toss on the grill with this quick and easy recipe!
  • It’s easy to turn this recipe into a low-carb side or main dish. Cook grilled zucchini and scoop out the flesh to make boats. Serve them stuffed with seasoned meat for a side or main dish that is low in calories and big on taste!
  • Wrap grilled zucchini in foil and keep warm in the oven. Extra batches can be added to soups, salads, stir-fries, and omelettes all week long!

Grilled Zucchini ingredients

What’s in Grilled Zucchini?

ZUCCHINI: Choose zucchini squash that are free from blemishes or soft spots. No need to peel, simply cut them into equal sizes so they cook at the same rate. Eggplant, tomatoes, and red onions can be grilled the same way, either by cutting them into 1” thick rounds. Grill some corn and make a grilled vegetable medley!

SEASONINGS: Olive oil or leftover bacon grease are perfect for grilling vegetables. Try this Italian dressing mix and have extra for future dressings and dips!

adding seasonings to zucchini to make Grilled Zucchini

How to Grill Zucchini

It’s super easy to make this delish recipe:

  1. Zucchini cooks fast on the grill, so keep an eye out and turn it frequently.
  2. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and toss with remaining ingredients.
  3. Thread zucchini onto skewers and cook (per the recipe below) until just tender and browned.

NOTE: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using so they don’t char on the grill.

mixed seasonings with zucchini to make Grilled Zucchini

What to Serve with Grilled Zucchini?

Serve grilled zucchini with a splash of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. As a side dish, grilled zucchini is delish beside smoked chicken, some smoked beef ribs, or this delicious recipe for sweet and sour pork spare ribs. These fun pineapple sausage kabobs, or beef kabobs are always perfect for serving with grilled zucchini too! 

Grilled Zucchini on a wooden board


Keep leftover grilled zucchini in a covered container in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop or under the broiler. Serve as an appetizer with this delish Greek yogurt dip. Avoid freezing grilled zucchini since it will be mushy once it’s thawed.

PRO TIP: Sprinkle parmesan cheese over leftover grilled zucchini and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. 

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Grilled Zucchini

Cook zucchini on the grill with this simple and easy recipe! Grilling gives zucchini the best smoky flavor that is perfect served with favorite summer time entrees.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Candace


Mixing bowl or zippered bag, or tray
Skewers optional


  • 6 small zucchini or 2 large zucchini
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon plus more juice for serving if desired
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste,
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste


  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise* and place on a tray, in a zip top bag, or in a bowl.
  • Add oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat zucchini with seasoning.
  • Grill about 4-6 minutes on each side or until cooked.
  • Remove from grill, sprinkle with additional lemon juice if desired, and serve immediately.


  • *For large zucchini, cut into rounds ¾” thick and grill about 3-5 minutes each side.
  • Zucchini can be threaded onto skewers, if desired. Soak wooden skewers in water for 1 hour before grilling to avoid becoming charred.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Reheat on the stovetop or under the broiler.  
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1zucchini | Calories: 75 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Slightly adapted from Spend With Pennies.


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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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