by Olena

Grilled Zucchini (Video)

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Grilled Zucchini with garlic, oil, salt and pepper is our Ukrainian-Russian family recipe. We grill zucchini along with any meat all summer long.

Grilled Zucchini

Grilled Zucchini Recipe

Grilled zucchini is our family’s signature dish. If you visit us in summer, we will serve you a complete grilled dinner – grilled chicken, grilled zucchini and grilled pita.

Usually we do garlic, oil, salt and pepper. I am sure you completely understand why. If not, hint – I am Ukrainian. Almost everything gets “a sprinkle” of garlic. And it works! 🙂

This grilled zucchini recipe is perfect for zucchini season – when everyone wants to gift you a zucchini and you feel like running away. Don’t. 🙂 To grill zucchini is a quick and easy way to use it up and it lasts for up to 3 days.

Grilled Zucchini in baking dish

Tips for Best Grilled Zucchini

  • Uniform slices – Make sure all zucchini slices are approximately same size. This is usually the case with farmer’s market or garden zucchini.
  • Large garden zucchini – Cut them into 2 inch rounds and a bit on an angle to make cooking surface larger.
  • No outdoor grill – Cast iron grill pan or George Foreman grill (because double sided, so will cook faster) works.
  • Squash – Particularly in summer you might have a lot of yellow squash that is same as zucchini. Just follow the recipe.

zucchini slices coated in dressing in baking dish

How to Grill Zucchini

  • Choose the right dish to coat zucchini in marinade. Zucchini is firm, so it can withstand shaking in a dish with a lid.
  • Season zucchini with oil, garlic, salt, pepper, close the lid and shake container until coated. Alternatively, you can brush it on each slice.
  • Grill zucchini covered for 4-5 minutes. Flip, cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • How do I know zucchini is done? Zucchini should be tender to the touch with nice grill marks when it is done. For firm zucchini, remove before it is too soft as zucchini will continue cooking with residual heat.

3 zucchini slices on the grill

Grilled Protein to Pair with Grilled Zucchini

As mentioned in the description, this grilled zucchini recipe is so versatile, it goes with anything grilled.

And it is so convenient to throw zucchini on already hot grill while meat is resting.

Grilled Zucchini in baking dish

How to Make Ahead and Store Grilled Zucchini

Make ahead: Cover zucchini in dressing, shake in a dish with a lid to coat and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Then grill as per recipe.

Store: Grilled zucchini lasts very well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Perfect for meal prep and definitely helps with eating low carb and more veggies.

Do not freeze.

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Grilled Zucchini recipe


Grilled Zucchini

grilled zucchini

5 from 1 reviews

Grilled Zucchini with garlic, oil, salt and pepper is our Ukrainian-Russian family recipe. We grill zucchini along with any meat all summer long.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (2 slices each) 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: BBQ
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 3 lbs small-medium zucchini, cut in halves lengthwise
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Add zucchini to a large bowl with a lid or a large baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over zucchini. Mix by either shaking the container with the lid on it or by using your hands. You can also brush the dressing onto the zucchini.
  4. Preheat grill on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Place zucchini in a single layer on the grill, close the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the zucchini once, cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Zucchini should be tender to the touch with nice grill marks when it is done. How long depends on the grill and you know your grill best.
  6. Serve warm or cold with grilled chicken breast, grilled lemon rosemary chicken or grilled chicken thighs.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.

To make ahead: Cut up zucchini and cover with dressing for up to 24 hours prior to grilling.



  • If your zucchini is extra large like garden one, cut into 4 long quarter sticks.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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