Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan

You are going to LOVE this Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan recipe! It’s by far the most delicious veggie I’ve had all year. And it couldn’t be any easier! Zucchinis are brushed with a simple, herbed lemon-garlic butter before grilled to perfection! Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you do anything amazing or cook anything scrumptious? Yesterday, Pat an I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. SIXTEENTH.

Sunday Pat woke up early and went golfing and I spent a lazy morning reading and drinking coffee. I had a few zucchinis in the produce drawer of my fridge that I had to use up, so I made the best grilled zucchini recipe EVER. Whether it’s a side dish or meatless main dish, these are so delicious!

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Trust me, your summer NEEDS this recipe. Serve it alongside fish, chicken or steak or keep it vegetarian and serve with quinoa. SO easy and super delicious!

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To make this grilled zucchini recipe you’ll need: 4 medium zucchinis, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil, a clove of garlic, lemon, Italian seasoning (my recipe can be found in my cookbook), salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.

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To start, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter with 2 tablespoon of extra light olive oil a small saucepan. Do not let the butter/oil bubble or brown.

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Then add in the zest of one lemon and the juice of half.

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Added a couple pinches of kosher salt (not too much because of the Parmesan you’ll add later), a few grinds of fresh black pepper and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. For some kick, try a pinch or two of red pepper flakes.

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Then simply whisk to combine.

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Cut the stem end off of the zucchini and place on a rimmed metal sheet pan.

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Using a paring knife, cut x’s into the flesh.

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Then –eek!– brush with the garlicky herbed lemon butter oil deliciousness so it can work it’s way into those x’s.

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Preheat your grill to medium, once hot place it cut-side down onto the grill grates. Close the lid and grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until grill marks form.

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Then with the remaining butter, baste the cut side of the zucchini’s again– generously. Be sure to get the garlic, zest and spices into those cut marks.

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Next sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over each of the grilled zucchinis. Then, close the lid and cook for another 2 minutes or until the zucchinis are tender and the cheese has melted.

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I about died after my first bite. The herbed lemon-garlic butter works its way into the nooks and crannies of the zucchinis so you get a little lemon, a little garlic and parmesan in every bite.

Serve the grilled zucchini with lemon, garlic and parmesan next to grilled chicken, steak or as a light vegetarian option.

Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 4 to 8 depending

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan
You are going to LOVE this Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan recipe! It's by far the most delicious veggie I've had all year. And it couldn't be any easier! Zucchinis halves are scored and brushed with a simple, herbed lemon-garlic butter and grilled to perfection before being topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated or finely minced
  • zest of 1 lemon, plus
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning**
  • two pinches kosher salt
  • two pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 zucchinis, washed, stem trimmed and cut horizontally
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons small basil leaves

Instructions

Melt butter with olive oil in a small saucepan. Remove off of the heat and grate in the garlic and lemon zest. Next, squeeze in the juice from half a lemon and measure and add in the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Place the zucchini halves onto a rimmed metal sheet pan. Using a paring knife, score x's into the flesh before brushing with the butter mixture.

Preheat your grill to medium. Once hot, place the zucchinis onto the grill grates, cut-side down, close the lid and grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until grill marks form. Turn, brush with the remaining butter mixture making sure the garlic, zest and herbs are worked into the score marks. Sprinkle the parmesan over top, cover and grill for 1 to 2 more minutes or until the cheese melts.

Serve immediately with fresh basil leaves scattered overtop.

Notes

**You can find the recipe for my homemade Italian seasoning in my cookbook.

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4 Responses to “Grilled Zucchini with Lemon, Garlic and Parmesan”

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    julianne — July 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    do you think yellow squash would hold up well in place of zucchini? i have an overabundance from my garden this year!

    thanks 🙂

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 30th, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

      I don’t see why not 🙂

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    Rocio — July 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    How can i make them if i dont have a similar grill like you? im only have a big pan

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 21st, 2018 @ 11:53 am

      I would try it in a 425 to 450 oven and then quickly melt the cheese under the broiler. Hope this helps!

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