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! Zucchini halves are scored and brushed with a simple, herbed lemon-garlic butter and grilled to perfection before being brushed once more and topped with freshly grated 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. Am I really that old that I can be married for sixteen years? I guess so since I’m turning 37 in the fall and Haileigh turns sixteen next month. It’s still crazy to wrap my mind around.

We got married 1 month and 1 day before our oldest was born. It would’ve been two weeks but she was stubborn and came 10 days late. We were planning to wait to get married until a few months or even a year after she was born because we had just bought a house. And if that wasn’t a huge thing in and of itself, having a baby 4 months after moving was crazy–who had time to plan a wedding? But my pregnancy hormones took over and all of a sudden I had to be married like yesterday. It suddenly hit me that we had to marry before she was born because (at the time) I didn’t want any judgmental looks from the hospital staff. I was already 20 and pregnant and at the time, so I was scared I would be judged for that, even though Pat and I have been dating for 6 years already– they didn’t know that. Bless him for just going along with it, so Justice of the Peace it was. To this day we joke about it being the best $20 we’ve ever spent.

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So 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. Zucchinis are cut in half horizontally, scored and brushed with a herbed lemon-garlic butter and grilled to perfection before being topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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! 

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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.

Yield: 4 to 8 depending

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 10 minutes

Total Time: about 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 (my recipe can be found in my cookbook)

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

Directions:

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.

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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 šŸ™‚

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