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Balsamic Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan


Balsamic grilled zucchini with parmesan is the tastiest way to enjoy zucchini! Quick and simple to prepare, it’s bursting with flavor in each bite and is made with just 4 simple ingredients.

Balsamic roasted brussels sprouts are a fan favorite around here, along with our balsamic chicken marinade, and this balsamic grilled zucchini recipe!

overhead view of grilled zucchini on plate

Marinated in balsamic vinegar, grilled to tender perfection, then smothered with parmesan cheese…you just can’t beat the flavors in this grilled zucchini recipe!

Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s also really simple to prepare and alert in under 30 minutes.

Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

  • the flavors are out of this world: balsamic vinegar elevates any veggie, and parmesan cheese is the great savoury addition
  • it’s alert in under 30 minutes, using only 4 ingredients
  • it’s low carb, gluten-free and exactly delish paired with our suggested serving options!

ingredient notes

two medium sized zucchinis side by side from overhead on grey countertop
  • zucchini – 4 medium sized fresh zucchinis will do!
  • olive oil – avocado oil also works great for cooking at high temperatures as it has a high smoke point
  • parmesan cheese – we use freshly grated
  • balsamic vinegar – we’ve used a grocery store balsamic vinegar of modena. Skip the fancy stuff for this one and save it for a vinaigrette.
  • balsamic reduction – for serving! This is totally optional but so tasty. You can make your own balsamic reduction using this simple 2-ingredient recipe.

Step by step directions

marinating zucchini in baking dish for the grilled zucchini recipe

Stir together oil and vinegar in a shallow baking dish. Add zucchini and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Note – You can cut your zucchini into a ton of different shapes, but we prefer rounds for this recipe. Cut it on a slight angle to make your rounds larger and avoid them from falling between the grates.

Allow zucchini to marinate while you heat the grill over medium-high heat (5-600°F).

showing how to grill zucchini on the barbecue

Carefully spray the grill or brush with olive oil. Arrange the zucchini on the grill.

Cook for 2 minutes per side (lid down), then an additional 2-6 minutes (depending on the size of your zucchini and the heat on your grill). Zucchini should be soft but not mushy.

parmesan cheese on the balsamic grilled zucchini on the barbecue

Turn the grill to low, then carefully sprinkle tops of zucchini rounds with parmesan. Put the barbecue lid down and cook for one more minute.

Carefully remove zucchini from the grill.

overhead shot of grilled zucchini recipe on grey plate

Serve with extra balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction.


kale quinoa salad in wooden bowl all mixed up

Serve it with

Balsamic grilled zucchini is such a good side dish for your summer BBQ or cookout! Pair it with:

FAQ

What other sauces could I use on grilled zucchini?

You could try this homemade teriyaki sauce for another flavor variation that would pair really well with other BBQ veggies!

Can I use yellow squash or another type of summer squash?

We have only tested with zucchini but other types of summer squash should work well for this recipe, too!

Can I make balsamic grilled zucchini in the air fryer?

We suspect the parmesan cheese won’t stick on this recipe in the air fryer. Instead, check out our air fryer zucchini fries.

This balsamic grilled zucchini is top served immediately after cooking it. It does not reheat or store well!

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Balsamic grilled zucchini with parmesan is the Trendy delish way to enjoy zucchini! Quick to prepare and bursting with flavor in each bite.

  • Combine – Stir together oil and vinegar in a shallow baking dish. Add zucchini and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Marinate – Allow zucchini to marinate while you heat the grill over medium-high heat (5-600°F).

  • Grill – Carefully spray the grill or brush with olive oil. Arrange the zucchini on the grill.Cook for 2 minutes per side (lid down), then an additional 2-6 minutes (depending on the size of your zucchini and the heat on your grill). Zucchini should be soft but not mushy.

  • Add parmesan – Turn the grill to low, then carefully sprinkle tops of zucchini rounds with parmesan. Put the barbecue lid down and cook for one more minute.Carefully remove zucchini from the grill.

  • Serve – with extra balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction.

Nutritional info excludes balsamic reduction as this is an optional topping.

  1. You can cut your zucchini into a ton of different shapes, but we prefer rounds for this recipe. Cut it on a slight angle to make your rounds larger and avoid them from falling between the grates.

Storage 
This recipe is top served immediately after cooking it. It does not reheat or store well!

 

Calories: 67kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 262mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 17.6mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 0.4mg




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