A simple marinade and easy grilling method make this Balsamic Grilled Zucchini a great choice for any night of the week. Grilling adds a savory quality to veggies that makes them so delicious!
This is one of my favorite methods for preparing zucchini – marinated in a seasoned balsamic vinegar and olive oil mixture and quickly grilled. It’s a super easy, delicious way to add more veggies to your diet.
All four of my boys have grown up eating and liking lots of different veggies. I never forced anything on them, but found that certain methods of preparation made veggies more agreeable to their palates. Grilling and roasting were two of the best, kid-friendly methods that were sure to please my kids. It worked like gangbusters and I now have a bunch of big grown, veggie lovin’ men.
I love, love love zucchini. It’s always available, super cheap, and exceptionally versatile. It becomes something completely different depending on how it is prepared. It can be baked, roasted, sauteed, fried, and in this case – grilled. Any way you slice it and any way you cook it, it’s one of my favorites.
- Zucchini – You’ll need a two small zucchini for this recipe (ignore that 3rd one up there). I’m not talking about the monster sized zucchini growing out in the garden, I’m talking the small size available in the produce section of your grocery store. The small guys measure about 7- to 8-inches long.
- Balsamic vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Italian seasoning
- Freshly ground black pepper
The balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, Italian seasoning, and pepper create a simple marinade. The exact measurements are on the printable recipe below.
How to Make Balsamic Grilled Zucchini
- Wash and dry your zucchini, cut off the ends, and then slice them right down the center; lengthwise
- . Slice each of the halves in half again to create 8 slices about ½-inch thick.
- Place the sliced zucchini in a zippered, plastic storage bag. Pour the marinade over the zucchini, seal the bag, and move it around to distribute the marinade. Place the bag in the refrigerator for about an hour or up to 4 hours.
- To grill the zucchini indoors, place a stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat and coat it lightly with olive oil. Grill the zucchini for a couple of minutes on each side until just fork tender. Don’t let it go too long or it will get mushy.
In warm weather months, this is a great one to do on your outdoor grill. Just follow the directions above and grill the zucchini, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
This is one substantial, “meaty” side that goes with just about anything and the long, grilled strips make for a really pretty presentation on your dinner plate.
Don’t forget to eat your veggies!
Balsamic Grilled Zucchini
- 2 zucchini, (approximately 7- to 8-inches) washed and dried
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise and then cut the pieces in half again. You will have 8 long slices about ½-inch thick. Place sliced zucchini in a gallon sized zippered plastic storage bag.
- In a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the zucchini, seal the bag, and move it around to distribute the dressing well. Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least a 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
- If grilling indoors, place stove top grill over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Lightly coat the grill with olive oil and grill zucchini for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side or till fork tender but not mushy. If grilling outdoors, prepare your grill and grill the zucchini with cover open as directed for indoor cooking.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, and is an estimate not a guarantee. For more accurate results, please refer to the labels on your ingredients at home.
Questions and Reviews
“1/4 balsamic vinegar”? Assume that should be 1/4 cup?
Yes! Thanks for that catch, Sharon! I recently migrated all of my recipes to a new recipe card format and I think that might have been the issue. It’s been updated.
I LOVE zucchini, and this recipe is wonderful! thank you for another great way to cook this great veggie! we made it today for our labor day cookout and it was a hit 🙂
Hi Judy. I’m so glad it worked out for you! Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend 🙂
As I grow older, I`m starting to realize how much I want to vegetables. Haha! I love the simplicity of this dish. 🙂
That is a sure sign you are maturing, Lynna 🙂 Eat your veggies young lady!
Looks great- we always have so much extra zucchini during the summer months!
I am going to try this on my electric grill that I use to make panini sandwiches. It sounds wonderful! With zucchini available all year long, this is a nice recipe to have.
As the weather warms, we’re starting to grill more and more. Alongside grilled steak or chicken, this sizzling balsamic zucchini would be perfect! I think I’d top mine with some goat cheese and lemon, too.
That sounds so good, Georgia. I do a roasted asparagus with balsamic and goat cheese and it is a very good flavor combo!