Grilled Zucchini

April 12, 2014


I am really excited to participate in a Clean Eating Challenge this month with 19 other fantastic bloggers!  If you want to Follow Us On Pinterest, you can have access to even more great, healthy recipes!  We will have everything from main dishes to drinks, so you won’t want to miss it.  We will each post a recipe weekly of something wonderful that will make you want to get off the computer and start cooking!  At the end of the challenge all of these great recipes will be compiled into an ebook.  Perfect way to make summer cooking a snap!  For my first post I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to eat one of my favorite veggies.  I used to always roast it…until I did this.  Haven’t roasted it since!

I was making grilled cheese for dinner one night (because I’m fancy.  and because I pick my battles, and this was a night that I didn’t want to battle about dinner with my picky eaters).  I was getting ready to roast some zucchini in the oven, and I had one of those amazing Eureka! moments.  The one thing I wished I could change about oven roasted zucchini is how it doesn’t come out browned with a layer of crisp.  Delicious, but not crisp.  I looked at my griddle, threw some zucchini on, and we’ve never looked back!  It’s one of our very favorite ways to eat zucchini. 

 
 This is my fun, new stove-top griddle that Hubs gave me for Christmas (he knows the way to my heart!).  It fits over the burners on any electric or gas stove (and the other side is a grill pan!  It’s awesome).  We used a counter top griddle for over a decade, but I’ve always hated how much cupboard space they take to store.  This can store vertically or horizontally (but if you stack it with other pan, protect your surfaces!), so it takes tons less space, and actually gives me more cooking surface.  Much love right here for this thing.

I start with a preheated surface, then give it a coating of butter or oil.  Throw your zucchini on, season it, cook until browned, flip, cook that side until browned, and viola!  Amazing zucchini that took only minutes to prepare, and even fewer minutes to eat.

Grilled Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • zucchini
  • butter or oil
  • cayenne pepper
  • black pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat griddle to medium heat (about 350)
  2. Add a thin coat of butter or oil and place zucchini on hot surface.
  3. Sprinkle on cayenne pepper (conservatively…a little goes a long way), black pepper, and seasoning salt.  If using parmesan cheese, sprinkle on last.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until browned.  Flip and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, or until well browned.  Remove and serve warm.

*I use whatever size zucchini I have on-hand out of my garden.  I even do this with very large zucchini.  They have a higher water content than small zucchini, but they still cook well with this method.  As zucchini is not in season right now, those pictured came from the grocery store, so they are quite small.

*I learned the hard way that not all counter-top griddles are the same.  I was used to 350 being my go-to medium heat for most of my griddle recipes.  When I switched to a new one, I quickly realized that 300 was the medium heat for that particular appliance.

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By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!