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Summertime means I find every excuse NOT to turn on the oven. In the past, I haven’t been a fan of most grilled veggies. They’d be charred on the outside and raw in the middle and not have a ton of flavor. But this grilled marinated zucchini inspired a change of heart. The marinade not only boosts flavor, but also starts the breakdown process of the zucchini before grilling (no more raw middles!) And best of all, I don’t have to turn on the oven.
Zucchini is one of our family’s favorite veggies and it always feels like a win when we cook it. Cooking vegetables for a toddler (even one that admittedly enjoys veggies) is a tough gig. Plus it’s the time of year when zucchini are taking over the garden and we are constantly looking for new ways to enjoy them. Marinating and grilling keeps the house cool and the bellies happy, which is a win in my book.
Grilled Marinated Zucchini is super simple to make
Slice the zucchini lengthwise into quarter inch thick pieces. A mandolin slicer can help streamline this process. Put marinade ingredients in a mason jar and shake the shit out of it. Combine these two things and let them mingle for 30 minutes, up to 2 hours. Go too long and you’ll end up with a soaked sponge. Too short and your zukes haven’t properly absorbed all the goodness. Then throw them on the grill, cook for a few minutes each side and serve alongside your favorite grilled dinner!
Trim the ends off the zucchini and slice it lengthwise into 1/4" thick pieces. If you are working with giant zucchini, you may want to slice it in half as well. If you have a mandolin handy, this can make slicing zucchini into uniform pieces easier.
Sprinkle the sliced zucchini with salt.
In a mason jar, combine the marinade ingredients and shake well to combine.
In a shallow dish, or resealable bag, combine zucchini and marinade. Cover and place in fridge.
Marinate the zucchini for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before you plan to grill.
Preheat grill to about 500°. Remove marinated zucchini from fridge and place strips directly on hot grill.
Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, flipping carefully with a pair of tongs.