Easy Grilled Italian Zucchini

grilled zucchini halves on a white tray

5 from 9 reviews

This easy grilled italian zucchini is a fresh and delicious vegetarian side dish. Seasoned with italian flavors and cooked perfectly on the grill, this dish takes just 20 minutes to complete. 


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and brush each half with olive oil. Sprinkle halves with italian seasoning, lemon pepper and salt.
  3. Place zucchini halves on the preheated grill, flesh side down and close the cover. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  4. Flip the zucchini, close cover and continue to cook for an additional 6-8 minutes until lightly browned on the other side. Zucchini should be softened, but still slightly firm.
  5. Remove zucchini from the grill and place on a serving platter. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice and serve.


  • Look for zucchinis that have a firm texture and are free from nicks and cuts. 
  • Make sure to preheat your grill to ensure proper browning and grill marks on the zucchini without making it mushy.
  • Serve this italian zucchini right off the grill so it is fresh and not soggy.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Yellow Squash - This recipe can be used to season and grill yellow squash instead of the zucchini or can be used with a combination of both!
  • Spicy - Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes onto the zucchini with the other seasoning for an extra zesty kick.
  • Cheese - Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese over the grilled zucchini after the lemon juice. 

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Grill Pan - If the weather doesn't allow for grilling outside, this zucchini can be made inside on a grill pan on the stovetop. Cooking times will be similar to using an outdoor grill. Look for each side to be lightly browned and tender.

  • Roasted - These seasoned zucchini halves can also be roasted in the oven at 375˚ for approximately 15-20 minutes. Zucchini should be tender and lightly browned on top.

Storage Instructions

Grilled zucchini will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container. It can be reheated in the oven or in the microwave.


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