Grilled Zucchini and Squash

5 from 45 votes

Cooked to perfection, grilled zucchini and squash make for an easy, delicious and healthy side dish for summer meals.

tongs picking up squash and zucchini

Grilling month has come to an end, and it's been so much fun!

I showed you how to grill anything, including chicken fajitas, pork chops and shrimp skewers. We even went over the best grilling tools and accessories.

I hope you're feeling ready to rock your grill this summer! I've got one more recipe for you...

Grilled Zucchini and Squash recipe

Every main dish needs a good side, right? This grilled zucchini and squash recipe is just that!

You can serve it alongside lemon pepper chicken thighs or grilled steaks for a healthy side dish that's so simple yet so delicious.

You won't believe how easy it is to cook squash and zucchini on the grill.

a rice bowl with grilled shrimp

Essential grilling tools

Honestly, you don’t need much to grill. A good pair of tongs and a grill that works is a great start.

However, if you’re willing to invest in a few grilling tools, you’ll be a grillmaster in no time. Here’s what I recommend:

grilled zucchini and squash on a sheet pan


Here's what you will need to add to your shopping list to pick up at the grocery store:

  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

That's it! This is a super simple recipe that is so full of flavor.

zucchini and squash with salt and pepper on the grill

How to grill squash and zucchini

Grilling zucchini and squash is easier than you'd think. Here's what to do:

  1. Heat up your grill. Clean off the grates while the grill is hot with a grill brush.
  2. Cut the squash and zucchini into quarters and season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Once the grill is hot, place the veggies on the grill.
  4. If you're cooking meat at the same time, you may wish to place the zucchini and squash on the edges so they can cook while your meat does.
  5. Flipping occasionally to cook on all sides, cook until softened and charred.
zucchini and squash cooking on the grill

Tips for success

Clean off your grill grates with a grill brush while the grill is hot. Then use grill spray or half an onion to grease the grates and keep the veggies from sticking.

Make sure you use medium heat if you are cooking only the veggies. If you are cooking meat as well, cook the veggies on the edges of the grill away from the main source of the heat. This will use indirect heat to cook the veggies, but it will take a little longer.

char marks on zucchini and squash

What to eat with grilled squash and zucchini

These grilled veggies can be a side dish for so many dishes.

Serve them on the side of just about any meat or seafood dish. We like them with grilled chicken thighs for an easy weeknight dinner.

They make a great alternative to fries to enjoy with hamburgers or grilled turkey burgers. Serve them with homemade ranch dressing for a dipping sauce.

They make a great main dish for vegetarians as well. Cut the veggies and serve them over rice for a healthy dinner in a bowl.

Use the leftovers in Tomato Zucchini Risotto for a fancier dinner, or mix them into a soup like this Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup for a more casual one.

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grilled zucchini and squash on a sheet pan

Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Enjoy veggies cooked to perfection on the grill. Squash and zucchini are the perfect blank canvas for a spectrum of flavor.
5 from 45 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen


  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut off the ends of the squash and zucchini, then quarter them into spears.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill on medium heat for 3 minutes on a non-skin side, then flip to the other non-skin side and grill for another 3 minutes
  • Season with more salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
5 from 45 votes (45 ratings without comment)

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