Grilled Veggies
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This is a quick master recipe for grilling any summer vegetable
Recipe type: Grilling
  • Grilling vegetables like zucchini, summer squash, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, asparagus, mushrooms, or whatever is in the garden or down at the farmer’s market
  • Oil (canola or olive oil work well)
  • Italian herb mix or Italian seasoning (or a mix of fresh herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, etc.)
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Slice your vegetables to a size that won't fall through your grill grates. Keep in mind that grilled vegetables will shrink a bit and will definitely soften. For eggplant, I like a half-inch cross cut, or a quarter inch lengthwise cut. For tomatoes, I cut them in half. With asparagus, just snap up from the bottom to where they easily break. Zucchini and summer squash? Lengthwise. Peppers? I like strips. With onions, I like thick slices, about a third to half an inch thick.
  2. If you are using long vegetables, you will want to use a 9x13 pan to season them. If you are using smaller-sized vegetables, a large bowl is fine. You'll want to get some seasoning down in the bowl, so that the vegetables end up seasoned all around. Pour a few glugs of oil into the pan or bowl and add some salt and pepper and some herbs. You can use fresh or dried herbs. The best kind for this is a mix of Italian herbs or Italian seasoning. Those mixes generally contain oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, and the like.
  3. Add one layer of your vegetables to the pan, then add some more oil, and more herbs. Season each layer with salt and pepper.
  4. Once you have finished seasoning all of your vegetables, it’s time to hit the grill. You have a couple of options. You can grill your veggies right on the grill grates, or you can use a grill pan (like a cookie sheet or a sauté pan with holes in the bottom). I like to use the grill grates for long vegetables, and a grill pan for onions, peppers and tomatoes. It’s easier to keep them together.
  5. Before you light the grill, make sure that your grill grates are clean. I like to scrape them with a good grill brush. (You want things nice and clean so that bits of whatever was there before don’t catch on fire this time.) Light your grill and get it nice and hot. If you are using a gas grill, you can go ahead and light all of your burners. If you are using charcoal, try to leave a portion of your grill without any charcoal. You’ll want that cool spot later.
  6. Using tongs, lay your veggies on the grates. You want to keep the heat hot, but don’t want to your veggies to burn. Keep them still on the grill for about 5 minutes or so. You want them to stay in one place so that you get nice brown grill marks on them. After about 5 minutes, use your tongs to peek under one of the veggies and see if you have marks. If you do, flip them over to the other side.
  7. Grills have hot spots. If you see that some of the veggies have burned, move them to a part of the grill where things aren’t so hot, or turn your grill down.
  8. Grill your veggies on both sides, then pull them off and set them in a serving tray. I like to dress them again with a bit of salt and pepper, but that’s really up to you. Enjoy.
Recipe by WooPigFoodie at