Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt Recipe

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Grilled zucchini with lemon salt recipe - healthy and easy

Easy, healthy, and delicious grilled zucchini!

Got zucchini and not sure how to use it up? Or looking for a delicious and easy side dish for dinner? This is an awesome way to enjoy the bounty of the garden! There are lots of great zucchini recipes out there, including some especially delicious treats (see more of our favorite zucchini recipes), but sometimes I don’t want to bake or take a lot of time. I just want something quick and easy!

grilled zucchini with lemon salt and pepper

I had two quite large zucchini from my garden just sitting in my refrigerator waiting for me to figure out how I was going to use them. We invited a family over for a BBQ and this grilled zucchini made a perfect last minute side dish! I cut the two large zucchini into eighths lengthwise and it easily served 6, plus we had some leftover.

easy lemon salt on grilled zucchini spears

The prep is super easy. Just slice the zucchini into spears and throw in some olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice. You will want to have two or three lemons on hand for the zest and juice for this recipe. I only let it marinate for about 5 minutes this time, but you can keep it in there for up to 20 minutes, if you want to.

The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your zucchini spears and how hot your grill is, but mine took about 4 or 5 minutes per side. Keep the grill at a medium or medium-low heat to avoid burning.

With the lemon salt, you don’t want to mix it up too far in advance because the salt may begin to dissolve with the moisture from the lemon zest. You could use this lemon salt over corn on the cob, other veggies, chicken, and more!

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P.S. The leftovers are delicious reheated in a skillet over medium-low to medium heat until the zucchini is warmed through again. Yum!

I bought this lemon zester years ago and it is still my fav!

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Easy and healthy grilled zucchini recipe with lemon salt

Grilled zucchini with lemon salt recipe - healthy and easy

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt Recipe

An easy and delicious way to use up zucchini, and it's healthy too - grilled zucchini with lemon salt recipe!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8


  • 6 whole medium zucchini
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • juice of 2 lemons

Lemon Salt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice each lengthwise, into quarters or eighths, depending on the size of the zucchini and your preference.
  • Place the zucchini spears into one or two large resealable plastic bags. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and juice of two lemons to the bag(s). Seal the bag(s) and gently shake and/or massage to mix the marinade until evenly dispersed and the zucchini is coated. Set aside for as little as 5 minutes, or up to 20 minutes, to marinate.
  • Preheat the grill to medium or medium-low heat. Grill the zucchini on all three sides until tender, but don't let it burn, about 5 minutes per side. Remove each from grill when done.
  • Combine the lemon zest and kosher salt for the lemon salt. Use a knife to cut the zest and salt together until well combined. Sprinkle the grilled zucchini with lemon salt and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on your grill and the size of the zucchini.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 593mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients: Kosher Salt, Lemon, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Pepper, Zucchini
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Side Dish, 4th of July, Summer, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto, Meatless
Categories: BBQ, Healthy, Vegetables, Grill

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