Last updated on December 4th, 2018.
A complete guide on how to grill vegetables: which vegetables are best grilled (and which are not as good) how to prepare vegetables for grilling, how long to cook them.
Instead of a recipe, I wanted to share this awesome infographic that I found on fix.com about how to grill your favorite vegetables.
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First thing’s first: The best vegetables to grill:
You’ll want to start off with the best vegetables to grill. These vegetables all hold up well to the direct heat and get even more delicious when cooked on the grill:
- pepper (bell peppers or hot peppers, such as jalapeños)
- zucchini and yellow squash
The last two were a surprise, right? Though they might not be grilled as often as the other veggies on this list, they are wonderful when charred over an open flame.
The worst vegetables to grill:
You probably weren’t going to grill celery or cucumber, but it’s worth mentioning. Leave those for a salad.
As far as the leafy greens… some people do grill romaine lettuce and kale, but they’re a bit tricky to grill these since they often wilt instead of getting nice and crisp.
And you definitely don’t want to try to grill leafy greens such as spinach, watercress, bibb lettuce. Nothing good comes from that!!
Now on to the good stuff – How to grill vegetables:
How to prepare vegetables for grilling:
When slicing and dicing vegetables for grilling you’ll want to think about the correct size of the veggie pieces. You don’t want pieces that are too thick and will take too long to cook. You also don’t want pieces that are too small and will fall through the grill.
Large vegetables such as zucchini, squash, eggplants, peppers, and cabbage can be sliced. The slices can then be put directly onto the grill – just be careful not to let them slip through the grill grate when flipping them!
But if you want to grill smaller vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, small mushrooms, you might want to consider some skewers or a grill pan. You can also use skewers or a grilling pan for small slices of zucchini or onion.
Skewers always make for a fancy presentation – people love eating things off skewers! I find that long metal skewers (such as these) are the way to go. 12 inch skewers are just not long enough. Veggie skewers are a fun way to eat vegetables and I find myself eating way more when they are on a skewer, so I am a big fan of long veggie skewers.
If you want to get really fancy, these double skewers are great because they keep your veggies from spinning all around. They are also great for grilling shrimp for that same reason.
Of course, you can also use some aluminum foil and place all your veggies on the foil. Just spray it with non-stick spray first (not over the flame!!) so that the veggies don’t stick to the foil!
How to grill peppers:
Grill peppers for 15-20 minutes over a medium flame, turning them every few minutes.
You can place whole peppers on the grill, or slice them and remove the seeds first. For bell peppers, I prefer to slice them and clean out the seeds.
For spicy peppers such as jalapeños you can grill them whole if you like things extra spicy. Grilled jalapeños are great in salsas because of their lovely smokey flavor, so you can certainly leave the seeds in if you prefer.
How to grill corn:
Grilled corn is a favorite for a reason. Grilling corn brings out its natural sweetness and makes it extra juicy.
How to grill Brussels Sprouts:
Yes, you can grill Brussels sprouts!! They do not have to be a winter-only food. You’ll definitely want to use a grilling pan or grilling basket for these, so you don’t slip through the grill. You can also grill Brussels sprouts on foil, but you wouldn’t get all the flavor since they wouldn’t be cooked over an open flame.
I would caution against using skewers with Brussels sprouts, only because they are so tough that you might hurt yourself when trying to put them on skewers if you push too hard and they slip. I know, they look like they would be perfect on skewers but it’s just not worth taking the risk of skewering your hand instead.
To grill Brussels sprouts, you would prepare them just like you would for roasting: wash and dry them, cut off the tip, and cut them in half. Then season them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill them for 8-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes (or flipping halfway through, if grilling them on foil).
How to grill fennel:
How to grill artichoke:
How to grill asparagus:
How to grill carrots:
How to grill eggplant:
How to grill mushrooms: