Summer is here and it is that time of year to get the grill out and enjoy the fresh vegetables that are coming into season. The past few weeks, I have had the grill uncovered and we are really enjoying the taste and change of pace by cooking our dinner on the grill. Are you wondering what some of the best vegetables to grill are and how they can compliment your fish, steaks and chicken?
What are the best vegetables to grill?
To this question, I say all of them! But our all time favorite is a kabob full of cut up onions, mushrooms, green pepper, red pepper and cherry tomatoes. Don’t limit yourself, there are plenty of vegetables that taste great after being grilled:
- Asparagus: Grill for 3-6 minutes, lightly coated in olive oil and seasoned
- Cabbage: Core cabbage and lightly season, place cabbage in tin foil and cook on grill for 30-40 minutes
- Cauliflower: Brush lightly with olive oil, season, place on grill for 10 minutes, turning frequently and then place in foil until tender
- Corn: Some like to place this on the grill in husks, but the best taste is to place the corn on the grill without the husk, turning often for 10-15 minutes
- Zucchini: This is a tasty recipe for zucchini.
- Squash: Cut squash into slices and deseed. Brush with oil and seasoning, grill for 3-4 minutes each side.
How to make grilled vegetable kabobs
- Wash your vegetables
- If you are using bell peppers, make sure to deseed them
- Cut vegetables into one inch sized pieces
- Put cut up vegetables in a Ziploc bag or bowl with a little olive oil, pepper and sea salt or kosher salt and toss-or if you prefer, after putting cut up vegetables in a bag, put your favorite Italian dressing or marinate in with the veggies and put in the refrigerator for an hour or two. For additional flavor you can always be creative with your seasonings or add fresh ground garlic to the oil mixture
- Put your vegetables on the skewers-for colorful kabobs, alternate the vegetables
- Grill uncovered on medium heat (around 400-450 degrees)
- Turn your skewers frequently
- Typically they are cooked and ready to eat within 6-10 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the vegetables it could take a little longer
- Of course, you can add your choice of meat, fish or seafood to your kabob to create a full meal on a skewer.
How do I prepare the skewers to grill vegetable kabobs?
Stainless steel skewers would work the best, but bamboo skewers work just as well too. The important thing to remember when using bamboo skewers is to soak them at least 20 minutes in water before you place your vegetables on the skewer. Soaking them beforehand keeps them from breaking and drying out on the grill. Here are additional preparation tips and tricks for bamboo skewers.
Grilling vegetable baskets
Grilling basketswork great too. They come in a variation of sizes and prices range from $20-$30. Just spray the inside of your basket with cooking spray, take your vegetables out of the bag of oil with seasoning or your choice of marinate and place on the grill
What if I don’t have a grilling basket or skewers?
Before I found a grilling basket, I used the good ‘ol fashion aluminum foil method. I have lightly sprayed cooking spray on the foil, and placed my vegetables in the foil (I suggest you oil and season them first) and place on the grill to cook.
What is your favorite vegetable to grill? What is your preferred method of grilling vegetables? We’d love to hear your grilling vegetable method-please comment below.