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Grilled vegetables: all the secrets and ways to prepare them!

Grilled vegetables

A tasty and perfect side dish to accompany main courses of meat and fish: let's find out how to make grilled vegetables and how to season them.

Zucchini, aubergines, onions, peppers are just some of the vegetables to use to prepare a perfect plate of grilled vegetables. There is no perfect recipe for preparing this side dish of vegetables, some people marinate the vegetables first or others season them after cooking, some prefer cooking in the oven and some prefer pan cooking. Here are some helpful tips.

Grilled vegetables
Grilled vegetables

How to make grilled vegetables

  1. To make a perfect dish, the important thing is to cut all the vegetables into thin slices.
  2. For example, if you want to prepare fabulous grilled courgettes, cut the courgette lengthwise and make thin slices: in this way the cooking times of the vegetables will be short, but at the same time you will have a perfect consistency and taste !
  3. Then put them on the hot grill a few at a time (whether it's a barbecue or a cast iron pan to cook them at home).
  4. Turn them over after 4-5 minutes being careful not to burn them.
  5. Cook the other side as well and, if necessary, turn them over again to complete the cooking.
  6. Put them in a serving dish (deciding whether to divide them by type, which we recommend especially if you also use peppers, which could alter the taste of the other vegetables).
  7. Season with oil, salt and aromatic herbs to taste or proceed with a light marinade.

How to season grilled vegetables

Not to be underestimated is also the sauce for grilled vegetables. The ideal is to prepare a light marinade based on oil and garlic, to which chopped aromatic herbs or chilli pepper can also be added, while it is absolutely forbidden to add salt before and during the cooking of grilled vegetables. In fact, salt should only be added at the end of cooking to prevent the vegetables from dehydrating too much.


Once cooked, we recommend consuming the grilled vegetables at the moment, alternatively you can keep them in the fridge for a maximum of 1-2 days , preferably in a container with a special lid.

How to choose vegetables to grill

In the middle of summer , an outdoor dinner of grilled meat or fish is a must. An excellent idea is to accompany meat or fish with grilled vegetables, especially if you have invited vegetarian friends. During the summer it is a must to prefer vegetables from this period such as courgettes, peppers, aubergines and cherry tomatoes, which are also perfect for enriching kebabs. Perhaps not everyone knows, however, that other vegetables are also excellent grilled. This is the case with radicchio , onions, chicory or romaine lettuce.

Seasonal vegetables can also be grilled in a non-stick pan or on a ribbed griddle . Also in this case you can use vegetables such as courgettes, mushrooms, aubergines, onions, tomatoes and radicchio. However, the oven is more suitable for peppers if you want to remove the outer skin more easily.

How to make grilled vegetables in the oven

Those who don't have the space in the garden for an outdoor barbecue can opt for cooking in the oven. Also in this case it is advisable to prepare a marinade based on oil, minced garlic and parsley with which to flavor the vegetables .

  1. Wash and cut all the vegetables into slices.
  2. Arrange them on an oven tray.
  3. Sprinkle with the marinade and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 20-30 minutes .

The vegetables prepared in this way are perfect to accompany meat or fish main courses or to enrich your bread bruschetta.

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By preparing vegetables this way, you can not only enjoy them as a side dish or main course, but you can also make fabulous dishes. Definitely worth trying is the pasta with grilled vegetables: all you have to do is cook the vegetables and sauté them together with the pasta in a pan. For an extra touch of flavour, add a little pepper and grated ricotta salata at the end.

If, on the other hand, you want to use your imagination and unleash your creative spirit, you can also use vegetables as a wrapper to create rolls , with the possibility of stuffing them with cheeses, cold cuts and many other tasty ingredients. Or, for a lighter appetizer that's also suitable for vegans, you can roll up the vegetables on themselves, alternating them and also based on the colors, to create light and natural grilled vegetable rolls !

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