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How to Grill Vegetables

Make room on the grill for veggies.

Caramelizing flames and a touch of smoke do wonders for vegetables.

Best for the Grill

A lot of veggies do well on the grill, but some really stand out--asparagus, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers (bell or hot), onions, even cabbage.

Marinated Vegetables

Most vegetables cook better and are less likely to stick if marinated first or brushed lightly with cooking oil. For added flavor, sprinkle grilled vegetables with fresh herbs.

Grilled Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Corn's frequent companion, the tomato, might not seem well-suited for grilling, but it works surprisingly well. Grilling also brings out the best in most mushrooms, especially portobellos.

Depending on what you're grilling, you might want to cut larger veggies (like eggplants, squash, and onions) into smaller pieces.

Small vegetables like cherry tomatoes or sliced veggies work best threaded through kabobs. You can also wrap vegetables in heavy duty foil, though cooking in foil cuts back on that appealing smoky flavor.

Grilling times vary from veggie to veggie, but they're generally more delicate than meats. So keep a close eye on your vegetables.

    Sep. 3, 2009 8:15 am
    I grill veggies all the time on the BBQ. Asperagus is among the favorite. I also add zuchinni, red onion, sliced peppers for a great dish. The Asperagus takes the longes to cook so I put that in the grill basket first then add the others. I spray with pam and then season with a little seasoning salt. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!!
    Jun. 21, 2010 5:43 pm
    My favorite way to grill corn- soak ears (husk and silk still on) in cold water for at least an hour. Or better- start soaking in a.m. and leave soaking all day. Then just throw them on the grill till the husks are mostly charred. You can pull the husk and silk back in a couple big chunks and use as a handle. Butter, Salt, Pepper, Enjoy! So sweet and juicy, the charred spots add great flavor.
    Jun. 24, 2010 4:51 am
    I use a grill pan when grilling veggies - we make them all the time! I cut them into chunks, and add the faster-cooking veggies mushrooms, cherry tomatoes) once I get the onions and peppers going. I've found I get better results if I don't crowd the pan too much - otherwise, they steam instead of keeping a bit of crispness. Yum!
    Aug. 31, 2010 7:19 am
    For those who hate okra, grilling it changes the texture and flavor like you would not believe. We dip it in olive oil that is seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Grill until the skin begins to turn a little black, which makes it firm. It is wonderful!
    Feb. 27, 2011 2:57 pm
    Adding a teaspoon of mayonnaise to your marinade will help the flavors cling to the veggies. This also allows the vegetables to grill more crisply, not mushy.
    May 20, 2011 8:19 am
    Do you put foil in the grill pan ?
    Aug. 10, 2011 5:00 am
    I grilled veggies for the first time they were awsome
    Aug. 10, 2011 6:10 pm
    I've never grilled vegetables,but since we are semi-vegetarian now, I'm interested in putting the grill back to work. Where would I find a grill basket? When our Arizona heat tones down, I want to start grilling.
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:17 pm
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    May 16, 2012 5:10 pm
    Does anyone have the recipe for grilled romaine lettuce. All I can remember is: cutting heart of romaine in half, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Can't remember if I grill cut side down (and add cheese later) or do cut side up. Believe me, this is a delicious side with steak.
    May 24, 2012 4:00 pm
    Mary Ellen 
    Jun. 28, 2012 11:59 am
    I would like to know more about the Pampered Chef's grill tray. Size and price and how to use etc. Please have "Cupcake" reply as she posted in her review. Thank you, Mary Ellen in Lewiston
    May 7, 2014 7:36 am
    Hi Marry E. Just type "grill tools" on your tablet or p.c. you will find tons of great tools. Really! Sharon
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