August 19, 2021

Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan

I have one last zucchini recipe to share with you for this year. Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan is a simple weeknight meal, and can be made outdoors or in! It’s a play on a lightened up version of eggplant parmesan I’ve been making for the past few years. With my eggplant slow to come on in the garden, but an abundance of zucchini, I decided to swap in thick slices of zucchini, and threw them on the grill because my family can’t get enough grilled zucchini this year!

Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan comes together quickly. Thick slices of zucchini are grilled just until grill marks form, giving each slice delicious grilled flavor. Each slice of zucchini is topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and seasoned breadcrumbs, then baked until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumb topping is crisp and golden. This recipe is so much easier, faster, and lighter than breading each individual slice and frying it, as in traditional eggplant parmesan!

Serve Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan on top of your favorite cooked pasta or cooked polenta. While testing this recipe, I did both - and polenta was my favorite! Pasta is traditionally served with eggplant parmesan, but since this grilled zucchini version is not traditional, why not mix it up?! I hope you’ll savor the end of zucchini season by giving this recipe a try!

Ingredients assembled for Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan
Assemble your ingredients.

Mixing up the breadcrumb topping
Start by mixing up the breadcrumb topping, then set it aside.

Grilling zucchini slices
Thickly slice zucchini, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper, then grill each side.

Assembling the zucchini parmesan starting with a grilled zucchini slice, then marinara sauce, then mozzarella, then breadcrumb mixture
Assemble the zucchini parmesan by arranging the slices on a baking sheet, topping with a tablespoon of marinara sauce, then a slice of mozzarella, and finishing with the breadcrumb topping.

Finished Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan on a sheet tray
Return the whole tray to the grill and cook until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are crisp and golden.

Two white plates with cooked linguine and four slices of Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan, garnished with fresh basil
Serve Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan with your favorite cooked pasta (or polenta)!

Original publication date: August 16, 2021

Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan

Easy Grilled Zucchini Parmesan is a simple weeknight meal, and can be made outdoors or in!


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 medium zucchini

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 cup prepared marinara sauce

12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 


  1. Start by mixing up the breadcrumb topping. In a medium bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper. Set aside. 
  2. Slice zucchini into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Brush each side of the zucchini slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat an outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan) on medium-high heat. Grill zucchini slices for about 2 minutes on each side, just until grill marks appear. Remove from the grill and arrange on a metal baking sheet lined with foil and/or parchment paper.
  4. Top each grilled zucchini slice with about 1 Tbsp. of marinara sauce. Then place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of the marinara on each zucchini slice. Finish with about 1 Tbsp. of the breadcrumb mixture on top of each mozzarella-topped zucchini slice. 
  5. Return the whole tray to the grill, close the lid, and cook until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. (Or, if making this dish indoors, place the baking sheet in the oven under the broiler until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are golden.)
  6. Serve finished Zucchini Parmesan with cooked pasta of your choice or cooked polenta, and enjoy! 
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May 24, 2022
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!