Barbecued Chicken on the Grill

BBQ Chicken cooked slowly on the grill, slathered with your favorite barbecue sauce — does it get any better? This is the best recipe for making perfect BBQ chicken for all your summer gatherings and cook outs. Continue reading “Barbecued C…

BBQ Chicken cooked slowly on the grill, slathered with your favorite barbecue sauce — does it get any better? This is the best recipe for making perfect BBQ chicken for all your summer gatherings and cook outs.

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Beer Can Chicken

What’s Beer Can Chicken, you ask?! A whole chicken cooked upright with a can of beer as its base. The reward? Tender, falling-off-the-bone chicken that’s moist on the inside, crispy on the outside. Continue reading “Beer Can Chicken” »

What's Beer Can Chicken, you ask?! A whole chicken cooked upright with a can of beer as its base. The reward? Tender, falling-off-the-bone chicken that's moist on the inside, crispy on the outside.

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Grilled Peaches

Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert. Peach season is one glorious month here in Indiana. And those first ripe peaches are cause for celebration! Here’s one of our favorite new ways to eat them: Grilled Peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about: and it’s simple to throw on the grill once you’re done making the main dish. Here’s how to make this incredible grilled dessert. Don’t want to grill? Make Roasted Peaches instead! Ingredients for grilled peaches These grilled peaches are easy to make, with a short ingredient list! They’re perfect for summer entertaining, especially if you’ve already got the grill fired up for the main dish. Here’s what you’ll need for these peaches: Ripe peaches: Don’t use anything but ripe peaches! We can’t emphasize this enough. Only buy ripe, in season peaches for this recipe. You’ll want them just ripe, not too soft […]

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Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.

Grilled peaches

Peach season is one glorious month here in Indiana. And those first ripe peaches are cause for celebration! Here’s one of our favorite new ways to eat them: Grilled Peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about: and it’s simple to throw on the grill once you’re done making the main dish. Here’s how to make this incredible grilled dessert.

Don’t want to grill? Make Roasted Peaches instead!

Ingredients for grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are easy to make, with a short ingredient list! They’re perfect for summer entertaining, especially if you’ve already got the grill fired up for the main dish. Here’s what you’ll need for these peaches:

  • Ripe peaches: Don’t use anything but ripe peaches! We can’t emphasize this enough. Only buy ripe, in season peaches for this recipe. You’ll want them just ripe, not too soft or they’ll turn mushy on the grill.
  • Brown sugar
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed or canola (here’s more)
Grilled peaches

How to find ripe peaches

It can be hard to find perfectly ripe peaches: so make sure to buy them during peach season! It’s great to buy them from your local farmer’s market if peaches are grown near you. Here are a few tips on shopping for ripe, juicy peaches:

  • Choose peaches that are still slightly firm, but that give way slightly when you press gently against them.
  • Ripe peaches should also smell fairly strong and should be bright in color. Any kind of peach works for this recipe; white or yellow, it doesn’t matter as long as the peach is super ripe!

Tips on how to grill peaches

Peaches can go directly onto the grill grates. You’ll just need to know a few basic items: grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make grilled peaches on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the peaches in half, rub with oil, and sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.
  • Grill 4 minutes cut side down, then flip and cook 3 minutes until the peaches are soft and tender.
Grilled peaches

Toppings for these grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are just sweet enough on their own: but they’re meant to have toppings! Adding vanilla ice cream takes them from good to amazing status. Here’s what we’d suggest serving them with:

  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup: Don’t forget this! It adds the final sweetness.
  • Fresh mint leaves: Fresh mint adds a delicious nuance of flavor, and a beautiful color.
  • Vanilla ice cream: The final touch: melty vanilla ice cream! This is what transforms the grilled peaches into the perfect dessert with a “peaches and cream” vibe. (It reminds us of our favorite peach pie!)

More topping ideas!

Topping the grilled peaches is the fun part, and you can get creative! Here are some more ideas for tasty ways to serve them:

And that’s it! Let us know if you make them in the comments below.

Grilled peaches

More grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are a few grilled desserts you should try with the same basic method:

  • Grilled Apples Apples are perfect grilled in a foil packet with sugar and spices until tender. Then top with ice cream!
  • Grilled Bananas Everyone will rave! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Grilled Pineapple It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy! Serve this tropical dessert drizzled with honey and toasted coconut.

This grilled peaches recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled peaches

Grilled Peaches


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.


Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches (just ripe, not overly soft)
  • Neutral oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream (vegan if desired)
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Cut the peaches in half, remove the pits, and rub both sides with drizzle of oil. Lightly sprinkle the cut side with brown sugar.
  3. Clean the grill with a wet rag to remove any savory flavors from previous grilling.
  4. Grill cut side down for 4 to 5 minutes until softened and grill marks appear. Flip and grill the other side for 2 to 3 minutes until soft.
  5. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (adds the final sweetness!), mint leaves, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (required!).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled peaches, How to grill peaches

More peach recipes

Peach season calls for lots of recipes! Here are all our peach recipes to make while you’ve got loads of them:

  • Award Winning Peach Pie This really is the world’s best! Our family recipe features fresh peaches with a thick creamy custard.
  • Peach Sangria Great for summer entertaining, featuring white wine, brandy, and sweet fruit.
  • Best Peach Cobbler Cinnamon-y sweet peaches are topped with flaky ricotta biscuits: and we dare you to eat just one bite.
  • Peach Smoothie The incredible creamy flavor tastes like a milkshake, but it’s full of healthy ingredients.
  • Peach Salsa Serve with tortilla chips, fish, black beans, tacos, and more!

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Grilled Bananas a La Mode

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream. Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Grill up some burgers or veggies, then throw on these bananas and you’ve got dessert waiting for you. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort! Alex and I were skeptical at first of this idea, but at first bite we were sold. Ingredients for grilled bananas There’s only a handful of ingredients you need for big flavor here! This grilled dessert is naturally sweet using pure maple syrup to make a sweetly spiced sauce. Here’s what you need to make grilled bananas: Bananas: Make sure to use bananas that are ripe but still firm. If they’re overly ripe, they’ll become mushy after grilling (which is okay flavor-wise, just not as pretty to look at) Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup: you could also use […]

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Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.

Grilled bananas

Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Grill up some burgers or veggies, then throw on these bananas and you’ve got dessert waiting for you. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort! Alex and I were skeptical at first of this idea, but at first bite we were sold.

Ingredients for grilled bananas

There’s only a handful of ingredients you need for big flavor here! This grilled dessert is naturally sweet using pure maple syrup to make a sweetly spiced sauce. Here’s what you need to make grilled bananas:

  • Bananas: Make sure to use bananas that are ripe but still firm. If they’re overly ripe, they’ll become mushy after grilling (which is okay flavor-wise, just not as pretty to look at)
  • Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup: you could also use honey if desired
  • Rum: Add in a splash of rum if you like! This channels the bananas foster vibe even more
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream: Topping with melty vanilla ice cream takes it to star status
  • Chopped pecans: Optional, but the toasting crunch adds a finishing touch
How to grill bananas

How to cut bananas for grilling (leave the peel on!)

Here’s the important part for grilling bananas! Well, two things. Here’s what to know:

  • Keep the peel on. You’ll grill the banana in the peel: so don’t peel them! The peel acts as a protective barrier, almost like a pan. It keeps the banana together and makes it easy to flip.
  • Slice lengthwise. Slice the banana in half lengthwise so that it forms two long boat-shaped pieces.

Tips on how to grill bananas

Once you’ve cut your bananas, keeping them in the peel, you’re ready to grill! All you need to know at this point is the grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make them on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the bananas in half with the peel on. See the notes above.
  • Brush the tops with the maple syrup and spices.
  • Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes, until you get those lovely char marks.
  • Flip and grill cut side up for 4 to 5 minutes. This finishes the cooking.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the bananas out of the peels. Garnish and enjoy!
Grilled bananas

Add toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Top these grilled bananas with vanilla ice cream for a showy, restaurant-style dessert! We also like using chopped pecans to add a satisfying crunch. You can use plain pecans for this. But if you’re looking for big wow factor, here are a few other options:

  • Toasted pecans: Simply heating pecans in a skillet for a few minutes brings out a beautiful nutty flavor. You can taste the difference! Go to How to Toast Pecans.
  • Maple glazed pecans: Even better, glaze your pecans with maple syrup so they have a sweet, crunchy coating. Go to Glazed Pecans.

Toppings for grilled bananas

Topping the grilled bananas is the fun part! While we loved it as specified, here are some more topping ideas:

Grilled bananas

Two more tasty grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are two more that you should try after making these grilled bananas:

This grilled bananas recipe is…

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Grilled bananas

Grilled Bananas a La Mode


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.


Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, ripe but still firm
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • For serving: vanilla ice cream (vegan as necessary), chopped toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. In a small bowl, stir the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. Leaving the peel on, slice off the stem of the banana peel. Then slice the banana in half lengthwise.
  4. Brush the cut side of the bananas with 1/2 of the maple syrup mixture.
  5. Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes until grill marks appear. Flip and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  6. To serve, scoop the bananas out of their peels with a spoon. Stir the maple mixture, then drizzle it over the tops. Serve with ice cream and chopped pecans.

Notes

*Step up the flavors and add 1 tablespoon rum to the mix as well!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled Bananas, How to grill bananas

More banana recipes

There are so many ways to use bananas, from bread to muffins to pancakes! Here are some favorite banana recipes:

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins These healthy muffins are made mostly of oats and bananas, blended together in a blender. A fan fave!
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Wholesome and so delicious! They’re mostly with oats so they’re filling and full of nutrients.
  • Perfect Banana Smoothie The perfect banana smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and beautifully banana-forward flavor.

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Beef Kebabs

Call them kabobs, kebabs, or shish kebobs, what’s a summer grill without them? Top sirloin chunks, marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, olive oil marinade, grilled with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers. Continue reading “Beef Kebabs” »

Call them kabobs, kebabs, or shish kebobs, what's a summer grill without them? Top sirloin chunks, marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, olive oil marinade, grilled with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers.

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Easy Grilled Salmon

Here’s an easy way to grill salmon without the fish sticking to the grates. Promise! And mix up your approach with 4 different marinades while you’re at it. Continue reading “Easy Grilled Salmon” »

Here's an easy way to grill salmon without the fish sticking to the grates. Promise! And mix up your approach with 4 different marinades while you're at it.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works. Continue reading “Grilled Corn on the Cob” »

No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works.

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Grilled Tuna

Here’s how to make the very best grilled tuna: seared on the outside and tender on the inside! Full of savory flavor, it’s a true showstopper. Tired of grilling burgers and salmon? Good, because here’s a uniquely incredible grilled dinner idea: grilled tuna steaks. And there’s nothing fishy about this tuna. Ahi tuna is rich and buttery, and seared perfectly on the outside, it tastes more like chicken or steak than fish! Even better, it’s one of the quickest things you can cook. Just 1 to 2 minutes, and you’ve got dinner. Here are all the tricks to getting that perfect sear on the grill. Ingredients for grilled tuna The nice thing about ahi tuna: it’s so flavorful on its own that you hardly need any seasoning! Just salt and pepper will do. Here’s what you need for grilled tuna steaks: Ahi tuna steaks: Look for sashimi grade. If you can find it, wild caught tuna is most sustainable. You can use fresh or frozen tuna steaks: if it’s frozen, thaw it by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight the night before you plan to grill. Salt Pepper This recipe makes perfectly seared grilled tuna In this recipe, you’ll use […]

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Here’s how to make the very best grilled tuna: seared on the outside and tender on the inside! Full of savory flavor, it’s a true showstopper.

Grilled tuna

Tired of grilling burgers and salmon? Good, because here’s a uniquely incredible grilled dinner idea: grilled tuna steaks. And there’s nothing fishy about this tuna. Ahi tuna is rich and buttery, and seared perfectly on the outside, it tastes more like chicken or steak than fish! Even better, it’s one of the quickest things you can cook. Just 1 to 2 minutes, and you’ve got dinner. Here are all the tricks to getting that perfect sear on the grill.

Ingredients for grilled tuna

The nice thing about ahi tuna: it’s so flavorful on its own that you hardly need any seasoning! Just salt and pepper will do. Here’s what you need for grilled tuna steaks:

  • Ahi tuna steaks: Look for sashimi grade. If you can find it, wild caught tuna is most sustainable. You can use fresh or frozen tuna steaks: if it’s frozen, thaw it by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight the night before you plan to grill.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Seared grilled tuna

This recipe makes perfectly seared grilled tuna

In this recipe, you’ll use the grill to make seared tuna using ahi tuna. What’s seared tuna?

  • Seared tuna is made with only the highest quality, freshest ahi tuna. This is the tuna is the quality that’s used in sushi and sashimi.
  • The perfect seared tuna is browned on the outside and raw on the inside: a beautiful pink color! It’s absolutely safe to eat, unless you’re a pregnant woman staying away from raw fish.

How to grill ahi tuna: time and temperature

The basic concept behind grilled ahi tuna: you need to crank up your grill to the highest heat possible! To get a perfect sear on the outside and a raw inside, the hotter the better. Because grills vary, the exact temperature will be different based on your grill.

  • Preheat a grill to the highest heat possible: 500 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on how hot your grill gets.
  • Pat the tuna dry and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Grill 30 to 60 seconds per side, until cooked on the outside but still raw on the inside. It’s helpful to use a food thermometer: the internal temperature should be 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grilled tuna

More on buying ahi tuna

Where to look for ahi tuna at the grocery? If you’re not used to buying it, here are a few things to know:

  • Look for frozen steaks. It’s possible that your grocery might have frozen ahi tuna steaks. These can be even fresher than fresh tuna if they’re flash frozen right when they’re caught. You’ll just need to remember to thaw the night before in the refrigerator.
  • If not, look at the fish counter. Ahi tuna steaks have become more popular lately, so you should be able to find it at your local grocery counter.
  • Find wild caught. If you can find wild caught, this is preferred from a sustainability perspective. US caught is preferable due to US regulations. Read more about buying sustainable seafood here.

Ways to serve grilled tuna

There are lots of fantastic sides to pair with grilled tuna! One thing to note: if you want to serve other grilled vegetables with the tuna, you’ll need to cook at medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees). So you’d grill them first, then increase the heat for the tuna. If this presents logistical challenges with your grill, you may want to opt for other sides like salads or rice.

Seared tuna | Seared ahi tuna
Serve it over rice with a few veggie sides!

Other ways to eat ahi tuna

Ahi tuna is a highly nutritious lean protein (more info here). There are many ways to eat it, but here are our favorites:

This grilled tuna recipe is…

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Grilled tuna

Perfect Grilled Tuna


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 to 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minute
  • Yield: 4

Description

Here’s how to make the very best grilled tuna: seared on the outside and tender on the inside! Full of savory flavor, it’s a true showstopper.


Ingredients

  • 2 6 ounce ahi tuna steaks (best quality you can find; wild caught recommended)*
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to as hot as it gets (500 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Pat the tuna dry. Sprinkle it liberally with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper on both sides.
  3. Add the steak to the grill and cook 30 to 60 seconds per side, until lightly browned on the outside but still raw on the inside (115 degrees Fahrenheit). If you’d like to sear the short sides, turn the tuna with tongs and sear each side for a few seconds.
  4. To serve, slice the tuna against the grain into 1/2 inch slices. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Frozen is okay: make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled tuna, Grilled ahi tuna, How to grill tuna

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Grilled Tomatoes

These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat. Speechless. That’s what you’ll be after trying these grilled tomatoes (at least, we hope!). Here at A Couple Cooks we’ve made almost all the grilled vegetables, but tomatoes were something new. Take one bite and it’s true magic: smoky, pure sweet tomato, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes you immediately want to shout how delicious they are. These grilled tomatoes work as a side dish or appetizer for a grilled dinner. Drizzle with olive oil and top with fresh herbs, and it’s the very best summer treat you could imagine. Ingredients for grilled tomatoes You only need a handful of ingredients for grilled tomatoes! The tomatoes in particular should be good quality. Here’s what you need: Large, firm ripe tomatoes: this is important! The tomatoes must be ripe, but not so soft that they’ll fall apart on the grill. Olive oil Salt and pepper Fresh herbs: we used fresh thyme and oregano If you’d like, you can add a few feta cheese crumbles too (we did). But it’s not necessary for flavor! The olive oil and herbs bring such […]

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These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat.

Grilled tomatoes

Speechless. That’s what you’ll be after trying these grilled tomatoes (at least, we hope!). Here at A Couple Cooks we’ve made almost all the grilled vegetables, but tomatoes were something new. Take one bite and it’s true magic: smoky, pure sweet tomato, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes you immediately want to shout how delicious they are. These grilled tomatoes work as a side dish or appetizer for a grilled dinner. Drizzle with olive oil and top with fresh herbs, and it’s the very best summer treat you could imagine.

Ingredients for grilled tomatoes

You only need a handful of ingredients for grilled tomatoes! The tomatoes in particular should be good quality. Here’s what you need:

  • Large, firm ripe tomatoes: this is important! The tomatoes must be ripe, but not so soft that they’ll fall apart on the grill.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs: we used fresh thyme and oregano

If you’d like, you can add a few feta cheese crumbles too (we did). But it’s not necessary for flavor! The olive oil and herbs bring such a big punch, it’s at its core a vegan and plant-based grilled recipe.

How to grill tomatoes

High quality, ripe tomatoes are a must!

Great grilled tomatoes start with great tomatoes. While some cooking methods can cover over sub-bar ingredients, grilling requires great tomatoes. Here’s what to know:

  • Best choice: Local farmers market tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, or garden tomatoes. These are full of the most nuanced, tasty flavor. And you can support local growers!
  • Ripe grocery store tomatoes: Grocery tomatoes are best during tomato season. If you’re buying in the off season, some brands of hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes can have better flavor. Just don’t buy pink or hard tomatoes.

How to grill tomatoes: time and temperature

All you really need to know about grill tomatoes is the grill temperature and timing. Memorize these few things, and then make this recipe on repeat all summer! Here are the basic steps for how to grill tomatoes (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Cut the tomatoes in half latitudinally: around the horizontal axis, not through the top.
  • Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until tender and charred. Be very careful when flipping the tomatoes, and use a confident, strong motion with your spatula.
  • Serve with olive oil, more salt to taste, and chopped fresh herbs.
Grilled tomatoes

More ways to season grilled tomatoes

The simplest way to serve grilled tomatoes is as we listed above. But if you want to get even fancier, here are some ideas:

  • Balsamic drizzle. Add a touch of balsamic reduction for sweet tart sophistication.
  • Grilled Caprese salad. Layer with slices of fresh mozzarella and top with fresh basil for a grilled spin on Caprese salad.
  • Crostini. Gently chop the tomatoes (using a serrated knife) and serve with crostini or goat cheese crostini.
Grilled tomatoes

Make it a meal!

Grilled tomatoes work with lots of different cuisines; they’re especially perfect with Mediterranean-style meals. Here are a few ways to accessorize them to make a grilled dinner:

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Grilled tomatoes

Epic Grilled Tomatoes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These mind-blowing grilled tomatoes are easy and packed with smoky, juicy flavor. Serve them with herbs for a sensational summer treat.


Ingredients

  • 4 large, firm ripe tomatoes (not too soft or they can fall apart while grilling)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • For serving: Chopped fresh thyme and oregano, olive oil, feta crumbles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Remove the stems from the tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half (latitudinally: see the photos). Gently rub them with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Grill cut side down for 4 to 5 minutes until tender and lightly charred. Carefully flip with a spatula, then cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until tender.
  4. Sprinkle with a little more salt and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with fresh herbs and if desired, a few feta cheese crumbles (though the flavor is incredible without).

  • Category: Side Dish or Appetizer
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled tomatoes, How to grill tomatoes

More fresh tomato recipes to try

Need more recipes for when summer tomatoes are juicy and ripe? Here are our top fresh tomato recipes to try:

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Grilled Eggplant

Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer. Eggplant can be under appreciated, but this Mediterranean-style vegetable is one of the tastiest around. You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! We went for two different sauces: a fresh tomato salsa fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on. You’ll need to know a few tricks for grilled eggplant to get it just right: here’s what to know! Ingredients for grilled eggplant You don’t even need to top this eggplant with sauces: especially if you’re serving as part of a sandwich or part of a grilled veggie platter. But they’re extra festive, so feel free to add them if you like. Otherwise, the ingredients for grilled eggplant are very basic: Globe eggplant Olive oil Salt Trick 1: make 1/2-inch rounds! There are two tricks you need to know for grilled eggplant. First: slice it into 1/2-inch slices! […]

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Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer.

Grilled eggplant

Eggplant can be under appreciated, but this Mediterranean-style vegetable is one of the tastiest around. You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! We went for two different sauces: a fresh tomato salsa fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on. You’ll need to know a few tricks for grilled eggplant to get it just right: here’s what to know!

Ingredients for grilled eggplant

You don’t even need to top this eggplant with sauces: especially if you’re serving as part of a sandwich or part of a grilled veggie platter. But they’re extra festive, so feel free to add them if you like. Otherwise, the ingredients for grilled eggplant are very basic:

  • Globe eggplant
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
Grilled eggplant

Trick 1: make 1/2-inch rounds!

There are two tricks you need to know for grilled eggplant. First: slice it into 1/2-inch slices! Any thicker and the eggplant comes out charred on the outside, but tough on the inside. Trust us: we tried it (not delicious). You can place half-inch slices right on the grates and they come out perfectly tender.

Trick 2: add olive oil right before grilling!

The other tip for grilled eggplant: add the olive oil right before you cook it! Here’s the thing about eggplant: it sucks up oil like a sponge. If you add the oil too soon, the eggplant sucks it all up and then becomes dry. But if you add it right before grilling, it will stay oiled enough for the grill.

Grilled eggplant

Salt to taste, until the flavor pops

Another thing to note about this recipe: typically we specify exactly how much salt to use. For this recipe, you’ll salt the eggplant afterwards (so salt doesn’t fall off on the grill). Because the size of eggplants can vary, the recipe below indicates simply to add salt to taste. Give it a good sprinkling of kosher salt, then taste and see if the flavor pops. If not, add a little more and taste until it tastes delicious but not salty.

How to grill eggplant: time and temperature

All you really need to know about grilled eggplant, besides those two tips, is the grill temperature and timing. Memorize those few things, and then make this recipe on repeat all summer! Here are the basic steps for how to grill eggplant (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat (that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Thinly slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Directly before grilling, rub with olive oil.
  • Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until tender and charred. Add salt to taste and enjoy!
Grilled eggplant

Sauces for grilled eggplant

Here’s the fun part: serving your eggplant! Eggplant works with lots of different flavors, from American to Mediterranean. Here’s what we used, and then a few more ideas:

  • Fresh tomato sauce: We went with a salsa fresca to bring in bright tomato flavor; you could also use pico de gallo.
  • White BBQ sauce: Ever tried this? White BBQ sauce is unique and great for drizzling on grilled veggies.
  • Tahini sauce: Eggplant is great with Mediterranean flavors. Try this Tahini Sauce and top with chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds.
  • Pesto: Spoon over Basil Pesto and top with sliced cherry tomatoes. Perfection!
Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Stacked Sandwiches

Or, serve it as a sandwich!

Another great way to serve grilled eggplant: as a sandwich! This Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto is one of our favorite summer grilled meals, inspired by a stop in a hidden sandwich shop on a trip to Italy. It layers up some tasty Italian ingredients like:

  • Grilled eggplant
  • Ripe, juicy tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Basil pesto Make your own if you have basil or get your favorite store bought jar.
  • Kalamata olive spread Full of big flavor! Buy store bought tapenade or make your own.

This grilled eggplant recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Grilled eggplant

Grilled Eggplant (Perfect Every Time!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Directly before grilling (not in advance), slice the eggplant into thin rounds about 1/2” thick (size is important!). Place the slices on a baking sheet and rub both sides with the olive oil. Don’t do this step in advance: the eggplant soaks up lots of the olive oil, so make sure to do it right before grilling.
  3. Place the eggplant directly on the grill grates and grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side (8 to 10 minutes total), until charred and tender.
  4. Remove from the grill and season generously with kosher salt to taste, until the flavor pops. Serve topped with salsa fresca or pico de gallo and/or white BBQ sauce.

  • Category: Side Dish / Appetizer
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Grilled eggplant, How to grill eggplant

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  • Roasted Eggplant Pasta Flavor-packed with roasted eggplant & zesty marinara sauce!
  • Eggplant Caponata Eggplant and Mediterranean vegetables make a tangy, garlicky spread that’s perfect over crusty bread.
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