Grilled Zucchini Parmesan

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3 minutes
October 3, 2022
Carole Jones

Grilled Zucchini Parmesan is a healthy and low carb dinner idea.  This delicious recipe is completely satisfying and kid friendly.  The parmesan and mozzarella cheese take it over the top.  You can make it a vegetarian dish by omitting the meat from the marinara sauce.

parmesan zucchini casserole

This recipe came about one afternoon when I was hangry.  I had just finished teaching my spin class and I was famished.  Angry famished.  But of course, my fridge was painfully empty which created  frustration on top of hangry-ness.

I pulled out some leftover grilled zucchini and was trying to figure out how I was going to get excited about it.  Then, way in the back was my answer….a hidden container of my homemade meat marinara sauce.  Suddenly, I was hit with inspiration.  I grabbed some parmesan and mozzarella to create this low carb, bad boy zucchini parmesan and it was FABULOUS!  I’ve purposefully made it for dinner multiple times since then.

white dish of grilled zucchini spears

One of the main questions I get from you all is “Does freshly grated cheese really make a difference?”  The answer is YES, YOU BETCHA, YAH!  Do you know that when you buy pre-grated cheese, it is coated in cellulose…which is powdered wood pulp.  Um, no thank you!

I know most of you have a standard cheese grater for the mozzarella cheese but if you don’t already own a microplane grater for the parmesan cheese, it is worth the $10.  I use it for so many applications in the kitchen besides cheese!

After you whip up this fabulousness, come back and let me know what you think!

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Grilled Zucchini Parmesan

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  • 45 small zucchinis
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 C of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1/4 C freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C freshly grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat your grill to high. Cut the ends off your zucchini, then cut it in half length wise. Cut each half into 3 wedges. Once all your zucchini is cut, drizzle over the olive oil and generously salt and pepper them. Toss to coat the spears with the oil and seasoning. Place on the hot grill for 3-4 minutes, then flip over to continue to grill for another 2-3 minutes. Do not over cook your zucchini! You want them to be still firm.
  2. Heat your marinara sauce until hot. Lightly grease your baking dish and line it with the grilled zucchini. Top it with the marinara, then sprinkle on the two different cheeses. Place it under the broiler of your oven until the cheese melts and turns golden brown. Serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 1/8th
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 421mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg

**My friend, this post contains Amazon affiliate links which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using my link, at no additional cost to you.   And no worries….I only link to products that I both use and love! ~Carole 

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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