Grilled squash is an excellent summer dish we’ll enjoy cooking and eating. It’s super easy to prepare and doesn’t consume much time. It’s also packed with helpful nutrients such as potassium, sodium, vitamins (A & C), fiber, etc.
Should squash be peeled before grilling? Squash can be grilled with its skin on or peeled. Usually, summer squash such as zucchini have a soft skin that cooks easily, and it’s edible, while winter squash such as butternut squash has a tougher skin that you need to peel. Therefore, you can prepare it as you want. This post is the ultimate guide on cooking squash on an electric grill.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
- Yellow Squash or Butternut squash
- Grounded black pepper
- Extra virgin oil
- Crushed/minced garlic cloves
Prepare the squash
Start by thoroughly washing the squash. Then cut its ends before you peel.
The next step entails peeling off the skin on the squash. Once all the skin is removed, you should decide how to cut your squash, i.e., do you want to cut it into slices or strips (lengthwise)? Also, remember to remove seeds and string-like fiber in the center of the squash.
Additionally, the thickness of your squash is critical. If you cut thicker squash slices or strips, you’ll need to precook them in an oven, or else you’ll grill them for a prolonged period. Similarly, thin squash strips or strips cook fast but can easily stick to the grill. Consider squash slices/ strips that are about ½ inch thick.
Now, take a small bowl where you’ll mix extra virgin oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Once everything is well mixed, use a basting brush to season your squash slices/ strips.
Preheat the grill
Once you’ve prepared the squash, it’s time to preheat your electric grill.
Preheat the electric grill to medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Preheating is essential: it enhances the formation of clean grill marks and prevents foods from sticking to the grill.
Grill the squash
Now place your squash slices/ strips on the electric grill for cooking. Ensure your grill is at medium heat. Also, as you place them over the grill, ensure they aren’t crowded and don’t overlap each other.
Grill the squash for about 5 to 8 minutes per side. Use a tong to flip your strips.
Also, be sure not to overcook.
Remove and serve
Once you’ve attained excellent grill marks, searing, and the squash is tender, you should remove it from the grill. Use a fork to check the doneness of the squash. If the fork goes in easily, they’re done.
Remove the grill and place your squash on a cutting board. Cut them into pieces and serve.
Grilled squash pairs well with steaks, chicken, fish, and pork. Adding your favorite salad will enhance the deliciousness.
Why is an electric grill best for grilling squash?
Grills such as Atgrills electric grills are suitable choices for cooking squash. Why? They have non-stick cooking surface, offer even heat distribution, and they are easy to control temperature. Additionally, they are easy to use and clean.