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How to Cut & Grill Summer Squash

Step 1

Wash summer squash thoroughly under cold running water, rinsing any soil or other debris away.

Step 2

Place squash on a clean chopping block or cutting surface. Slice the squash crosswise into circles, each about 1/2-inch thick, leaving the skin intact. Discard the stem and tip, keeping only the fleshy parts of the squash.

Step 3

Sprinkle a light layer of lemon pepper on each side of the squash circles. Set them aside on a clean plate.

Step 4

Coat the grill cooking grate with a light layer of vegetable oil grilling spray.

Step 5

Set up the gas or charcoal grill for direct grilling and ignite the grill. If using a gas grill, this means selecting the appropriate burner (see your grill's manual). If using a charcoal grill, this means spreading coals into an even layer under the grate.

Step 6

Close the grill lid and allow the grill to heat to about 350 F.

Step 7

Open the grill lid and place the squash circles on the cooking grate directly above the heat source. Leave about 1/2 inch of space between each piece so heat can get between the sections and cook the squash evenly.

Step 8

Grill the squash until it is just tender and slightly browned, about eight minutes on each side. Carefully turn the squash with the long-handled tongs so pieces don't tear off or slip between the grill grates into the flames.

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