Grilling veggies is easy and needs no special equipment if you learn how to grill vegetables in aluminum foil. Adding grilled veggies is not just a great compliment to your favorite steak but also helps you eat healthier as well, since many people do not get enough of the daily recommended servings of vegetables each day. It also means vegetarians can enjoy the fun of grilling – you don’t have to be a meat eater to enjoy standing outside at the BBQ pit!
Aluminum foil is easily obtainable and just about any cook will have some on hand in their kitchen cabinets or drawers. Using it will help not only with an easy clean up afterward but also prevent your food from burning and sticking to the grate of your grill.
Another popular alternative option to foil is using a special basket that helps keep veggies from falling through the grate. There are many different styles of grill baskets available, some of which look much like a pot, while others look more like a tennis racket and have handles that are used to squeeze the veggies in place so they don’t fall through. Deciding which one to use is a matter of personal preference, and there will always be people who swear by foil and others by baskets.
Here are our step by step instructions on how to grill vegetables in aluminum foil:
1. Choose Your Veggies: The first thing to consider is which types of veggies you will be cooking. Some delicious choices include fresh squash, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, snap peas, green beans and corn. All of these are relatively simple to cook and can be grilled together without worrying about certain ones cooking faster than the others.
2. Prepare the Foil: You’ll want to use a large sheet of foil. Something that can help is to line the foil loosely on a pan or skillet, making sure there is ample foil left over to wrap over the top. Spraying the foil with a non stick cooking spray or lightly coating in olive oil is recommended to prevent sticking.
3. Cut up the Veggies: Slicing the veggies after you wash them to be proportionate in size with one another will help them cook evenly. Once the vegetables are cut up, you’ll want to place them in the foil. You can then decide if you will use any seasonings. Some will lightly toss them with oil and salt and pepper or garlic. You can also use lemon juice, Italian dressing, butter, or any additional seasonings you may enjoy.
4. Fold Them Up: Once your veggies are in the foil and seasoned, you will want to fold the foil up to make a pocket and crimp the sides as you go. This will ensure that none of them will escape or fall out while cooking. It also allows for them to steam which will help cook them more evenly.
5. Grill Them Up: You’ll want to make sure your grill is nice and hot to a medium high temperature before placing the aluminum foil on the grate. Let them cook for about 7-10 minutes and flip. Then cook for another 7-10 minutes and if necessary, flip again and grill for another 4-5 minutes.
6. Serve and Enjoy! Once the vegetables are finished, you’ll want to remove them from the grill and serve them. Depending on the vegetable you are cooking, you can then add additional butter or seasonings if need be.
What are some of your favorites vegetables to grill? Have any tips for cooking with aluminum foil? Share your thoughts in the comments below.