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Recipes for Simple & Savory Summer Grilling

When you think of Summer, what goes through your mind? Escaping to somewhere tropical, building sand castles, taking a dip in the pool, relaxing under the sunshine, and best of all – enjoying the delightful food! This season, nothing cools you down better than a refreshing watermelon wedge or a frosty glass of lemonade. Likewise, nothing satisfies your summer appetite like a dish straight off the grill.

We have gathered a few recipes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds in no time. Literally. The following recipes are meant to be simply assembled and easy to make. This way, you can spend less time grilling and more time enjoying priceless summer moments.

Let’s dive into some delicious eats made for grilling season.

Appetizers & Sides

Balsamic Grilled Mushrooms

Skewered grilled mushrooms in a balsamic vinegar.

This is an exceptional side, especially if you are entertaining guests that are vegetarian. Not to be confused with other lack-luster mushroom dishes, these are tossed into a balsamic-soy glaze and skewered for a savory twist. Watch this step-by-step video from Delish for a closer look.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/2" thick
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic, soy sauce, garlic, and pepper. Add mushrooms and marinate 20 minutes.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high. Skewer mushrooms and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

Sliced zucchini sprinkled with Parmesan. Recipe source: All Recipes

This delectable side is another versatile choice for crowds that have different preferences. Parmesan on anything is going to taste fantastic. Carried by a smoky and tender piece of zucchini, it’ll be a prime pick for any social event.

Ingredients:

  • 3 zucchini
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Cut the zucchini in half crosswise, then slice each half into 3 slices lengthwise, making 6 slices per zucchini.
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley in a bowl, and spread the mixture on both sides of each zucchini slice. Sprinkle one side of each slice with Parmesan cheese, and place the slices, cheese sides up, crosswise on the grill to keep them from falling through.
  4. Grill the zucchini until the cheese has melted and the slices are cooked through and show grill marks, about 8 minutes.

Entrees

Sticky Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken coated in a sweet and savory marinade. Recipe source: Delish

Once you try this magnificent marinade, you’ll want to use it over and over. What makes it even better is its simplicity. Going camping? Serve this from one of our portable grills for hassle-free cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 lb. chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp. Sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic and green onions. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade for basting chicken after grilling.
  2. Add chicken to a large Ziploc bag or baking dish and pour over marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator at least 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, heat grill to high. Oil grates and add chicken, then periodically baste with marinade and grill until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes per side.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

Sriracha Grilled Salmon

Salmon covered in sweet and spicy sauce. Recipe source: Delish

Add a little heat to your meal with this wonderfully spicy entree. Like the previous dish, this effortless masterpiece uses the bag, let marinate, and grill method. For enhanced flavor, we offer premium wood chips and wood planks to add a touch of smoke or specific taste profile to your meats.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sriracha
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together Sriracha, lemon juice and honey. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade for basting salmon after grilling.
  2. Add salmon to a large Ziploc bag or baking dish and pour over marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator, 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, heat grill to high. Oil grates and add salmon, then baste with marinade and grill until cooked through, 5 minutes per side.
  4. Baste with reserved marinade and garnish with chives.

Something Sweet

Barbecued Peaches

Sweet and savory peaches on the grill.

If you’re wanting something sweet and tangy after supper, these grilled peaches are just the thing. With only two ingredients, anyone can create this sweet party snack. View this video from All Recipes for fool-proof instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 2 firm, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 4 tbsp. barbeque sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Slice flesh-side of peach halves diagonally about 1/4-inch deep, twice in each direction.
  3. Drizzle flesh-side of each peach half with barbeque sauce; brush sauce for an even coat.
  4. Place peaches, flesh-side up, on the grill. Cook until barbeque sauce bubbles slightly and peaches are a little softer than when you put them on the grill, 7 to 10 minutes.

Get creative and try something out of the ordinary on the grill this Summer. Reach out to our customer service department by phone (866) 578-8538, email at info@starfiredirect.com, or live chat for expert advice on helpful cooking tools and accessories that can heighten your grilling experience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Derr

Starting her presence on the web as a beauty & fashion blogger, Kate has found much joy in being a part of the Ecommerce team at Starfire Direct. In her free time, you can find her enjoying delicious food, nature, and family time.



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