Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Grilling Vegetables

By Goodness M

Grilling vegetables infuses a deep and smoky savory flavor that is delicious. As much as we all want to grill our vegetables, it is not easy as it seems. You are bound to encounter a lot of problems. However, we have outlined mistakes that are commonly made when grilling veggies so that you avoid them.

1. Failure to Pre-Cook the Hard Vegetables

Some vegetables respond well to grilling due to their softness. You can grill zucchini, onions, and bell peppers until they are tender without being burnt outside. However, this is not the case with hard veggies such as potatoes and pumpkins. Grilling them will only result in burning the outside while the inside is still raw. Therefore, microwave or boil these veggies until they are half cooked. After that, grill them to perfection.

2. Not Seasoning The Vegetables

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Failure to season your vegetables results in them having a bland taste. Therefore, coat your veggies with all-purpose seasoning and marinate them to bring out that delicious flavor.

3. Coating Veggies in Sugary Sauces

Grilling vegetables coated in sugar-based sauces such as barbecue sauce results in over caramelizing and burning veggies. Therefore, avoid these sauces altogether. Instead, use oil or vinegar-based marinade that fills your veggies with flavor and ensures that no burning takes place.

4. Not Oiling The Grill Grates

Your veggies are bound to stick if your grill grates are not oiled. To prevent this from happening, apply a couple of tablespoons of canola oil on a paper towel. Drag it across the hot grill grates using tongs.

5. Failure To Use A Grill Basket To Grill Small Vegetables

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Small veggies such as asparagus and cauliflower florets are challenging to cook properly because they fall through the grates. Therefore, with the aid of a mesh grill basket, you can grill small veggies such as chickpeas by placing them on top of the grates. However, there are also large veggies such as Brussels sprouts that can also fall through the grates. These can be put on metal skewers and will be appropriately grilled without falling.