I love grilled vegetables. Grilling adds such wonderful depth of flavor to vegetables.
This is a simple marinade, but it brings wonderful Asian flavors to the vegetables.
Marinating vegetables is so easy and a flavorful marinade like this one really ramps up the taste.
The vegetables I have chosen for this recipe lend themselves really well to grilling. Grilling gives them great flavor, but they can also stand up to being on the grill without dissolving into mush. Feel free to add or delete the vegetables of your choice.
It’s easy to make this marinade. Once the marinade is ready, just pour the vegetables into it and let them sit for 2 hours or up to 24 hours before you grill them.
Sesame oil is a favorite ingredient of mine in Asian flavored recipes. It adds so much flavor with just a little bit of oil. The dark sesame oil is more flavorful and has a deeper, richer taste than the lighter version. My absolute favorite if you can get it, is toasted sesame oil. The flavor seems smoother to me somehow and really adds a wonderful taste to anything you put it on or in.
This is one of my favorite summer vegetable recipes for times when you are having guests, because it’s a make ahead recipe. You can do most of the work ahead of time and just pop them on the grill when you are ready to eat.
I hope you enjoy them.
See instructions below the recipe for using an indoor grill or broiler.
Grilled Vegetables with Ginger and Sesame
- 2 red peppers, or yellow, large
- 2 zucchini, medium
- 1 eggplant
- 8 ounces mushrooms, left whole
- 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce, (optional)
- Take the seeds out of the red peppers, then cut each pepper into quarters or large wedges. Slice the zucchini and eggplant crosswise into round slices.
- Mix together the white wine vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic and hot sauce in a non metallic baking dish to create the marinade. Place the vegetable pieces into the mixture and stir to mix everything together well. Cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate the vegetables and allow them to marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking them, turning them occasionally to make sure they are well coated by the marinade. You can refrigerate the vegetables for up to 24 hours before you grill them.
- When you are ready to cook the vegetables, take them out of the marinade and place them on a grilling rack on your barbecue. Grill the vegetables for about 8 minutes, turning them once and brushing with the marinade occasionally.
Serves 6 to 8
Cooking time depends on the heat of your barbecue so check for doneness occasionally. Grilled vegetables are great but burnt are not.
Indoor GrillingYou can prepare these grilled vegetables in many ways. Of course you can use your outdoor barbecue as I outlined in the directions above, but if the weather or other circumstances mean the outdoors is not an option, you can still enjoy these delicious vegetables. If you have an indoor grill, now would be the time to get it out. Just preheat the grill and cook the vegetables as you would on the barbecue.
Oven BroilingGrilling these vegetables in the oven is another great option. Just preheat your oven broiler, then place the vegetables on a grill pan or baking sheet and pop them into the preheated oven broiler. Place the pan 5 to 6 inches below the broiler heating element. Cook the vegetables for 4 minutes, turning them once and brushing with marinade once or twice.
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