Crispy Grilled Zucchini with Marinara

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


2 dozen (2-1/3 cups sauce)

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
You don’t need a deep-fat fryer for the crispiest little snacks around; let the indoor grill do the work! Try this marinara over ziti or bow-tie pasta for a delicious side dish, too. —Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri
Crispy Grilled Zucchini with Marinara Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1 cup Italian-style panko bread crumbs
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, whisk egg and salad dressing. Place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumbs. Cook on an indoor grill for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 48 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.