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The birds are chirping, the temperature is rising, and summer will soon be here. If you’re like me, you dusted off your BBQ at the first signs of spring…or maybe you were grilling all winter long. Either way, here are 12 drool-worthy grill recipes that are sure to blow you away
Grilled Halloumi Cheese
I know what you’re thinking. Cheese?? On the BBQ?? Trust me on this one. Halloumi has a very high melting point, making it perfect for grilling. The result is warm, salty, slightly-chewy deliciousness that you can use in about a million different ways. It’s also super simple to prepare. Slice the halloumi about 1/2 inch thick, brush with olive oil and grill about 3 minutes each side (until you see grill marks). BOOM!
Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers
Shrimp is one of those things that just tastes better on the BBQ. It also takes on the flavour of a marinade really quickly, unlike chicken or beef, so the prep time is much shorter. Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp skewers is one of my favourite spring BBQ recipes. You can find all the details here.
Grilled peaches are one of the true culinary delights in life. I personally serve them with vanilla ice cream, but they make a great addition to a salad as well. Make sure you don’t buy peaches that are over ripe, they need to be ripe but still firm so they stand up to the heat of the grill.
- Halve and pit your peaches
- Heat grill to medium-high
- Brush peaches with olive oil and grill cut-side down for 4-5 minutes
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of cinnamon
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but grilled corn on the cob takes that classic summer taste to the next level. First, pull the outer husks down to the end of the cob and remove as much of the silks as you can. Fold the husks back in to place, and then place the corn in a bwol of cold water with salt for ten minutes. Heat your grill to medium, shake off the water and place the cobs on the grill. Grill for 15-20 minutes, turning the corn every 5 minutes or so. Serve with copious amounts of butter.
Strip Steak with Blistered Beans and Tomatoes
Yes, this recipe *is* just as good as it sounds. It also looks very complicated, but is relatively easy so your family will be very impressed by your culinary prowess. Hot tip: cook half the tomatoes in a skillet on the grill so that you can capture the juices and turn them in to a sauce. Find the full recipe here
This savoury salmon will be the star of your meal. It’s easy to prepare, ready in under 30 minutes and pairs well with just about any side dish, from salad to mashed potatoes to grilled veggies. You most likely already have the ingredients on hand. Click here for the full recipe.
Garlic Grilled Broccoli
As my mom always says, “don’t knock it until you try it”. Grilled broccoli is super simple and when the broccoli gets a little charred it brings out a sweet, slightly nutty flavour that is absolutely delicious. Wash your broccoli like normal then toss it in olive oil with salt, pepper and garlic powder. You can either place it on some foil directly on the grill or use a grill basket. 8-10 minutes over medium heat and you are golden.
Bacon Wrapped Scallop Skewers
Don’t let this recipe scare you, it’s actually not as difficult as it sounds. The trick is to pre-cook the bacon until it’s halfway done, and then wrap around the scallops and add to your skewers. This means you won’t over cook the scallops or undercook the bacon. Check out the recipe here.
Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
There is no better way to prepare chicken than on the grill, if you ask me. I could never eat a deep friend chicken wing again and be perfectly happy. I personally toss the wings in salt and pepper, then cook directly on an oiled grill. Then, I baste them with Honey BBQ sauce when they’re almost done but to be honest, you really can’t go wrong when grilling wings. Check out a ton of great sauce and spice options here
Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steak
You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this delicious dish. It’s so simple yet so impressive.
- cut the cauliflower in to 3 or 4 “steaks”
- in small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey and grated garlic
- in separate bowl, mix lime zest, paprika, chipotle and salt
- brush one side of each cauliflower steak with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle generously with the chipotle powder mixture. Place the seasoned side down on the hot grill. Brush the tops with the olive oil mixture and season with the chipotle mix
- cook for 5-6 minutes on a medium grill, flip and cook for 5 more minutes
Trust me, you’ll add this in to your regular rotation. Full recipe details here