Grilled Zucchini with Almond Breadcrumbs Recipe

A simple summer side, crunchy topping included.
July 3, 2020, 11:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes


5 tablespoons|75 ml olive oil, plus more for drizzling
¼ cup|15 grams panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons|30 grams roasted and salted almonds, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 lemon
1 tablespoon minced parsley
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 large zucchini (about 1 ¼ pounds|600 grams), sliced diagonally ½-inch thick
⅓ cup|45 grams pitted castelvetrano olives (about 12), crushed in half by hand
⅓ cup|38 grams pitted kalamata olives (about 12), crushed in half by hand


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add the panko, almonds, and garlic and zest in the lemon. Cook until the panko is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightly, then stir in the parsley and season with salt. Breadcrumbs will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  2. Meanwhile, light a grill. Toss the zucchini with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the zucchini, flipping once, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and squeeze the lemon juice over the top.
  3. Place the olives on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Grill until sizzling, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the platter with the zucchini and drizzle everything with more olive oil . Sprinkle with some of the almond breadcrumbs and serve.

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