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Barbecued courgettes with chilli and basil

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Vegetarian mains

Barbecued courgettes with chilli and basil

Side Serves 4 15 min
This is an excellent vegetarian barbecue recipe – the courgettes take on a lovely smoky flavour that's set of well by the kick of chilli and the freshness of the basil. Cut them fairly evenly or parts will burn before others cook. It the weather doesn't hold up, or you don't have a barbecue, cook them on the a griddle instead.


  • 6 courgettes
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • small handful basil leaves, shredded
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    Slice the courgettes lengthways to a thickness of ½ cm.
  • Step 2

    Brush with a little oil on both sides. Griddle on a BBQ, turning once, until just tender.
  • Step 3

    Mix 6 tablespoons of oil with 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
  • Step 4

    Toss in the basil, chilli, garlic and cooked courgettes while they're still warm.
  • Step 5

    Season and leave to cool.
  • Step 6

    Serve at room temperature.

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