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Chargrilled courgettes with basil

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Chargrilled courgettes with basil

Side Serves 2 30 min
One of our favourite ways to cook courgettes; they look lovely and have a beautiful, slightly smoky taste. Try mixing with some white beans and halved cherry tomatoes, or with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and halloumi, or serve as a side dish with chicken. This works best with a ridged griddle pan or barbecue, and ideally some tongs. If you don't have any basil, use some roughly chopped mint instead, or some grated lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • 4 courgettes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil and extra for dressing
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped or a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • a handful of basil
  • ½ garlic clove
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Slice the courgettes lengthways into strips about 3-4mm thick.
  • Step 2

    Toss in the oil, season well, add the chilli if using, then cook in batches on a ridged griddle pan, turning when one side has charred slightly. Try not to move the courgettes as they are cooking; they will have cooked plenty by the time you have marks on both sides.
  • Step 3

    Remove to a serving bowl.
  • Step 4

    You can either serve just with the basil torn over, or blitz the basil and garlic with enough oil to make a dressing in a food processor or blender.

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