Easiest Weeknight Grilled Dinners
Just because it’s a weeknight doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fantastic grilled flavor. These grilled Dinner Tonight entrées are all ready in 45 minutes or less.
Grilled White Pizza with Clams and Bacon
Chopped clams and crumbled slices of applewood-smoked bacon make for a delicious duo on this pizza.
Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Savory Peanut Sauce
This twist on the traditional Asian chicken dish has a very unique flavor, largely due to the use of peanut butter cups as the central flavoring agent. That's right, we created a rich sauce using a blend of soy, rice wine vinegar, seasonings, and chocolate-peanut butter cups.
Grilled Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Bacon Pizza
This rich and hearty pizza is inspired by Tastebud, a food stand at the Portland farmers' market. They use a mobile wood-burning oven to make the most creative pizza slices in the region. A leggy cousin of broccoli, the delicate purple florets and thin stems of purple sprouting broccoli make an ideal topping for grilled pizza.
Korean Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken with Shishitos and Scallions
This impressive and vibrant meal comes together surprisingly quick thanks to the power of the grill and the power of spatchcocking. If you've never tried it before, spatchcocking is a technique that refers to removing the bird's back bone so that you can butterfly the whole chicken open. This technique is a guaranteed route to succulent meat, ultra-crispy skin, and a much quicker cooking time.
Grilled Vegetable Pizza with Balsamic Reduction
We call for asparagus, zucchini, and yellow squash here, but you can choose your favorite veggies from the produce aisle.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Wheat Berry, Strawberry, and Lacinato Kale Salad
Lacinato kale, often called dinosaur kale because of its crinkled, bumpy texture, grows year-round in the Pacific Northwest. Massaging the leaves with your hands tenderizes them and tones down their bitter edge, which is a little more pronounced with summer harvests.
Grilled Flank Steak Gyros
Don't feel like a sandwich? Serve the steak topped with the cucumber sauce and the vegetables as a side salad. Cut the flatbread into triangles, and toast until crisp.
Grilled Scallop Scampi Kebabs with Arugula and Herb Salad
Loads of flavor come from a simple combo of olive oil, garlic, and reduced white wine that serves as both a basting liquid and a dressing for the herbaceous salad.
Flank Steak Panzanella Salad
This salad is even better at room temperature once the bread has absorbed some of the dressing. Swap the steak for chicken or shrimp, or omit for a side salad.
Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad
The single anchovy fillet lends umami depth to the dressing without giving it any sort of strong fishy flavor.
Grilled Calamari Steaks with Olive and Bean Salad
Big, meaty calamari steaks are sweet and mildly flavored, so they benefit from the bold, salty flavors of olives, anchovies, and capers. You'll find the steaks--we like those from large Humboldt squid--in the frozen seafood section of your grocery store. This seafood dish packs in a salty, citrusy flavor that is exquisitely complemented by hearty white beans and fresh herbs on top.
Spice-rubbed Grilled Flank Steak
The perfect spice blend lends for a super-flavorful main that takes just 20 minutes to throw together.
Grilled Ancho-Rubbed Pork with Smoky Tomato Salsa
Ancho-Rubbed Pork tastes great inside a tortilla and served with homemade tomato salsa.
Grilled Salmon with White Bean and Arugula Salad
Ask for salmon fillets from the head end of the fish--the tail end is much thinner.
Spiced Chicken with Grilled Peach Salsa
The purple scallions at Headhouse Market have a mild, sweet taste and a beautiful deep color. Substitute green onions if you can't find their purple cousin.
Brown Sugar-Grilled Salmon with Zucchini and Fennel "Noodles"
Sweet-and-tart brown sugar glaze gives fresh catch salmon fillets a tender crunch exterior and loads of rich flavor. Serve over a bed of zucchini and fennel ribbons, if desired.
Grilled Salmon with a Farmers’ Market Salad
For a hearty, summer salad that’s bursting with fresh, seasonal finds from your local farmers’ market, this healthy dish is about to be your go-to dinner. Topped with an simple grilled fillet of salmon and tossed in a light, citrus vinaigrette, this salad allows the fresh flavors of the produce to shine through. Substitute or add different produce items based on what’s in season and what you like. If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan can be easily substituted.
Grilled Steaks with Celery and Anchovy Salad
This is dinner for people who have big appetites (or are on the Paleo diet). If you want less meat, just grill 2 steaks and cut them in half. Also, cutting the celery by hand gives you neater, crisper pieces than if you use a handheld slicer or a food processor.
Salmon with Walnut-Avocado Guacamole
Put this power-packed plate into the weeknight rotation. It's ready in less than 20 minutes.
Grilling adds smoky flavor fast. The addition of strawberry-blueberry relish brings a summery freshness to the list.
Grilled Salmon with Caramelized Lemons
A side of salmon, hot off the grill and laid on fig leaves from a backyard tree if you have one, makes a spectacular main course. If you're daunted by the prospect of flipping such a large piece of fish, cut it into three sections before grilling (they're easier to turn) and arrange them end to end on the platter. Erin Scott, creator of the blog (and cookbook) Yummy Supper, gave us this recipe.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chipotle-Orange Mojo
This delicious steak tostada recipe cuts back on calories and sodium by using 6-inch whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour, meaning you can afford to eat two.
Crab-Stuffed Grilled Bell Peppers
This fast dish combines stuffed mini bell peppers and creamy crab dip into one pretty, portable bite. Use multicolored peppers for extra pop.
Classic Steak House Rubbed Filet Mignon
A simple rub of black peppercorns, dried rosemary, dry mustard, kosher salt, and garlic powder greatly enhances filet mignon’s naturally superb flavor. Serve with grilled asparagus and a dressed baked potato or oven fries for a well-rounded meal. Concerned about cost? Check out warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club for surprisingly good deals on this cut of beef.
Herbes de Provence-Crusted Lamb Chops
Herbes de Provence, a classic spice combination from the south of France, is a wonderful accent to lamb loin chops. Coating the chops with Dijon mustard helps the rub stick to the meat and adds extra flavor. For a complete meal, serve grilled new potatoes topped with mint and steamed green beans.
Tuscan Pork Kebabs
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-Jalapeño Salsa
A homemade salsa of cubed watermelon and mango top these grilled chicken breasts seasoned with oregano, chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Serve with a simple green salad.
Grilled Salmon with Apricot-Mustard Glaze
Spread salmon fillets with a simple glaze made from apricot nectar, preserves, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and honey for a sweet-and-tangy fish dinner that’s ready in just minutes. An orzo pilaf and pineapple chunks topped with chopped fresh mint take this meal from everyday to elegant.
Pork Chops with Carolina Rub
Cover center-cut pork loin chops with a simple spice rub and grill for less than 10 minutes, brushing with barbecue sauce, for an easy weeknight meal. Pair with coleslaw and canned baked beans.