Grilling is one of our favorite approaches to tackle weeknight dinner stress. That’s because the grill works best with quick-cooking foods that are small in size (such as shrimp and skewered meats) or foods that are individually portioned (such as steaks and chops). It also adds a lot of flavor to food that you just can’t get from a short stint on the stovetop. With a little bit of planning, you can prepare an entire meal on the grill in 30 minutes or less (not including a few minutes of prep time). Here are some of our best weeknight grilling recipes that we’ve gathered from our archive of hundreds of 30-minute recipes.
Grilled Chicken CapreseChoosing the right chicken breast comes down to texture. Our recommended brand of boneless, skinless chicken breasts provides you with juicy and tender meat once it’s off the grill. Don’t forget to top the grilled chicken with our basil vinaigrette, which adds a refreshing touch to this quick-cooking meal.
Grilled Skirt Steak and Sweet PotatoesSkirt steak has a trio of things going for it: It’s inexpensive, quick-cooking, and flavorful. (You can read more about it and other steak options in our article about the best inexpensive steaks). When shopping for skirt steak, choose fattier cuts, which will help add a lot of flavor to your dish.
Grilled Cod and Summer Squash PacketsGrilling is the best way to cook many types of summer vegetables, so it comes as no surprise that we chose summer squash to complement the grilled cod in this dish. The main ingredients in this recipe (cod, squash, and tomatoes) cook at the same rate, making this an ideal dish for any home cook trying to get dinner on the table quickly.
Grilled Pork Chops with PlumsGrilling has the ability to caramelize the sugars in fruits, giving them a complex, smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with plums. If you can’t find any good plums at the supermarket, peaches make a great substitute for this dish.
Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs with Grilled Bok ChoyFor maximum sauciness, we apply the teriyaki sauce twice: first towards the end of grilling and then again when the meat is taken off the grill. This gives us a double layer of sweetness and ensures the sauce doesn’t burn on the grill. (The best way to apply sauce to grilled items is with our favorite basting brush, the OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush.)
Our cookbooks, put together by the experts in our test kitchen, make topics like grilling and weeknight cooking approachable for the home cook. If you're looking for a place to become a better cook, our online bookstore is the place to start--but here are two of our favorites for weeknight grilling.