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Best Grilled Food Recipe Ideas: Food to Grill

Updated on February 27, 2015
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After living in the city for 30 years, EC moved to the countryside. He writes about life in the mountains, dogs, plants, and cooking.

Grilled Scallops with ginger, soy dressing and sea beans... Yummy! (
Grilled Scallops with ginger, soy dressing and sea beans... Yummy! (

Grilling Food is Popular and Special

Grilling is a method of cooking food over charcoal, wood, gas, over the stove or inside the oven. Grilled meat, fish, vegetable or fruit are popular because they gain distinctive flavors when cooked over extreme heat or hot flames. However, burnt or charred meat may form carcinogens.

Grilling is often associated with barbecue parties and other outdoor activities such as: camping, picnics, and beach or weekend family gatherings. Grilling is also being done now any time of the year, not only during summer. Almost every household owns charcoal or gas grills nowadays.

Grilled dishes for dinners or packed lunches are becoming everyone's favorite because they are easy to prepare, healthy and delicious.

Grilled meat or fish are often accompanied with green salads and cheese, or served over hot rice.

Grilling is Healthier Than Frying

When grilling is done correctly, the meat loses a lot of fat while cooking. Burnt meat is a known source of carcinogen, which may cause heart disorder. To avoid burning the food, it is always safe to start grilling over low heat.

Both gas and electric grills have controls. To control heat of charcoal, spread the hot coals thinly at the center. Rake the coals to maintain temperature.

Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad (
Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad (

Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad

You'll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into 2
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound shrimp (large-sized), shell and veins removed
  • 2 loaves of pita without pocket (8-inch size)
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, top, bottom, and seeds removed
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, cubed (1/2-inch size)


  1. Marinade from shrimp: whisk 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon oregano, and half of garlic. Coat shrimp with lemon mixture and let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill. Brush oil over grill grates.
  3. Salad dressing: whisk 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon oregano, half of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.Stir in tomatoes, cucumber, and onion. Set aside at room temperature.
  4. Lightly oil pitas and bell pepper on both sides. Season with salt and ground pepper. Grill bell pepper until softened (about 1/2 minutes on each side). Transfer bell pepper to wire rack to cool. Grill pita over glowing charcoals until light brown and slightly crisp (about 2 minutes on each side). Transfer pita to wire rack to cool.
  5. Grill shrimps on skewers, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove shrimps from skewers when slightly cool and place in a bowl.
  6. To make salad: break pitas into bite-sized pieces and chop bell pepper. Add to shrimps and feta cheese cubes. Season with salt and ground pepper. Drizzle salad dressing and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Beef and Vegetable Kebab (Photo from / Recipe from
Beef and Vegetable Kebab (Photo from / Recipe from

Beef and Vegetable Kebab

You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked in 2 cups water over high heat then low
  • 4 ounces top sirloin (choice cut of beef)
  • 3 tablespoons Italian dressing (fat-free)
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeded and cut into 4
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped

Tips on Marinating:

  1. Marinating meat before grilling adds flavors and reduces formation of cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) on meat during grilling.
  2. Marinating meat also avoids burning and charring meat while grilling.


  1. In a non-stick saucepan, cook rice and water over high heat. Continue boiling until water is reduced. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender and moist. Sprinkle small amount of water to keep rice from drying out. Transfer cooked rice to a small bowl and keep warm.
  2. Cut meat into uniform-sized cubes. Marinate in Italian dressing for 20 minutes or more, inside the refrigerator. Turn meat to coat evenly.
  3. Preheat grill. Position grill grate 4 to 6 inches away from hot charcoal.
  4. Skewer meat, green bell pepper, tomato and onion alternately to form kebab.
  5. Grill the kebabs on lightly-oiled grate for about 5 to 10 minutes, turning to avoid burning.
  6. Top kebab over warm rice. Serve hot.

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops (
Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops (

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 pork chops (boneless)

How to cook:

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill.
  2. In a saucepan, dissolve brown sugar, apple juice, oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt and ground pepper. Boil. Add dissolve cornstarch in water. Stir until sauce is thick.
  3. Place pork chops on lightly-oiled grill grate. Cook meat for 10 to 12 minutes on each side. Turning to avoid burning. Brush with sauce over pork chops just before removing from grill. Serve hot with remaining sauce.

Grilled Chicken Leg and Thigh (
Grilled Chicken Leg and Thigh (

Grilled Chicken

You'll Need:

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup, as needed
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Grilling Tips

To keep your meat and fish juicy and tender inside, baste the meat all over with the marinade mix while grilling and until cooked.

Spread hot charcoal around the grill pit to avoid burning the meat on the center while grilling. High temperature tend to produce under-cooked yet burnt meat.

How to cook:

  1. Mix well ketchup, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, grated lime peel, dry mustard, garlic powder, salt and ground pepper.
  2. Place chicken legs on preheated and lightly oiled grill. Brush ketchup mixture over chicken while grilling. Turn chicken legs often to avoid burning. Chicken is cooked after 30 to 35 minutes; or when juices run clear when pricked with fork.

Grilled Hamburger Recipe

Delicious Meat Cubes Kebab Ready to Grill from
Delicious Meat Cubes Kebab Ready to Grill from
Large Shrimps and Rocket Salad from
Large Shrimps and Rocket Salad from
Grilled Sausages from
Grilled Sausages from
Grilled Meat on Sticks with Hot Sauce from
Grilled Meat on Sticks with Hot Sauce from
Pork and Tomato Kebab (
Pork and Tomato Kebab (
Chicken and Veggies Kebab (
Chicken and Veggies Kebab (
Grilled Juicy Ribeye Steak (
Grilled Juicy Ribeye Steak (

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      7 years ago

      I've been a salt-tooth since I can remember from driiknng the pickle jar juice to adding salt to ice cream. Guilty. Me and pickles are tight yet I've never tried okra. I almost bought some sea beans last weekend, but decided against it at the last minute. The pickled sea beans look amazing and I'll try to pick some up soon and give them a try.

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      7 years ago

      First of all, I was on your site maybe 5 minutes ago, wonerding if you had written a new post. And now here it is! Thank goodness for Facebook, otherwise I probably wouldn't have checked back for a few more days. I did see the post on Sprouted Kitchen and I've been anxious to make it ever since I came across it. I've been on a coconut milk kick recently and I just know that it would make for the most wonderful popsicle (or ice cream) base. And, from the look of these pictures, it was a huge success.

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      7 years ago

      I too can eat an entire jar in one sinttig! And in fact, there are only three little pickled okra left!@Heather: In a perfect world, you would let them brine for a couple days. In reality, I could hardly keep my hands off of them and now, three days after they've been made, they're mostly gone.And as for the sea beans, they have a really long season on the west coast. I've had them all the way into October. It's surprising that they're so fleeting out there! (Maybe they don't like the hot weather?)

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      8 years ago from Gujarat, India

      very nice... lovely, you are awesome...

    • applejuic3 profile image


      9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      you are going to have to stop with these pictures, they are so tempting!

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      Lise Raev 

      10 years ago

      Oh my gosh, those grilled scallops look to die for. This makes me so excited to use my new grill! Question: what would you recommend in the way of grill utensils? I'm a rookie at this.

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      10 years ago

      I love it.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      10 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I´ll try them all. Thanks for sharing.

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      11 years ago

      MIAM MIAM MIAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Eddy Browning 

      11 years ago

      I love your pictures and your recipes. They all sound delicious!

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      Infrared Grill 

      11 years ago

      That's what the grill was invented for!!!

      Makes me salivating ;-)


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      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      5 words: m m m m m!!

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      12 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for dropping by here, Julie McM. Yes, please try the shrimp salad. And don't forget to mix in the feta cheese. Yummy :)

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      Julie McM 

      12 years ago from Southern California

      I will definitely be making your grilled shrimp Greek Salad. Sounds delicious.

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      12 years ago from Philippines

      hi, dogfishcat! thank you for reading. the grilled foods look good--and taste good, too :)

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      12 years ago

      Wow that grilled food looks too good!

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      12 years ago from Philippines

      yeah, i'm glad you like them, Lgali. you want no-fat foods, try fish--and grill them. very healthy! :D

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      12 years ago

      another good recipe

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      13 years ago from Philippines

      A belated thanks to you, Decrescendo!

      Hello, mattferry! Grilling food is easy. Try it!

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      13 years ago from California

      thinking about this just makes my mouth water... oh what teh heck i think i'll go make some :)

    • Decrescendo profile image


      13 years ago

      I don’t think I can do this diet.

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      13 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks, Deb!

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      Blogger Mom 

      13 years ago from Northeast, US

      These sound great - thanks for sharing! - Deb

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      EC Mendoza 

      13 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, kind sir!

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      Bob Ewing 

      13 years ago from New Brunswick

      sounds delicious, thanks.


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