How to Grill Veggies on Stove  

How to Grill Veggies on Stove  

Do you want to cook vegetables but do not know how to grill veggies on a stove? An easy and nutritious step for grilling vegetables a few minutes on each side will be perfect for dinner tonight or an easy weekday lunch.

If you’re new to grilling vegetables, don’t worry. It’s a lot easier than you think. All you need is one pan and a stovetop. And surprisingly, it only takes a few minutes of cooking time! Below are a few of our favorite ways to cook veggies on the stovetop.

How to Grill Veggies on Stove

Rinse veggies, including carrots, onions, and eggplant, with water. Ensure they are completely dry. Cut vegetables into slices approximately 1/ 2 inches thick and 8-12 inches long. Brush vegetable slices with olive oil on both sides to keep them from sticking to the grill grate.

Note: If you don’t have a vegetable grill, use a regular grill to cook the vegetable slices.

Skewer or place the sliced vegetables onto the vegetable grill. Brush the tops of the veggies with olive oil again before placing them over high heat on the stovetop to cook for 2-3 minutes per side. In general, thicker slices of vegetables will take longer to cook than thinner ones.

Keep the stovetop on high heat and cook each side of the vegetable slices until they are tender, yet crisp. When grilling veggies, keep them in a single layer on your vegetable grill. If you are cooking more than one type of vegetable at a time, place them on separate grills. 

For example, carrots take about 10 minutes to cook, onions take about 20 minutes to cook, and eggplant takes about 30 minutes to cook. You can also cook vegetables in a skillet with a lid.

Place the vegetables, including eggplant, on the skillet over medium heat and stir occasionally till they are tender. Undercooked vegetables can become mushy and will not taste as good as when they are desired crispiness. To keep eggplant from bursting open when you peel it, trim off tough areas of the skin before grilling.

Enjoy your new favorite side dish!

Grilled Cabbage Slaw with Carrot Dijon Dressing 

Here is the recipe for grilled cabbage slaw with carrot dijon dressing 


  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • Dijon Mustard
  • A pinch of salt to taste 


  1. Whisk together the given ingredients in a small bowl. 
  2. Pour into a large glass measuring container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out the cabbage onto it. 
  4. Top with shredded carrots and drizzle dressing on top. 
  5. Roll up the cabbage tightly and place it on the prepared baking sheet. 
  6. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until starting to brown at the edges. 
  7. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature. You can serve this as a side or use it as a salad for sandwiches, wraps, or tacos.

Frequently Asked Questions                        

Q: How do you char the vegetables on the stove?

A: You want the grill to be very hot. So if a vegetable is browning on the grill but not fully cooked, turn up the heat and it will finish cooking. Charring means to completely burn the outside of foods such as meat or vegetables so they are crisp and as crunchy as possible. You can also cook veggies in batches on your stovetop or in a skillet with a lid.

Q: What kind of pan should you use?

A: A large, nonstick pan is best. Cast iron, ceramic, or enameled aluminum pans all work well. Make sure you have something that the food can be spread out in a single layer over. You don’t want to overcrowd the pan and end up with a soggy sandwich.

Q: How do you handle grilling vegetables after they are cooked?

A: You can remove them from the heat once they are crisp and let them sit for just a moment to continue cooking without losing their goodness.

Q: How long do you cook vegetables on the stove?

A: Vegetables such as carrots, onions, and eggplant take between 10-30 minutes to cook on the stovetop. For example, you can grill zucchini or eggplant over low heat for 20 minutes, turn off the stove and let it sit for an additional 5 minutes.

If you are cooking more than 2 types of vegetables on different grills, place them all over high heat in separate halves to cook each side for 1-2 minutes.

Q: How to cook vegetables on cooking grills.

A: You can purchase a vegetable grill from most specialty grocery stores or online. They are great for making sure that everything cooks evenly on the grill and make it easier to turn ingredients like eggplant. If you don’t have a vegetable grill, you can use a regular gas or electric grill.

Q: How do you grill the vegetables indoors? What do you use?

A: You can place vegetables on a baking sheet and shallow fry in a very small amount of oil in your oven. Slice the vegetables and grill them for about 20 minutes or until they are crispy.

You can also use a griddle or skillet with a lid to cook them on the stovetop. Make sure to keep the grill or skillet hot while you are cooking so they can continue to cook along with the other sides.

Summing Up 

So that’s all for an article about how to grill veggies on a stove. We hope you understand it as we also discussed some of the most commonly asked questions by the public. Grill them now and have fun! 

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