Last Updated on May 4, 2023
If you’re bored of the same old BBQ side dishes, grilled spaghetti squash is a must try! You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious and healthy side.
My wife and I love spaghetti squash and even the kids enjoy it. It’s a winter staple in our house and a healthy addition to any meal from meatloaf to chicken Parm. But we didn’t often cook it in the summer because we didn’t want to use the oven on a hot day.
Then one day I tried cooking spaghetti squash on the grill and it was a huge hit.
Grilled spaghetti squash has become one of our favorite side dishes for any barbecue and if you follow the simple instructions below you’re going to love it too.
How To Grill Spaghetti Squash
This recipe is so simple and only requires a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
- Spaghetti squash
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Granulated garlic
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
Step by Step
You’ll want to preheat your grill to medium-high. You can make bbq spaghetti squash on a charcoal grill, a pellet smoker, or a propane grill. Whatever type of grill you use, make sure it’s set up for indirect grilling.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Make sure you have a good knife and use caution to prevent cutting yourself.
Brush olive oil all over the flesh of each half and the sprinkle on the seasonings.
Add the spaghetti squash, close the lid, and let it cook until fork tender. A smallish spaghetti squash will take about 30 minutes and a larger one will take 45 to 60 minutes.
Remove from the grill when you can easily penetrate the flesh with a fork and it comes away looking like spaghetti. If you undercook it the fibers won’t easily come apart and it will be tough to eat, but if you overcook it the squash will turn to mush.
Check out the short video below that shows how to test that your grilled spaghetti squash is done.
Once the squash is off the grill, use a fork to shred it and add to a serving dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and some parsley for garnish and serve.
I like to keep the seasoning very basic and let the flavor of the squash shine. Of course you can add a sprinkle of smoked paprika or your favorite BBQ rub if you want to add some additional flavor.
You can also swap out the olive oil and use butter instead. It will be a little less healthy but the flavor will be absolutely bangin!
Add some diced tomatoes or a spoon full of marinara sauce for a different take on grilled spaghetti squash.
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat your grill to medium-high using indirect heat
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and discard them
- Brush the flesh of each half of the squash with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic
- Place spaghetti squash on the grill over indirect heat and cook until fork tender. A small spaghetti squash could be done in about 30 minutes. A larger squash will take about 45 to 60 minutes
- Remove from the grill and shred with a fork
- Scrape into a serving dish, top with grated parmesan, and serve
Cooking time will depend on the size of the spaghetti squash. A small squash will only take about 30 minutes, a large one will take 45 to 60 minutes
Replace the olive oil with a tablespoon of butter in each half for a richer, though less healthy, flavor
Serve with a sprinkle of parsley or other fresh herbs to add a pop of color
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 598mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g