Grilled Veggies – Part 2: Squash [Kousa, Zucchini, Summer] & Corn

If you’re scratching your head at my title and saying “Kousa?” you’re not alone.  I’d never heard of it either.  It’s Lebanese squash, and is very similar to zucchini and summer squash.  When I first saw it at the Gloucester Farmer’s Market last week I thought it was a hybrid of the two, because of the light green color and obvious similarities.  But the Lebanese farmer set me straight and told me many local farms are starting to grow it.  Depending on your Google results it can also be spelled Koosa, Kusa, or Cousa, but the farmer spelled it “Kousa” so that’s what I’m going with.  I took his assistant’s advice while chopping it and tossed a raw piece in my mouth – it was very tasty and sweet!

I also bought zucchini, summer squash, and corn from him.  On Saturday evening I pre-heated the grill [on high], then sliced up the squash into chunks.  I tossed them into 2 gallon-sized Ziploc bags, added olive oil, garlic flakes, and sea salt, and shook them up:

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I didn’t do anything to the corn except shuck it and break the stems/ends off [they keep the grill lid from closing all the way].  I dumped the 2 bags of squash into my grill basket and was ready to head outside:


I placed everything on the grill, then closed the lid and went back inside.  I don’t set a timer, I just try and check my grilled items every 5 or 6 minutes or so.  Haven’t burned anything yet!  Each time I went out I rolled the corn and stirred the squash.

After 6 minutes:


After another 6 minutes:


After another 6 minutes – DONE!:


Soooooooooooo good!  Hubby and I both prefer our corn sliced off the cob, in a bowl with butter and salt [and pepper for me]:


I give the corn cobs to the rats [after they cool off] so they can gnaw on the remaining kernels 🙂  I hope you’ve been enjoying your grill as much as I have!

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  1. Your grilling series is inspiring. We haven’t grilled yet this year but we certainly ought to. I love a grilled peach. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • OMG my friend Abbie made grilled peaches one – they were insane! A little vanilla ice cream and wow – great summer dessert.

  2. Super Yumm. We went to David and Laurie’s last night for dinner, and that’s exactly how he cooked the corn. The other delicious veggie he grilled was portabella caps – lightly coated with olive oil and then grilled. omg – SO good!
    We have such a relatively short grilling season here, that we all grill whatever/whenever we can – and grilled any kind of veggies are the Best!

  3. Excellent, we will be cooking corn on the grill the same way the next time we cook corn out. Yumm! Dad

    • Nine Dark Moons

      So easy! I’ve tried grilling it in the husk, I’ve tried husking it, soaking it in water and grilling it, I’ve tried husking it, wrapping it in foil with butter and grilling it, and have found that just placing the husked corn on the grill is the easiest and comes out pretty much the same as all the other methods. And the blackened kernels are yummy!

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