You've got to try these delicious grilled endives - they're so simple to make and are the best way to bring out the flavor of endives.
These can be made on a grill pan or outdoor grill, either way will work!
This is a great way to prepare endives! Belgian endives have a lovely, slightly bitter flavor. They can be eaten raw, in salads, roasted, or grilled. I use them in a lot of recipes, like this endive and feta appetizer. But for weeknights, this is my favorite way of making them.
After you've cooked them, you can use them in a grilled endive salad or serve them on their own as a side dish.
Here's what you'll need to make this delicious endive recipe.
- Belgian Endives
- Olive Oil (it doesn't need to be extra virgin)
- Kosher Salt or Sea salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Fresh Lemon Juice
See the recipe card for quantities.
Heat a grill to medium-high heat or a grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot.
Lay each Belgian endive half cut side up on a cutting board. Brush them with a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place endives on the grill or grill pan. Cook each side of the endives for 3 minutes.
Remove them from the grill and squeeze the lemon juice on them.
More Side Dish Recipes
Try some of our other favorite, easy vegetable side dishes.
- Roasted Red Cabbage - the best way to enjoy red cabbage. The roasting brings out the natural flavors.
- Grilled Corn in the Husk - the simplest and quickest way to grill tender sweet corn.
- Oven Roasted Okra - crispy, well-seasoned okra is roasted to perfection.
Substitutions & Variations
Want to make some swaps? Here are some optional ingredients or toppings.
- Oil - swap the olive oil for vegetable oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil.
- Fresh Herbs - you can top the endives with chopped fresh herbs like parsley, chives, or thyme leaves.
- Sauces - drizzle on some honey, balsamic vinegar, or sesame oil on the endives when they come off the grill. You can also add a bit of lemon zest if you want more lemon flavor!
What to Serve with Endives
Here are some mains that pair well with slightly bitter endives.
- Grilled Flank Steak - a fantastic, tender steak with a tangy marinade of Worcestershire sauce.
- Grilled Cod in Foil - a flaky, buttery grilled cod with lemon.
- Baked Sockeye Salmon in Foil - this is the best way to cook sockeye salmon!
Grilled endives will keep for up to four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - Depending on the thickness of your endives, they may need a minute or two longer to cook on each side. Try to have grill lines form before flipping them.
Recommended Tools - I highly recommend a pair of long grill tongs for flipping the endives.
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- 4 to 6 Belgian Endives, halved
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Few squeezes of lemon juice
- Heat a grill to medium-high heat or a grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot.
- Lay the endive halves cut side up on a cutting board. Brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place them on the grill or grill pan. Cook each side of the endives for 3 minutes.
- Remove them from the grill and squeeze the lemon juice on them.
- Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g