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Kick Off Grilling Season with These Sizzling Spring Recipes

Three pieces of chicken topped with avocado salsa on a grill, a stack of grilled shrimp skewers on a plate, and a bowl of grilled chicken with lemon.
Gimme Delicious/Cafe Delites/Once Upon a Chef

As the frigid air turns into a warm breeze, it’s time to pull out that dusty grill and get busy marinading! Resurrect your outdoor cooker with these perfect springtime recipes.

It doesn’t get any better than pairing in-season ingredients with your favorite meat. From scallops and chicken to steak and lamb—you name it, we have a recipe for your first cookout of the season.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

Scallops and lemons on a grill.
The Recipe Critic

Scallops offer a sweet, delicate taste that simply cannot be compared with anything else from the deep blue sea. These marinated bivalves, once finished, boast a gorgeous seared crust, but remain juicy and tender on the inside.

Not only do these taste fantastic, but they also present well and look perfect when plated with fresh lemons.

Grilled Steak & Veggie Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

Grilled and sliced steak cooked to a perfect medium-rare, arranged on a rectangular plate with grilled fennel bulbs, cherry tomatoes and spring onions on on top of a bed of quinoa.
Epicurious

This gorgeous array of vegetables and steak is beautiful to look at, but tastes even better on a breezy, spring evening.

The cumin-rubbed steak provides a distinctive earthy, spicy kick, while the grilled fennel bulb brings a sweet, anise-like flavor. Enjoy this healthy quinoa salad with the included recipe for the tasty tahini dressing.

Grilled Shrimp and Spinach Salad

A plate of grilled shrimp and spinach salad.
My Recipes

Imagine juicy, plump shrimp marinated in a basil vinaigrette lying on top of a bed of fresh baby spinach. Those two ingredients alone offer so much!

After you add in the sliced mango, raspberries, and creamy goat cheese, you’ll have a new spring favorite that’s sure to last through summer, too!

Keto Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Grilled chicken sizzling in a grill pan, topped with avocado salsa
Gimme Delicious

This healthy cilantro lime grilled chicken is just the outdoor recipe you’ve been looking for, especially if you doing the keto thing.

You’ll love the marinaded flavors that bring this chicken dish to life. Of course, nothing compares to fantastic chunky salsa made with in-season avocados. Enjoy this dish with some cauliflower rice or a side of grilled veggies.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Pineapple Skewers

A stack of grilled honey garlic butter shrimp pineapple skewers on a plate with lemon slices.
Cafe Delites

Sweet and savory ingredients create a palate-pleasing duo like no other, and these honey garlic shrimp skewers are proof.

The sticky honey glaze combined with mouth-watering pineapple is sure to create a dance of flavor on your tongue. These shrimp pair perfectly with grilled asparagus and a side of basmati rice.

Grilled Lamb Chops

A white plate with a dainty pile of grilled lamb chops and garnished with fresh thyme.
Food Network

Crushed garlic, blended with fresh rosemary and thyme, cayenne pepper, and olive oil work wonders in the paste used as a rub on these lamb chops.

After the chops soak in all that flavor, you let them rest and warm up for about 20 minutes. Then, onto the hot grill they go! Enjoy this tasty meal with horseradish mashed potatoes and roasted parsnips.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Herbs

A bowl of sliced grilled chicken with lemon.
Once Upon a Chef

If you need an easy peasy go-to chicken marinade recipe, look no further. This marinade only calls for a few humble ingredients, like extra virgin olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs. Marinade the meat overnight, and your chicken will surely go from bland to grand.

This chicken tastes perfect on a bed of fresh greens, or with a side of veggies.

Grilled Vegetables

A gorgeous arrangement of grilled vegetables including zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, asparagus and mushrooms.
Food Network

Sweet bell peppers, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, you name it, it tastes fantastic on the grill. For this recipe, you simply brush your veggies with olive oil, and then sprinkle on a little salt and pepper for the most delicious, straightforward side or entrée of all time.

To add some extra flavor, don’t skip the fresh herbs and balsamic vinegar.

Lemon Parmesan Salmon & Asparagus Foil Packs

Grilled lemon parmesan salmon and asparagus wrapped in aluminum foil.
Cafe Delites

There’s a reason you see garlic, butter, and lemon paired in so many recipes. The combination of these three humble ingredients creates a flavor that works in a multitude of dishes.

It especially works wonders on fish, and this salmon foil pack dinner is the perfect example. Enjoy this simple, oh, so tender, salmon with asparagus and roasted fingerling potatoes.


It’s time to break out that grill and start serving up some delicious spring fare. These light, tasty recipes are perfect for your first cookout or outdoor get-together of the season, so why wait? Grab those barbecue rubs and get to it!

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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