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Here are 4 delicious and healthy grilling recipes that use essential oils for flavor. These barbeque recipes are perfect to throw on the grill for when it’s hot out and you don’t want to heat up the house by using the stove or oven.

When you follow the safety guidelines and use essential oils sparingly in your marinades and recipes, they can really take the flavor to the next level.

You can use your essential oils to help flavor these recipes. I love to have my oils on hand for using in recipes, especially when I don’t have a particular spice on hand. I just replace the spice with a toothpick swirl of essential oils

How to Use Essential Oils in Grilling Recipes

Essential Oils are ultra concentrated, so a tiny bit goes a long way. The best way to use essential oils in your recipes is to put a drop in a small glass dish, then take a toothpick and swirl it in the drop of essential oil. Then take that toothpick and swirl it into your marinde, dough, or whatever it is you’re cooking.

Never add the drops of essential oil directly to your ingredients because the oil can very quickly take over the recipe and that’s all you’ll end up tasting.

Less is more! You can always add another toothpick swirl if you feel like you need a bit more flavor.

Essential Oil Safety when cooking or grilling

It is so, so so important to be sure the essential oil you are using is safe for consumption. Most oils found in drugstores and Amazon are fragrance oils. Meaning they are basically perfume, which you would never eat. These can be quite toxic.

How to tell if an oil is safe to consume?

First, look at the bottle and if it says fragrance oil anywhere on it, then it is NOT safe to consume.

Second, the bottle may say right on it – do not consume.

Lastly, look for a supplements facts chart on the label. This is the exact same chart you find on all food packaging. If this chart is not present, then the oil is NOT safe to consume.

doTERRA Essential Oils have a Supplement Facts label to let you know they are safe to consume in drinks or food

4 Grilling Recipes that use Essential Oils and are perfect to throw on the Barbeque

Plan your next barbeque with one or more of these mouth watering grilling recipes.

Choose from:

Grilled Ginger Shrimp and Mango Skewers with essential oil

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This Grilled shrimp recipe is one of my favorites to make, especially when it’s a scorcher of a day and I don’t want to heat up the house with the oven. You can even alternate some sausage on the skewers in between the shrimp.

This recipe calls for Ginger and Lemon essential oil. IT’S SO GOOD!!

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Ginger Shrimp and Mango Skewers with Essential Oil

with Ginger and Lemon Essential Oil
Author: Dawn Goehring


  • 1 lb Shrimp, raw, peeled, deveined with tails cut off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 drop Ginger essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 heaping tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 mangoes
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • 7 oz full fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • juice from zested lemon
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place ingredients, minus mangoes, in a glass dish and shake/stir until evenly coated.
  • Marinate for 1 – 24 hours.
  • Cut mangoes into chunks and assemble skewers.
  • Meanwhile, put all of the crema ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  • On a hot grill, cook the skewers for 2 – 3 minutes per side.
  • Put skewers on a platter, drizzle with the crema, and garnish with fresh, chopped cilantro.

Grilled Parsley Steak with Basil Essential Oil

This grilled steak recipe calls for Basil essential oil. I recommend starting with 1 drop and testing the marinade for flavor and then add the 2nd drop if you feel like it needs it.

Always start small when adding essential oils to recipes. The essential oil can quickly overpower the recipe if you’re not careful.

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Parsley Basil Steak with basil essential oil

Once you try Basil essential oil in the kitchen, you'll use it all the time!
Servings: 2 people
Author: Dawn Goehring


  • 2 boneless strip steaks ¼ – ½ inches thick
  • 1 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 – 2 drops Basil essential oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley/basil for garnish


  • Trim excess fat from meat
  • Place steaks, parsley, garlic, olive oil, and basil in a large glass dish and marinate for a minimum of 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  • season steak with salt and pepper
  • grill or broil meat until desired doneness


Tip: Crush the cloves of garlic with the flat side of your knife before peeling and mincing.  It helps to get the peel right off.

Grilled Veggie Skewers with Black Pepper Essential Oil

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Grilled Veggie Skewers with Pink Pepper essential oil marinade

Author: Dawn Goehring


  • vegetables of choice, sliced or whole
  • 5-7 drops pink pepper essential oil or 3 – 4 drops Black Pepper essential oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Add pink pepper or black pepper essential oil into olive oil and mix
  • Brush Fresh Veggies with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle with salt
  • Add veggies to skewers
  • Cook in closed grill over medium-high heat, turning occassionaly for 4 – 10 minutes depending on the vegetable. Your goal is to achieve tender, slightly charred vegetables.
    Tip: soak wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes before grilling . Oil metal skewers to avoid sticking.


Best Vegetables for grilling:
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes

Grilled Chicken Marinade with Rosemary and Thyme Essential Oil

grilled chicken with parsley garnish

This grilled chicken marinade calls for Rosemary and Thyme essential oil. Be careful not to get the thyme on your hands because it is considered a “hot” oil and, when not diluted, can burn.

Be extremely conservative when adding these oils. You can use what I call the “toothpick swirl” method to add the essential oils to the marinade.

The toothpick swirl is simply adding a drop of the oil into a small glass bowl and then swirling a wooden toothpick through the drop of oil. Then – swirl the same toothpick through the marinade to transfer the oil. Taste the marinade and then do the swirl again if you feel like the recipe needs more.

Doing the toothpick swirl is a simple trick to help you control the amount of essential oil going into your marinade.

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Grilled Chicken Marinade with Essential Oil

This marinade for grilled chicken is simple and delicious. 
Author: Dawn Goehring


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ – ⅓ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 toothpick swirl up to 1 drop Rosemary essential oil
  • 1 toothpick swirl up to 1 drop Thyme Essential Oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ ground mustard (optional)


  • Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, ground pepper, and essential oils to a large bowl and mix together.
  • Add chicken to the marinade and shake or stir to completely cover it with the marinade.
  • Place in the refrigerator to marinate, occasionally shaking the container or stirring everything to completely cover all sides of the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for at least 3 hours, up to 12 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 5 – 15 minutes before grilling.
  • Grill chicken on medium to medium-high for about 5 – 7 minutes each side or until cooked through. Enjoy!


Tip:  Whenever you are adding essential oils to a recipe, always use the toothpick swirl method instead of adding the drops directly to the recipe, which can easily overpower the recipe. 
To do a toothpick swirl, add a drop to a small glass dish, swirl a toothpick through the essential oil, then swirl into your recipe.  Do it again as needed until you get the desired flavor.

DIY Grill Cleaner With Essential Oils

When you’re done grilling, you can clean up your grill, with this easy DIY Grill Cleaner recipe that uses some common household ingredients and lemon essential oil.

There’s no reason to spend a ton of money on a fancy grill cleaner from the store that is full of funky chemicals that make you not able to breathe when you use it. This one works as well or better!

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Wrap of of DIY Grilling Recipes with Essential Oils

Using essential oils in your recipes in place of cooking spices is a convenient and tasty way to pump up the flavor! It can be done safely if you follow the basic safety practices mentioned in this article.


Which recipe are you most excited to try? Comment below!

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