Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables in Korean cooking. I can fry, deep fry, or steam it, and I can add it to soup or other dishes. One day, I wanted to try something fun and simple using some zucchini in my refrigerator. I grabbed some other vegetables that I had such as sweet peppers and green onions. I did not want to make batter for the zucchini so that it would make a lighter dish. So I came up with this recipe from what I had, and I really enjoyed eating it for lunch. The fried zucchini without any seasoning or batter tasted great with the sauce. This can be a good appetizer for a party because it looks pretty and can work as a finger food. Of course, the taste is great too. 😉
Yield: 35 Slices
Short Korean Lesson
- IBul (이불) = Blanket
- ChimDae (침대) = Bed
- 2 Medium Zucchinis (3 cups)
- 2 Tbsp Green Onion
- 1 Tbsp Green Sweet Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Red Sweet Pepper
- ½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Soup Soy Sauce
- ½ Tbsp Salted Shrimp
- ½ Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- 2 tsp Water
- ½ tsp Sesame Oil
- ½ tsp Sesame Seeds
Slice 1 or 2 zucchinis into ¼ inch pieces. You will get about 3 cups.
Mince the vegetables: 2 Tbsp worth of green onion, 1 Tbsp worth of green sweet pepper, 1 Tbsp worth of red sweet pepper, and ½ Tbsp worth of garlic.
Squeeze ½ Tbsp of liquid from a spoonful of salted shrimp in a strainer. A spoon works good for this process.
Mix all of the ingredients for the sauce: 1 Tbsp soup soy sauce, ½ Tbsp salted shrimp liquid, ½ Tbsp hot pepper powder, 2 tsp water, ½ tsp sesame oil, and ½ tsp sesame seeds.
Add the minced vegetables to the sauce and mix everything together.
Place the sliced zucchini in a lightly oiled and heated nonstick pan.
Fry the zucchini on medium for two and a half minutes on each side.
Place the fried zucchini on a plate and put about ¼ tsp worth of the sauce on the center of the each zucchini. If you want to simplify this step, just mix the fried zucchini and sauce together before serving.
This looks fancy and delicious, doesn’t it? 😉 If you want to serve zucchini some different way, this is a good recipe for you to try.