Spicy Stir-Fried Zucchini


  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat. 
  2. When it shimmers, add the zucchini, salt, kochujang, and ginger. 
  3. Stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sesame seeds. Let cool to room temperature.

Zucchini bread, zucchini chips, zucchini, zucchini, zucchini. Our goal this week has been to give you a few fresh ideas for this most ubiquitous of summer squash, recipes to wake you up instead of making you hit the snooze button one more time. This stir-fry from Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious is exactly what you need: it's fast, needs only five ingredients, and has a spicy kick.

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  • 1 pound (about 4 small) zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon kochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds
Esmeralda Ruiz