September – Spicy Gochujang Zucchini

If you have a vegetable garden, chances are that your produce drawer is overflowing with zucchini right now.

Zucchini

Zucchini

Simply grilled zucchini, sliced thickly and dressed with good olive oil and coarse salt is a treat, until it isn’t. As the season nears its end, this simple sauce adds some interest. It keeps well in the fridge and can be used on other vegetables. I am imagining roasted cauliflower or green beans in the future.

I whipped up a double batch to have on hand.

Grilled zucchini with spicy gochujang sauce

Grilled zucchini with spicy gochujang sauce

Note: I used to cut the zucchini into thin slices, about 1/4 inch. I found I prefer a thicker slice which retains some bite when cooked. But you can decide this based on your preference.

Spicy Gochujang Sauce for Vegetables:

  • 2 tablespoons gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce or tamari, regular or low salt
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoned rice wine vinegar (or 1 tablespoon of regular rice wine vinegar + 2 teaspoons of brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • splash of orange juice

Zucchini:

  • 4 or 5 zucchini, cut into thick slices
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Fried shallots or onions for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch strips, place in a colander with 1 teaspoon of salt, and mix until the salt covers each slice. Leave in the sink while you prepare the sauce. After 15 minutes I lay the zucchini on paper towels or a clean tea cloth and blot it dry. There is no need to rinse.
  2. Grate the garlic or pulse until finely chopped in a mini food processor
  3. Add the other ingredients, whisking to mix or pulse them all with the garlic
  4. Add a bit more orange juice if needed to make a thick but pourable sauce
  5. Grill the zucchini or cook stovetop with a bit of olive oil
  6. Arrange on a platter, drizzle the sauce over, and sprinkle with fried shallots or onions

I use these shallots quite often as a garnish. You can purchase them online.

Fried Shallots

Fried Shallots

Grilled zucchini with spicy gochujang sauce

Grilled zucchini with spicy gochujang sauce

5 thoughts on “September – Spicy Gochujang Zucchini

    • The fried jalapenos from TJs are good. I think the fried shallots are common as a garnish in Thai cooking.

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