Quick and Healthy Zucchini Stir Fry is a great side dish that goes well with any meal. You can even make an Indian or an Italian version of this dish.
About This Recipe
Last week when I had some Zucchini sitting in my fridge, I thought to make something new and what can be better than trying something Asian.
So, I made this Zucchini Stir fry which got ready in under 20 minutes. Yes, that easy!
Just sauté your cubed zucchini with garlic, onion, dry red chilies, and some sauces, and your Stir-Fried Zucchini is ready. For a delicious Asian flavor, make sure that you make this dish in Sesame Oil. But if it is not available, you can use any vegetable oil of your choice.
Yes, This Asian Style Stir Fry Zucchini is delicious but it also has a lot of health benefits too, which gives you one more reason to include it in your everyday meals.
This is an apt dish to make on the side when you are planning to make an Asian meal for your lunch/dinner. So, get all the ingredients ready, make Stir Fried Zucchini and serve it as a side dish with your Asian meals.
This dish is,
- Easy to make
- A 15-minute affair
- A perfect side dish for Asian meals
Benefits of Zucchini
- It is high in Antioxidants.
- Just like Cucumber, it is high on water content, which is good for hydration and digestion.
- Helps in controlling blood sugar levels.
- A great ingredient to include in your diet for weight loss.
- Also improves Heart Health.
To make this simple Stir Fry, you need very few ingredients.
Zucchini – You just have to stir fry cubed Zucchini with these ingredients and your stir fry is ready. Do not peel the zucchini, as the peel helps to hold the vegetable once it gets cooked.
Dry Red Chillies – This adds the right amount of spiciness in this stir fry. If you want to be extra spicy, you can even add some red chili flakes in the stir fry.
You can increase or decrease the amount of red chillies as per your taste and preference.
Sesame Oil – For the best and authentic flavor, use Sesame Oil.
Sauce – I have used soy sauce and hot sauce. If you like to experiment more, you can even add other Asian sauces and make this according to your taste and preference.
If you make this Zucchini Stir with the addition of more sauces, do not forget to share it with me.
Other Ingredients – You will also need Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, and toasted sesame seeds for this stir fry. These ingredients when comes together enhances the taste of this simple and easy stir fry even more.
Step By Step Recipe
Heat sesame oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add garlic and dry red chillies and fry for a few seconds.
Add onions and fry for a minute.
Add zucchini and saute for 5-6 minutes.
Now add soy sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wash the zucchini properly and just cube it using a knife without peeling off its skin.
You can also cut it into thick wedges or round slices.
I do not peel Zucchini when I make recipes using it.
It is good not to peel it, as the peel helps to hold the zucchini together so that it doesn’t become mushy while cooking.
In addition, the peel also holds a lot of nutrition, so keep it on!
Yes, you can make the same stir fry by adding other vegetables such as Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Carrot, Tofu, or even stir fry the Zucchini Noodles in the same sauce.
Shrimps, Beef, and Chicken can be added along with cubed zucchini to make a Non-veg version of the same.
Sesame Oil delivers an authentic Asian taste to Zucchini Stir Fry, but if it is not available, do not worry, you can even use Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil instead.
This Stir Fry will last for about 2 -3 days in the refrigerator when stored properly in an airtight container.
While serving, reheat the Stir-Fried Zucchini in a pan or in the microwave. If you feel it has become a little dry, sprinkle a little water on top while reheating.
This vegan and gluten-free stir-fried zucchini can be served over a bed of Rice or Quinoa for a simple meal.
I like to serve it as a side dish with my Asian meals.
Pro Tips By Neha
Stir Fry means adding ingredients one after another and cooking on high heat. So make sure you prep for all the ingredients beforehand and keep.
Choose firm Zucchini, avoid the soft ones.
Zucchini should be cut properly, it should neither be too thick or too thin.
Do not overcook the Zucchini, its needs to have that slight crunch.
Do not peel the Zucchini, the skin is important to hold the Zucchini while cooking.
Red Chillies adds smokiness and heat in the stir fry. You can adjust the amount as per your taste.
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Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe
- 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tsp Garlic (minced)
- 2-3 Dry Red Chillies (broken)
- ½ cup Onion (thinly sliced)
- 2 Zucchini (cubed)
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Hot sauce
- Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper Powder (to taste)
- 1 tsp Roasted Sesame Seeds
- Heat sesame oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add garlic and dry red chillies and fry for a few seconds.
- Add onions and fry for a minute.
- Add zucchini and sauce for 5-6 minutes.
- Now add soy sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
- Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and serve hot.