A delicious and healthy Korean side dish, fried zucchini (known as Hobak Jun or Jeon) is quite easy to prepare. As a bonus, it goes well with almost every Korean meal. You can serve it alongside roasted fish, bulgogi (thinly sliced grilled beef), or virtually any type of Korean soup.
In this recipe, the zucchini is coated in a thin batter of flour and egg with a bit of salt and sauteed on both sides in a lightly greased sauté pan. This dish takes just a few minutes with a hot pan to make. The result is golden brown coins of zucchini that will complement the rest of your Korean dishes regardless of what you're serving with the meal.
The fried zucchini is served with soy sauce for dipping or with other types of dipping sauces. For example, the basic Korean dumpling dipping sauce, which contains just soy sauce and vinegar, works extremely well with this zucchini. Or, if you prefer something spicier, try spicy Korean dipping sauce, which contains chili pepper flakes, thinly sliced scallions and garlic. You really can't go wrong with any sauce.
When choosing zucchini for this recipe, look for smaller, younger vegetables that are firm to the touch when you press gently into them. The larger zucchini, although they may look more impressive on your plate due to their sheer size, tend to be bitter and not as tender as younger squash.
Korean zucchini, also known as gray squash, may be available at your local Asian market. If you can't find those, though, you can use any zucchini—just make sure to choose petite, more immature squash.
Zucchini isn't just a tasty vegetable—it also carries with it some health benefits. Its high levels of potassium make it a heart-healthy food, and it's a good source of vitamin C, which can help to ward off infections. It's also a decent source of fiber.
- 1 medium-large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch coins
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil (for sauté pan)
- Distribute 1 teaspoon salt over zucchini slices.
- Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt to beaten egg.
- Put flour and egg in separate shallow dishes next to stove.
- Heat lightly greased sauté pan to medium heat.
- Coat zucchini coins first with flour, then dip and coat with beaten egg and place into pan.
- Sauté zucchini for about 3-4 minutes per side, turning once, or until they are a light golden brown.
- You can serve your fried zucchini with the basic or spicy dipping sauces or nothing at all.