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 saute 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, can tend to be bitter and not as tender as younger squash.
Korean zucchini, also known as grey 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. For example, its high levels of potassium make it a heart-healthy food, and its a good source of vitamin C, which can help to ward off infections. Finally, zucchini is a decent source of fiber.
- 1 medium-large zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch coins
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp salt
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil (for saute pan)
- Distribute 1 tsp salt over zucchini slices.
- Add remaining 1 tsp salt to beaten egg.
- Put flour and egg in separate shallow dishes next to stove.
- Heat lightly greased saute pan to medium heat.
- Coat zucchini coins first with flour, and then dip and coat with beaten egg and place into pan.
- Saute 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.