Japanese Zucchini is sauteed with onion in soy sauce and teriyaki sauce plus a few red pepper flakes for spice. Makes a great side dish for any Asian meal or grilled seafood, chicken, or steak.
Or you can serve it over rice for a delicious vegetarian meal.
We always have so many zucchini during the summer months. I’m constantly trying different ways to cook with them and I think this is my favorite. It is so easy and the cooking time is just minutes. Even my kids love this dish. I can make a huge pan full and it disappears in a hurry.
Japanese Zucchini Recipe Tips:
You can add a pat of butter to the pan at the end for extra flavor and a little richness.
The soy sauce and teriyaki sauce add a nice saltiness. Use low-sodium soy sauce if you need to keep the salt level down.
You can easily change this recipe up to suit your tastes and use up the ingredients you have on hand. Mushrooms are a great addition as is a little garlic. Some broccoli would be great added to the pan as well. You can also experiment with how big or small you want your zucchini pieces.
Cook just briefly if you want the zucchini to still have some crunch or longer if you want it completely soft.
Sometime we like to add a little store-bought Yum Yum Sauce when we serve it. A drizzle of sesame oil is also good. You can add a little Sriracha sauce or chili garlic sauce if you want it spicier.
Try These Other Zucchini Recipes:
- Jalapeno Popper Zucchini Boats
- Fried Zucchini Chips
- Grilled Zucchini-Corn Salad
- Zucchini Lasagna Boats
- Carrot Zucchini Muffins
- 3 medium zucchini,
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, coarsley chopped
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teapsoon toasted sesame seeds.
- Cut zucchini into 2 inch long pieces and then cut each piece into 6 wedges.
- Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet.
- Add zucchini and onion and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Cook for 4 to 5 more minutes or until soft enough for your liking.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
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46 thoughts on “Japanese Zucchini”
where in the recipe do you add the onion???
Enjoyed very much. Will be making this again.
Since commercial teriyaki sauce is just soy sauce and sugar , that’s what I use
I followed the recipe exactly and it was absolutely delicious.
Made this tonight with a homegrown zucchini, which was on the medium to large size.
Not bad at all! The Zucchini was on the mild side, and melded well with the soy and terryaki sauces. Only complaint might be that there was a fair amount of moisture that came out of the squash and onion, which didn’t evaporate during cooking. Perhaps a little corn or potato starch in the end might’ve made it a thicker sauce.
I’ll definitely make it again.
Cooked this last night “FABULOUS”. No leftovers 👍
This was so yummy for a light lunch! I didn’t have plain sesame seeds so I used everything but the bagel seasoning which was sooo good! Thanks for the recipe:)
This was super yummy. Not a fan of most of the ingredients, but together, WOW. Thanks.
I do almost the same recipe with fresh asparagus. It is delicious as well!
Hi Jayne! I would love to try your recipe using asparagus if you are willing to share it?!
Just delicious. Quick and easy. I will certainly make this again and passd the recipe on to mu daighter-in -law.
Thanks for sharing! Does it reheat well?
This looks so good! I love that zuchini can take on a spicy side too!
Fantastic! Taste just like the zucchini in the Japanese restaurants. Thanks for share.
This is absolutely amazing! Made it as a side for when we grilled out and will definitely be making this a lot more.
Excellent! I plan to try with different sauces. Quick and easy. This is a sure keeper!!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?
This was so good! It’s so nice to have a different take on zucchini! It can get boring otherwise!
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I’m vegetarian so I made this dish as the main course served over rice and the family really enjoyed it! Thank you Hattie
I made this last night as a side to broiled salmon and rice…..WOW!! It was SO good!! This recipe is being moved to my “Favorites” board! This dish is very easy to prepare, and everyone LOVED it!
This had good flavor. I used sweet teriyaki sauce and low sodium soy sauce.
I will make again
Great recipe. Thanks