This is another my mom’s Korean side dish Banchan Recipe, Korean Zucchini!! AKA Aehobak Bokkeum!
Hobak means pumpkin and Aehobak means Korean zucchini (squash). Bokkeum means stir fry so you can guess what this dish is about! Stir fried zucchini. 🙂
My mom wanted to make this Korean Zucchini recipe really simple and easy to follow!
Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise & slice into half-moon shape- about 1/4″ thick. Add into a wok or a large skillet.
Sliced onion, chopped garlic and green onion goes into the wok too!
We decided to season the zucchini with Korean salted & fermented shrimp, Saewoojeot.
You can find saewoojeot from Korean grocery stores in a refrigerator area, usually displayed with kimchi because it use often to make kimchi.
Now, let’s add rest of the ingredients, which is cooking oil, maple syrup and gochugaru, Korean red pepper fakes!
Gochugaru is optional for this Korean zucchini recipe, only if you want spicy. Or you could use 1 fresh jalapeño instead for another way to make this dish have some kick!
Turn the heat to high heat and stir fry every ingredients for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is cooked but still have bite. It will have some liquid on the bottom, that’s totally fine but don’t over cook them, it will be too mushy and too watery.
It looks about right!
Place on a serving plate, garnish with sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Enjoy with warm cooked rice with other side dishes or make bibimbap by just simply put the zucchini on top of the rice and add fried egg!
- 4 medium-sized zucchinis
- 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 2 heaping tbsp Saewoojeot, Korean salted & fermented shrimp (you can substitute to fish sauce or soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tbsp gochugaru, optional
- 2 tsp cooking oil
- sesame seeds for garnish
- sesame oil for garnish
- Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise and slice into a half-moon shape.
- Place all ingredients in a wok or large skillet except sesame seeds and sesame oil.
- Over high heat, stir fry ingredients for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is cooked but still has bite. It will have some liquid on the bottom, that’s totally fine but don’t overcook them, they will become too mushy.
- Place on a serving plate, and garnish with sesame seeds and sesame oil. Enjoy with warm cooked rice and with other side dishes or make bibimbap by just simply putting the zucchini on top of the rice and adding a fried egg! Enjoy!
- Cook Time: 5 mins