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Stir-Fried and Simmered Zucchini & Atsuage

Stir-Fried and Simmered Zucchini & Atsuage

A fantastic side dish to serve with rice or place in your bento! It's so quick to make, which is perfect for those times when you need just a little extra something for dinner time.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Zucchini
1
Atsuage
1 packet
Chirimen jako - salted semi-dried tiny fish
a handful
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Mentsuyu
2 tablespoons
Soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon
Toasted white sesame seeds
2 tablespoons
Green onion or scallion
as much as you like

Steps

1. Slice the zucchini into 6-7 mm wedges and cut the atsuage into 2 cm cubes. Thinly slice the green onion.
2. Oil a frying pan with sesame oil and heat it up. Add the zucchini and lightly stir-fry, then add the atsuage and chirimen jako and continue to cook.
3. After 1 minute of stir-frying, pour in the mentusyu and soy sauce, stir-fry everything together and stop the heat.
4. Transfer to a plate and serve topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and green onion.

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought of this recipe because I wanted to combine zucchini, an ingredient typically found in Western cooking, with Japanese-style cooking.