August 15, 2022

Chinese Spicy Zucchini Stir Fry

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This Chinese Spicy Zucchini Stir Fry is a SUPER easy side dish that even picky eaters will love! Naturally gluten free and healthy too!

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Chinese stir fry fAQ Other Healthy Veggie RecipesChinese Spicy Zucchini Stir FryFOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:

This might be the side dish to end all veggie side dishes.

It’s the one that the husband has been requesting the most lately. Even more than the creamed spinach and I told you guys how much he RAVED about that one!

It’s a little sweet, a little spice and the zucchini are super tender and flavorful AND it comes together in a SNAP.

So, ya, basically just a whole bunch of goodness in a pan!

Spicy Chinese Zucchini Stir Fry Ingredients 

When I’m in need of a weeknight meal, a go-to of mine is often a good stir fry. I love to cook up Easy Low Carb Keto Stir Fry or Easy Paleo Cashew Chicken Stir Fry on a weeknight after a busy work day. Stir Fries are simple, filling, satisfying, not to mention DELISH and they don’t take a lot of time to put together. You’re going to love the asian flavors in this zucchini stir fry recipe and you might want to double the recipe right off the bat, because I guarantee you’ll be going back for seconds! To make it, you will need:

Olive OilSliced ZucchiniUnseasoned Rice VinegarReduced Sodium Soya Sauce (or coconut aminos)WaterHoneyGarlic Chili PasteSesame Oil
Zucchini Stir Fry in a giant fry pan with a wooden spoon

How to Cut Zucchini for Stir fry

There are SO many ways to season, cook and enjoy zucchini, making it one of my FAVE veggies to cook, especially in stir fries. It’s just SO versatile! For this Spicy Chinese Zucchini Stir Fry, I recommend cutting it in small circles at first, then slice them in half to create half moons. They will be the perfect bite-sized pieces to enjoy in this stir fry deliciousness!

How to Stir Fry Zucchini 

Since zucchini can be cooked in SO many ways, it’s important to know how to cook it for each type of meal. It is often baked or fried, and the ideal texture would be soft but not too mushy, with a golden brown color and a bit of crisp! Here’s how I suggest cooking it for this zucchini squash stir fry

Zucchini Stir Fry on a large flat plate with chopsticks


Add the oil to a large pan and set the element to medium heat. Allow the pan to heat fully before adding the zucchini. Add in the zucchini half moon slices and cook until they soften and begin to get golden brown. This should take approximately 5 minutes. 


Add the vinegar to the pan and cook until it evaporates, which should take about 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the sesame oil) to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute or so. Remove the pan from heat and mix in the sesame oil until incorporated throughout. 


Season with salt to taste, divide between plates and enjoy!

What to Serve with Zucchini Stir Fry 

While you can totally cook and enjoy this all on its own, it also pairs really well with other sides to make it a meal! You could even add other veggies you have in the fridge that need to be cooked and eaten! I also recommend stir frying up some chicken or beef strips to go along with it, and maybe a pot of rice or cauliflower rice. Check out How to Cook Cauliflower rice to learn 4 simple ways to cook and enjoy it! It serves as a low carb, delicious side that pairs SO well with all kinds of stir fries just like this one!

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do you need to peel zucchini before cooking?While different recipes recommend different methods, I do not recommend peeling your zucchini for this recipe. Zucchini peel is loaded with nutrients and also provides more texture and color to your plate, so I leave it on!

is zucchini good for you?YES! Zucchini is such a fantastic choice to add to your stir fries because it is loaded in antioxidants, and can improve digestion and your overall heart health! It also contains high amounts of vitamin A when cooked.

is zucchini Keto?Yes! Zucchini is a great food to add to your keto diet because it is low in net carbs, yet rich in nutritional value.

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Other Healthy Veggie Recipes

Cumin Roasted Carrots

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Oven Roasted Kabocha Squash with Peanut Sauce

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Chinese Spicy Zucchini Stir Fry

This Chinese Spicy Zucchini Stir Fry is a SUPER easy side dish that even picky eaters will love! Naturally gluten free and healthy too!Course Side DishCuisine ChinesePrep Time 5minutesCook Time 10minutesTotal Time 15minutesServings 2People, as a sideCalories 161kcalAuthor Taylor


1TbspOlive oil1Large zucchini,sliced into half moons4tspUnseasoned rice vinegar1TbspReduced sodium soy sauce(or coconut aminos)2TbspWater1/2TbspHoney1/2TbspGarlic chili paste1/4tspSesame oil


Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Add in the zucchini and cook until they begin to soften and brown, about 5 minutes.
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Add in the vinegar and cook until it evaporates, about 1 minute. Add in all the other ingredients, except sesame oil, and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.
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Remove from heat and stir in the sesame oil.
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Season with salt, to taste and DEVOUR!
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Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 331mgPotassium: 424mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9g


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Amount Per Serving Calories 161Calories from Fat 72% Daily Value*Fat 8g12%Saturated Fat 1g6%Sodium 331mg14%Potassium 424mg12%Carbohydrates 13g4%Fiber 7g29%Sugar 9g10%Protein 7g14%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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