How to Grill Zucchini Like Japanese Restaurants

by Assia M. Mortensen

Slices of grilled zucchini on a white plate.

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Grilled zucchini -- the kind you find at a Japanese steak house -- makes a tender and flavorful side dish. The sesame seeds and soy sauce give the vegetables a robust flavor. Rich in potassium and calcium, grilled zucchini is a healthy and low-fat choice. Zucchini, sometimes called a courgette, is a popular summer squash. It pairs well with chicken or steak and is often served with rice in Japanese restaurants. For best results, grill the zucchini slices on a hot pan and don't overcook them, as they may become mushy.

Heat the sesame oil in a heavy skillet -- such as a cast-iron pan -- on medium to high heat.

Add the butter and soy sauce, then stir for 30 seconds until the butter is melted.

Add the zucchini and onions to the hot skillet.

Sprinkle the zucchini and onions with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.

Grill each side of the zucchini for approximately 3 minutes, for a total of 6 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned. Turn the vegetables with a spatula.

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About the Author

Assia M. Mortensen has over 12 years of experience as an editor and journalist, and has published hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and online at "The Santa Barbara Independent," "Frontiers Magazine," "805 Living Magazine,", LIVESTRONG.COM and many other outlets. Mortensen graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing.