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Grilled zucchini Japanese style sesame sauce and green onions
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Japanese grilled zucchini and green onions

If you’ve ever been in one of those Japanese steakhouses, then you must have tried the grilled zucchini – it makes a tender and flavorful side dish for the steak.

The sesame seeds and soy sauce give the vegetables a robust flavor. Instead of having other high-carb side dishes choose the potassium and calcium-rich zucchini instead. A popular summer squash, the zucchini is sometimes called a courgette.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Teppanyaki, Vegan, Vegetable
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $4


  • Teppanyaki plate
  • or: grilling pan


  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 zucchini sliced diagonally
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Slice the zucchini diagonally and set them aside
  • Heat the teppanyaki plate (or your grilling pan) to medium heat and roast the sesame seeds for 1/2 minute
  • Add the seeds to a bowl and set them aside
  • Add the butter and sesame oil to the grill and mix it around until the butter has melted
  • Add the zucchini slices to the surface and make sure every slice touches the plate
  • After 4 minutes flip over the zucchini and let it grill for another 4, add salt and pepper to taste
  • In the meantime, add the soy sauce to the bowl of sesame seeds
  • Cut the green onions in thin rounds
  • Put the zucchini on a plate, add the green onions on top and add the sauce to your taste or serve it in the bowl so your guests can add it to their liking.
  • Serve the zucchini as a side dish for a rice or noodle dish