How many ways can you stir fry zucchini and summer squash? Your creativity is the only limit. I don’t normally have teriyaki sauce on hand, and when I do use teriyaki sauce in cooking I usually make my own. I have all of the ingredients on hand, I just don’t always want to make the effort to make my own. Enter: a bottle of teriyaki sauce from the grocery store. For those times you want to be lazy but still flavorful.
We were late to start on our summer binge of stir frying up a side dish of zucchini and summer squash. My P.S. pointed them out on a recent trip to the store and my eyes lit up. Yes! We’re addicts when it comes to squash of all kinds and the nice little zucchini and yellow summer squashes would be devoured promptly. Maybe with the addition of some fresh green beans we’d also just put into the grocery cart. Yum!
That evening while my P.S. (Personal Searer/ hubby) grilled burgers for our dinner, I prepared the side dish of stir fried goodness. I started with onions, cutting them into good-sized chunks and putting them into a heated nonstick skillet with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
When the onions were beginning to brown around the edges I added the green beans I’d cleaned and cut into 2″ pieces. I let them fry a few minutes until they also were brown in spots and beginning to soften. We don’t want the vegetables to be mushy, we want a little crunch to them yet! I added minced garlic and stirred well.
The squash was next. I’d cut the squash into quarters then sliced them, making thick little triangular pieces. I find this allows them to brown around in more places and aids in producing the best flavors.
I fried the squash for several minutes then added teriyaki sauce to the skillet. I stirred well and let the sauce absorb into the vegetables while they cooked. After several more minutes the vegetable were a golden color and cooked through. One more taste test for seasoning and dinner was ready.
I served the squash stir fry on the plates with the burgers and we had our dinner. There may have been a lot of “mmms” and “ahhhs” said as we ate our veggies. The teriyaki sauce was a nice touch to highlight the flavors of the vegetables. The squash on their own can be a bit boring if not seasoned properly.
We totally loved the zucchini and summer squash with the addition of green beans, onions and teriyaki sauce. It was a nice way to enjoy yet another stir fried side dish. Simple vegetables with a couple of glugs of sauce from a bottle!
Teriyaki Summer Squash and Green Bean Stir Fry
- 1 medium onion; cut into 1″ pieces
- drizzle of oil
- sprinkling of salt and pepper
- 1/2 lb fresh green beans; cut into 2″ pieces
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 small zucchini; quartered and sliced
- 1 small summer squash; quartered and sliced
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
Add green beans and continue to saute, stirring occasionally. When green beans are beginning to soften, stir in minced garlic.
Add squash and fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Add teriyaki sauce and stir fry for several more minutes. Sauce will be absorbed into the vegetables.
Taste test for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot.