Korean Fried Zucchini (Hobak Jun)

Korean Fried Zucchini (Hobak Jun)

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
220 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 6g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A delicious Korean side dish, fried zucchini (known as Hobak Jun or Jeon) is easy to prepare. As a bonus, it goes well with almost every Korean meal. You can serve it alongside roasted fish, bulgogi (thinly sliced grilled beef), or virtually any type of Korean soup.

In this recipe, the zucchini is coated in a thin batter of flour and egg with a bit of salt and sauteed on both sides in a lightly greased sauté pan. This dish takes just a few minutes to make in a hot pan. The result is golden brown coins of zucchini that will complement the rest of your Korean dishes, regardless of what you're serving with the meal. It's suitable for vegetarian diets.

The fried zucchini is served with soy sauce for dipping or with other types of dipping sauces. For example, the basic Korean dumpling dipping sauce, which contains just soy sauce and vinegar, works extremely well with this zucchini. Or, if you prefer something spicier, try a spicy Korean dipping sauce, which contains chili pepper flakes, thinly sliced scallions, and garlic. You really can't go wrong with any sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch coins
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Korean Fried Zucchini (Hobak Jun) ingredients

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  2. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over zucchini slices.

    Zucchini slices sprinkled with salt

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  3. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt to beaten egg in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

    Egg and salt mixture in a bowl

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  4. Put flour in a separate shallow dish.

    Flour on a shallow plate

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  5. Heat lightly greased sauté pan to medium heat.

    Oil in a sauté pan

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  6. Coat zucchini coins first with flour, then dip and coat with beaten egg and place into pan.

    Zucchini dipped into flour and egg mixture, frying in a pan

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  7. Sauté zucchini for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until they are a light golden brown, turning once.

    Korean fried zucchini (Hobak Jun) in a pan

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Tips

  • When choosing zucchini for this recipe, look for smaller, younger vegetables that are firm to the touch when you press gently into them. The larger zucchini may look more impressive on your plate due to their size, but they tend to be bitter and not as tender as younger squash.
  • Korean zucchini, also known as gray squash, may be available at your local Asian market. If you can't find those, though, you can use any zucchini—just make sure to choose petite, more immature squash. They tend to be sweeter and less watery.

How to Store and Freeze Fried Zucchini

Most fried foods are best the day they are cooked, but you can store these zucchini slices in the fridge in a covered container for a couple of days. Reheat in a hot skillet in a little bit of oil, add to a soup, or toss with rice and a fried egg.

If you think you'd like to freeze some for later, fry some zucchini just to the point where it's starting to brown, but it's not completely fried. Let it cool, and freeze it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Transfer slices to a zip-close bag. When you're ready to eat them, fry them in a little hot oil, directly from their frozen state. No need to thaw.