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Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash

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Serves four to six.

  • 1/4 cup lower-salt chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbs. lower-salt soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. rice wine (sake) or dry sherry
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. minced ginger
  • One-half medium kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (3-1/2 to 4 cups)

Combine the broth, soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and 1/3 cup water in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the white parts of the scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not brown, 30 seconds. Add the squash, increase the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash begins to soften and the aromatics brown slightly, about 3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the soy sauce mixture, and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan with the spoon to loosen any stuck-on aromatics. Cover and simmer until the squash is just tender when pierced with a fork, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the scallion greens.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 90; Fat (g): fat g 5; Fat Calories (kcal): 40; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0.5; Protein (g): protein g 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 300; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Delightful. Simple to execute, seems to fit into my meal planning well. I generally use a butternut squash for this.

Delightful. Simple to execute, seems to fit into my meal planning well. I generally use a butternut squash for this.

Delicious! I had a hard time peeling my raw kabocha so I hacked it in half and baked it in the oven for 10 minutes first.

Very delicious. This would work with most squash types eg butternet, acorn etc.

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