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Glazed Spicy-Sweet Stir-Fried Vegetables

4 Servings

40 minutes

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This stir-fry of mixed vegetables, all coated in a spicy-sweet gochujang glaze, takes inspiration from Eric Kim, author of “Korean American.” We take a cue from Kim and salt the zucchini before cooking to expel excess liquid, resulting in well-seasoned squash with a firm, meaty bite. We’ve added carrots for sweetness and crunch and shiitake mushrooms for their umami-richness, as well as baby bok choy, which brings fresh, mildly bitter notes. The resulting vegetable melange, filled with color and texture, is cooked in mellow, garlic-infused oil, then finished with a sticky sauce of bold gochujang balanced by tart vinegar, salty soy and brown sugar—a delicious, weeknight-easy dinner, completed simply by a bowl of rice.




Don’t worry if the skillet seems too full once all the vegetables are added. With constant stirring they’ll quickly release their liquid and wilt down, making plenty of space.

40 minutes


  • 1

    medium (8-ounce) zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut on the diagonal into 1½-inch pieces

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Rita W.
September 26, 2022
Easy & Fabulous
Cooked just like recipe and it came out great. My husband, who is not a vegetable lover, said it was outstanding. Made a few substitutions with the vegetables the 2nd time I made it and it came out just as good. Nice and easy!
Kenneth F.
September 15, 2022
Glazed veggies
This was really good. I didn't have either zucchini or bok choy available so substituted broccoli (which I cooked in a little water to help it along since it's not as wet as squash) and romaine. Both worked just fine. Also added an onion because I felt like it. The glaze would go well on a lot of things.
Gary F.
August 29, 2022
This recipe is a keeper! HIGHLY recommend.
Jonathan M.
October 17, 2022
Recipe is good, but needs work
This is a good recipe, but it needs work. First, it feeds 2, barely, not 4. Second, it uses a tremendous amount of sugar and oil, both of which can be cut by 25-50%. Or, increase the vegetables by 50-100%. The sauce is great, and the toasted garlic is a nice touch.