Gaji Hobak Muchim (Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini)

Lightly seasoned with a soy sauce based sauce, this grilled eggplant and zucchini side dish is simple and delicious! 

The summer may be coming to an end, but summer vegetables are still abundant in my garden and at your local farmers’ markets and stores! Grilled vegetables are a summer favorite. Grilling gives the vegetables an excellent texture while adding a bit of a charred taste. With just a few ingredients, these Korean flavored grilled eggplant and zucchini are easy to put together for a great side dish.

I also have several classic eggplant and zucchini recipes on the blog, such as gaji namul, gaji bokkeum, spicy gaji bokkeum, hobak bokkeum, hobak buchim, hobak jeon, which involve different cooking techniques. Hope you check them out.

I like the combination of eggplant and zucchini for this dish, but you can also swap out one of them with another vegetable you like or try the recipe with entirely different vegetables. Mushrooms, onion (or red onion), asparagus, or other summer squash (such as yellow squash) are all great options.

Eggplants and zucchinis are high in water content, so I like to salt (sweat) them a little to remove excess moisture. Salting also gives the vegetables a better texture.

The grilled vegetables are tossed with a few typical Korean seasoning ingredients (yangnyum, 양념). For a spicy version, simply add a couple of teaspoons (or more) gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes). I sometimes throw in finely chopped chili peppers as well.

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Gaji hobak muchim (grilled eggplant and zucchini)

Side Dish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

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This recipe was originally posted in September 2013. It’s been updated here with new photos, a recipe card and minor improvements to the recipe.

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