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Grilled Zucchini with Japanese Miso-Glaze and Cashew Crema

Grilled Zucchini with Japanese Miso-Glaze and Cashew Crema

Zucchini & Summer Squash off the grill get jazzed-up with these Japanese inspired flavors

Local Zucchini is simply sliced and grilled. I add the Miso Glaze on the bottom of the plate, and Cashew Crema on top.

Beautiful Zucchini and Summer Squash off the grill served with a flavorful Miso Glaze and Cashew Crema

Grilled Zucchini with Japanese Miso-Glaze and Cashew Crema


Zucchini & Summer Squash:

2 pound assorted zucchini and summer squash (about 4 medium sized)

2 teaspoons neutral oil*

2 teaspoons fresh garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced

1 big pinch of sea salt

Miso Glaze:

4 tablespoons white miso (organic)

1 tablespoon sake or rice wine (not mirin) can us dry sherry too

2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced

1 pinch hot chili flakes

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon tamari sauce (I’ve used gluten free)

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, divided (half for sauce – half for garnish)

Cashew Crema:

2 tablespoons raw cashews  – soaked (see below)

2 tablespoons Miso Glaze, from above

4 tablespoons filtered water



Zucchini & Summer Squash:
Heat the grill to medium- high; brush the grates with neutral oil.
Wash and dry the vegetables. Slice lengthwise, then in 1″ wide triangular strips.
Add to a large bowl. Add oil, garlic and salt and mix well.


Add to the grill and cook until the underneath has good grill marks, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and turn over with tongs; let that side develop grill marks.
Reducing the heat lets the zucchini cook through.
Remove to a large plate.


Miso Glaze:
Add all ingredients plus 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds.
In a 2 quart skillet. Bring to a simmer, whisking, cook on LOW heat for one minute. Remove from heat.


Cashew Crema:
Soak the cashews in plenty of filtered water at least 2 hours, or overnight.
Strain the soaked cashews add them to the carafe of a blender (I use a Vitamix) with 2 tablespoons of the Miso Glaze and 4 tablespoons filtered water.
Blend from low to high speed. Whirl until smooth. Scrape down with a rubber spatula and blend until very smooth on hight for 2 minutes.


Pour into a bowl to fit.


To Serve:
Swirl the miso glaze on the bottom of a plate or platter.
Top with the grilled zucchini and summer squash.
Dot with Cashew Crema.
Garnish with reserved tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds ~ and fresh mint leaves if desired.
Top with some cashews if desired.
Serve and scoop up all the flavors.

* with concerns about gmo’s and processing of oils, use a vegetable oil which has not been chemically treated, this is called “expeller pressed”.

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