Stir-Fried Courgettes with Fresh Chilli

Courgettes are economical and abundantly available. A quick stir in the wok and this easy side vegetable dish can be prepared in minutes, or it can be a delicious vegetarian treat. Here I add fresh chillies to give them a lift. These vegetables can be watery depending on size; I recommend the smaller ones.


  • 750 g ( lb) courgettes
  • 1 tablespoongroundnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions
  • 4 fresh red or green chillies, seeded and finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


Diagonally slice the courgettes into 5-mm (½-in) rounds.

Heat a wok or large frying-pan over a high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, ginger, spring onions and chillies and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Then add the courgettes, salt, pepper and sugar and stir for another 30 seconds until they are well coated with the spices and flavourings. Add the water and continue to stir-fry over a high heat for 5 minutes until most of the water has evaporated and the courgettes are cooked. At this point, add the sesame oil, transfer to a warm dish and serve immediately.