Eggs with Zucchini (A.K.A: Omeleta Kolokithakia)

I will admit that I am always on the hunt for yet another dish that uses one of my favorite ingredients: eggs. We’ve posted a few recipes for eggs in the past, such as poached eggs in tomato sauce, but I would love to share a recipe with you that helps to use up the ever-abundant summer zucchini. This morning I ventured over to my sister-in-law’s home to watch her make this dish. She is a fantastic Greek cook, and throughout the years that I have visited Greece, I have learned many traditional recipes with her help. This dish is simple, yet delicious, and can be made for brunch, lunch, or a late night snack.

3 large eggs, beaten
2 large zucchini, washed, slightly peeled, halved, and chopped
½ c. olive oil
Salt, pepper to taste

Beat the eggs together in a small bowl. Add some freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Set aside. (Here is a striking example of the deep orange the yolks of the eggs are here  in Greece. Amazing!)

With a vegetable peeler, peel strips off the outside of the zucchini. You do not want to remove the entire skin, but rather, produce a decorative pattern. You also want some of the skin left attached in order for the pieces of zucchini to hold their shape throughout the cooking process. Trim the ends off the zucchini, slice in half, and cut into 1/4″ slices.

On medium high heat, add half the oil and the zucchini pieces into a large sauté pan. Sprinkle with salt and give the zucchini a good stir to coat with oil. Every few minutes, toss the zucchini, and add more oil if it becomes too dry. After about 8-10 minutes, the zucchini should be cooked through and nicely browned.

Add the other half of the olive oil and slowly pour the eggs into the pan. Make sure to turn down the heat to low or your eggs will burn. Allow the eggs to cook for about 3 minutes. When the eggs have cooked through, flip with a spatula, and turn off the heat.

And that’s it! Another simple, delicious summer dish that won’t leave you slaving in the hot kitchen for hours. Enjoy!

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  1. Thank you very much for this recipe. It was delicious!


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