Braised Kabocha Squash With Shishito Peppers

Adapted from Vicky Volvovski, Things I Made Today.

servings: 4

3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1½ tablespoons ginger, grated
1 shallot, minced
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ cup vegetable stock
1 medium kabocha or kuri squash, seeded and cut into ¾ inch wedges
6 ounces shishito peppers
Kosher salt


Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add ginger and shallot and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sugar. Add mixture to skillet, then stir in stock and bring to a simmer.

Toss in squash and cook until softened, turning once, for about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for an additional 12-18 minutes, turning occasionally, until squash is tender but not falling apart and sauce has thickened.

While squash is braising, heat remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add shishito peppers and cook until they start to char, about 6-8 minutes, turning half way through. Add a generous pinch of Kosher salt and remove from heat.

When squash is done, transfer to serving plate and drizzle sauce on top. Top with peppers and serve immediately.