More Chayote Recipes

So as not to bore you to death, this will be the last of my chayote recipes post.

Stir-fry Chayote

CHAYOTE STIR-FRY

Ingredients
Chayote, carrots, Chinesse mushrooms scallion greens 1 chayote (about 8 ounces), peeled and shredded
1 – 2 carrots (4 – 6 ounces), peeled and shredded
5 – 6 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked to soften (+/- ½ hour), remove and discard stems, shred caps
1 cup loosely pack 1-inch length scallion green
thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, smashed
2 – 3 white part of scallion, smashed
2 – 3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
1 – 2 tablespoons oil

Chayote Stir-fryPreparations
1. Add oil to preheated wok or frying pan. Add ginger, white parts of scallions and garlic. Stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes, using medium heat, until garlic starts to brown. Remove and discard ginger, scallion and garlic (oil is now flavored).
2. Add mushrooms, stir-fry until fragrant, using medium-high heat.
3. Add salt, chayote and carrots. Stir-fry, using high to medium-high heat, until chayote reaches desired doneness (I like it to still have some crunch). Stir in scallion greens. Adjust taste.
Serve as a side.

CHAYOTE STIR-FRY WITH CHICKEN OR PORK (serves 2 – 3 as a main course)

Ingredients
½ pound chicken or pork, shredded (I used pork)
Pork and Chayote 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
¼ – 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (optional)
1 clove garlic pureed
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
Combine all the above ingredients. Can be done the day before and kept refrigerated.
¼ cup chicken broth combined with 1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 – 2 tablespoon oil
CHAYOTE STIR-FRY (recipe above)

Preparations
1. Add oil to preheated wok or frying pan. Add chicken/pork, stir-fry, using high heat until cooked.
2. Add CHAYOTE STIR-FRY. Mix well.
3. Give broth and cornstarch mixture a stir to combine. Add to wok, mix well, bring to a boil. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Now you have a main dish. Serve over cooked rice, fill pita halves, wrap in flour tortilla or wrap in lettuce leaves.

CHAYOTE STIR-FRY WITH CHICKEN OR PORK & PASTA (serves 2 – 3)

PastaIngredients
1 cup dried pasta of choice (I used mini rotini)
1 tablespoon soy sauce, regular or gluten free
1 – 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
kosher salt to taste
CHAYOTE STIR-FRY WITH CHICKEN OR PORK (recipe above)

Preparations
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Return to pot and toss with soy sauce and sesame oil.
2. Add CHAYOTE STIR-FRY WITH CHICKEN OR PORK. Mix well. Adjust taste. Serve.
Now you have a complete meal.

NOTE: Lack the time? Slice vegetables, chicken or pork instead of shredding.

Substitute: soy sauce (regular, mushroom dark or gluten free), fish sauce or hoisin sauce for the oyster sauce.
Substitute: Shrimp or beef for the chicken or pork

Vegetarian Alternative
Substitute: Marinated tofu (click here for recipe) for the chicken and pork

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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39 Responses to More Chayote Recipes

  1. What a delectable stir fry 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  2. Sophie33 says:

    3 tasty stirr fries but I love the 3rd recipe the most: That’s all for me! 🙂
    Yummo, Norma!

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    I had no idea that chayote was so versatile; I googled it and it seems it’s not a veg but a fruit! Go figure. The colours of all three of your dishes are lovely Norma, and so desirable during these dull grey days. I’m hoping we’re done with all the snow, but we’ve had freak storms in April before, I’m just much less happy about it than when I was young.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Chayote is like tomato, a fruit but used as a vegetable. Guess that would go for zucchini and other summer squashes.
      Sun peeked out now and then today, but it was mostly a cold, windy and gray day, with a few snow flakes flying around. May have snow showers tomorrow, blah.

  4. The stir-fry looks very healthy and delicious. I need to look out for some chayote to try too.

  5. Brenda K says:

    That looks delicious! A lot of people grow chayote squash in the Chinatown neighborhood where I live, and I have been wondering what to do with them 🙂

  6. Daphne says:

    I’ve never seen a chayote in a stir fry before. I grew up in Colorado where the Mexican influence is predominant. So I think of it as Mexican (though I know much of the world has adopted it too). I’ve never tasted it. I thought about it one year, but I was afraid it wouldn’t grow this far north.

  7. Karen says:

    I don’t think you are boring anyone. It is nice to know how to use an ingredient that isn’t as well known such as chayote.

  8. Eha says:

    Oh my, won’t I be popular amongst all the people here used to wrinkling their noses at the mention of the humble choko 🙂 ! Absolutely lovely recipes: I too had not thought of putting chokos in a stirfry! The other interesting point for me is your ‘early mix’ of the stirfry ingredients to mature the said mix! I have marinated any meats used for 2-4 hours but not overnight with the rest of the stuff. That too will be followed up, and if you have any more such fan ideas, I do not think any of us would be ‘bored’!!!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eha,
      You are too funny. Where you are, are chayote in season now?

      • Eha says:

        Well, have another laugh ’cause I had to look this one up in Oz veggie places!!! Yep, I should go looking now, ’cause sure did not see any in my veggie shop last week! For anyone thinking of planting a vine, it seems one is MORE than enough: supposedly delivers a couple of hundred a year and the earlier you pick the sweeter the flavour 🙂 !

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Eha,
        From what I understand the chayote vine is a perennial that comes back year after year, so you only need to plant it once, then harvest and enjoy. Too bad I cannot grow it in New York.

  9. Im not bored at all and I am glad you have given us all these new ideas on how to use this vegetable. If it wasn’t for you, I would still be only putting it in soup. Now that we are on the topic of boredom, my youngest teenager just loves baby bok choy but I am so bored with the usual stir fry recipes. Do you have anything in your archives that might make this vegetable more interesting?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Bam,
      Not knowing how you are currently stir-frying you baby bok choy, I don’t know what suggestions to make. If you can give me some ideas of how you have been preparing it, may be I can come up with something different. I will try.

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    These recipes, Norma, all look so fresh and inviting. No need to worry about boring us when you’re posting recipes like these. Each would make a fantastic meal. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Fresh, colorful and healthy. I second what Bam said. 🙂

  12. Annie says:

    Norma, I love the variations of your Chayote recipes. Thank you for sharing them to us:) but if I can only have one bowl at a time, I would first choose the Chayote Stir fry…then, the two other bowls to follow as presented in your photo:) YUM!

  13. This is so cool! I just love all the variations on this stir fry…and I’m not bored at all!

  14. Not one, but three wonderful dishes! I could never be bored by you, Norma! I think dish number 3 caught my eye first:) xx

  15. Keep ’em coming! My favorite has got to be the stir-fry!

  16. I love the look of that stir fry!

  17. wok with ray says:

    Chayote is very easy to use on stir fry because it cooks quickly. I also use them as a substiture for green papaya that we use on chicken/ginger soup. Thank you for the recipe, Norma. Have a great week! 🙂

  18. I’ve never had chayote before but I love any veggie stir-fry with meat. This looks delicious Norma. Lovely post.

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