Zucchini (courgette) flecked scrambled eggs

by sophie on July 25, 2011 · 17 comments

Zucchini flecked scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are home-cooking at its most glorious. Quick, delicious, comforting, frugal, familiar.  And almost never nice when eaten out, with catering establishment incarnations ranging from watery through to bouncy. And then there are those diet police versions, throwing away yolks and with them a whole load of flavour, protein, Vitamin D, iron and beta carotene.

This meal is a regular in our house thanks to our girls. Cooking the eggs like this is a good way of enjoying your scrambled eggs while introducing a little healthy monounsatured oil and vegetable.  We use olive oil to cook the eggs and then a little knob of butter to finish them off with that silky texture. Zucchini are mild enough to let the taste of the eggs shine and cutting them into thin ribbons lets the vegetable meld into the soft scramble, rather than introducing unpleasant lumps.  I add the merest hint of a mint for a little whisper of freshness (any more and it will be overpowering).

Scrambled eggs with added courgette (zucchini)

Eggs from our ex-battery chickens (note sophisticated stock control technique)

Anyone who is a gardener has an abundance of courgettes this month.  Even I have one plant, despite drastically reduced home growing this summer in deference the aforementioned house move.  If I can recommend one piece of equipment to you it would be a julienne peeler – thin courgette strips have myriad of uses and a peeler is a doddle to use and clean, plus much less dangerous than a mandoline (I don’t think my cuisipro peeler is available any more, but you’re looking for something along these lines).

Courgette prepared with a julienne peeler

More ideas to use up zucchini / courgette

I don’t seem to be able to make up my mind what to call them. I’m starting to prefer using the word zucchini instead of courgette -  wonder if this is down to the hours spent hanging out in this multicultural space, or a nod to the fact courgette were probably my most hated vegetable as a child, whereas I really rather like them now. You’ll have to excuse me for the to-ing and fro-ing between the two for now.

Recipe for Zucchini flecked scrambled eggs

Depending how hungry you are go easy on the bread.

Scrambled eggs wait for no man so get all of your ingredients prepped and the toast under the grill before you begin to cook the eggs. Finish the eggs off with a small knob of butter if wished.

Serves 2

4 eggs (organic, free range or from chickens you know)
2 medium courgette, julienned (chopped into thin matchsticks)
Salt and pepper
A couple of mint leaves, finely sliced
3 tsp of olive oil
a small knob of butter (optional)
Toast to serve (optional)

Heat a teaspoon of olive in a small non stick pan over a medium heat.  Add the ribbons of courgette and cook for about a minute - the courgette should soften just a little but stay bright green.

Remove the courgettes from the pan and place in a warmed bowl.

Return the pan to the heat and pour in 2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Turn down the heat to low. 

Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk together, seasoning with plenty of pepper and a little salt.  

Pour the eggs into the pan and stir continuously with a wooden spoon as they scramble.

When the eggs are almost cooked return the courgettes to the pan as well as the chopped mint.

Take the eggs off the heat and add a little butter if wished.  Serve immediately while hot.

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Elaine July 25, 2011 at 22:13

Engaging narrative, delectable photos, and a brilliant recipe for zucchini. Thank you. I’m not growing any summer squash myself this season (not enough space) but I often have it offered to me — now I know what I shall make with it.

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jasmine July 26, 2011 at 10:02

I agree, homemade scrambled eggs are the best. These ones look delicious.

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Hannah July 26, 2011 at 11:34

This looks fantastic!! I was just thinking of making scrambled eggs tomorrow for brekky, and I’m sure we have a few zucchinis floating around. This’ll be perfect, thanks :) x

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kathryn July 27, 2011 at 03:31

Lovely idea Sophie. I shall be making this very soon. I have always done small chunks of zucchini in the past, but I like your idea of juliennes, which fold into the scramble.

And I’ve never seen a julienne peeler before – what a neat little gadget. I bought a mandoline almost exclusively to make easy veg juliennes, had no idea there was a peeler that did it too.

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sophie August 24, 2011 at 19:57

Kathryn – the julienne peeler has been on of my top kitchen finds. Vegetables are prepared in seconds. Now if only there was something like it that diced onions….

Sanjeeta kk August 2, 2011 at 06:03

Thanks for reaching out on Twitter! Your blog url is not mentioned there..have a lovely space. Glad to come here, and hope to come for more.

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Lucy August 3, 2011 at 03:16

beautiful, and very elegant.

zucchini – a lovely word to say, but damn tricky to spell!

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Melinda August 4, 2011 at 21:44

Just stumbled across your site – very lovely. I enjoy reading through it.

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Marina Abel August 23, 2011 at 09:49

Thank you Sophie

Just had it for my breakfast yumyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice fresh flavour of mint and a little bit cruncy courgette.
Amazing xxxx
Marina

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sophie August 24, 2011 at 19:56

Fantastic Marina – I’m so glad you enjoyed this (it’s always nice to have a report back)

Frankie August 25, 2011 at 01:13

lovely

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Online Foods September 2, 2011 at 14:20

Absolutely Yummy! Scrambled eggs have no comparison & this one with zucchini also looks savory Nice & tasty Recipe.

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Kelsey (Happyolks) September 27, 2011 at 04:46

This has to be my favorite version of scrambled eggs. MMmmMm. I usually just dice mine up and saute first, but I’m absolutely loving how you’ve julienned the zukes and added them a bit later. I am still getting zucchini in my CSA here in San Diego, I’ll have to try this technique sometime this week. Glad to find your lovely blog :)

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kathryn October 4, 2011 at 05:13

Sophie, I finally made your scrambled eggs today and they’re really delicious. The day before my next vegie box delivery meant I only had 3 eggs, one zucchini and half a bunch of kale in the fridge, so your zucchini speckled scramble was perfect. I made mine with parsley from the garden, but I reckon the mint would be even better. And a little sprinkle of feta, right at the end, wouldn’t go amiss either.

Thanks for posting, I shall be making this again.

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Restaurant Lover May 25, 2012 at 23:57

Thanks for the tip

Will give this a bash tomorrow morning

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kathryn elliott October 5, 2012 at 09:09

Finally made this for my lunch today. I wanted something quick and easy, but fairly vegetable rich. Had eggs and zucchini and I suddenly remembered your scrambled eggs. Makes a perfect meal for one, especially on a slice of wholegrain toast. Although I think my zucchini must have been bigger than yours as mine was definitely more zucchini heavy.

I grated the zucchini and, given I didn’t have any fresh mint, added a teaspoon of capers to the mix.

Absolutely bloomin’ delicious.

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Michelle March 23, 2014 at 23:03

This is feast for my eyes. Your photos are amazing! Thank you for posting this recipe. I will definitely have to try this one.

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