Mirliton, also called chayote or choko, is an edible, pear-shaped plant from the gourd family. Originating in Mexico, this fruit has a translucent green flesh, a crunchiness similar to potatoes, and tastes like green cucumber with hints of zucchini flavor. You can eat this squash raw or cook it in various ways such as frying, sauteing, and boiling.
If you’ve managed to find this versatile ingredient, bring it home and try these wonderful mirliton recipes. From a refreshing cilantro lime chayote slaw to delicious shrimp and crab stuffed mirlitons, these recipes are sure to please every palate!
This easy-to-make spicy tomato curry recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. Make it with crisp chayote squash, onion, tomato, ginger-garlic paste, curry powder, ground almonds, seasonings, and milk, and serve it over a bed of rice for an ultra-satisfying meal. And since it cooks in an instant pot (or pressure cooker if you have one), you can also catch up on your chores as the curry comes together!
Colorful and crunchy, this slaw is a true feast for the senses. Make it with chayote, purple cabbage, carrots, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno for a light lunch or a side dish to accompany your dinner. Enjoy this refreshing slaw on its own or layer it in sandwiches or tacos for a filling meal.
This gluten-free mirliton recipe is healthy, tasty, and very easy to make. All you need to do is boil the mirliton, scoop out its flesh and combine it with browned onion, bell pepper, celery, minced garlic cloves, shrimp, Romano cheese, and breadcrumbs. Next, fill mirliton halves with this mixture and bake until golden brown.
How about making a heart-warming, comforting, and delicious meal with mirliton? This recipe combines fresh mirliton with lentils and aromatic leeks to produce a dish that will keep you warm on the cold, winter days. Enjoy it on its own or with some hot, crusty French bread to soak up all the delicious flavors.
This recipe combines flavorsome and texture-rich mirliton with creole seasonings and andouille sausage. It produces a wonderful marriage of flavors and textures and is sure to grace your dinner table at parties, festivals, and potlucks. Serve it with a drizzle of butter to give the dish a glossy finish and a scrumptious taste.
This flavorsome casserole combines mirliton squash with pork and ground beef and is cooked with onion, bell peppers, and celery for a nutritious meal. It calls for seasoning everything with a wonderful combination of aromatics, herbs, and spices to create an incredibly filling and satisfying gourmet-level dish.
If you’re a beginner in cooking, this recipe offers elaborate step-by-step instructions to provide you with the perfect start to creating a wonderful meal. Fresh mirliton is combined with seafood in a pan, then topped with a cheese mixture followed by a layer of breadcrumbs and more cheese. Bake it to perfection, then garnish it with parsley to serve.
This recipe for roasted chayote squash is easy to prepare and delicious to eat and will make a fantastic addition to any weeknight meal menu. To make, cut the chayote squash into small cubes and place it on a baking sheet with onions and herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and toss well to combine, then roast until tender. And, you’re done!
What’s better than mirliton slaw? A vibrant, zesty mirliton slaw paired with seafood! To make, toss mirliton together with radish, jalapeno, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, and salt, then refrigerate it for an hour. Bake well-seasoned shrimp until it’s pink and firm, then serve it with lemon purple rice, top with slaw, and garnish with lemon to enjoy.
This recipe yields a delicious dish that’s tender yet crisp — a combination that makes it an absolute crowd-pleaser. Simply marinate beef with oyster sauce and sauté it with garlic and onion, then cook it with sliced chayote. Add soy sauce, fish sauce, and ground black pepper, and cook until the chayote is tender but firm. Season with salt, and serve!
#11. Sautéed Chayote
This recipe is so good that it’ll make even the most ardent squash haters crave for a second taste. It calls for sauteing chayote cubes in butter with oil, then seasoning it with fresh spices along with scallions, garlic, and bacon/prosciutto. Sprinkle with chives, parsley, or lemon zest, then serve as-is or with a meat side for a delightful meal.
This recipe produces a restaurant-worthy dish that’s rich in flavor and looks equally stunning. In it, mirliton, potatoes, and garlic are roasted with seasonings, then pureed along with some seafood broth. The soup is then enhanced with blue crab and cream. Serve it with some zesty crab salad or chips for added crunch and flavor.
Ready in under 30 minutes, this recipe is very easy to make. Steam chayote squash and scoop out its flesh. Then, fill it with a mixture made of sauteed onion, bell pepper, green onion, celery, minced garlic, undrained tomatoes, squash pulp, and crabmeat. Drizzle the stuffed mirlitons with melted butter, bake until golden brown, and serve with lemon wedges for a tangy kick.
Light and nutritious, this simple stir-fried meal will quickly become your go-to recipe. To make, cook ground pork until it’s no longer pink, then season it with fish sauce and tomatoes. Next, add shrimp, carrot, oyster sauce, and sliced chayote, and pour in some water to keep the consistency as thick or thin as you like. Cook them together to infuse them with rich flavors, and enjoy!