I first tried this authentic Thai chayote recipe on a small Thai island called, Koh Lipe.
After a long day of snorkeling and almost at 15 hours now without food, I was ready to FEAST. The scrambled eggs and cucumber was a fast way to get something healthy in while looking for my real dinner, so I ordered a coconut and this egg and cucumber with chayote right away.
Chayote Recipe With Eggs And Cucumber
This is a healthy keto breakfast recipe. But this chayote recipe can also be enjoyed at anytime, not just for breakfast. There’s something about the warm chayote mixed with garlic, salt and eggs. The cucumber has that same greatness. And it’s something you can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
2 Best Recipes From Our Koh Tao Trip:
- This Chayote recipe with scrambled eggs and cucumber
- Fried Som Tam at our beachside resort called, “Castaway Resort.” We have not made this yet, but we did get this chayote recipe down.
Chayote Recipe Keto Breakfast Ingredients
Not too many. It’s a quick and easy recipe. Chayote was something I’d never cooked with before. It’s a tropical vegetable highly available here in Thailand, South America or more equatorial regions.
The main flavor this recipe offers can be had with just cucumber. It’s just a variation of the authentic Thai recipe with chayote. The only thing you’ll miss out on is the slightly sweet juiciness of the warm chayote. I’ll include a few images of Ling slicing the chayote, so you see what it looks like in case you do have it available to you.
In the past, I always confused chayote’s looks with bitter gourd even though it looks nothing like it. After eating it, that was a very bad comparison. Bitter gourd is super bitter. Chayote is juicy and sweet.
Onto the chayote recipe…
Step 1. Chop the vegetables.
First, chop up your cucumbers and chayote.
Chop the following:
You don’t want to slice cucumber or chayote too thin. Doing this would lose the juicy blocks that soak up the flavors while cooking. What you want are blocks, almost. You can see how we sliced and diced them in these pictures.
Once you have everything chopped, put the saucepan or wok on the stove, hot plate, or whatever you use.
First, you need to heat up some coconut oil and add the sliced garlic. It’s good to get the oil heating up a bit before adding in the sliced garlic. Coconut oil’s smoke point is 350 degrees, so you can get it going pretty hot without hitting the oil’s smoke point.
Step 2. Cook the garlic, then the vegetables
After the garlic is starting to simmer, place your chopped chayote and cucumber in the wok or saucepan.
Then put black pepper on it to your liking. Let the cucumber and chayote cook with the garlic and black pepper for 5 minutes over low heat. Once you see the cucumber or chayote soften up, make a little hole in the middle of the saute pan. This is the secret to making the scrambled eggs look and taste authentic.
Step 3. Add the eggs like this
Create a crater and make sure the pan is oiled up enough where the crater opens up.
Crack open and drop your eggs into your little chayote-cucumber crater like so:
We used duck eggs and chicken eggs (I like to interchange them since they taste pretty much the same).
Once your eggs are in your little cucumber-chayote-crater,
Scramble them here.
It’s important that you don’t burn the eggs,
So keep them going over low to medium heat.
Step 4. Add the rest of the ingredients in
I grew up on Bragg Liquid Aminos. And while there is debate whether or not it’s a healthy ingredient, the debate is usually between those who consume legumes and those who don’t. Just like soy sauce, liquid aminos do come from legumes. The best soy sauce replacement for Paleo diets or gluten-free diets, is coconut aminos. Coconut Aminos is a far healthier choice (You can read more about this liquid aminos v soy sauce v coconut aminos saga in this blog post).
I now use Coconut Aminos mixed with fish sauce to create the exact flavor I’m looking for from Bragg Liquid Aminos or from soy sauce. Thai recipes do use a lot of soy sauce naturally.
The only modification besides the healthy ingredient swaps was the addition of flax seeds. I can’t help it, eggs and crushed flax seed have become synonymous to me. I find eggs the best vehicle to getting my nutrient dense flax seeds in most days of the week. It’s the perfect way to get those superfood nutrients in.
Fresh ground flax seeds soak up the runny yolks and add a slight nuttiness to the dish. I love it.
And that’s it.
Here’s what the Thai Eggs, Cucumber and Chayote Recipe looks like when finished:
Here’s the Instagram post I made about the scrambled eggs and cucumber with chayote:
If you’re looking for good low carb vegetables to keep you going on a healthy #ketodiet, chayote – aka vegetable pear – is a good nutrient dense one ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This cucumber-chayote-egg Thai stir fry breakfast recipe I first had on the island of Koh Lipe, and when recreating it, my only alterations besides subbing the canola, sugar and soy sauce, is a topping of fresh ground flax ??? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I asked Siri to Google why chayote is so good for you, she found me this from a Mercola article: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Chayote is a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. .. Another strong suit of this vegetable is its folate content, which is helpful for cell division and DNA synthesis. Pregnant women can benefit from folate as well, as it helps inhibit neural tube defects among babies. .. Chayote also has small amounts of aglycone flavonoid polyphonic antioxidants in apigenin and luteolin. These are crucial in helping combat free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the body that both play a role in aging and cancer development.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A worthy #ketobreakfast option to have in the mix! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #NutritionAdventures #ketobreakfast #chayote
Within my @nutritionadventures Instagram post, I mention some really great health benefits I learned about Chayote. On this day, I asked Siri about it, and she brought me to an info-packed blog post on chayote from a Dr. Mercola “Food Facts” website where chayote is said to be… “a good storehouse of important nutrients that your body needs.”
Final Result: Chayote Recipe With Eggs Is A Perfect Keto Breakfast
To learn more about chayote’s health benefits, that’s a good resource. Let me leave you with one last beauty shot of this eggs with cucumber and chayote recipe.
A flavorful way to enjoy eggs
Scrambled eggs with cucumber and chayote make for a perfect medley of ingredients. Both for the taste and for the nutrients. It’s a perfect keto breakfast that provides you gut healthy fibers, some healthy fats, and a nice little amount of protein with very low to no carbs overall.
Chop the vegetables.
Chop the garlic, cucumber and chayote.
Use thick slices, almost like chunks.
Cook the garlic, then vegetables.
Cook the garlic first, then the cucumber and chayote over low heat for 5 minutes. Next, the eggs.
Make a crater for the eggs.
Plop the eggs down in the middle of your pan where you've made a small hole for them amongst the chayote and cucumber.
Scramble and do not burn your eggs.
Add everything else in.
We use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. And at the end I like to add flax seed for the omegas and extra bit of healthy fats. But the flaxseed is optional, and not part of the original Thai chayote recipe.
Even though this is a chayote recipe, it can also be a delicious and healthy keto breakfast if it just has the cucumber. Cucumber and eggs alone will suffice as long as you have everything else (garlic, sea salt, pepper).
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