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Zucchini Spread (Ikra) Recipe

Easy classic Russian zucchini spread (ikra) is a simple spread made with grated and sauteed zucchini, carrots and other vegetables in a tomato garlic paste.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 2 medium zucchini, grated (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil
  • herbs to taste, optional


  • Grate zucchini. Grate carrots and tomato and finely chop the onion.
  • In a deep skillet (or Dutch oven), heat oil on medium/high heat. Add carrots and onion, saute 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add grated zucchini. Saute 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently (until all the excess liquid is gone) and zucchini is tender.
  • Add grated tomato, garlic salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir everything, turn the heat down to low and let simmer another 5 minutes.