If you're looking to create an authentic Japanese dinner, consider including this traditional side dish of sautéed burdock. Burdock is a root that when shaved has a pleasantly crunchy texture with a sweet flavor and floral scent. In this recipe, it is sautéed in sesame oil and then topped with soy sauce and sesame seeds.

Kinpira Gobo: Japanese Sautéed Burdock Root [Vegan]

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For the Burdock:

  • 2 burdock roots
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

For the Sauce:

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Prepare a big bowl of cold water. Remove the outer brown layer of each burdock with a vegetable peeler. Then, shave the burdock with a knife (exactly like how you would sharpen a pencil with a knife) and let the fresh shavings drop into the bowl of cold water to prevent the burdock shavings from turning into brown color.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a frying pan on high heat, drain and sauté the burdock shavings.
  3. Add the sauce ingredients and cook until almost all liquid has evaporated.
  4. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.


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