Soy Carrot & Parsnip


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Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

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Preparation: 10 Minutes
Cooking:5 Minutes

This is a simple and delicious side dish that can be made in just a few minutes. Traditional recipes donโ€™t include parsnip, but they really are delicious with the carrot, as are potato and celeriac.



  • 200 g (7 oz) carrots, cut into long thin matchsticks
  • 200 g (7 oz) parsnips, celeriac or potatoes, cut into long thin matchsticks


  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 1ยฝ tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small dried chilli, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons mirin


Gently toast the sesame seeds in a small frying pan over low heat, shaking the pan from time to time to prevent burning. As soon as you hear the sesame seeds popping, take the pan off the heat and leave them to cool down.

Heat the sesame oil with the dried chilli in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the carrot and parsnip and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce and mirin and cook for 2โ€“3 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed by the vegetables.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top to serve.