Carrots in Spicy Ketchup

Carrots in Spicy Ketchup

This is a simple steam-cooked dish spiced with red chili peppers and black pepper.
Pack some in your bento.

Ingredients: 4 or more servings

1/4 teaspoon
◆ Olive oil
1 tablespoon
◆ Ketchup
4 tablespoons
◆ Sugar
a pinch or two
◆ Red chili peppers
1/2 or more, finely chopped
to taste
Black pepper
to taste


1. Slice the carrots diagonally into 5 mm thicknesses, then julienne into 5 mm lengths. Put the carrots into a pot, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, briefly stir, then let sit for 3 minutes.
2. Add the ingredients marked with a ◆ to the pot, briefly stir, then cover with a lid and set on high heat. Once steam starts to escape, immediately reduce to low heat, and steam-cook for 7-10 minutes.
3. Remove the lid once the carrots reach your desired softness, then sautè on high heat until the water cooks out. Add salt for flavor.
4. If you prefer them sweeter, add more sugar. Add black pepper, briefly stir, then they're ready to serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

My parents gave me their leftover stock of carrots, so I steam-cooked them in my favorite spicy ketchup sauce.