Sweet and Savory Burdock Root and Sweet Potato Stir-Fry

Sweet and Savory Burdock Root and Sweet Potato Stir-Fry

Even though these aren't deep-fried, they are fragrant and go great with the sweet and savory sauce.
It's quick and easy with microwave prepping!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Burdock root
Sweet potato
Red chili pepper
Sesame oil
as needed (on the generous side)
Seasoning ingredients:
① Sake
2 tablespoons
② Mirin
2 tablespoons
③ Sugar
1 teaspoon
④ Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
Toasted sesame seeds (for stir-frying)
2 teaspoons


1. Chop the burdock root and sweet potatoes into 1 cm matchsticks, and soak in 2 separate bowls. Thinly slice the red chili pepper into rounds (keep half of the seeds).
2. Drain the water from the burdock root and sweet potatoes, put in a steamer (or heat-resistant glass dish), then briefly microwave. About 3 to 3.5 minutes at 600W.
3. Add sesame oil to a saucepan (or frying pan), add the burdock root and sweet potatoes, and sauté‎ until brown. If they aren't cooked through evenly, cover with a lid and steam cook.
4. Add the red chili pepper and lightly sauté‎, then add seasoning ingredients 1 to 4 in the order listed, and continue sautéing.
5. Add sesame seeds, and katakuriko dissolved in a little water, then coat the vegetables evenly. Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle sesame seeds (a generous amount) and serve!

Story Behind this Recipe

I had an excess stock of burdock root and sweet potatoes.