Kinpira Gobo (Japanese Burdock Stir Fry)

Kinpira Gobo is a delicious and crunchy Japanese side dish made with burdock root and carrot. Learn how to make this easy 10-minute dish!

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I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • With its satisfying crunch and savory taste, the kinpira gobo is a tasty addition to any meal!
  • Making it is simple, using basic Japanese ingredients.
  • Ready in under 10 minutes!

Kinpira Gobo

Kinpira gobo is a traditional Japanese dish made by stir-frying burdock root (gobo) and carrots in a savory-sweet mixture of soy sauce and sugar. Known for its savory, slightly sweet flavors and crunchy texture, it’s a classic side dish often included in meals or as part of obento.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Kinpira Gobo Recipe:

Ingredients for kinpira gobo.
  • Gobo (Burdock), which looks like a tree branch, is a nutrient-rich vegetable and an invaluable ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
  • Carrot also adds nice crunchy texture and the color to the dish.
  • Soy sauce, mirin, and sugar for the seasoning.
  • Sesame oil adds an enticing aroma to the dish. You can substitute it with other types of oil.
  • Toasted sesame seeds for the garnish. You can omit it if you don’t have them.

What is Gobo?

  • Long root vegetable
  • Rich in dietary fiber
  • The texture is firm, but the taste is earthy
  • The best season is late fall to winter
  • The most common gobo recipe is Kinpira gobo
  • Stir-frying, nimono (braising), and salad are the popular ways to cook

How To Make Kinpira Gobo: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For the video and all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make kinpira gobo.

Step 1

Cut gobo and carrot into thin strips.

How to make kinpira gobo.

Step 2

Stir fry the vegetables over medium heat.

How to make kinpira gobo.

Step 3

Add water and braise until tender.

How to make kinpira gobo.

Step 4

Add sugar, mirin, and soy sauce, and stir fry.

kinpira gobo on a plate.

Serve the kinpira gobo on a plate and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. The flavors are rich and inviting. Give it a try!

Recipe Tips

  • Soaking the gobo in water will prevent it from turning brown due to oxidation.
  • Gobo skin is a thin yet nutrient-dense layer. When peeling gobo, use the back of a knife and scrape off instead of a vegetable peeler. You don’t need to remove the skin completely.
  • If you love spicy food, you can add a little red chili pepper to your kinpira gobo for a spicy kick. You can also sprinkle shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mix) on top.

Storage

Transfer kinpira gobo to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. You can also freeze it. Put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer. It will be good for one month. Thaw it in the fridge or at room temperature when you eat.

Variations

Kinpira is a versatile cooking method that can be used with a variety of crunchy vegetables. Here are some examples:

What To Serve With

I recommend serving this kinpira gobo with easy kakiage (Japanese vegetable fritters), nori tamagoyaki, daikon miso soup to complement their flavors.

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Kinpira Gobo (Japanese Burdock Stir Fry)

5 from 7 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Kinpira gobo is a delicious and healthy traditional Japanese side dish made with burdock root and carrot. Learn how to make this easy 10-minute dish!

Equipment

  • 1 Frying pan 22cm (9 inches)

Ingredients

  • 1 stalk Gobo (Burdock), 150g
  • ½ Carrot, 70g
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • ½ Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare Ingredients: Wash the gobo thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Using the back of the knife or a vegetable peeler, peel the outer skin of the gobo. Cut the gobo into thin strips and soak in water. Cut carrot into thin strips.
  • Stir fry: Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the sesame oil. Add the gobo, and carrots, and stir fry for a few minutes.
  • Braise: Add water and braise until tender.
  • Season: Add sugar, mirin, and soy sauce, and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Serve: Serve the kinpira gobo on a plate and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Video

Notes

  • Storage: Transfer kinpira gobo to a food container and keep it in the fridge. Good for 3 to 5 days. Please put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer. It will be good for one month. 
  • In general, you have to soak gobo to remove the harsh aftertaste before cooking, but when cooking with oil, it’s not necessary. The oil helps to mellow out the flavor.
  • The gobo will change color when cut and leave for a while, so cook it right after you cut it.
  • Gobo skin is a thin yet nutrient-dense layer. When peeling gobo, use the back of your knife and scrape off. You don’t need to remove the skin thoroughly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sugar: 7g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: burdock, kinpira gobo
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  1. 5 stars
    Currently living in Okinawa and want to try all the different vegetables eaten here, especially for their health benefits. This recipe was so delicious that I plan on making it when I can get burdock in season. Also plan to try the one you posted using lotus root, which is already a family favorite vegetable.

    1. Thanks for rating, Lisa! Glad to hear you are enjoying Japanese vegetables in Okinawa! I have many vegetable dishes here so I hope you will find more!