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Delicious, Easy and Healthy Pan-Fried Vegetables (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)


Today I introduce you to an easy, healthy, delicious and useful vegetable side dish. This is a traditional Japanese side dish which is called “Kinpira”. The seasonings are soy sauce, cooking sake and sugar. It has a great sweet-savory taste and the vegetables have a crunchy texture. Delicious!! If you use gluten free soy sauce, this can be a vegan and gluten free dish.


In Japan we usually use Gobo (Burdock Root) for this recipe but I can’t find that easily near here so I use potato and carrot. It is so tasty and the recipe is very easy!!


Heat sesame oil in a pan and cook the sliced vegetables. Season with sugar, soy sauce and cooking sake and stir-fry. You can store for 3~4 days in the refrigerator.

*Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Pan Fried Vegetables Side Dish

If you don’t follow a vegetarian diet, you can add thin sliced pork or small pieces of chicken. Also I sometimes add bonito or kelp Dashi powder. These bring a hearty taste to the dish!!

In addition, you can make this dish spicy so you can add some sliced red pepper if you like.

If you don’t like to use alcohol in your cooking, you can use any kind of Dashi stock or broth instead of using cooking Sake.



Ingredients (servings 4)
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1 Carrot

1 large Potato

1 Tbsp. Pure Sesame Oil

3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

2 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

½ Tbsp. Sugar

½ Tbsp. White Roasted Sesame Seeds (to taste)

*Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Pan Fried Vegetables Side Dish


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

31 thoughts on “Delicious, Easy and Healthy Pan-Fried Vegetables (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

  1. This looks so tasty and healthy! I will try it soon. 🙂

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  2. This sounds really good! So have you thought about using jicama in place of the Gobo? I don’t know what the flavor profile of Gobo is but I do know jicama is easily available at most grocery stores. 🙂

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  3. Yum! I’m back in Japan and am looking for quick and easy recipes that use actual Japanese ingredients. It’s tricky to cook in a country you didn’t grow up in, the groceries are all different to those in all the recipes I’m used to making.

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  4. I have to admit, I’ve never heard of Gobo but the dish looked amazing. I’m going to try it with potato slices and carrot. I have a feeling that my family will love it!

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  5. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for checking out my blog today!! Looking forward to following yours and cooking yummy Japanese food 🙂

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    • It does!! It is delicious, easy and useful!! You can store in the refrigerator so you can add this side dish to your meals whenever you want and also to your lunch box 🙂


  7. I love fried food, and seeing your pictures reminds me especially of french fries. I should be eating healthier so I may give your recipe a try!

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  8. This looks so good! Another PDF for the files I’ve saved of your great recipes!

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  9. Wow! I am definately going to try this..It seems delicious 🙂

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  10. So simple, I love it. I am new to the food blogging world and am inspired by your posts

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  11. These vegetables look great! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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