Carrots with Sesame

If you need a new way to eat vegetables, this sesame sauce is versatile. Here, I tossed it with steamed carrots cut into matchsticks, but you could also use this on green beans, asparagus, or broccoli. I imagine cooked chicken would be just as delicious. I keep a jar of it in the refrigerator and use it throughout the week.


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I didn’t cook the carrots long so they remained crisp, which I liked. If you’d prefer them softer, just remember to test a few as you’re steaming them, usually at 1 min increments after 2 mins. This would be a good picnic item once the weather warms because it keeps nicely and the flavors seemed to improve after a day.

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Carrots with Sesame
にんじんのごまあえ

Adapted from わたしの味
Makes 4 servings

5 medium carrots (about 200g), cut into medium matchsticks
3 Tbsp sesame sauce (below)

Steam carrots until cooked, but somewhat firm, about 2–3 mins. Or, place in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1.5 mins.

Remove from heat (or remove from microwave, keep covered) and set aside.

Sesame Sauce
ごまだれ
Adapted from わたしの味
Makes about 3/4 cup

3 Tbsp neri goma or tahini
1 Tbsp sake
4 Tbsp sugar
scant 1/4 cup (50ml) shoyu
4 Tbsp ground sesame

Mix the neri goma (or tahini), sugar, shoyu, and ground sesame in a small bowl.

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2 Comments

  1. Megan
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Yay! I have three huge bags of carrots in my fridge dying to be used. Thanks!

  2. Posted March 6, 2013 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    As someone who is obsessed with sesame, I am delighted to learn a new recipe rich in its nutty flavours. And before good spring vegetables appear, it will be also nice to cook carrots in a different way (by the way, I still regularly prepare your carrots with canned tuna and still love it).

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