Sesame Roasted Root Vegetables

By Kayb
September 25, 2011

Author Notes:

I bought parsnips one day at the grocery. I'd never had parsnips before. They languished in my fridge for a while until one Sunday I was making Chinese Roast Pork, and I decided I'd roast a mix of root vegetables to go with it. I had had success glazing summer veggies (squash, eggplant) with a honey-miso based glaze and roasting them, and it seemed to me the same treatment would work well for root vegetables; I veered toward the sesame side because I thought the heartier vegetables need the added umami of sesame oil. And the sesame seeds added a nice crunch and taste. Leftover roasted veggies play very nicely in a room-temp salad with wheatberries.


Serves: a bunch


  • 6 cups assorted diced root vegetables (I used carrots, parsnips, sweet potatos, Yukon Gold potatos, and turnips)
  • 1/3 cup white miso
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • pinches white pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
In This Recipe


  1. Dice all veggies in about 1-inch pieces. Leave the sweet potato larger, as it cooks up softer than the others.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients, except for sesame seeds.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil, and spray with cooking spray. Pour veggies onto sheet in a single layer, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and roast at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, until they test tender with a toothpick.

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gingerroot September 27, 2011
Yum! These sound delicious and addictive (in a good way).