Sautéed Root Vegetables With Soy Sauce and Honey Recipe

Saut\u00e9ed Root Vegetables With Soy Sauce and Honey Recipe

Quick sautéed root vegetables flavored with honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil, tossed with some fresh shiso leaves for a hearty but light-tasting side dish. [Photographs: Shao Z.]

Note: Shiso leaves can be found in Asian supermarkets. If unavailable, substitute with equal parts fresh basil and mint.

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  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 25 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound red beets, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 shiso leaves, finely minced (see note)
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1.

    Combine soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork and set aside.

  2. 2.

    Heat oil in a large lidded sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. Toss to coat with oil, cover, and cook, shaking pan and removing lid to stir occasionally, until vegetables are soft but not mushy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until liquid has evaporated and vegetables are coated in sauce. Remove from heat, stir in shiso, season to taste with salt, and serve.