Healthy Carrot Kinpira

I found a fantastic blog this weekend called Just Bento.  She posts ideas for complete bentos, as well as many simple and delicious recipes.  I tried (and modified) one of them.  Here is the original recipe.

For mine I cut back on the oil, added more carrots, and some cinnamon.  Here’s my version:

Healthy Carrot Kinpira


  • 4 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • dash of chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. Heat the oil in a wok/pan over high heat.  Add the matchsticks and cook until they start to get crispy, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the chili pepper flakes and cinnamon.  Toss for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the soy sauce.  Toss some more.
  4. Add the sesame seeds and toss; remove from heat.

Whereas most kinpiras include sugar as an ingredient, it’s unnecessary here.  The carrots are sweet on their own and the cinnamon brings out the sweetness even more.  I hope you enjoy it!

Bobby says, “It was very delicious!  But a little spicy.  But that probably means it’s increasing your metabolism!  I learned that from Maggie.”

19 Comments on Healthy Carrot Kinpira

  1. coco
    9 December, 2008 at 1:55 am (8 years ago)

    Great modification! totally agree that carrot is sweet enough, so just a little bit of spice will make it delicious!~

  2. Lindsay
    9 December, 2008 at 3:57 am (8 years ago)

    cinnamon, spice, AND carrots???? all of my faves!

  3. Michelle
    9 December, 2008 at 4:53 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, that looks great! Have a wonderful day!

  4. VeggieGirl
    9 December, 2008 at 5:55 am (8 years ago)

    FABULOUS recipe!!

  5. Biz
    9 December, 2008 at 6:34 am (8 years ago)

    yum! never thought to combine cinnamon with carrots!

  6. K
    9 December, 2008 at 7:50 am (8 years ago)

    Yum – those look delish!

  7. Sharon
    9 December, 2008 at 8:34 am (8 years ago)

    Hahaha, Bobby is too cute!

    Thanks for sharing Maggie!

  8. Catherine
    9 December, 2008 at 8:42 am (8 years ago)

    Oh yum, that sounds like an awesome combo of sweet & spicy to me! Are they soft when you’re done cooking them or do they still have a crunch to them?

  9. Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    9 December, 2008 at 9:36 am (8 years ago)

    OMG I love kimpira, it was one of my fave foods growing up. I like mine with gobo. I actually wrote a post about it, hope you check it out! :)

  10. Erin
    9 December, 2008 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    That sounds yummy!

  11. Sagan
    9 December, 2008 at 11:31 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for this recipe! It looks delicious and healthy:)

  12. Pearl
    9 December, 2008 at 11:55 am (8 years ago)

    Mmm that looks great!

  13. Squawkfox
    9 December, 2008 at 11:55 am (8 years ago)

    I’ve never heard of this before! Chili pepper flakes and cinnamon with carrots? Wow. Sounds spicy, sweet, and savory all at the same time!

  14. Tina
    9 December, 2008 at 12:37 pm (8 years ago)

    Mmmm… love carrots!

  15. carolinebee
    9 December, 2008 at 2:44 pm (8 years ago)

    yumm i like the no extra sugar!

  16. Joanna
    9 December, 2008 at 4:03 pm (8 years ago)

    these look really good. i love cooked carrots- never been a fan of raw ones. i like all the different spices in here.

  17. polly
    9 December, 2008 at 4:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Yummy Maggie… cinnamon is so delish.

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