Burdock root is a terrific garden vegetable full of vitamins and minerals amazing medicinal properties – it’s also delicious if you know how to cook it properly! It’s perfect when simply roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper – the flavor is nutty with a slight chew. Learn how to cook burdock root with a few extra additions to make your roasted burdock root extra special!
What is Burdock Root?
Burdock is a plant that is useful in so many ways, but we often don’t know what it is or what in the heck to do with it.
Burdock roots are usually long and fairly thin, with a brown skin. They are in the thistle family, same as the artichoke, of which they have a similar flavor.
It may not be the most common vegetable around, but if you see burdock root at your local market, you should buy some just to see what it’s all about.
Burdock is also easily foraged as the plant grows wild in most of the country.
Burdock is great for your garden in that the long roots break up the soil and the leaves can be used for mulch. It is in season during the fall and winter, as are many roots like dandelion root.
It is a powerful medicinal, good for many ailments. Burdock root was traditionally made into a dandelion and burdock soda or beer, which sounds like my cup of tea.
Burdock has prickly seed heads that stick to everything were also the inspiration behind Velcro.
Beyond all that, however, burdock root is an awesome food source, full of vitamins and minerals!
The first time I ever encountered a burdock root was in a winter CSA veggie box, and I had no idea what to do with it. But I discovered a simple way to make it delicious!
Here I will show you how to cook burdock root so that you’re not in the same position I was.
How to Cook Burdock Root
Burdock root, also known as gobo, is popular in Asian dishes. It works very well in stir fries, braises, and soups.
Burdock root can also be peeled, sliced and eaten raw out of hand or on a salad. It resembles a radish with a slight artichoke flavor when eaten this way.
It oxidizes very quickly when cut so it’s good to put the raw slices in a bowl of lemon water to prevent browning.
Roasted Burdock Root
Roasting it is my favorite way to cook burdock root.
I actually like the flavor of the skin, as I find it adds a certain nuttiness that is really amazing, so I don’t peel it. But it can be peeled if you prefer.
If you don’t peel it, make sure to wash the roots really well to get all the dirt and grit off, just like you would with a potato.
Then slice the root into rounds.
Work quickly to avoid the color changing oxidation, but know that it doesn’t really effect the nutrient qualities in any way. It’s just more pleasing to the eye.
Put your burdock root rounds into a bowl and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Spread the prepared burdock roots onto a sheet pan.
Roast in a preheated 400°F oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden on one side, then flip. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so.
Burdock root simply roasted like this is amazing with a nutty flavor and a slight bit of chew to them. I really find them irresistible!
But, what makes them out of this world is a couple of splashes of soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
It’s not only healthy and delicious, but also super easy. Not to mention beautiful, if I don’t say so myself!
A quick and tasty side to any meal, we served it with a nice piece of salmon.
Burdock root can really be used like most other root vegetables, it just has a bit of a different texture and flavor than most are used to. In my opinion, that’s a good thing!
Sometimes when I feel burnt out on “regular” veggies I will buy the most uncommon or weird looking vegetable just to see what it’s all about.
I’ve never met a veggie I didn’t like, and burdock root is no exception!
I hope this post inspires you to go out and cook up some burdock root!
Learn How to Cook Other Vegetables
Here are a few other not-so-usual vegetables you may need a little help learning to prepare in a way that makes you fall in love with them at first bite!
- 8 Ways to Eat Radishes & Their Greens
- How to Cook Turnips & Their Greens
- Easy Ways To Cook Winter Squash
- How to Cook & Eat Artichokes
- How to Cook Jerusalem Artichokes
- What to Do with Cabbage
- How to Cook Beets & Their Greens
Roasted Burdock Root
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Wash the burdock roots well to remove any dirt and grit, then slice into one inch rounds.
- Place the burdock rounds into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Spread the roots out onto a sheet pan, cut sides down. Roast for 15 minutes or until golden on one side, then flip. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Add a splash or two of soy sauce and a sprinkle of seasme seeds when serving, if desired.