Fried Lotus Root with Curry Twist (Japanese Renkon Recipe)

Enjoy this Fried Lotus Root recipe’s delightful fusion of crunchiness and flavor! Whether or not you’re familiar with lotus root, this easy and delicious appetizer will indeed become a favorite!

Fried lotus root served with a dipping sauce.

The perfect pairing of a curry-infused batter and the crispiness of lotus root is so good! Try this family’s favorite fried lotus root. It is so irresistibly delicious it practically disappears the moment you prepare it!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese lotus root.
  • You want to make fried lotus root.
  • You are looking for a fried lotus root recipe.

Let’s get started!

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for fried lotus root.
  • Lotus root (Renkon in Japanese) is one of the popular root vegetables harvested in fall and winter, known for its crunchy texture and mild flavor. In Japanese cooking, it’s featured in stir-fries, fried dishes, and salads, offering both deliciousness and health benefits. It’s rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber (source).
  • Rice Flour, potato starch, mayonnaise, curry, and salt for the batter. Rice flour is used for this recipe, but you can substitute it with all-purpose flour or other wheat flour.
  • Olive Oil for deep frying. You can use any cooking oil.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

🔪Instructions

Let’s go over how to make this fried lotus root.

How to make fried lotus root.

1. Peel the lotus root, slice it, and cut it into half rounds.

How to make fried lotus root.

2. Soak the lotus root for 5 minutes and drain completely.

How to make fried lotus root.

3. Dry the lotus root slices with a paper towel.

How to make fried lotus root.

4. Add the batter ingredients to a bowl and blend well.

How to make fried lotus root.

5. Pour oil into a frying pan and warm it up. Dip the lotus root slices in the batter, put them in the pan, and deep-fry until slightly browned (2 to 3 minutes).

How to make fried lotus root.

6. Flip them over and cook for one more minute. Place them on a cooling rack to drip excess oil.

Serve

Fried lotus root served with a dipping sauce.

Pair this crispy fried lotus root with your preferred dipping sauce – my personal favorites are mayonnaise and ketchup. Delight in the perfect blend of crunchiness and flavor with this inviting appetizer!

Helpful Tips

  • Please customize the batter consistency to your preference by adjusting with more water or rice flour until you reach your desired thickness.
  • Soak the lotus root in water to prevent discoloration.
  • If you slice the lotus root thinly, you can create crispy chips.

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Fried lotus root with a dipping sauce.

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Fried Lotus Root with Curry Twist (Japanese Renkon Recipe)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 serving
Author: Juri Austin
Enjoy this Fried Lotus Root recipe's delightful fusion of crunchiness and flavor! Whether or not you're familiar with lotus root, this easy and delicious appetizer will indeed become a favorite!

Equipment

  • 1 Medium size fying pan

Ingredients

  • 1 Lotus root, 300g
  • Oil for frying

Batter

  • 4 Tbsp Rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp Potato starch
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 6 Tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Slice lotus root: Peel the lotus root, slice it, and cut it into half rounds.
  • Soak lotus root: Soak the lotus root for 5 minutes, drain completely, and dry them with a paper towel.
  • Make the batter: Add the batter ingredients to a bowl and blend well.
  • Deep-fry: Pour oil into a frying pan and warm it up. Dip the lotus root slices in the batter, put them in the pan, and deep-fry until slightly browned (2 to 3 minutes).
  • Deep-fry: Flip them over and cook for one more minute. Place them on a cooling rack to drip excess oil.
  • Serve: Serve the fried lotus root along with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Notes

  • Customize the batter consistency to your preference by adjusting with more water or rice flour until you reach your desired thickness.
  • Soak the lotus root in water to prevent discoloration.
  • If you slice the lotus root thinly, you can create crispy chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: fried lotus root
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