6 Easy Japanese Lotus Root Recipes (Stir-fried and more)

Are you looking for tasty Japanese Lotus Root Recipes? Here, you’ll find 6 delicious dishes to enjoy their delightful flavors to the fullest!

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When it comes to winter vegetables, lotus root is a must! From stir-fries to soups and fried dishes, it adds deliciousness to everything! Give our favorite easy-to-make recipes a try! Let’s get started!

Lotus Root (Renkon)

Lotus root.

The lotus root, known as “Renkon” in Japanese, is the edible stem of the lotus plant and is widely enjoyed in various Asian countries. It is a unique vegetable with holes running through it and is often used in celebrations in Japan as a symbol of good luck.

With its distinctive crunchy texture, the lotus root is a versatile ingredient that people prepare in many ways. It also provides health benefits, being a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber (source).

Fresh lotus root is available during winter at Asian markets or Japanese grocery stores. Alternatively, you may come across frozen pre-sliced lotus root in-store and online.

1. Fried Lotus Root with Curry Twist

Fried lotus root with a dipping sauce.

If you’re a fan of Japanese tempura, you’ll love this Fried Lotus Root with Curry Twist, a delicious appetizer! I’ve enhanced the tempura batter with rice flour, curry powder, and mayonnaise, adding an additional layer of flavor. Just coat sliced lotus roots in batter and fry them until golden brown. Enjoy!

2. Japanese Lotus Root Soup with Beans

Creamy Lotus root soup.

Warm up this winter with this easy and delicious Japanese Lotus Root Soup With Beans recipe! This heartwarming dish is sure to become a family favorite!

3. Japanese Stir-fried Lotus Root Recipe

Stir fried lotus root.

For a quick and tasty side dish, try the classic Stir-Fried Lotus Root! This straightforward Japanese recipe involves thinly sliced lotus root stir-fried with sesame oil and chili pepper, seasoned with soy sauce and mirin, and finished off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

This cooking method is known as kinpira and is widely applied to various crunchy root vegetables. Kinpira Gobo, featuring burdock root, is another classic side dish you might like!

4. Easy Nimono Recipe with Japanese Vegetables

Vegetable nimono in a pot.

This Nimono Recipe is a must-try if you love winter vegetables and enjoy Japanese cooking! It’s a traditional simmered dish bursting with full, flavorful richness!

5. Lotus Root Salad with Japanese Twist

Lotus root salad.

If you’re looking for a nutritious side dish, try this Lotus Root Salad. Make thin slices using a vegetable peeler or slicer, and then toss them with a dressing based on soy sauce. It’s a delightful blend of crispiness and Japanese flavors that will elevate your dining experience!

6. Japanese Fall Salad with Renkon and Kabocha

A colorful salad with lotus root, pumpkin and hijiki(Japanese seaweed)

You’ll love this healthy and easy Fall Salad with Renkon and Kabocha! This delicious salad is made with roasted lotus root and kabocha squash tossed in seasoned hijiki seaweed.

Recipe Tips

  • Freshness Matters – Look at the cross-section and find that the holes are uniform in size, with no blackening around or inside them; the lotus root is considered fresh and delicious.
  • Prevent Discoloration – Lotus roots turn black when cut and exposed to air. To prevent this discoloration, soak them in a bowl of cold water or a little bit of vinegar water for about 5 minutes immediately after cutting.

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6 Easy Japanese Lotus Root Recipes (Stir-fried and more)

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Prep: 5 minutes
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Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
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