Stir Fry Lotus Root

This recipe was first posted on January 21, 2015; I decided to do an update after my recent weekend trip to Orlando. We stopped at a Chinese supermarket in Chinatown on our way back. 

I found many lotus roots, so instead of making another lotus root recipe, I decided to give my old recipe some TLC. 


Lotus roots attached as segments

What Is Lotus Root?

Lotus root is actually a perennial rhizome of the lotus flower, where it grows underwater and has segments that look like sausages.  The entire plant is edible but the root is commonly used in Asian cuisines especially Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

What Does Lotus Root Taste Like?

Lotus root has a delicate, sweet taste and a crunchy texture. It is usually added to stir-fries, soups, curries, and stews. In soups, it has a softer texture but stays firm.

Lotus Root Nutrition

Lotus root is very nutritious, it is low in calories, 100 grams is only 74 calories. It is an excellent source of fiber, 100 grams has 4.9 grams of fiber which is 13% of the daily requirement. 

An excellent source of Vitamin C, 100 grams provides 44 milligrams or 74% of the daily requirement. It also has B-complex vitamins, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron. 

Lotus root aids digestion promotes weight loss, regulates blood pressure, reduces stress. 

Where To Buy Lotus Root?

Lotus root can be purchased from Chinese or Indian supermarkets. 

Lotus Root Peeled and cut into slices

How To Stir Fry Lotus Root?

Add garlic, ginger, green onions, bell pepper and saute until fragrant. Stir in lotus root slices and sauce. Cook until sauce thickened. Add cayenne pepper and garnish with sesame seeds and remaining spring onion. If the lotus root is linked like sausages, cut the links. Remove the tough ends and discard. Peel it just like you would peel a potato.

Cut into thin slices crosswise to reveal its beautiful spoke wheel pattern, about 1/8 inch thickness,  then submerge into cold water with vinegar or lemon juice added to prevent oxidation. 

Drain lotus root. Fry lotus root slices in oil until lightly brown, for about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger, green onion and stir fry for 1 minute. Stir in the sauce and cook stirring until thickened about 2 minutes. 

Stir fry lotus on a white platter with red chopsticks, red pepper, green onions

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Stir Fry lotus root in a large skillet with bell pepper, green onions

Stir Fry Lotus Root

Amazing Stir Fry Lotus Root is so easy to prepare, crunchy and tasty with bell pepper, garlic, ginger in a flavorful sauce. Delicious served with rice.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: stir fry lotus root
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 111kcal



Lotus Root

  • 8 ounces lotus root (about 1 medium root)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 green onions chopped extra for garnishing
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)

For Sauce


To Cook The Lotus Roots

  • Prepare the lotus roots. Wash the lotus root, trim the ends, and then peel. Cut it into thin, beautiful slices and set them aside in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes..
  • Prepare all the veggies, including bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and green onion, and set aside.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl: vegetable broth, maple syrup, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos. Set aside
  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the lotus root slices in a single layer and saute on each side until they turn a gorgeous golden brown; repeat until all slices are done. The sight of these golden brown slices is a feast for the eyes. Set them aside on a plate.
  • Add garlic, ginger, green onions, bell pepper, and saute until fragrant.
  • Stir in lotus root slices and prepared sauce and cook until the sauce is thickened. Add cayenne pepper and garnish with sesame seeds and the remaining green onion.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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