Sunday, January 30, 2011

Don't Judge a Lotus Root by its Cover

The first time I prepared a lotus root I sliced it too thickly and attempted to roast it in olive oil, salt & pepper like brussel sprouts.  It was not good.  Then a co-worker told me about a cold lotus root salad she was able to duplicate from her local Japanese restaurant.  She generously shared both the recipe and a lotus root and I was on my way.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, lotus roots look kind of potato-y, but they're much more fun looking inside.  They can usually be found in Asian markets.  Wash, peel, and slice thinly using a mandoline.  Be careful.  Bring water to a boil with a pinch of salt.  Drop in sliced lotus root, bring to a boil again, and cook for five minutes.  While it's cooking, combine all of the other ingredients in a bowl.

When the root slices are cooked but still crisp, drain in a colander, then rinse immediately with cold water.

Pour all ingredients into a ziploc bag and marinate in the fridge for at least two hours, squishing around every half hour or so.

For easy and immediate munching, arrange on a plate and serve with sriracha. 

With a little more effort, they would also be great served with rice or on a bed of salad greens.


  1. Very cool! Lotus roots are so cool looking, but the ones I've had (mostly just snuck into teriyaki veggies at Japanese places) always have a dissappointing taste, kind of like water chestnuts. Your presentation is lovely; hope they were yummy!

  2. i will judge my lotus by its cover darn it!

  3. That looks delicious! I love dropping thinly-sliced lotus root into my Asian soups, but I never thought of using it to make a cold salad. I can't wait to try this. Thank you!

  4. Abby, I'm sorry to say, this time around, I'm going to judge a lotus root by its cover. Even with sriracha, this dish looks gross...


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