Fried Lotus Root with Pork on a white plate.

Fried Lotus Root with Pork

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: renkon, stuffed lotus root
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami

Fried Lotus Root with Pork - delicious pork & shiitake mushroom mixture sandwiched between lotus root and deep-fried until crunchy. It's one of my favorite ways to enjoy lotus root growing up!





For thickening sauce:


  1. Gather all the ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for Seasonings.

    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 1
  2. Cut green onions, shiitake mushrooms, and lotus root.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 2
  3. Add the meat, green onion, shiitake mushroom in the Seasoning bowl. Mix well with hands until the mixture gets sticky and set aside.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 3
  4. On a slice of lotus root, place a teaspoon of the filling and spread. Put another slice of lotus root on top and press down to make a sandwich.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 4
  5. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat ¼ inch of oil on medium-high heat.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 5
  6. Dredge the lotus root in the corn starch and remove excess.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 6
  7. When the oil is hot, gently place lotus root in the pan. Cook both sides until nicely browned. When the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove onto a paper towel to drain oil.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 7
  8. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan/frying pan, add all the ingredients for Sauce and cook on medium-low heat. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water and mix well. When the sauce is simmering, add corn starch mixture (make sure it’s completely mixed) in the pan and mix quickly and thoroughly. Turn off the heat and set aside until you are done with deep frying.

    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 8
  9. Reheat the sauce just before you serve. Pour the sauce over the lotus root and serve immediately.
    Fried Lotus Root with Pork 9

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.