Stir Fried Lotus Root in Garlic Sauce features crunchy lotus root tossed in a tangy garlic sauce. Healthy, nutritious, and incredibly delicious. Ready in only about 15 minutes!
Lotus root is very popular in Asian cuisine, especially in Chinese and Japanese dishes. You’ll often find it in soups and stir-fried vegetables, but lotus root can also be deep-fried, braised or steamed. It adds a very nice crunchy texture to any dish and can also be a star ingredient. In addition to being very versatile, lotus root is packed with vitamins and minerals. It has a very light, neutral flavor that can pair with just about any sauce.
You can buy fresh lotus root in most Asian supermarkets. Fresh lotus root is often sold in “sticks” with several segments; almost like a sausage link. They don’t look like much on the outside, but once you slice into them, they reveal a beautiful flowery pattern on the inside.
Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off the lotus root, then cut it into thin slices. If your lotus root is very large, cut the rounds into halves or into quarters so that they are bite-sized. This recipe calls for 2 cups. If you will be slicing the lotus root well ahead of time before stir frying them, put them in a bowl of cold water to prevent them from turning brown.
In a small separate bowl, mix 3/4 teaspoon of cornstarch in 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. Stir well to remove all the clumps.
Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a wok over medium-high heat. As soon as the wok starts to smoke a little, add the lotus root slices. Stir-fry the lotus root slices until they turn slightly brown; about 2 minutes.
Add the chopped garlic to the wok, and stir-fry until aromatic; about 20 seconds.
Stir in the sauce. Give everything a good stir to coat the lotus root slices in the sauce. This should take just a few seconds.
Drizzle in the cornstarch mixture. The sauce will start to thicken immediately so give it a quick stir, then turn off the heat.
Transfer the dish to a serving plate, then garnish with chopped scallions and thinly sliced red chili.
Enjoy with a bowl of steamed rice.