Simple, delicious sautéed Lotus Root, or kinpira renkon in Japanese. Lotus root is a crunchy, neutral tasting root that is visually beautiful. When sliced, it resembles a flower. It is eaten often during the New Year, for good luck, as it’s believed to bring good fortune (they say, you can see your future through the holes).

This is a great side dish to enjoy with a meal, and is also delicious chopped up and added to nourish bowls or salads. You can use fresh lotus root, pre-steamed lotus root or frozen lotus root in this recipe. Watch the how-to video here!

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Easy Sautéed Lotus Root (Kinpira Renkon) | Vegan Japanese Food

  • Author: Remy
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: side dishes
  • Method: sautê
  • Cuisine: japanese


An easy, vegan Japanese dish full of flavour and crunch. Sautéed lotus root is a perfect and visually beautiful dish to add to your meal or enjoy as an add-in ingredient in salads, bowls etc.



  • 2 cups thinly sliced lotus root, steamed
  • 12 tablespoons neutral oil of choice, or use water
  • splash of filtered water
  • 34 tablespoons of soy sauce or alternative (coconut aminos, tamari, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons vegan dashi or veggie stock powder*
  • 12 tsp sugar of choice (brown sugar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup)
  • pinch of japanese 7 spice shichimi togarashi, or pepper blend of choice


  • In a large pan, heat oil if using, or water.
  • Add lotus root to the pan and sauté for a few minutes on medium high heat.
  • Add a splash of filtered water.
  • Lower heat slightly and add soy sauce along with sugar of choice and continue to sauté lotus root, flipping occasionally until golden brown.
  • Sauté until all the liquid is cooked off, and lotus root is nicely browned. If using chili blend, add a sprinkle and toss evenly before removing from heat. Add salt and pepper as you see fit.


*Dashi, or fish based broth, is typically use in Japanese cooking. Vegan alternatives include kombu (seaweed) based broth powders, or veggie based. Either will work!

Keywords: lotus root, kinpira renkon, japanese food, vegan, gluten free, oil free

Want more Japanese inspired recipes? Check out this Miso Mushroom Burger, and this classic Japanese dessert, Zenzai.

Love & lotus root,


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BY Remy • February 27, 2019

Easy Sautéed Lotus Root (Kinpira Renkon) | Vegan Japanese Food

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