3-Ingredients Snow Peas and Lotus Root Stir-fry

Tasty and extra crunchy, this easy lotus root stir-fry recipe with green peas takes little time and effort, perfect for a busy weeknight.

If I have to pick one ingredient that doesn’t look edible but actually tastes super good, it will be lotus root. It’s a common ingredient in China for soup, stir-fries, and stews.

When I was spending my gap year in New Zealand, I managed to find it in the supermarket. Unfortunately, there are not many utensils in the kitchen. So I made a simple lotus root stir-fry to cure my home-sickness.

My roommate was surprised to see this weird-looking food with small holes all around. She gave it a taste and liked it immediately. Lotus root tastes slightly sweet but really crunchy. When cooking with other ingredients or in a sauce, it picks up the flavors perfectly. Like water chestnut, I used as a dumpling filling and also in meatballs, it adds texture and freshness to the recipe.

So today, I am remaking the dish I did back then – lotus root stir-fry with snow peas. It’s perfectly simple with only four main ingredients. It takes less than 30 minutes but still tastes good. If you like to explore new Asian vegan recipes, this is the one to try.

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What is the lotus root?

Lotus root, as you can tell from the name, is the root of the lotus flower. As an aqua-plant, lotus flower grows in water, mostly in ponds. Its leaves and flowers flow above the surface, but the root stays in the water.

Unlike taro root, there are not as much carbs in lotus root. Every 100 grams of lotus root contains only about 15 grams of carbs. More than 80% of it is water.

In Chinese medicine, lotus root is a mildly cooling food. Thus you can pair it up with hot food like beef to keep a healthy balance.

How do you eat lotus root?

lotus root

Lotus root is a common ingredient for making soup, like lotus root pork rib soup. Or you can stir-fry it with other greens or Chinese sausages like this cabbage recipe.

And one of the most popular lotus roots in Southern China is pig feet stew with peanuts. The freshness of lotus root makes pig feet taste less greasy. And the dish is packed with flavors and different textures.

How to make lotus root stir-fry with snow peas?

Among all lotus recipes, this one is beginner-level. I tried to keep it as simple and healthy as possible. So there’s no frying. Clean the root thoroughly, get the ingredients ready, and you are almost done.

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Ingredients

  • 2 small lotus roots, about 500 grams
  • 200 grams of snow peas
  • 3 gloves of garlic

Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

If you are a vegan, you can substitute oyster sauce with its vegan version or two tablespoons of light soy sauce with a pinch of sugar.

Step-by-step instructions

Wash lotus roots with water 2 to 3 times. Then peel the skin off. Remove the stems on both ends and rinse through the small holes inside the plant.

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Cut into pieces about half an inch thick.

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Boil a pot of water. Pour the lotus root slices and boil for 7 minutes.

Note: Blanching the lotus root will shorten the time of stir-frying, so the snow peas will stay green and crunchy.

Meanwhile, snap both ends of the snow peas and gently peel off the strings on both sides.

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Smash the garlic with the side of a knife and chop them finely.

On a pan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to bubble, add the minced garlic to the pan and stir-fry until fragrant.

Add lotus root to the pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Flip to the other side and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and 1/4 a cup of water. Cover the lid and simmer for 3 minutes.

The lotus root should be golden brown and cooked through by now. Add snow peas and stir to mix all ingredients.

Add oyster sauce to the pan with two tablespoons of water. Stir to evenly coat the ingredients with the sauce.

When the snow peas soften, turn off the heat and transfer to a plate. Serve with rice and a main dish of your choice.

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What to serve with this Chinese lotus root recipe?

If you want to keep your meal vegan friendly, this Chow Mein recipe is perfect as a side dish.

vegan chow mein with wood ear mushroom

 

If you are not restricted to vegan recipes, give these easy steamed pork patty a try! You can make the pork patty in the morning. Put it in the fridge and steam it when you get home. Then in less than 30 minutes, you will have a complete meal ready to serve. 

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Have you made this easy lotus root stir-fry recipe?

How does it go? Tell me about it in the comment! Or let me know if you have any questions. Happy cooking!

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3-Ingredient Lotus Root Stir-fry with Snow Peas

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tasty and extra crunchy, this easy lotus root stir-fry recipe with green peas takes little time and effort, perfect for a busy weeknight.

Ingredients

  • 2 small lotus roots, about 500 grams
  • 200 grams of snow peas
  • 3 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of light soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Wash lotus roots with water two to three times. Then peel the skin off. Remove the stems on both ends and rinse through the small holes inside the plant. Cut into pieces about half an inch thick.
  2. Boil a pot of water. Pour the lotus root slices and boil for 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, snap both ends of the snow peas and gently peel off the strings on both sides.
  4. Smash the garlic with the side of a knife and chop them finely.
  5. On a pan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to bubble, add the minced garlic to the pan and stir-fry until fragrant.
  6. Add lotus root to the pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Flip to the other side and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and 1/4 a cup of water. Cover the lid and simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. The lotus root should be golden brown and cooked through by now. Add snow peas and stir to mix all ingredients.
  8. Add oyster sauce to the pan with two tablespoons of water. Stir to evenly coat the ingredients with the sauce.
  9. When the snow peas soften, turn off the heat and transfer to a plate. Serve with rice and a main dish of your choice.

Notes

  1. If you are a vegan, you can substitute oyster sauce with its vegan version or half a tablespoon of soybean paste with a pinch of sugar.
  2. Blanching the lotus root will shorten the time of stir-frying, so the snow peas will stay green and crunchy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 726mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 11gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

Other Chinese vegetable recipes to try:
Vegan Chinese Morning Glory Vegetable Stir-fry
Chinese-style Braised Daikon Radish
4-ingredient Sweet and Sour Smashed Cucumber Salad
Baby Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushroom in Oyster Sauce


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