Chinese crispy Lotus Root chips

When lotus plants are blooming they look majestic! Besides having a sacred, symbolic significance in Hindu and Buddhist art and literature, the entire plant is edible and the most commonly used root is particularly popular in Chinese cuisine.

lotus root chips

Lotus root is the edible rhizome or stem of the lotus plant that grows underground in shallow waters. The cylindrical form measures up to 20 centimeters in length and 10 centimeters in diameter with a brownish skin colour. It is starchy with a dense and crunchy texture and a slightly sweet flavour.

Lotus root chips are easy to prepare. Adding a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and Aonori seaweed elevates the flavour. 

How to prepare lotus root chips?

The skin sometimes has a slightly bitter taste and can’t be eaten raw. To avoid the bitterness, you need to peel the root, and rinse it well under cold running water. Once finely sliced, keeping it in vinegar water prevents it from turning dark quickly and keeps the flesh colour light. Pat dry the slices well before frying.

Where to find lotus root?

Because it is not part of Western cuisine, it will not be easy to find it in your regular shop. Make it a trip out and visit a Chinese market where you will surely find some.

Read also about our other lotus root recipes.

crispy lotus root chips

Crispy Lotus Root chips

Lotus crisps or chips are easy to prepare. Adding a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and Aonori seaweed elevates the flavour.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side dishes, snacks
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 647 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



Prepare the lotus root

  • Peel and wash the lotus root.
    peel a lotus root
  • With a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer, cut the lotus root into 3 mm or thinner slices.
    slicing lotus root with a mandoline
  • Add 2 tsp rice vinegar to the water. Soak the lotus root slices in the vinegared water for 5-10 minutes.
    soaking lotus root in vinegar water
  • Pat dry the lotus root slices dry on a kitchen towel.
    pad drying lotus root

Deep fry the lotus root

  • Heat the oil to 170°C and deep fry the lotus root slices until they are crispy and golden brown.
    deep frying lotus root
  • Once they are nicely fried, spread out on a wire rack or a paper towel to remove excess oil.
    crispy lotus root chips

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 647kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 75gSodium: 4mgFiber: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lotus root, vegetable chips, vegetable crisps
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Highlights of lotus chips

Indeed, there are many benefits to preparing and eating lotus chips. They are quick to make and fun to eat. The unique design of the lotus root makes the crispy treats lovely to look at when presented.

In addition, this root vegetable offers a long list of health benefits. What better way to snack than munching on something nutritious and great tasting at the same time!

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