sweet and salty braised lotus roots

Sweet and Salty Lotus Roots (Yeonkeun Jorim)

Braised lotus roots are a popular Korean side dish. They taste best when they are slightly crunchy, salty and sweet all at the same time.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, lunchbox, sweet and salty, vegan, vegetables
KoreanCategory Jorim (조림)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 101 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 16 oz blanched lotus roots (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbs + 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp cooking rice wine (sake is good)
  • 1 Tbs rice malt syrup
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tsp water
  • Pinch of sesame seeds as garnish


  1. For fresh lotus roots, just wash, peel, slice them into 1/4 inch thickness and then blanch them in boiling vinegar water (1 Tbs vinegar to 4-5 cups water).

  2. On medium high heat, add the 1 Tbs + 1tsp of oil in a pot and lightly saute the lotus roots for 5 min.

  3. Make the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine, water and malt syrup. Add the sauce to the pot and bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  4. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Stir the lotus root slices every few minutes to make sure they get evenly coated with the sauce. 

  5. For the final step, take off the lid and add 2 Tbs maple syrup. Let the sauce reduce further (so that it barely covers the bottom of the pot) in low heat for 5-7 minutes. This will add a nice glaze to the jorim. Stir the lotus roots often to glaze them evenly.

  6. Sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds on top. These lotus roots will be just sweet and salty enough to make a great side dish to any Korean meal. 

  7. You can keep yeonkeun jorim in the fridge for several days up to a week. Reheating is not necessary. They taste great at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Salty Lotus Roots (Yeonkeun Jorim)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 480mg21%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 24.9mg30%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.