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Hijiki and Lotus Root

Prep Time

5 min

Cooking Time

1 hour





  • 1 oz hijiki, washed, soaked 3-5 minutes, and sliced

  • 1/2 cup onions, sliced in thin half-moons

  • 1/2 cup fresh lotus root, washed, halved, and thinly sliced dark sesame oil

  • water

  • shoyu or tamari soy sauce


  1. Lightly brush dark sesame oil in a skillet and heat. 

  2. Add the onions and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Add the lotus root and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Place the hijiki on top of the vegetables. Add enough water to cover the vegetables but not the hijiki. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the flame to medium-low. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes depending on the texture or hardness of the hijiki. 

  3. Season with a few drops of shoyu for mild salty taste, cover, and continue to cook another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cover, mix, and simmer until all remaining liquid is gone. 

  4. Garnish and serve.

Depending on the texture or hardness of the hijiki, the cooking time may vary. Softer varieties of hijiki may only need to be cooked 30 to 40 minutes until soft, while harder varieties may require as much as 1 hour cooking time. Please adjust the cooking time depending on the variety of hijiki that is available to you. May saute hijiki first, then add vegetables.


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