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6+ Easy Daikon Recipes + More Ways to Use It

22/01/2024

Daikon is such a versatile veggie you can use in salads, soups, or even eat raw! Get the most out of your fresh Japanese radish with these deliciously easy daikon recipes anyone can make at home.

A golden piece of Japanese simmered daikon sits in a shallow white dish.

Why We Love This

Daikon radish is one of our favourite Asian vegetables to cook with, whether it’s the star of the show or as a refreshing side dish. 

When served raw, daikon has a deliciously crispy crunchy texture. But when cooked, it soaks up all the amazing flavours of your dish and transforms into a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. 

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Fresh daikon at a market in Nagasaki, Japan.
Fresh daikon with their tops still attached at a fresh food market in Nagasaki, Japan.

What is Daikon? 

Daikon radish (also known as Japanese radish) is a crispy, crunchy vegetable that’s actually popular across many Asian cuisines. It’s a long, white root similar in shape to a carrot, but usually much bigger. 

This vegetable is related to other root vegetables like turnips, kohlrabi and horseradish, and goes by many names depending on where it’s grown. 

In Japan, it goes by daikon or 大根, which translates as big root (dai = ‘big’, kon = “root”, while in Korea it’s called mu (무). There are some subtle differences in colour, shape and flavour depending on the variety. 

Daikon is such a versatile vegetable that is low in calories but packed with nutrients. It can be served raw in salads or as a garnish. It’s amazing cooked in stews, soups or stir fries. And it’s even better when added to homemade pickles or ferments like Korean kimchi. 

Japanese radish is usually available all year round. Look for it at Asian grocery stores or well stocked supermarket chains in the fruit and vegetables section.

A stack of daikon pieces getting their edges peeled before cooking.

6+ Easy Daikon Recipes

A piece of simmered daikon topped with shichimi togarashi.
Simmered Daikon Radish
This soft and tender simmered daikon has the perfect balance of savoury and sweet flavour. Braised in a lightly flavoured dashi stock, it’s perfect as an appetiser or side to your favourite Japanese recipes!
Simmered Daikon Radish
Slices of fresh yellow pickled daikon.
Takuan – Japanese Yellow Pickled Radish
Yellow pickled radish is the cutest and crunchiest snack in Japan. With just 2 minutes prep time, make your own tasty takuan slices ready to pop into your homemade sushi rolls or eat after a big meal.
Takuan – Japanese Yellow Pickled Radish
A fish cake on a skewer is taken out of the oden pot.
Japanese Oden – Simmered Hot Pot Recipe
Warm up with a steaming bowl of Japanese oden! This easy nabemono (one pot) stew is so filling and tasty, featuring a simple oden broth and lots of delicious ingredient ideas from daikon to fish cakes to enjoy.
Japanese Oden – Simmered Hot Pot Recipe
Fresh homemade kimchi in a bowl.
Easy Korean Kimchi – Fermented Spicy Cabbage
Seasoned and fermented to perfection, this easy Korean Kimchi is one very versatile dish. Eat it by itself or add to a myriad of meals including Korean Army Stew and Pajeon Kimchi Seafood Pancakes.
Easy Korean Kimchi – Fermented Spicy Cabbage
Strips of quick pickled carrots and daikon in a small dish.
Quick Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Do Chua)
Try these quick and easy Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon for that classic pickle crunch! Also known as Đồ chua, these sweet and zesty pickles are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite Vietnamese recipes.
Quick Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Do Chua)
A big bowl of fresh Vietnamese noodle salad with spring rolls.
Vietnamese Noodle Salad – Bun Cha Gio
This Vietnamese noodle salad is truly the star of the show! Also known as bun cha gio, it's topped with crispy fried spring rolls on a bed of vermicelli and drizzled with a delicious nuoc mam sauce.
Vietnamese Noodle Salad – Bun Cha Gio

FAQs

What’s the best way to store daikon?

Whole daikon radish lasts best when stored in the fridge. Wrap it in a compostable produce bag or in a damp towel. Sliced daikon should always be stored in an airtight container, which you may like to take outside before you open – see our next FAQ below!

Does daikon have a strong smell?

A whole daikon radish doesn’t have a strong smell on its own, but everything changes once it has been sliced! Daikon is part of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables (like turnips or broccoli etc) that are also known to contain varying amounts of sulphur. Daikon in particular has a much stronger, bitter smell once sliced, but the good news is this dissipates once cooked.

What’s the best way to slice it?

It depends on how you plan to use it! You can slice it julienne or dice into cubes. You can grate it, shred it or finely shave it. For simmered daikon in particular, you can slice it into thick rounds, then round out the edges using a peeler or paring knife. This step is known as mentori in Japanese. 

Can I freeze it?

Yes, you can. Slice into small cubes and blanch in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain well and transfer into an airtight container. Store in the freezer for around 2-3 months.

Best Ways to Use Daikon

Use grated daikon as a garnish for:

Agedashi tofu in tsuyu sauce in a white bowl.
Easy 20 Minute Agedashi Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)
For a delicious appetiser that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, look no further than Agedashi Tofu! This simple air fryer version of the traditional Japanese deep fried tofu recipe is paired with a tsuyu sauce of dashi, mirin and soy sauce.
Easy 20 Minute Agedashi Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)
A scoop of Japanese rice soup, ready to dish up.
10 Minute Zosui – Quick Japanese Rice Soup
This dish is the leftovers queen! Got leftover sushi rice or hot pot stock? Then make yourself a batch of this warming Japanese rice soup. Zosui is like a super quick congee that's ready in 10 minutes.
10 Minute Zosui – Quick Japanese Rice Soup
A bowl of mentsuyu sauce with noodles.
Quick Mentsuyu Recipe (Cold Soba Noodle Sauce)
This Mentsuyu Recipe (Cold Soba Noodle Sauce) is ready in minutes! Made from soy sauce, mirin, sake and dashi powder, it’s a super refreshing dipping sauce for a hot summer’s day.
Quick Mentsuyu Recipe (Cold Soba Noodle Sauce)
Prepared salad of cucumber, tomato, carrot and lettuce topped with wafu dressing.
Wafu Dressing – Japanese Salad Dressing
Wafu Dressing is an easy vinaigrette you can whip up in less than a minute. With the perfect balance of flavour from soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar, this Japanese salad dressing will bring effortless flavour to raw salads, vegetables and grilled meats.
Wafu Dressing – Japanese Salad Dressing
A hand holds up a hand rolled sushi cone.
Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand Roll Sushi
Temaki sushi is the EASIEST way to make hand roll sushi at home, no bamboo mat or rolling skills required. All you need is sushi rice, seaweed wrappers and your favourite fillings, and you'll be ready to enjoy a sushi party in no time!
Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand Roll Sushi
Ponzu sauce in a dipping bowl garnished with spring onion.
Quick Japanese Ponzu Sauce
Ponzu sauce is the ultimate Japanese dipping sauce. Pair this tangy citrus-soy dressing with just about anything – noodles, hot pots, salads and more! Just 6 ingredients and no cooking required.
Quick Japanese Ponzu Sauce

Add sliced or cubed daikon to:

Bowl of Japanese miso soup with pumpkin and tofu.
Quick Japanese Miso Soup
Make this quick and easy miso soup recipe in just 10 minutes! Filled with the rich umami flavours of dashi and miso paste, enjoy this classic Japanese soup as a main or side for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Quick Japanese Miso Soup
Pork, udon and vegetables all cut up and ready to eat in a shabu shabu hot pot.
Quick Shabu Shabu Recipe
You're just a few tasty ingredients away from this simmering Japanese hot pot. Think thinly sliced pork, udon, tofu, vegetables and delicious homemade dipping sauces. Ready to get cooking? Let's learn how to make this 10 minute Shabu Shabu recipe at home.
Quick Shabu Shabu Recipe
Pot of Nikujaga on a blue background.
One Pot Nikujaga – Japanese Beef and Potato Stew
The comforting weeknight dinner – One Pot Nikujaga! This easy Japanese Beef and Potato Stew takes only 20 minutes to cook, perfect with a side serve of piping hot sushi rice.
One Pot Nikujaga – Japanese Beef and Potato Stew

More amazing ways to use daikon:

Daikon and carrot pickle, daikon at a market and takuan.

These recipes are sure to help you find new and exciting ways to use up that crispy daikon radish waiting in your fridge. All you need to do now is decide: Which recipe will you try first? 

And if you’ve already tried one or more of these tasty recipes, let us know how it turned out in the comments!

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