Daikon Recipes

Learn to use this Asian staple

Long a staple in Asian cuisines, daikon's versatility seems endless. Earthy and slightly bitter with a light, crunchy texture, it makes a great pickle, but can also be curried, served in soup, or mashed into cakes. From a classic Vietnamese banh mi to tempura dipping sauce, we've rounded up our favorite daikon recipes.

Daikon's crunchiness makes it perfect for pickling. Behind cabbage, daikon is one of the most popular ingredients for making Korean kimchi. Our radish kimchi pairs daikon with a little radish and is flavored with chile powder, garlic, ginger, and dried shrimp. The fermentation takes about a week to get going, and the flavor will only intensify as it sits for up to six months.

Vietnamese banh mi also feature pickled daikon, but you don't need six months to make it. Half an hour is enough time to quick-pickle a carrot and radish slaw that provides a refreshing acidity to the pork-filled sandwich.

Rather than just being a condiment, daikon has the ability to stand up on its own as the center of a dish. Our aromatic daikon curry is a simple vegetarian Indian dish richly seasoned with coriander, cumin, turmeric, and other spices.

For Chinese New Year, it is popular to make daikon into small, savory cakes. Grated daikon is mixed with rice flour, dried shrimp and sausage, and spices before being steamed and then pan-fried. We like to serve them with a sauce made from hoisin, garlic chili sauce, and green onions.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of daikon recipes.

Radish Kimchi
Radish Kimchi
Very large, firm daikon radishes are the best for making this classic kimchi.Todd Coleman
Tempura Dipping Sauce (Tentsuyu)
Tempura Dipping Sauce (Tentsuyu)
For this tempura dipping sauce, dashi is laced with soy sauce and mirin and punctuated with fresh-grated daikon and ginger.Todd Coleman
Daikon Cake with Garlic Hoisin Sauce (Luo Go Bao)
Daikon Cake with Garlic Hoisin Sauce (Luo Go Bao)
A Chinese New Year treat, these daikon and rice flour cakes are flavored with savory dried sausage and served with a spicy hoisin sauce.Todd Coleman
Banh Mi Sandwich
Banh Mi Sandwich
According to Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2006), the baguette for this iconic Vietnamese sandwich "should be light and airy, with a very delicate crumb that does not fight you, but just frames the sandwich."Todd Coleman
Smita Chandra's Daikon Curry
Smita Chandra's Daikon Curry
Daikon—a type of large white radish with a peppery, earthy flavor—has long been a staple of Indian cooking. In this simple vegetarian curry dish from cookbook author Smita Chandra, daikon is enhanced with an aromatic blend of coriander, cumin, turmeric, and other spices.Ingalls Photography
Japanese Hamburger Steak
Japanese Hamburger Steak
At Ethel’s Grill on Oahu, Hawaii, juicy pork-and-beef patties are served over salty-sweet ponzu sauce and crisp cabbage, and topped with grated daikon and spicy sprouts.James Oseland
Japanese New Year's Soup
Japanese New Year's Soup
In Japanese homes on the first day of the year, the dish to eat is ozoni, a good luck soup composed of pink-rimmed fish cake, daikon, carrot, and shiitake mushrooms floating in a rich dashi (kelp and bonito broth) along with mochi, chewy rice cakes, which are oven-toasted until they resemble fire-licked marshmallows.Ingalls Photography