Natto with Grated Daikon

Give the slippery fermented beans a chance in this simple—and vegan!—Japanese breakfast.

  • Serves


  • Cook

    22 minutes


By Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Published on June 2, 2023

Natto has diehard fans, but some people cannot get past the thick whipped-up threads surrounding the beans. Here, the natto is not aerated, and the spicy wetness of grated daikon helps mitigate the fermented funkiness, rendering the dish much more widely appealing and a tasty, healthy bite to start the day.

Try to source natto made locally rather than in Japan; imported natto is typically frozen for shipping and loses some of its unusual delicacy. (We like the New York-make NYrture brand—look for it in local specialty stores or online.) Konbu dashi is easy to make from scratch, and a batch can be used to make a variety of vegetarian Japanese dishes.


  • 2 Tbsp. konbu dashi
  • 2 tsp. sake
  • 2 tsp. hon mirin
  • 1 tsp. usukuchi shoyu
  • ¾ cup (6 oz.) small-bean natto
  • ⅔ cup (3½ oz.) finely grated daikon


Step 1

In a small pot over medium heat, bring the konbu dashi, sake, and mirin to a simmer. Stir in the usukuchi shoyu, pour into a small glass measuring cup, and set aside until just barely warm, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Divide the natto among four miso soup bowls. Spoon the grated daikon over one half of the natto in each bowl. Add the cooled dashi and serve.

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