Daikon Oroshi (Grated Japanese Radish)

If you are a fan of Japanese flavors and looking for a raw daikon recipe, this Daikon Oroshi is perfect for you. Learn how to make and enjoy it in this recipe!

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daikon oroshi on a small bowl.

This Daikon Oroshi is the most simple and healthy dish using daikon radish. The refreshing taste and fluffy texture of this wholesome condiment are sure to be enjoyable. Give it a try, and elevate your Japanese cooking experience at home!

What is Daikon Oroshi?

Daikon Oroshi, the grated radish, is often used as a condiment in Japanese cuisine. Commonly paired with various dishes such as deep-fried tempura, grilled fish, or udon noodles, it not only enhances the taste but also helps with digestion as it contains abundant in digestive enzymes.

Recipe Ingredients

daikon radish
  • Daikon, also known as Japanese white radish, is a versatile root vegetable popular for its mild taste and crispy texture. In Japanese cooking, we use it for various dishes, such as soups, salads, simmered dishes, and more. When shopping for daikon, look for one that is straight, thick, and glossy. You can find it at Japanese grocery stores, Asian markets, or Whole Foods Market.

Equipment: Japanese Daikon Grater

If you have a fine grater, perfet for making silky and fluffy grated radish. Personally, I favor a sharp and easy-to-clean stainless daikon grater. When using this type, ensure a tight grip with your left hand to prevent slipping. Another popular one is a ceramic grater with a rubber base for stability, making grating a breeze. Alternatively, you can also use a box grater or a food processor for grating daikon.

How To Make Daikon Oroshi

daikon on a grater over a bowl.
  1. Cut and peel the daikon. If it’s too thick, halve (or quarter) it lengthwise.
  2. Position the daikon flat against the grater, moving it back and forth. You can also try grating in a circular motion instead to prevent excessive spiciness.

Recipe Tips

  • Daikon radishes vary in taste profiles based on their sections. Choose the middle or upper part for a milder flavor. Opt for the lower part if you prefer it as a spicy condiment.
  • If your daikon oroshi is too spicy, consider these options: Allow it to sit for a while, letting the peppery element naturally evaporate for a milder taste. Alternatively, adding a bit of lemon or vinegar can help tone down the spiciness.
  • When you grate daikon, it releases plenty of water, a liquid rich in healthy nutrients. Instead of throwing it away, consider adding it to soups and dressings or simply enjoying it as a refreshing drink.

How To Enjoy Daikon Oroshi

Here are my favorite ways to enjoy daikon oroshi.

Daikon oroshi with soy sauce.

1. Side Dish

Just add a bit of soy sauce and enjoy the refreshing flavor.

Daikon oroshi for tempura sauce.

2. Tempura Sauce

Add daikon oroshi to the tempura sauce and dip your crispy tempura into it.

Daikon oroshi with natto.

3. with natto

For natto enthusiasts, daikon oroshi makes a perfect companion. Simply add this natto and oroshi blend over rice or a refreshing cold soba noodles dish.

Daikon oroshi mochi served on a plate.

4. With Mochi

This daikon oroshi mochi is a delicious snack. The chewy mochi rice cakes perfectly complement the refreshing grated daikon.

Storage

frozen daikon oroshi.

Transfer daikon oroshi to a food container and keep it in the fridge. It will be good for 1-2 days. You can also freeze it. Put it in a freezer bag (or wrap one serving in plastic) and store it in the freezer. It will be good for one month. Thaw it in the fridge or at room temperature when you eat.

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Daikon Oroshi (Grated Japanese Radish)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Are you not sure how to eat Daikon Oroshi? It's a simple Japanese raw radish dish. Learn how to make and enjoy it in this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Daikon, 220g/7.7oz

Instructions

  • Peel 1/4 of the daikon with a peeler or knife.
  • Place a grater over a bowl, hold the daikon on your right (if you are right-handed) and the grater on your left hand.
  • Place the flat side of the daikon against the grater and move it back and forth.
  • Continue until the daikon is too small to grate.

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Notes

  • Equipment: Daikon radish grater
  • Storage: Keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days or freezer for one month. 
  • Daikon radishes vary in taste profiles based on their sections. Choose the middle or upper part for a milder flavor. Opt for the lower part if you prefer it as a spicy condiment.
  • If your daikon oroshi is too spicy, consider these options: Allow it to sit for a while, letting the peppery element naturally evaporate for a milder taste. Alternatively, adding a bit of lemon or vinegar can help tone down the spiciness.
  • When you grate daikon, it releases plenty of water, a liquid rich in healthy nutrients. Instead of throwing it away, consider adding it to soups and dressings or simply enjoying it as a refreshing drink.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.02g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: daikon, oroshi
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