Daikon Oroshi

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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!

daikon oroshi on a small bowl.

There are many ways to eat Japanese daikon radish, but daikon oroshi, made by grating raw daikon, is the healthiest way to enjoy this versatile vegetable.

Daikon oroshi has a wide range of uses, from being served as a side dish to the sauce for tempura.

This recipe will show you everything there’s to know about it, so let’s dive in!

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About This Recipe

  • Japanese daikon radish recipe
  • What is daikon oroshi
  • Nutrient-rich food
  • How to eat it

What is Daikon Oroshi?

daikon oroshi illustration.

Oroshi means grating in Japanese, and Daikon oroshi means grated daikon radish. It’s often used as a garnish and condiment in Japanese cuisine. It has a light and refreshing taste as it is grated by raw radish, but depending on which part you choose, it can be juicy and sweet or spicy.

Health Benefits

Daikon oroshi is a great source of digestive enzymes! It’s well-known that it helps break down carbohydrates and fat.

Therefore, if you go to a Japanese restaurant, you find that daikon oroshi is served with tempura (deep-fried dish) or fatty grilled fish. Also, it is often served as a condiment for udon and soba noodles.

It also helps promote healthy blood flow, prevent clots, kill bacteria, and fight off colds and viruses and contains antioxidants to help you fight back against the signs of aging. See more health benefits here.

Recipe Ingredients

daikon radish

You will need a fresh daikon radish for making daikon oroshi. Find the straight, thick, and glossy one at a grocery store.

Daikon radishes come in different flavors depending on which part you use. If the milder flavor is what you are after, pick the top or middle portion, while those looking for some peppery flavor should go with the bottom root!

How To Make Daikon Oroshi: STEP BY STEP 

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

Helpful Tips

  • If 1/4 of the daikon is too thick to hold, cut it in half (or quarter) lengthwise, and it’s easier to grate it.
  • Grating in a circular motion instead of back and forth will avoid being too spicy.
daikon oroshi on a small bowl.

When you grate daikon, you’ll find that a lot of water comes out. Not only is it tasty, but it also contains plenty of healthy nutrients. So don’t throw it away! You can consume it together, add it to soups, or drink it!

If Your Daikon Oroshi is Too Spicy

If so, try these;

  • Leave it for a while, then the peppery element of daikon oroshi will evaporate naturally and become less spicy.
  • Adding some lemon or vinegar will help mild the taste.

6 Ways To Enjoy Daikon Oroshi

4 daikon oroshi dishes.

Are you not sure how to eat daikon oroshi? It is often served as a garnish and condiment in Japanese cuisine. It’s especially served with fatty or noodle dishes as it helps you digest fat and carbohydrates.

Here are common ways to use it.

  • Tempura (deep-fried vegetables and seafood)
  • Udon or soba noodles
  • Grilled fish
  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet)

See more specific recipes in the following section!

1. Simple Daikon Oroshi

daikon oroshi with soy sauce.

Just add a bit of soy sauce, and enjoy! It’s so refreshing!

2. Tempura Sauce

daikon oroshi sauce with tempura.

Add daikon oroshi to tempura sauce. When eating tempura, I always prepare daikon oroshi as well. It helps your digestion!

3. Natto Gohan with Daikon Oroshi

daikon oroshi over natto.

Add daikon oroshi on top of the natto and put it over the rice. If you love natto (fermented soybeans), you might want to try this!

4. Natto Daikon Oroshi

how to make natto daikon oroshi.

Another recipe with natto! Mix daikon oroshi, natto, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), and chopped scallions. I love eating natto and daikon oroshi together; they are refreshing and perfect. You can watch how to make it in this video.

5. Daikon Oroshi Soba Noodles

how to make daikon oroshi soba noodles.

Add daikon oroshi to soba noodles. It works for udon noodles as well! You can watch how to make it in this video.

6. Daikon Oroshi Mochi

daikon oroshi mochi on a round plate.

This daikon oroshi mochi is a delicious snack made with chewy mochi rice cakes topped with refreshing grated daikon. If you’re a fan of Japanese flavors, you will love this!

Storage

frozen daikon oroshi.

Transfer daikon oroshi to a food container and keep it in the fridge. 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.

Japanese Daikon Grater

cooking utensils.

Daikon graters come in a variety of materials, such as wood, stainless, plastic, and ceramic.

I use this stainless daikon grater. When grating daikon with this type of grater, you must hold it with your left hand tightly to avoid slipping. I like it because it’s sharp and easy to clean, but your arms will tire by grating for a large portion.

Another grater that I like is this ceramic grater. The grater has a rubber attached to the bottom, and it’s fixed firmly, so it’s easy to grate.

These graters give you the authentic result, but you can try with a box grater or a food processor.

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daikon oroshi with a grater.

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Daikon Oroshi (Grated Japanese Radish)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JURI
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.

Video

Notes

  • Equipment: Daikon radish grater
  • Storage: Keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days or freezer for one month. 
  • If 1/4 of the daikon is too thick to hold, cut it in half (or quarter) lengthwise, and it’s easier to grate it.
  • Grating in a circular motion instead of back and forth will avoid being too spicy.
  • If your daikon oroshi is too spicy, try these: Leave it for a while, then the peppery element of daikon oroshi will evaporate naturally and become less spicy. Or adding some lemon or vinegar will help mild the taste.
  • Watch how To Video

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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