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Pickled Daikon in 20 Minutes Flat!

This quick pickled daikon is a wonderfully refreshing side dish perfect for serving alongside rich dishes and is ready to eat in just 20 minutes.

Portrait image of ribbons of pickled daikon served in a small white bowl with sprouted onion seeds

Quick Pickled Radish.

I am quite unashamedly obsessed with pickles and in particular quick pickles.

Pickled carrot ribbons appear in this zander fillet recipe, fennel in this pan fried salmon recipe and I have my own quick pickled chilli recipe.

Pickling or fermenting is huge here in Hungary and I love the bright and zingy flavours they can add to a recipe.

Cooking for two means that quick pickles really fit with the way I eat and cook far better than large scale pickling.

This recipe takes the daikon and gives it an Anglo Chinese slant.

Naturally salt and sugar make an appearance along with rice wine.

Rather than using vinegar, this uses lime juice to add bright sharpness to the dish.

Portrait image of salt and pepper chicken with pickled daikon and sprouted onion seeds with red chopsticks
Salt and Pepper Chicken Served with Daikon

Hints and Serving Suggestions.

The secret to getting this recipe right is to not over steep the daikon.

This recipe is ready to go after 15 minutes, perfect after about half an hour.

It will last for up to 2 hours. After that the pickled flavours overwhelm the daikon, it will also become too soft.

I like to trim the daikon after I have cut it into ribbons to give the sides a neater finish. This is optional and I only do it because I am a bugger when it comes to presentation.

This recipe is perfect with two types of dishes, fried recipes or sticky recipes.

The image above shows pickled daikon served beneath salt and pepper chicken. It would work just as well with salt and pepper squid.

I like to serve pickles underneath fried food as the crispy “batter” soaks up the sweet acidic flavour. It reminds me of British fish and chips and it makes me feel at home!

It also works really well with recipes like my glazed salmon teriyaki.

Square image of ribbons of pickled daikon served in a small white bowl with sprouted onion seeds
Yield: 2 Servings

Quick Pickled Daikon Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinade Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Daikon or Mooli is a mild radish popular around the world and it makes the most wonderful quick pickle side dish for a host of recipes.


  • 300g (10oz) Daikon
  • 125ml (½ Cup) Water
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 50ml (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Lime Juice
  • 30ml (2 Tbsp) Shaoxing Wine


    1. Using a vegetable peeler cut the daikon into long ribbons.
    2. Place all of the remaining ingredients into a bowl.
    3. Whisk until the sugar and salt has dissolved completely.
    4. Add the daikon to the marinade and mix well.
    5. Set the pickle aside for anywhere between 15 minutes and 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1183mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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