This savory beef and daikon radish recipe is a delicious and satisfying meal for any occasion. Thin sliced beef and daikon radish are simmered in a blend of traditional Japanese flavors and served with steamed rice. Learn how to cook daikon radish at home with this simple step-by-step recipe.
Did you know that you can make all kinds of yummy Japanese foods with just a few staple ingredients in your kitchen pantry?
Two of them you probably already have: sugar and soy sauce. The other four: mirin, cooking sake, miso, and granulated dashi can be found at any Asian grocery store. The combinations of these ingredients form the basic Japanese flavor base for many Japanese recipes, including this radish daikon recipe.
Daikon Radish Recipe
For this Japanese daikon radish recipe, we will be using all but the miso. It’s a really simple dish to throw together on a weeknight and is actually best when made in advance, to give the daikon time to soak in the flavor.
In my household, things begin to fall apart around evening when the kids start getting hungry, are tired of playing with each other, and are wanting my attention. Trying to cook a nice meal with kids hanging off of you can be a challenge, so when there’s an option to make dinner during the more peaceful time of the day, say, an hour or so earlier, it’s definitely a win in my book!
The best part of this dish is the daikon. Have you ever had daikon before? It’s a white radish that soaks up the flavor of whatever you are cooking it in. It has an interesting and satisfying bite and is super delicious with this sauce.
Watch this video below and the corresponding recipe card that feature step-by-step instructions on how to cook the daikon radish. And check out a list of more of my most popular, easy-to-make Japanese dishes.
Beef with Daikon Radish
- 2/3 to 1 lb thin sliced meat
- 1 to 1.5 lb daikon radish
- 2 T sugar
- 4 T soy sauce
- 3 T sake
- 3 T mirin
- 600 ml dashi stock
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- Peel and cut the daikon into 1.5 cm thick rounds and cut rounds into quarters.
- Place daikon in pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes or until you can pierce with a little resistance. Drain and set aside.
- Add a tablespoon of neutral oil to a large frying pan and cook the beef. Stir in sugar while beef is still a little red.
- Stir in the soy sauce, mirin, and sake. Finally, add the dashi stock and daikon. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes.
- For best flavor, let sit for 30 minutes or so and reheat before serving. Optional: garnish with green onion. Serve with rice.
What is daikon radish?
How to cook daikon radish?
Try preparing it ahead of time, so the daikon can soak up all the great flavors of the sauce. Next, add the dashi stock and daikon. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
For best flavor, let sit for 30 minutes or so and reheat before serving.
8 thoughts on “Beef & Daikon Radish Recipe – Learn How To Cook Daikon Radish”
I almost never post reviews for food recipes, but I just had to for this one. Used a few substitutions: 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine for the 3 tablespoons sake, chicken powder instead of dashi, pork chunks instead of beef slices. It was still really delicious and flavorful! Although I found I had a lot of liquid in my pot as I was making it so turned the heat up to reduce the stock. I wanted to use up my daikon quickly and I found the perfect recipe thankfully; next time I’ll use less meat for diet reasons.
Family loved this! I had to improvise as I had no sake, no mirin and no dashi stock… chicken stock, rice vinegar with water and rice vinegar with sugar had to supplement… added salt and pepper overall. Also, my daikon radish was pickled, but all is wel that ends well. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Can you make this with chicken?
Hi Chrystal! I’m sure it would be totally fine with chicken, although the flavor profile of it will be a little different (of course, haha) 🙂
We had this for lunch today. It was SO good! Thank you for posting this recipe!
Awesome, I’m glad you liked it! Thanks Stacey!
Your recipes are such lifsavers. Thank you. I mad this last night and it was so good.
You’re welcome Karrie! And thank YOU for making my recipes ❤️