Beef & Daikon Radish Recipe – Learn How To Cook Daikon Radish

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.

Bowl of beef with daikon radish topped with sliced green onion, with a bowl of rice.

Japanese Ingredients

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.

Close up of daikon radish with beef with daikon radish bowl in background. Japanese daikon recipes

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.

Top view of a bowl of beef with daikon stir fry with a bowl of rice and chopsticks next to it.
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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.

What is daikon radish?

Daikon, also known as Japanese daikon, daikon radish or white radish, is popular in Japanese and other Asian dishes. It is similar to a large white carrot and is often eaten raw, cooked, or pickled.

How to cook daikon radish?

This Japanese daikon radish is easy to make. Boil and simmer for 15 minutes then drain and set aside. Stir fry with sugar, soy sauce, and mirin, and sake.

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.
Beef with Daikon Radish- Japanese dinner

8 thoughts on “Beef & Daikon Radish Recipe – Learn How To Cook Daikon Radish”

  1. 5 stars
    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.

  2. 5 stars
    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.

    • 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) 🙂

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