purple daikon radish

Purple Daikon Radish Recipe – Quick & Easy

Follow this quick and easy purple daikon radish recipe with sweet radish, sesame oil dressing, and toasted sesame seeds to get the vegetable side dish ready in 10 minutes.

Purple daikon radish is not only visually appealing, but also sweet in taste, which makes it a popular dish in salads, toasts, and side dishes.

If you have ever visited the local market, you must have seen the aesthetic-looking purple daikon. However, one question that I usually hear from my friend is “what can you make with a radish, aside from serving it as simple slices?

It was time to whip up a simple recipe that everyone will love. Purple radish is different from your normal radish as it not only tastes sweet but also has a spicy taste to it. It goes best with a light drizzle of sesame oil, or other vegetables like carrots, and cucumbers.

roasted purple daikon radish

If you don’t want to eat it raw, you can roast the radish and serve it as a side dish on Thanksgiving with turkey. Just spread out the sliced radish on your baking tray, drizzle with olive or sesame oil, add in cumin, salt, or any herb of your choice, and roast it in the oven.

I personally like the uncooked version as it’s more crunchy and refreshing. After trying out this recipe myself, I have to say it has become an everyday side dish. I also love the fact that it remains crunchy even after refrigerating it for up to 2 days.

If I’m ever crazing a light snack, purple daikon radish goes great with buttered toast, egg, and greek yogurt. Here is a step-by-step recipe, with variations as well.

how to cook purple daikon radish


  • 1 large purple daikon radish
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds


  1. Wash, peel and cut the purple daikon radish into thin slices. You can cut them in a round shape or moon shape.
  2. Peel the garlic clove and mince it.
  3. Take a medium-sized bowl, and add sliced radish, minced garlic, kosher salt, and 1 tsp of sesame oil. Mix it well, and let it marinate.
  4. Take a small pan and put it over low heat. Add 1 tsp of black sesame and toast it.
  5. Add the toasted black sesame seed into the daikon mixture, and combine well.
  6. Enjoy right away or chill in the refrigerator.


You can keep the recipe simple and serve it as a side dish with the main course like Tuna Kimchi fried rice, Hong Kong noodles, or toast.

I also love to add other vegetables to radish to make a light salad. You can add carrots, green onions, iceberg lettuce, and tomatoes to make a perfect salad for lunch.

Nutrition Facts on Purple Daikon Radish

Serving: 1

Calories: 131kcalFat: 1g
Carbohydrates: 13gSodium: 50mg
Protein: 2gSugar: 12g

Chef Notes

  • Black sesame seeds are bitter in taste if used untoasted, so make sure to toast them well, or you can buy pre-toasted seeds from the market.
  • If you don’t have purple daikon radish, you can substitute it with watermelon radish or kohlrabi.
  • If you are using normal table salt, instead of kosher, you can cut back on the amount by half or per your taste.
  • You can refrigerate it for 2 days in a covered container, but the radish will not be as crispy as fresh. Don’t freeze it, as it turns mushy.

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