These Spicy Roasted Daikon French Fries are a sure fire way to get everyone to love the diakon radish! Great for a side dish or snack, and full of delicious Asian flavors, you simply won’t be able to stop snaking on them! Look, I’m just going to be totally honest with you. While they may look like potato fries, they’re not — nor are they trying to be potato fries. They’re Daikon fries, and proud of it.
Daikon is a long white Asian radish that looks like a parsnip, though it’s usually much larger. Slightly less pungent than the small round radishes, they’re quite good raw or pickled for an excellent crunch in a salad.
However, love them the most roasted and doused in sweet and spicy Asian flavors, turned into Daikon French Fries.
These Daikon fries will have a wonderful caramelized “crust,” but they will be softer than they will be crisp. Oh, and I wouldn’t even think about dipping them in any sort of a sauce. There’s simply no need! Each one is a mouthful of scrumptious flavors — ginger, chiles, and soy sauce, to name a few.
And what a delicious menu it will be! All of these flavors and textures will compliment each other beautifully. Of course, no need to wait for the Chinese New Year celebration.
- ¼ cup grape seed oil
- 1½ teaspoons chile paste (I like Sambal Oelek)
- 1 teaspoon low-sodium Tamari or soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger pulp
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 5 cups peeled, sliced Daikon radish (see instruction no. 2. for instructions)
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center.
- Cut the Daikon into sections approximately 3-inches long, then cut about ¼-inch slices off the side of each one, to make a base. Stand the sections on their bases, and cut them, vertically into slices about ¼-inch thick. Stand these slices on top of each other, and then cut them into sticks about ¼-inch thick. Add all of the Daikon slices to a baking sheet and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the oil, chile paste, Tamari or soy sauce, ginger, sugar and salt.
- Drizzle this over the Daikon slices and then use your hands to toss them until they're all evenly coated and in a single layer.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated 475 degree F oven and roast until they are golden brown on all sides, about 30 minutes. (You should gently toss/filp them about halfway through the cooking time.)
- Add a double layer of paper towels to another baking sheet, and when the fries are done, add them on top of the towels to drain and cool.