Spicy Roasted Daikon “French Fry” Recipe

Spicy Roasted Daikon

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, I love them the most roasted and doused in sweet and spicy flavors.

Please don’t expect the same texture that you’d find in a potato French fry.  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, as each one is a mouthful of scrumptious flavors.

I’m adding these to my Chinese New Year menu, along with the Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Chips and Miso Gai Lan Egg Soup.  (Thank you Melissa’s Produce for all of this fresh, Asian produce!)

Spicy Roasted Daikon “French Fry” Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


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)

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center.
  2. 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.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chile paste, Tamari or soy sauce, ginger, sugar and salt.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Serve!

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  1. Stan says

    These were great, fast, and easy. My wife and I are low carbers and recently discovered daikon. Chilli paste is such an unsung hero of the kitchen. Thanks Valentina!

    • valentina says

      Hi Stan. So happy these were a hit, and I’m with you on the chili paste. Thanks for visiting my site and trying out some recipes. Cheers! :-)

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