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 snacking 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.
What is a Daikon Radish?
- 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.
I love them the most roasted and doused in sweet and spicy Asian flavors, turned into Daikon French Fries.
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.
There’s simply no need!
Each one is a mouthful of scrumptious flavors — ginger, chiles, and soy sauce, to name a few.
What to Serve with Daikon French Fries
I’m adding these to my Chinese New Year menu, along with my Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Chips . . . .
and Miso Gai Lan Egg Soup (pictured below).
I would love these Daikon French Fries any day! And they would also be delicious along side Garlic-Ginger Flank Steak. Yum!
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.
Thank you Melissa’s Produce for all of this fresh, inspiring Asian produce!
And here are a few more of my favorite French fry recipes:
- Curry French Fries with Coconut Lime Dipping Sauce
- Perfect Oven Roasted French Fries
- Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries
- Chile Lemon Purple Sweet Potato Roasted French Fries
In the meantime, please enjoy the Daikon French Fries — whether you have them on your Chinese New Year menu or not.
These fries are a sure fire way to get everyone to love 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!
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- 1½ teaspoons chile paste I like Sambal Oelek
- 1 teaspoon low sodium Tamari or soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon ginger pulp, freshly grated
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 5 cups Daikon radish, peeled & sliced - 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.