Lucy Nourish Me is in love with the flavours of the orient – shoyu, tamari, mirin, rice wine vinegar, rice vinegar, kombu and much more more. She uses them with aplomb. Right now I am exploring radish recipes, and Lucy has a couple that remove the tangy peppery flavour and make the radishes a great vehicle for the flavours of Japan.
Lucy adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver, and of course (can’t help myself) I have adapted it again. What a nice chain we make, linking recipe to person to recipe to person over time and space.
This is the quickest and simplest of radish recipes, honestly. I love the peppery tang of radishes, but these recipes from the East are a nice change.
Similar recipes include Chinese Cold Cucumbers, Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, and Slightly Pickled Cucumber and Red Radish Salad. Also try Slightly Picked Mushrooms with Tamari and Sesame.
Very Quick Radish Pickles | Japanese Radish Pickles
Slice a bunch of red radishes paper thin. Rub 1 Tblspn of sea salt into your radishes and rest for 5 mins. Strain, and gently squeeze the radishes to remove as much of the moisture as you can.
While the radishes are being salted, mix together a sauce of tamari, lime juice, orange juice, mirin, rice vinegar and a small pinch of chilli. Add a piece of kombu if you are making this the night before. Taste and balance for sweet, salty, sour.
Mix the radishes with the dressing, and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
recipe notes and alternatives
I like to snack on them with some fresh, green, crunchy salad greens – makes a great mid morning or mid afternoon snack.