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Cheesy Soy Flavored Daikon Bites

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pieces 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegetarian


I bet you’ve never tried anything like this before! These tender melty daikon bites are a little sweet, salty and addictive!


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  • 1 1/2 pound daikon, peeled and cut 2-inch thick discs
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dashi
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • a few slices American cheese
  • 3 stalks scallions, finely chopped


  1. Use a deep skillet and turn the heat to medium high. Add 1 tablespoon butter, dashi, soy, mirin, sugar and bring to boil.
  2. Add the daikon pieces and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, uncovered, turning them over every 10 minutes, to coat evenly.
  3. Test the tenderness by sticking a for or knife in the center of a daikon piece. There should be no resistance.
  4. By now, there should be little broth left and the daikon should begin to caramelize. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and shake the skillet to spread the butter evenly.
  5. Add a small square of cheese on top of each piece, cover the skillet with a lid, and cook for 1 minute, until the cheese has melted.
  6. – Turn the heat off and immediately transfer daikon to a plate. Top with chopped scallions and serve hot.


Save these daikon bites in an airtight storage container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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