August 01, 2014


Add flavor, crunch, and texture to any dish with Pickled Carrots and Daikon, a Vietnamese condiment. I use it on banh mi and many other Vietnamese dishes.

Pickled Carrots and Daikon
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Pickled carrots and daikon is a popular Vietnamese condiment that adds crunch, tanginess, and a punch of color to banh mi and many other dishes. It is fabulous with my Fried Shrimp Banh Mi or these summer rolls. What I am sharing is a basic recipe that can easily be enhanced. You can get fancy and customize with other flavoring—add garlic and/or chili peppers, for example. For maximum flavor, marinade overnight. But if you are really impatient, you can eat it after 1 hour of pickling.

Pickled Carrots and Daikon

This condiment is so simple to make. The most time-consuming part is the cutting of the vegetables. I usually go old-school choosing to julienne the carrots and daikon by hand. If doubling the recipe, I use my mandoline. If you want to use a food processor with a shredding attachment, it would be the quickest way to accomplish the job.

To store, I like to put them in glass mason jars. Any jar will do. They keep well refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.  

Pickled Carrots and Daikon

The pickling process is easy. The julienned carrots and daikon are rubbed in salt and allowed to sit for 8 to 10 minutes. It’s then rinsed and patted dry. It is then placed in a container and covered with a brine consisting of water, rice wine vinegar, and sugar. Seal the jar and wait for the magic to happen!

If you can’t wait, you can break into it after one hour of pickling, but it’s best overnight.

To store, I like to put them in glass mason jars. Any jar will do. They keep well refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. Keep them available to add to salads any kind of sandwich to kick up the flavor.



1/4 lb. carrot (1 small)
1/4  lb. daikon
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup rice vinegar


Peel and cut carrot and daikon into matchstick size. For a shortcut, shred them in your food processor. There should be about 2 cups total. Place in a bowl. Sprinkle and rub salt into carrot and daikon. Let sit for 8 to 10 minutes to soften.  

Meanwhile, dissolve sugar in 1/4 cup of boiling water. Add cold water and vinegar.  After the carrots and daikon have sat for 8 to 10 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Place in a jar equipped with a tight lid. Pour enough vinegar solution to cover vegetables. Cover with lid. Marinade for at least 1 hour before serving, best overnight. Keep unused portion refrigerated for about 3 weeks.

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