How to Make Takuan: A Guide to This Sweet and Sour Japanese Pickle

Takuan is a popular Japanese pickle that’s both sweet and sour. Learn how to make it at home with our easy-to-follow guide.

Takuan is a traditional Japanese pickle that’s made from daikon radish that’s been pickled in a sweet and sour marinade. This pickle is a popular side dish for sushi and other Japanese meals. In this article, we’ll show you how to make takuan at home with our easy-to-follow recipe.


  • 1 large daikon radish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt


  1. Peel the daikon radish and cut it into thin strips.
  2. Sprinkle the salt over the daikon strips and let them sit for 30 minutes to release excess water.
  3. Rinse the daikon strips under cold running water and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and rice vinegar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the daikon strips to the saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the daikon is slightly softened.
  6. Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool.
  7. Transfer the daikon and marinade to a clean jar or container and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 day before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to cut the daikon into thin, even strips.
  • Make sure to rinse the daikon thoroughly after salting it to remove any excess salt.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar and vinegar to your taste by adding more or less as needed.
  • Takuan can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.


  • Add other seasonings to the marinade, such as garlic or ginger, for a different flavor profile.
  • Substitute the daikon with other vegetables, such as carrots or cucumbers, for a different type of pickle.
  • Try adding a few drops of food coloring to the marinade to give the takuan a bright yellow color.

Takuan is a delicious and easy-to-make Japanese pickle that’s perfect for any occasion. With our simple recipe, you can make your own takuan at home and enjoy it as a side dish with your favorite Japanese meals. Whether you’re a fan of sushi or just looking for a tasty and healthy snack, takuan is a must-try pickle that’s sure to please.

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