Pickled Carrot And Daikon Radish (Do Chua)

Posted by Bill Hettig on 13th May 2015

Pickled Carrot And Daikon Radish (Do Chua)

What if I buttonhole you into gathering a few common ingredients and make a simple, soul-filling pickle?

Here is my latest top shelf, all-season pickle that will light up your meals in many delightful ways—any time of year. A key tool is the julienne peeler that creates uniform matchsticks of the right thickness for a light pickle crunch. Retails for around $8.00 at most kitchen departments (by Oxo)

Ingredients of Pickled Carrot And Daikon Radish (Do Chua)

  • ½ lb. carrots, julienne cut or match sticks
  • ½ lb. daikon (icicle radish), julienne cut or match sticks
  • Brine: 2 cups spring water + 1 Tbsp. Celtic Sea Salt® or other premium brand
  • 1 to 3 TBS. sweetener (add after fermentation is complete)


  1. Peel carrots and daikon and cut into matchsticks (julienne) and toss together
  2. Load into a clean 1 quart jar, lightly packing until about 3 inches from the jar lip
  3. Make brine by dissolving salt in water (TIP: put room temperature water & salt into another jar, secure lid and shake vigorously).
  4. Pour brine over vegetables; gently wiggle jar to release all air bubbles. Continue filling until approximately ½ inch below the lip of the jar.
  5. Press brine overflow cup into jar until just level with jar rim. (TIP: you may want to do this with jar in your sink as some brine should spill over).
  6. Allow cup to float as you clean off any veggie or seasoning debris from jar rim to ensure good seal.
  7. Twist on Perfect Pickler® lid until just hand snug.
  8. Pour tap water into airlock to the max line and gently twist into lid.
  9. Place in cool location (68-74 degrees) and wait patiently for 4 days!

After Fermentation

Drain off a half cup of brine from jar and add 1 TBS. sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour back into jar and refrigerate 24 hours. Taste and adjust if needed for a light sweetness.

Suggested uses: A Pickle’s Pickle for Variety

  • Sandwich Topper
  • Simple Side Pickle
  • Salad Topper
  • Lettuce Wrap and Summer Roll Garnish
  • Coleslaw Ingredient
  • Sweet-Sour-Spicy Side Salad (add chile flakes)
  • Brine + Vegetable Oil into a Salad Dressing