Watermelon Radish Pickles

Makes 2 Cups


  • ½ lb watermelon radish
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 oz rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mirin

Special Equipment

  • mandoline
  • potato peeler


  1. Wear gloves for this as the radish tends to stain your skin for a little while
  2. Peel the watermelon radishes
  3. Julienne the radishes on a French mandoline (metal one), or cut them by hand
  4. Place the radishes into a mixing bowl and sprinkle the salt and sugar over them
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours at room temperature
  6. Uncover the radishes and pour the rice vinegar and mirin over them and mix well
  7. Let sit for 2 more hours
  8. Drain the liquid off the radishes and serve.  (Will last a week kept in the liquid)