Last Updated on February 14, 2021
Here is an another easy recipe with a big flavor! Soy Sauce “Butter” Radish is a Japanese inspired dish. Radishes are cooked in the sauce made with vegan butter and soy sauce, the typical flavor combination for Japanese dishes! It’s rich luxurious from the butter, savory and aromatic from the soy sauce, and the radishes are very sweet.
Radish, Raw or Cooked?
How do you like eating radish? While, radishes are typically consumed raw in salad or as pickles, it’s just as delicious when it’s cooked! We grill them, saute them, oven-roast them…possibilities are endless!
Unlike the raw radish which has a crunchy texture and a sharp and spicy taste, cooked radish are tender and has a mild taste. So if you are hesitant about eating radish because of the texture and the taste, try cooking them! You’ll be surprise that it tastes completely different!
No matter how you cook it, make sure to wash off the sand very well! Nothing is worse than biting into food with sand…
Soy Sauce “Butter”
We recently posted Soy Sauce “Butter” Maitake which is basically the same taste as this dish but much simpler and quicker but super flavorful because of the umami from Maitake. You can read the post about this particular combination of “soy sauce + butter.” It’s not so widely recognized but yet it’s a popular flavor in Japan!
Radishes are perfect with this sauce! For this, we use mirin which is seasoned sweet rice wine. It’s a common ingredient for Japanese cuisine that always adds a hint of sweetness without overpowering. If you don’t have mirin, you can substitute with sake.
The key to cook the radishes evenly and flavorful, you want to slice them in half and cook the cut side down first. The recipe calls for 1-2 tbsp of vegan butter. 2 tbsp may sounds like a lot but it needs enough amount of butter to cook (to brown) the cut side of radish evenly in the pan. So we actually use 2 tbsp to coat our large pan with a wide flat surface but you may want to adjust the amount if you use a smaller pan.
Yes, we’ll admit that it was very rich in the way that reminds us of fancy French cuisine type taste. So if you prefer the dish to be little healthier, feel free to use less butter!
Try our other Japanese inspired (authentic) recipes!
Soy Sauce “Butter” Radish
The Sauce Mixture
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 12 oz radishes about 22 pieces, cleaned and halved
- 1/4 tsp salt more or less to taste
- 1-2 tbsp vegan butter
- Black pepper
- In a small bowl (or measuring cup), add water, soy sauce, and mirin. Mix well and set aside.
- Sprinkle salt on the cut side of radishes.
- Heat up a frying pan with large flat surface at medium high heat. Add vegan butter. When the butter is melted add the radishes cut side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the cut side is nicely browned.
- Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the sauce mixture. Give a gentle swirl for the radishes to evenly submerge in the sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Then flip them and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Season with more salt (optional) and black pepper.
- Serve immediately.
- The amount of vegan butter should be modified depending on the size of the pan. Radishes cook better and evenly when it has enough to cover the surface of the pan.
- Adjust the amount of soy sauce and salt depending on the saltiness of the vegan butter.