How to Use Daikon as a Substitute for Mashed Potatoes

By Christina Kalinowski

Resembling a large, albino carrot in appearance, daikon, also known as a white radish, is a root vegetable with a mild, peppery flavor. If you're looking for a low-carb option to mashed potatoes or simply want to try something new, daikon is an excellent substitute. Like potatoes, simply peel, cube and boil daikon until tender, then mash or puree to perfection, seasoning as desired to create an interesting alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.

Daikon radish on the wood background
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Daikon leaves are edible and can be used as a garnish or mixed in with salads.

Step 1

Peel the daikon with a vegetable peeler. Cut off the tops and roots with a sharp knife.

Step 2

Cut the daikon into 1-inch chunks. Add the peeled and cut daikon to a pot. Fill the pot with water, until the daikon is covered by at least an inch of water. Season the water with a few dashes of salt, if desired.

Step 3

Bring the pot to a boil over high heat. When the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork-tender.

Step 4

Strain the daikon into a colander. Return the daikon to the pot and mash with a potato masher. Add a splash of cream and a pat or two of butter to create a creamier consistency, if desired. If you'd prefer an even smoother consistency, puree in a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if you would like.