Korean Sweet Radish Pickle (Danmuji) Recipe

I want to make Kimbap for my friends and Danmuji is a must-have ingredient. I don’t like packaged and processed foods, so I make my own Korean sweet pickled radish. One of the advantages of learning Korean is that you are able to read recipe in the language, haha! I actually got this recipe from a Korean blog. I’ve modified the recipe and translated it to English. It really tastes good. I’ll post my Kimbap recipe here later for your reference.

How to make Korean Sweet Radish Pickle (Danmuji)

Korean Sweet Radish Pickle (Danmuji)


2 white radish
350ml water
350ml vinegar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 bay leaves
10-20 black peppercorn


1. Wash the radish, trim ends, remove skin and cut into 1 inch long strips.
2. Mix rice vinegar and water in a pot. Ratio: 1:1.
3. Add sea salt, sugar, turmeric powder, bay leaves, black peppercorn and stir.
4. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add radish slices.
5. Cool Danmuji to room temperature.
6. Transfer it to an airtight glass container and store in refrigerator.
7. It can be eaten the next day. The color will turn darker in a few days (as shown on photo above).


If you are making it as a side dish, cut the radish into thin slices. Whereas, if you are making this as a Kimbap ingredient, cut into long strips.

How to make Korean Sweet Radish Pickle (Danmuji)

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8 thoughts on “Korean Sweet Radish Pickle (Danmuji) Recipe

  1. yihao

    Do you use Korean raddish or just any raddish will do? heard that the taste and texture might be affected a little.

  2. Lana

    Can i use any different kind of vinegar instead of rice vinegar
    cause i couldn’t find any rice vinegar where i live

    1. Chen Post author

      You may try, but not recommended because the taste would be different. Try to find it at Asian, Chinese, Korean or Japanese Grocery stores.


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