Tsukemono: A Recipe for Traditional Japanese Fermented Vegetables

Tsukemono are traditional Japanese pickled vegetables, made by salting and fermenting vegetables, fruits, and even fish for a unique and delicious flavor. Tsukemono come in many varieties, and are often made with various fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, turnips, eggplant, carrots, and daikon radish. They are an essential part of Japanese cuisine, often served as an accompaniment to a meal or snack.

The fermentation process used to make tsukemono dates back centuries and is an important part of the Japanese food culture and history. Fermentation involves the use of salt to draw out the moisture from the vegetable. As the vegetables sit in the salty brine, beneficial lactic acid bacteria work to ferment the vegetables and give them their unique flavor and texture.

Making tsukemono at home is a fun and easy way to add a delicious and traditional flavor to any meal. Ready to get started? Here’s a basic recipe for tsukemono:


– 2 cups of vegetables of your choosing (such as cucumbers, carrots, turnips, daikon radish, etc.)
– 1/4 cup sea salt
– 4 cups of water


1. Wash and cut the vegetables into small slices or cubes.
2. Add the sea salt to the water and mix to dissolve.
3. Place the vegetables in a jar or container and pour the salty brine over them.
4. Tightly seal the container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 10 days.
5. Taste test the tsukemono after 10 days. If you prefer a more fermented flavor, you can store them for another 5-7 days.
6. Once the tsukemono has achieved your desired flavor, remove them from the brine and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tsukemono are a great addition to any meal, adding an interesting and delicious flavor to dishes. Serve them alongside rice, in salads, as a condiment, or in any other way you can think of. Enjoy!