Roasted Radishes

Ever roasted radishes? Throw them into a hot oven in this unique easy side dish recipe: they come out vibrant and juicy, with a sweet, mild flavor!

Roasted radishes

Looking for a unique easy side dish recipe? May we present…roasted radishes! OK, we know what you’re thinking. Aren’t radishes best raw on a veggie tray with ranch dip? Or maybe on a sandwich or in a salad? Yes, yes, and yes. But here’s a way to eat them that most people haven’t thought of: roasted in a hot oven! They’re unlike anything you’ve tasted before: tender, mild, and almost sweet. They’re perfect alongside salmon, or as a counterpoint to a rich pasta like lasagna. Ready to get started?

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What do roasted radishes taste like?

Radishes are a cruciferous vegetable with a beautiful bright red color that becomes hot pink when roasted. Wait, a what? Cruciferous vegetables are nutritious veggies of the same family that include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and arugula. Why is this important? Well, this explains a bit of the flavor of a roasted radish!

If you’ve tried roasted cauliflower or roasted Brussels sprouts, you’ll notice that this vegetable with a very strong raw flavor turns sweet in the oven. When you try these roasted radishes, it will have the same mild, sweet essence that you’re used to in roasted these vegetables of the same family!

How to roast radishes (basic steps!)

Roasted radishes are a perfect spring recipe. But while you might associate radishes with springtime: they’re typically available year round! So you can pull out this magic trick anytime. Here are the basic steps of how to roast radishes:

  1. Slice in half: Wash 2 small bunches of radishes, remove the greens, and slice in half.
  2. Toss with seasoning: Mix with olive oil, 1 grated garlic clove, and kosher salt.
  3. Roast 16 to 20 minutes: Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Roast until fork tender, about 20 minutes, at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact timing depends on the size of the radishes.

When they come out of the oven, the roasted radishes should be fork tender all the way through. Make sure to test the largest radish and poke the fork through the thickest point! Many online recipes vary in timing, some even stating 10 minutes of roasting time. For us, having the outside of the radish tender but the inside crunchy is not the desired texture! This recipe gets them perfectly tender and sweet.

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Dress up those roasted radishes!

Once they come out of the oven, there are lots of ways to garnish roasted radishes! For this recipe, we’ve stayed seriously simple:

  • Use the radish greens as a garnish! Keep in mind that radish greens are spicy, so you don’t want to use too much! But to get a beautiful green contrast without having to buy a bunch of parsley, very finely chop the radish greens and sprinkle them as a garnish.
  • Lemon adds freshness, but is not required. If you’d like, add a squeeze of lemon for freshness! Alex and I found that it was delicious both ways. Without lemon the roasted radishes taste more savory; with lemon it’s brighter and fresh!
  • Herbs as desired. Fresh herbs would be fantastic if you want to add another nuance of flavor. Fresh dill or thyme would be perfect!
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Ways to pair these roasted radishes

One important thing to note when you make this as a side dish. Roasted radishes are incredibly tasty, but not extremely filling. Keep this in mind when you’re pairing them with dishes! Alex and I recommend that you always use this roasted radishes side dish with at least one other filling side dish. Here are some that we’d bundle with this recipe that would make for a filling side:

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A few favorite ways to use radishes!

Do you love radishes like we do? Outside of these roasted radishes, we have lots of tasty ways to eat radishes. Here are a few simple radish recipes:

  • Radish Chopped Salad This chopped salad recipe features a homemade blue cheese dressing that pairs perfectly with spicy radishes and crisp romaine lettuce.
  • Radishes with Butter and Salt Here’s a traditional elegant French snack: radishes with butter and salt. Use the highest quality butter and sea salt to make the radishes shine!
  • Radish Toasts This radish toast recipe is a simple, yet elegant breakfast or brunch option that takes just 5 minutes to make.

This roasted radishes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Roasted radishes

Roasted Radishes (Easy Side Dish!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Ever roasted radishes? Throw them into a hot oven in this unique easy side dish recipe: they come out vibrant and juicy, with a sweet, mild flavor!


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Ingredients

  • 2 small bunches radishes (about 16 to 18 small radishes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Wash the radishes and trim off the greens, saving a few leaves for a garnish.
  3. Cut the radishes lengthwise. Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, finely grated garlic clove, kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the radishes on top cut-side down and roast for 16 to 20 minutes until the largest radish is tender when pierced with a fork at the thickest point (exact time depends on the size of the radishes).
  5. If desired, toss with lemon juice (we liked it both ways, so it’s not required). Very finely chop about 1 radish leaf into a garnish, and sprinkle over the top. Serve warm.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Roasted Radishes, How to Roast Radishes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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