Three Ways with Radishes are a few quick and easy ways to enjoy this root vegetable from your garden! Below you will find a recipe for roasted radishes, raw radishes and a simple pickled radish recipe too.
Simple Radish Recipes
Radishes are quite possibly one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden. They go from seed to radish in about a month. My kids really enjoyed seeing the progress each week and when the radishes began peeking out of the soil, they were so excited. Of course the most popular use of radishes is in just about any type of salad, however, I wanted to give a few more options. Here are three ways with radishes: all are a bit unique, yet still delicious!
I halved all of the recipes below when trying them out. For each of the recipes, you should wash and cut off the stalk and root of the radish prior to using.
Crispy Asian Radishes
This is a great and simple recipe to use radishes from your garden. By adding salt, it softens the radish and draws out water, so that the radish is able to absorb the flavor of the vinegar and sesame oil. In my opinion, I think this step can be omitted. I missed the crispness of the radishes and salting them made them softer. Even still, the flavors were delightful and I think this would go along nicely with any Asian-inspired dish.
Crispy Asian Radishes Ingredients
Radishes: You will need 1 1/2 cups of radishes, sliced, for the base of this dish.
Rice vinegar: Adding in 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar will give the radishes great flavor.
Salt: Use 3/4 teaspoons of salt to help draw out the water in the radishes.
Pepper: For more amazing flavor, add in 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
How to make Crispy Asian Radishes
In a small bowl, toss the radishes with salt. Then, cover the bowl and refrigerate until 1 to 2 tablespoons of water collects at the bottom, this typically takes about 30 minutes.
After that, transfer the radishes to a strainer, rinse and drain them, removing as much of the salt as possible.
Proceed to pat the radishes dry with a paper towel and return to the bowl. Add in and stir the vinegar, black pepper and sesame oil in with the radishes. Cover again and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Serve and enjoy!
Guatemalan Style Radish Salad
When I found this recipe, it said it was served as a side dish at a buffet in Guatemala. I have to say, there aren’t many food that contain lime and cilantro that I don’t like, so I knew I had to try it. The crispness of the radishes paired beautifully with the other flavors and I really enjoyed it. Instead of serving it as a side dish, I think it’s be better suited as a relish. I topped a basic chicken taco with the mixture and it was perfect.
Guatemalan Style Radish Salad Ingredients
Radishes: You will need about 2 bunches of finely diced radishes to make this simple recipe.
Cilantro: Add in 1/3 cup of finely chopped cilantro for a great fresh flavor to this dish.
Jalapeno (optional): If desired, use 1 raw jalapeño chile, chopped very fine, for a kick of spice.
Lime juice: Adding in the juice from 1 lime (or 1/2 lemon), will give this salad amazing citrus flavor.
How to make Guatemalan Style Radish Salad
Start by washing and dicing the radishes into small cubed pieces, if you are using this as a relish you will want the pieces very small.
Then, add in the chopped cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno’s (if you want to) and stir all the ingredients together.
Cover the bowl and put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours before serving. Or not, I ate mine immediately and it was wonderful. enjoy!
This recipe was the most surprising to me, I had never considered cooking radishes, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Roasting the radishes mutes the spiciness and brings out a nice, sweet flavor that was just delicious. The aroma while baking was delightful as well. If you like sautéed cabbage, you have to try these as I think they taste really similar. We all tried them and liked them. My baby really liked them- he very vocally demanded the leftovers and gobbled them all up.
Roasted Radishes Ingredients
Radishes: Use 1 bunch of radishes, washed and diced into cubes, for the base of this dish.
Butter: You will need 1 tablespoon of butter to coat the radishes as they cook.
Garlic: Add in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to flavor this dish well.
Salt: For more great taste, use some coarse salt to your tasting.
How to make Easy Roasted Radishes
Start by washing and cutting both ends off the radishes and quarter them.
Then, preheat the oven to broil, or you can roast on your BBQ grill. If you are roasting in the oven, transfer the radishes to a baking sheet. If grilling, create a foil packet and put the radishes in it.
Next, dice the butter into several small cubes add them to the radishes. Then, mix in the minced garlic as well.
If you are broiling them, cover the dish with foil. Broil for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and roast for another 10 minutes. Salt, serve and enjoy!
Are radishes good for you?
Yes they are, making them a great root vegetable to grow in your garden. They are rich in antioxidants and minerals such as potassium and calcium. These nutrients are great for lowering high blood pressure and also reduce the risk for heart disease. Radishes are also a great source of natural nitrates, that helps improve blood flow. Over all, radishes are a great addition to any meal for a pop of color and health benefits too!
When do you plant radishes?
If you are planting a garden and need something easy to grow, radishes are a great option. You will want to plant radish seeds from early April through early May for a spring crop. Then again from early August to early September for a Fall crop. When planting, allow about one inch between seeds in a row to allow for room to grow.
Three Ways with Radishes are a few fast and simple ways to enjoy this vegetable from your garden! We hope you enjoyed these recipes for roasted radishes, raw radishes and pickled radishes.