One of our favorite side dishes, roasted radishes walk the tightrope between presentation, simplicity, and versatility. Roasted radishes play well with savory seasoning flavors too, making them a great complimentary side dish to steak and chicken-based mains. In terms of varieties, small red radishes like Cherry Belle or French Breakfast cook best, with the latter particularly excelling due to its oblong shape.
Arguably the most prevalent way to cook radishes in Asian cuisine, braising makes your radish particularly tender and adds a subtle sweetness. Traditionally, large daikon radishes are used for the braising process, but you can use any type of radish to similar effect. It’s important to note that your cook time will change drastically however, as it takes much longer to pierce through dense daikons.
Sautéed radishes are great for those times when you need bust out a side dish quickly and consistently. Similar to skillet potatoes but substantially healthier and much more aesthetically pleasing, sautéed radishes look just as good on a breakfast menu as they do next to a late-evening steak. To prepare, simply halve your radishes, toss in some salt and pepper, and cook them in a pan until browned.
If you enjoy the bite commonly associated with radishes but still want to add a touch of sweetness, pickling may be the method for you. While you wouldn’t serve pickled radishes as their own dish, they can be a great condiment for burgers, tacos, and even fried chicken sandwiches! Additionally, it’s important to always avoid using aluminum when pickling because it reacts to the natural acids that occur during the pickling process.
- Pro Tip: If you want to keep your radishes spicy and piquant, try adding red pepper flakes to your pickling mixture!
Oftentimes, we forget that radishes are just as versatile as other members of the root vegetable family. Though a little less popular than other cooking methods, boiling your radishes can help your veggies become super tender and delicate, making them great options for soups or mashed radishes. Be aware that radishes have a particularly high water content (generally considered to be 95%), so you’ll need to take some extra steps to prevent your radishes for being too “mushy” if you go the mashing route.
- Pro Tip: If you’re cooking with nutrition in mind, radishes are a keto-friendly alternative to potatoes!