I love the sharp, peppery taste of fresh radishes, but I also love them roasted. Roasting downplays their sharpness and brings out a pleasant creaminess.
I took a leap of faith the first time I made roasted radishes! I didn’t know whether roasting would enhance their flavor, or detract from it.
Are cooked radishes good?
Yes! I was pleasantly surprised. While I love the sharp, peppery taste of fresh radishes, I’ve discovered that I also enjoy roasted radishes. Roasting downplays their sharpness and brings out a pleasant creaminess.
In fact, if you’re not a fan of raw radishes, and were wondering how can you make radishes taste better, I suggest you try roasting them.
How to season roasted radishes
They taste very mild when they’re cooked. So if you prefer bolder flavors, try adding seasonings (onion powder, dried herbs) or sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese prior to roasting.
Another option if you’re after bolder flavors is to roast the radishes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar – a tablespoon of each – instead of using butter.
How to serve roasted radishes?
I like to serve this side dish with crispy baked chicken thighs. It’s convenient because I can make both dishes in the same 400F oven, roasting the radishes for just a little longer if needed.
How healthy are radishes?
I did some research, and it turns out they are very healthy. Radishes are a good source of antioxidants. According to this study, “Radish has been identified as having antidiabetic effects, making it favorable for those with diabetic conditions.”
What about leftovers?
Leftovers keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave on 50% power. I also like them cold, straight out of the fridge! They’re surprisingly good this way. Sometimes I just snack on them. At other times, I add them to salads.
- 2 bunches medium radishes, tops trimmed (1 lb. trimmed)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cut the radishes in half lengthwise and place in one layer in a baking dish.
- Add the butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss to coat.
- Roast until the radishes are fork -tender, about 20 minutes.