Our 10 Absolute Best Radish Recipes
For years I skipped over radishes; they felt more like a garnish in green salads than a necessary component. Then I joined a CSA and was bombarded with radishes. I suddenly had to figure out what to do with them all, only to realize radishes have a whole lot of love to give. They’re crispy, peppery, and not only a colorful addition to so many dishes, but can also stand out all on their own.
While radishes are available year-round, to me, the first glimpse of pink bunches at the farmers market signifies the very start of spring and I happily bring their peppery bite to the table all throughout summer. And as for what to do with a bunch of radishes? Well, there are so many ways to get your fill, some of which you might not have considered. They can be thinly sliced for salads, dipped in butter for a snack (add a sprinkle of flaky salt if you’re feeling fancy), or even roasted to bring out their hidden sweetness. And if you’ve never tried grilling radishes, make this the summer you change that — trust me. Here are 10 absolutely delicious ways to use up a bunch of radishes.
1. Kimchi and Radish Salad
This vibrant salad gets a serious boost from a kimchi dressing. It’s also hearty enough that it can be tossed a few hours ahead of time without wilting or getting soggy.
Get the recipe: Kimchi and Radish Salad
2. Brown Butter Radishes
The natural bite that radishes deliver pairs perfectly with nutty brown butter, which is why this simple recipe really stands out. Cook them until their just crisp-tender to preserve their color and some of their crunchy texture.
Get the recipe: Brown Butter Radishes
3. Braised Radishes with Shallots & Bacon
This is the perfect side dish to make on a cooler spring evening, when you want something warm on your plate but still crave a taste of the season.
Get the recipe: Braised Radishes with Shallots & Bacon
4. Grilled Broccoli and Radish Salad with Garlicky Miso Dressing
Once you’ve grilled radishes, you’ll never turn back. Doing so tames their mild bitterness and brings out their inherent sweetness — they become charred, juicy, and irresistible.
Get the recipe: Grilled Broccoli and Radish Salad with Garlicky Miso Dressing
5. Rozanne Gold’s Bucatini with French Breakfast Radishes, Bacon & Greens
Don’t skip the bacon here: It lends just the right amount of smokey flavor to the pasta and radishes and really ties the whole thing together. It’s a wonderful way to bring radishes to the center of your plate.
Get the recipe: Rozanne Gold’s Bucatini with French Breakfast Radishes, Bacon & Greens
6. Farro Salad with Arugula, Radishes & Goat Cheese
While the arugula will wilt a bit, this is still a great make-ahead grain salad. It’s light yet satisfying and makes for perfect spring lunches all week long.
Get the recipe: Farro Salad with Arugula, Radishes & Goat Cheese
7. Brown Butter and Tahini Dipped Radishes
Why snack on plain radishes when you can snack on ones that have been dipped in brown butter and tahini and rolled in sesame seeds? This recipe is a simple but special way to dress up the vegetable.
Get the recipe: Brown Butter and Tahini Dipped Radishes
8. Matt & Ted Lee’s Radish Butter
It’s worth making a double batch of this radish butter. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days and makes the perfect snack when paired with crackers or raw veggies for dipping. Or swipe it on toast for breakfast or lunch.
Get the recipe: Matt & Ted Lee’s Radish Butter
9. Roasted Radish and Herbed Ricotta Omelet
Radishes are an unexpected addition to your morning omelet that lend color and natural sweetness. Feel free to use any combination of soft herbs, such as basil, parsley, and cilantro, in the herbed ricotta.
Get the recipe: Roasted Radish and Herbed Ricotta Omelet
10. Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs
Swap potatoes with a tender mix of sautéed radishes and turnips and the result is a lighter, spring-forward hash that’s sure to be a new favorite.
Get the recipe: Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs
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