31 Days of Vegetables

Radishes: The Best Ways to Choose Them, Cook Them, and Eat Them

updated Jul 11, 2020
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If you’ve only eaten radishes somewhat reluctantly in salads, I need to ask you to try again. Radishes are a little spicy, a little juicy, and oh-so-crunchy, and they’re one of the best vegetables that people quite frankly don’t eat enough. They’re my favorite roasted vegetable, and their spectacular color makes them one of my favorites to put on a veggie board, too. Here’s your basic guide to the not-so-basic radish, from how to pick it to how to eat it.

The Radish Top 5

Some of our favorite radish ideas.

  1. Radishes make amazingly pink pickles.
  2. Radish too spicy for you? Try this.
  3. The CUTEST radish tool (it makes your radishes look like a video game!).
  4. The best afternoon snack.
  5. The sweetest radish art for your walls.

What Are the Best Ways to Eat Radishes?

Radishes have a spicy, peppery kick and a crunchy texture. They’re very good eaten fresh and raw, dipped in something rich. The classic French appetizer with radishes is radishes with butter and salt. (So fancy yet simple!) We especially love the long and skinny French breakfast radishes for eating raw.

But they can also be cooked and roasted or braised like other root vegetables. This is a great way to do a side dish since you don’t have to cut up radishes like you do potatoes or turnips.

The Most Common Types of Radishes

The most common radishes you find in the store are the common red radishes, small and bright red. These often have quite a peppery kick.

Other radish types include black radishes, and French breakfast radishes. There are also the following radishes:

More about types of radishes and the best ways to use them by Cara Mangini, the Vegetable Butcher.

Can You Eat Radish Greens?

Yes! They are a pungent, peppery green that can be sliced fine in salads or braised like other greens.

Radish Nutrition

One hundred grams of radishes have about 16 calories and about a quarter of your daily Vitamin C. They are relatively nutritious and very low-calorie (if that is important to you and your health goals).

Are Radishes Keto?

In 100 grams of radishes there are less than 2 grams of net carbs, which makes radishes very conducive indeed to low-carb and keto-friendly eating. Radishes and butter may be the most keto-friendly veggie snack of all!

The keto and low-carb eating practices rely on eating lower amounts of net carbs (carbs minus the fiber). Depending on one’s carb budget, radishes can be a refreshing and satisfying way to eat nutritiously while following this eating practice. 

Credit: Lauren Volo

The Best Ways to Cook Radishes

Radishes are most frequently eaten raw in salads and other dishes, but don’t overlook how amazing they can be when roasted! They come out super crunchy and juicy.

You can also braise them like other root vegetables. These braised radishes are absolutely delicious.

More on cooking radishes here.

How Long to Store Radishes

Like other root vegetables, radishes can be stored for up to a couple of weeks in the fridge. But there is one very important thing to know: Remove the tops first so they don’t sap the radish veggie of their moisture.

The Best Ways to Use Up Leftover Radishes

Have too many radishes? Slice them thin and toss them in any salad! Eat them with melted butter or ranch dip. Or throw them into these great savory muffins.

Our Top 15 Radish Recipes

What’s your favorite recipe or use for radishes? Any favorite way to cook them?

31 Days of Vegetables: How to fall in love with vegetables in 31 days. How many of these splendid veg have you eaten this month? Take a look at the whole list and take our July challenge to eat every single one!