Radishes are one of the most stunning vegetables, IMHO, with their scarlet red exterior and snow-white flesh. But aside from a few thin slices on a taco or salad, I never really enjoyed radishes until I tried them roasted. Roasted radishes have a completely different flavor from fresh radishes, and they’re such a simple and elegant side dish. So if you’re looking for something new to serve with dinner, put roasted radishes on your list!
Radishes are in season in the spring, so let’s take full advantage of this gorgeous vegetable while they’re fresh and inexpensive!
What do Roasted Radishes Taste Like?
Unlike the spicy bite of fresh radishes, roasted radishes have a mild, slightly sweet, and fairly neutral flavor. Imagine a slightly sweeter potato, with a smooth, soft, and dense texture. Because their flavor is subtle, they make a great blank slate for any flavors you’d like to add in the way of spices or dressing after roasting.
How to Season Roasted Radishes
I kept the seasoning for this recipe super simple with just salt, pepper, and some garlic powder to add depth. I also garnished with parsley, although that’s not really needed for flavor. But there are so many other ways you can season your roasted radishes.
You can add different spices and herbs before roasting. Try rosemary, lemon, steak seasoning, dill, or Italian seasoning. You can also top your roasted radishes with a dressing after they’re roasted. Try a light drizle of Italian dressing, a simple vinaigrette, or Lemon Tahini Dressing.
What to Serve with Roasted Radishes?
Roasted vegetables of any kind are my favorite side dish to serve with dinner because they’re mostly hands-off and they’re so simple that you don’t even really need a recipe. Because roasted radishes are so neutral in flavor, they’ll pair will with just about any dinner (and they’ll add a nice pop of color to your plate).
- 2 lbs. radishes ($3.38)
- 1.5 Tbsp olive oil ($0.24)
- 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1 Tbsp chopped parsley (optional garnish) ($0.05)
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Trim the stems or any extra long roots from the radishes. Rinse the radishes well in a colander.
- Slice the radishes in half and place them on a large baking sheet (line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup, if desired).
- Drizzle the olive oil over the radishes, then add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss the radishes until they're coated in oil and seasoning.
- Transfer the seasoned radishes to the oven and roast for about 40 minutes, or until they're golden brown and tender, stirring once halfway through. Total roasting time will depend on the size of your radishes.
- Taste the radishes and adjust the salt or other seasonings to your liking. Top with fresh chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.
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How to Make Roasted Radishes – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. While the oven is heating, prepare 2 lbs. radishes. Trim the stems and any extra long roots (if desired, they can be eaten). Wash the radishes well, removing any dirt or debris.
Slice the radishes in half, then place them on a large baking sheet (line with parchment for easy cleanup, if desired). Drizzle 1.5 Tbsp olive oil over the radishes.
Season the radishes with ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper, and ¼ tsp garlic powder. Toss the radishes until they are coated in oil and seasoning.
Roast the radishes in the preheated 400ºF oven for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown and tender, stirring once halfway through. The side of the radish facing down will have the most browning. Compare this photo (before stirring) to the one below (after one last stir).
Give the radishes a taste and adjust the salt or other seasonings to your liking. Sprinkle chopped parsley over top for garnish, if desired.