I’ve never really liked fresh radishes. They’re beautiful vegetables but I’ve never really cared for the taste of raw radishes. I haven’t planted any in the garden for a number of years. Then I ate thyme roasted radishes. Wow! Now I regret not planting radishes this year. I’m actually considering going to town to buy radish seeds to plant in the garden. Then I could make this recipe over and over with fresh radishes and thyme from our gardens!Since I confessed I don’t really like raw radishes, you might be wondering why I even made this recipe. Recently my daughter and I visited a friend’s organic farm. She grows several acres of organic produce that she sells at market and local stores. When it was time for us to head home, my friend rounded up a bunch of produce to give us. In the big bag of goodies was a bunch of radishes. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t like them. Instead, I told myself I would try a different way to eat them. Last year I read a recipe for oven roasted radishes and root vegetables. I was intrigued so thought I would give it a try.
The day I decided to make roasted radishes, I didn’t have time to put them in the oven. Instead I roasted them on the stovetop in a cast iron pan. This also meant I could roast them in butter, which in my opinion makes everything taste better! I paired the thyme roasted radishes with our favorite garlic roasted chicken recipe. It was a great alternative to a potato side dish.
These turned out so delicious! A roasted radish still has the flavor of a radish; it just doesn’t have the spice to it. The only downside was that I only had one bunch of radishes to roast so there were none left for seconds. Luckily we have a big pot of thyme growing in the greenhouse so I need to pick up some more radishes from my friend’s farm to make these again.
Thyme roasted radishes are a great way to prepare one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a garden. This recipe is simple to prepare and is also a tasty side dish option for folks who are gluten-free. Radishes have a lot of health benefits. Not only does this dish taste good, it is good for you! Radishes are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Radishes are also said to have health benefits such as soothing a skin rash and relieving congestion.
How to make Thyme Roasted Radishes
1 pound of fresh radishes
2 TBS butter
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme chopped fine
dash of sea salt
1.Cut the root and stem off of the radishes. Quarter the radishes.
2. Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat (I always use my beloved cast iron like this one!)
3. Add the quartered radishes to the butter. Sauté for about 8-10 minutes or until the whites of the radishes start to lightly brown.
4. Toss in the fresh thyme and salt and sauté for another minute or two.
5. Serve and enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to eat radishes?