An easy and low-carb alternative to potatoes, these rosemary roasted radishes are the perfect side dish to any meal. Made with only 3 ingredients and are paleo, vegan, and Whole30 approved.
Last updated on October 15, 2019.
Roasted radishes!! Did you know that is a thing? Because it totally is. I mean you can roast just about any vegetable you like, but roasting radishes was new to me and turns out they are so so good!
Do ever get inspired by the produce you see at the farmers market or store? It just calls out to you that you need to buy it. No? Maybe that is just me haha.
Well I usually get that feeling when I frequent the farmers market or am strolling around the grocery store. There is just so much unique produce that I am curious to try and use.
Most of the time I try to constrain myself (or Michael tells me no haha) so I don’t spend all of my money on food.
The other week at the farmers market I couldn’t help but pick up these local radishes. I never really was a huge fan of radishes, but I figured since they looked so pretty and might not be in season much longer, I should snag them. My dad loves them and eats them like candy. I have grown to like them, but this aren’t my favorite.
I like pretty much any veggie roasted so I figured why not give these a go. Add some lemon and fresh herbs and they can’t be too bad right?
Well they turned out amazing! I made Michael try them when he got home and he approved! I believe his exact words were “interesting. these are pretty good” – I call that a win!
What do Radishes Taste Like?
Radishes definitely don’t have a subtle taste and I would say it is more of an acquired taste. When eaten raw they can be described as spicy, peppery, and somewhat zesty. They definitely have a bite and kick to them.
Over the years I have grown to love them raw – they are great additions to salads, dipping in guacamole (one of my favorite ways), and adding them to sandwiches.
When you roast them, the flavor completely changes though. I heard awhile awhile back that if you roast radishes they taste like potatoes, and it’s true! The spiciness mellows out and allows their natural sweetness to come through, they get golden and caramelized, and become somewhat juicy. The flavor is pretty neutral, almost like a potato.
If you aren’t a raw radish lover, I highly recommend roasting them and seeing if it changes your mind!
Rosemary Roasted Radishes
Roasted radishes only requires a few basic ingredients and minimal prep time. Most of the time is them baking in the oven. And they’re a great alternative for potatoes – radishes are a lot lower in carbs with only 3.5 grams per 100 grams of radishes.
They are a great source of ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium and also provide a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin, and copper. Don’t waste the greens either! Sauté them up like you would spinach or kale and serve with breakfast or dinner.
Here is what you need:
- oil – I used coconut, but you could use avocado oil
- fresh rosemary
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
First start by prepping your radishes but cutting them in half or fourths. Add them to a medium size bowl and mix with the coconut oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until slightly browned and cooked through. Last, mix with the lemon juice and fresh rosemary.
I will note that you do not need to peel your radishes as you can eat the skin. As they cook, the color will run and some of your radishes will turn pink. The flavor is still amazing, but just something to take note of.
Also, the length of time baking time will depend on how big your radishes are. Like most veggies, the bigger they are, the longer they will take.
Substitutions for Roasted Radishes
This recipe is pretty straight forward, but you could easily change things up to change the flavors. Here are a couple suggestions:
- butter or ghee – use butter or ghee instead of oil to add some richness. Radishes and butter go really well together.
- herbs – switch out the rosemary for fresh parsley, basil, chives, dill, or thyme.
- spices – adding spices is the easiest way to change up the flavor. Garlic powder, onion powder, curry powder, or chili powder would be great things to add. Just adjust the fresh herbs according to you seasonings.
More Healthy Side Dishes
Rosemary Roasted Radishes
- 3 bunches radishes, washed, cleaned, and quartered (about 600 grams)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl add radishes, coconut oil, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Place on baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Once done toss with lemon juice and rosemary. Enjoy!
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