Salted rosemary roasted radishes

Try to forget you just read that title and tell me what these look like.

Betcha wouldn’t say radishes. Probably those cute little red and white potatoes that cost 5 times the amount of normal ones popped into your head first, right?

I finally joined a CSA this year after talking about it for at least 3 years. I kept waiting for Ulysses to tell me it was a great idea or for some other outside factor to push me along in my decision making process that shockingly, never happened. The day my husband willingly encourages me to spend $900 on fruits and vegetables will be the day pigs fly. So when Brandy suggested splitting a share this year, I said yes without even bothering with spousal consult.

Besides being majorly disturbed by some of the differences in fruit, so far, the CSA has been great for forcing me to cook with things I don’t normally buy.

Like radishes.

Raw, I think they’re gross. Peppery and crunchy in all the wrong ways. When you clean up their little tails (which unfortunately always make me think of sperm and that scene in the beginning of Look Who’s Talking) and cut off their ugly brown spots, they look a heck of a lot like small potatoes. Potatoes, I like.

Soooo, why not treat them like potatoes, douse them in olive oil and seasoning and roast them up? I figured they couldn’t turn out much worse than they taste raw.

Figured correctly. They not only take on the appearance of roasted potatoes, but they even start to taste like them a bit. There’s definitely still a hint of radish, but in a much more mellowed out way that I can handle. And since everything is better when dipped, a dijon yogurt sauce pretty much takes them from good to great.

The best part is I totally tricked myself into thinking they were a starch during dinner due to their appearance. We had them with salmon and broccoli without me realizing I was basically doubling up on veggies. Not that that’s a bad thing, but usually my brain wants some sort of legit carb with dinner. I didn’t even realize it until after we were finished.

Radishes down, bring on the next challenge! Which might actually be taming the garlic scape in my fridge into something edible. Last time I played with those, I ended up with a pesto that made you breathe garlic for the next 2 weeks.

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Salted Rosemary Roasted Radishes
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A crispy roasted radish side dish that will have you fooled into thinking they’re potatoes.
Recipe type: vegetables, side dish, radishes
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 cups radishes, cleaned and trimmed, larger ones halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 generous pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Dipping Sauce
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Toss radishes with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary in a medium bowl to coat.
  3. Spread the radishes on the baking sheet in an even single layer.
  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally so they cook evenly and don’t burn. Remove from oven when wrinkled and soft.
  5. Drizzle with optional honey and more salt directly out of oven, serve warm.
Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until mixed.


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  1. 1

    I got some radishes from the CSA, and I hate to say it, but they don’t feel firm. I’m thinking making your recipe will make them firm up being cooked. I’m going to do that today! Great recipe and I honestly never heard of roasting radishes!! Thank you!! Glad I won’t waste my radishes!

    • 2

      To Jennifer — if your CSA radishes didn’t feel firm, they were either picked too late or stored improperly (or for too long) before you got them in your share & home.

      I look forward to trying the recipe! Looks like a potential hit with some of my picky eaters. And anything with rosemary & olive oil HAS to be great!

  2. 3

    Great idea on roasting the radishes. Even better is making yourself think you are having a starch.

  3. 4

    I saw the picture before I read the title and said, Potatoes! LOL I have a bag of radishes on hand. I will give this a try. Looks really good.

  4. 5

    Never would have thought of roasting radishes!!! Amazing idea! I’m not a big fan of them raw either, can’t wait to try this!

  5. 6

    I LOVE radishes…peppery and crunchy in all the right ways for me! :) I’ll admit this recipe took me aback at first but I’m so intrigued I might just try it!

  6. 7

    Gina!! Awesome idea – I’ve been wondering what to do with the radishes in my fridge, aside from letting them rot.

  7. 8

    What a great thing to do with radishes! My carb-loving mind works in the same way as yours so I like the idea of fooling it with these.

  8. 9

    couldn’t have been better timing as I bought some radishes at the farmers market just last night without a clue what I was going to do with them. Obviously I’ll now be roasting them, so thank you!

  9. 10

    Hahaha…I’ve never thought of radishes looking like sperm, but oh my GOD they do!!!

  10. 12

    I’ve never ever thought to roast radishes–and I’m jealous of your CSA split! I’ve been hesitant to commit to one as well but splitting is a great option.

  11. 13

    I definitely thought those were potatoes! I’ve never thought to roast radishes but they look pretty delicious.

  12. 14

    I actually love radishes, but I’ve never thought to roast them like this. I can’t wait to try this with my family!

  13. 15

    Just more proof for my theory that everything tastes better roasted. Not even roasting can make me like beets yet though.

  14. 16

    You’re a genius, you do know that, right? I thought you were on crack (no offense) when I saw the post and said to myself, “Um, no homegirl. Those aren’t radishes, those are potatoes. It’s OK. I still heart you.” …and now I’m kicking myself in the ass. I’m with you. I love the color of radishes, but hate the taste when eaten raw. Preparing them this way, however, might convert me ;)

  15. 17
    Cakewhiz says:

    At first glance, they really did look like potatoes instead of radishes …lol. I barely eat radishes but i think i can eat these roasted ones!

  16. 18

    In my CSA I used to get a huge BAG of radishes every week. I never tried roasting them and would just chop them into salads and boy, that got…a little…old. haha. I need to try this b/c they look awesome!

  17. 19

    Yep! Totally thought they were potatoes! I don’t like raw radishes either, unless they’re sliced super thin and added in salads and stuff, but biting on big chunks, no. The taste is too strong for my liking. I love cooking veggies simply like this, it brings out the best in them.

  18. 20

    I just made red potatoes and loved them – incidentally, I just tried radishes and hated them! I’ll have to try treating them like potatoes – and with that delicious looking aioli, I have a hunch I’ll like them!

  19. 21

    I kind of like radishes just on the regular so I’m imagining I would really like these then? And they do look like potatoes. And that sperm in Look Who’s Talking…Ha! I forgot all about that.
    That dipping sauce is really what I’m interested in…I love a good dipping sauce.

  20. 22

    I love the idea of doubling up on veggies and these look so good. So…you’res splitting a CSA w/ Brandy, does that mean you get to see each other every week? Jealous!

    • 23
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      haha, actually we’ve been alternating pickups and dropping off at each other’s places b/c one of us is never around on the pick up days! So we haven’t seen each other at all!

  21. 24

    You totally had me on that one! They look really good. I’ll definitely try this unique preparation for radishes. I like them raw, but I’m sure they’ll be amazing roasted too :)

  22. 25

    Wow, I might have to try this. I found out this fall that I adore roasted rutabaga and turnips. Why not radishes?

  23. 26

    I seriously thought those were potatoes. OMG i love it!!

  24. 27

    What a great thing to do with radishes. I never would have thought you could make that work. I can’t wait to try this and see what my family thinks!

  25. 28

    CSA time is the best. These look amazing Gina. I love rosemary.

  26. 29

    You know what’s funny? I didn’t know people “cooked” radishes… ha! I’ve only seen them sliced/raw in salads. I’ve never bought a radish in my life. But you make them look tasty :)

    • 30
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’d never tried them cooked until this either. I literally had no idea if it would work or not, but it definitely does! :)

  27. 31

    The idea of roasting radishes is totally new to me this year, I don’t know why I haven’t heard about it before. We actually like them raw, actually more like my husband and kids do. I’m OK with one or two for like, the year, lol. Since I have a ton in my garden, I know I need to try roasting them. They sound so much better than raw!

  28. 32

    Radishes raw are great but you can’t eat a whole pile of them. Cooked radishes, yes please! I haven’t roasted them so I’m excited to try this. I like sauteeing them in a little olive oil and butter then adding a little vegetable broth to braise and finishing them off with some parsley and lemon.

  29. 33

    Never been much of a radish fan but those do look delish!

  30. 34

    I really want to do CSA around here but I’m going to have research it more. I love the idea of farm fresh ingredients and I’m all about helping local farmers out. I definitely thought they were potatoes even though your title said radishes haha, the addition of rosemary with this is just perfect. I love rosemary with starches (is radish even a starch?). This would be a great side dish to have during a cookout!

  31. 35

    Hi.. Thank you for the recipe and the photos posted here because this is a big help.. I am sure a lot of people can benefit from this post.. Great job!

  32. 36

    I love radishes! Have never seen them cooked though. Will have to try, as long as they are still crunchy I am sure I will like.

  33. 37

    I cook radishes, too! That’s the only way my kids will eat them, so I’ve even cooked them and put them in a salad. Why not? They are better cooked, and roasting would be the best of all.

  34. 38

    This is my first time on your blog. I really like the flavor combinations you have put together! I do like radishes raw, but that is the only way I have tried them. It makes perfect sense to roast them. Totally gonna try this.

  35. 39

    I’m so glad I stumbled on this! We just got a bunch of radishes in our CSA, and I wasn’t sure what do with them, since they’re not our favorite veggie… I’ll have to give this a try!


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