Thursday, June 14, 2007

Roasted Radishes Recipe with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed

Yes, I do realize that radishes are not herbs, but thank goodness bloggers can write about any herb, plant, veggie, or flower, because I thought it would be fun to share this interesting recipe for Weekend Herb Blogging. I don't mean interesting like "Hmm, interesting." I mean interesting like, "Wow, this tastes great!" This was the first time I'd tried cooking radishes and I really liked them. I found the recipe in Vegetables Every Day, a cookbook I've been consistently pleased with every time I've used it. The recipe just called for radishes without specifying a type, but since I had those lovely white radishes, I used a mixture of red and white to make this look a little more colorful. And colorful it was, with a the crimson color of the red radishes seeming to melt into the entire radish as they cooked.

The radish is an edible root, grown all over the world. It's a favorite of home gardeners, and is considered particularly easy to grow because the seeds sprout within days and the plant grows to maturity very quickly. Radishes are low in calories, and rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. In Asia, radishes are often made into pickles, or Korean Hot Radish, a dish similar to Kimchi.  I do grow radishes in my garden most years, but both these radishes were part of my Farmer's Market haul.



Radishes are cut up, tossed with peanut oil, and roasted in a 425 F oven for 20-25 minutes. I peeled the white icicle radishes, but just cut the ends off the red ones and cut them up.

After they're tender and starting to brown, the radishes are tossed with some soy sauce and green onions, then put back in the oven for five more minutes.


Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed

(Makes 3-4 servings, recipe only slightly adapted from Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop.)

Ingredients:
20 medium radishes, trimmed and cut into fourths (use all red, or a mixture of red and white)
1 1/2 T roasted peanut oil
1-2 T soy sauce (I used about 1 1/2 T)
2 green onions (scallions) sliced thin
1 T sesame seeds, toasted in a dry pan

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425 F. Wash radishes, trim ends, peel if needed, and cut into same size pieces. I cut the white icicle radishes into diagonal pieces, and the red ones into half or fourths, depending on how big they were. Cut green onions into thin slices.

Toss radishes with peanut oil, then roast about 20 minutes, stirring one or two times. When radishes are tender and starting to brown, remove from oven, toss with soy sauce to coat and mix in green onion slices. Put back in oven and roast about 5 minutes more.

During final five minutes roasting time, put the sesame seed in a dry pan and toast over hot stove for about 2 minutes, or until starting to brown. Remove radishes from oven, place in serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For any phase, this would taste great with Soy-Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce or Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Chops and Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan.

More Tasty Ideas with Radishes:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Friendly, check ingredients.)
Crunchy Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola and Radishes
Asian Snow Pea Salad with Radishes and Edamame
Cilantro-Lover's Leftover Chicken Salad
Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil
Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola
Creamed Radishes with Pimenton from A Veggie Venture
Radish Masala Prathas and Radish Chutney from Aroma
Daikon Radish Cake (Dim Sum) From Yohana's Culinary Journey
Radish Pickles from Tea and Cookiescounter customizable free hit

61 comments:

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Oooh! I love roasted vegetables but haven't tried roasted radishes yet. Now I will!

Pille said...

I've only ever eaten radishes raw, but these roasted ones look so delicious, that I might just try them roasted!

Lydia said...

I have never ever eaten cooked radishes, but what a fabulous idea! Might go into the same category as fennel -- I'm not crazy about it raw, but cooked is simply delicious. Will definitely bookmark this recipe.

Maria said...

I have never roasted radishes before. I love other roasted veggies so I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the idea.

Homesick Texan said...

Perfect! I have a fridge full of radishes (they're so cheap here you can get a fat bunch of about 20 for $1 at my market) and while I love them raw, I was looking for other ways to serve them. Roasted sounds lovely, plus I love the addition of the toasted sesame seeds.

Simona said...

Thanks for this recipe, Kalyn. Guess what, I also wrote about radishes for this week WHB. I have always loved the Italian word for them: ravanelli.

Alanna said...

Very pretty, Kalyn!

Kalyn said...

Hi everyone,
So fun seeing so many of my favorite cooks have stopped by while I was out exercising (I've been slipping, but I'm trying to get back on schedule!) I'm so glad people like the looks of this recipe, because I'm telling you, I just inhaled it when I made it. I'll be making hit again for sure.

Kalyn said...

Of course that should say "making it" not "making hit."

Jeanne said...

Oh wow! I have never had radishes in any form other than fresh but these look divine! I am a huge fan of roasted veg (cauliflower is a favourite) so chances are these are going to appear on my table sometime soon. Btw, thanks for the rhubarb recipe link-love on Blogher :)

Rachael said...

our farmer's markets are overrun with radishes, and I'm not a huge fan of them raw, but I will try this out. Interesting...I've never even heard of them cooked, other than diakon. I may be blogging about this after the market on saturday, if I can sneak something like this into my wife...

katiez said...

I knew if I was patient someone would tell me that radishes can be cooked - and how to do it. I have another 12' row that is all ready at once. I'll let you know how we fared. It looks delicious; can't wrap my mind around the flavour, though, so I'll just have to make it myself!

blest said...

yum yum yummmm

Question though - what about using sesame oil instead of peanut?

Oh, I have a cookie recipe up today you might like.

Dani Spies said...

Wow...I've never thought of roasting radishes before, I can't wait to try this. Thanks!

Sara said...

This is the second recipe I've seen today that cooked a vegetable I never would have thought to cook! Great idea Kalyn!

Kalyn said...

Jeanne, you're very welcome for the link. I'm also a huge roasted veggie fan.

Rachael and Katie, do try it. The flavor is completely different than the raw radishes. Very mellow, almost sweet.

Blest, from what I know of Chinese cooking, Sesame oil isn't meant for cooking, it's to add flavor. I think it's a low smoke point oil. Interesting that you would ask though because I made asparagus similar to this recipe and put a little sesame oil in with the soy sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Haven't posted it yet.

Dani, I thnk most of us (including me) haven't ever roasted radishes before!

Sara, always fun to try something unexpected.

LBP said...

Wish I had found your blog sooner! I had radishes out the wazoo this spring!

Glenna said...

I have got to try this. I like radishes but I've never had them cooked before. They look good, though, and what isn't great roasted?

the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

smashing! I first tried cooking radishes for the recipe "Conchiglie tutto giardinio" in the second vegetarian epicure book by Anna Thomas. I do love that recipe--just about in season now, isn't it? hmmm. . .

Christine said...

As I pulled a bunch of lovely red radishes from my local Co-op's produce section today, I thought to myself, am I going to do another salad or is there another way I can fix radishes? And here you've answered my question. Who knew??? Not me. This recipe sounds fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

Anh said...

kalyn, this is such an excellent idea! Love it! I'll try it out for sure.

sher said...

I LOVE that recipe. I'm a huge radish fan and have discovered late in the game how good they taste cooked (tops included). Marvelous pictures.

Kalyn said...

Lbp, never too many radishes, that's what I say! But then I love radishes more than most people I think.

Glenna, I'm so glad I have my toaster oven so I can roast veggies all summer. Try them, you'll like them.

TCL, I have that cookbook by Anna Thomas. Her book is where I first learned about bechamel sauce! Have to check out that recipe.

Christine, great. Hope you will like it. (Looking forward to seeing you soon!!)

Anh, it was fun to read about the Asian preparations for radishes when I was looking for stuff to write this post.

Sher, I was thinking about saving the tops, because I had quite a few, but I got distracted. I'll try that next time. You'll have to tell me how you cook them.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Kalyn, I have never heard of roasting radishes!! It looks so delicious!

burcu said...

I've never tried cooked radishes, but it looks and sounds very good. I know what I'll buy at the farmers' market tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

farmgirl said...

These sound fantastic. I'd never heard of cooking radishes until a month or two ago when one of my blog readers gave me a link to a recipe for braised radishes. I waited until I had enough radishes in the garden to make them, harvested, cleaned, and trimmed them, then stuck them in the fridge until dinner and promptly forgot about them. They're still languishing in there I'm embarrassed to admit.

I was sure the radishes would take on a whole new flavor when cooked, and it sounds like I'm right. I'm saving this to del.icio.us and am now inspired to plant a whole new crop and try to actually get it to the table this time!

Kalyn said...

Patricia, they're really good. Not as spicy tasting as I expected, but quite delicious.

Burcu, hope you have fun trying them.

Farmgirl, braised radishes sound divine also. Maybe with some kind of creamy sauce? Do plant more and try this, it's really quite unique but delicious.

Vanessa said...

I love radishes and am always looking for new ways to use them - they just scream at me from the market stall they're so beautiful. Such a creative recipe!

Nicole said...

Kalyn,

I had no idea that people cooked radishes :-) Radishes are one of those things that I always thought I hated (don't know where I got that idea) and then just discovered this year that I really enjoy them in salads! Now I'll try them roasted! Thanks for including links to other radish recipes, too!

Lisa said...

Oy, I can't believe how good these sound! Why oh why did I forget to buy radishes yesterday at farmers' market?? I really have to try roasting radishes. Wow.

Ouizer said...

Hi Kalyn,

Looks like my first message did not get to you??? Anyway, you should know that it turned out delicious! I also used some kohlrabi as I did not have enough radishes for two :), topped with garlic and cilantro - just great!
My husband loved it and the best part yet is that this morning I was over a pound less than yesterday... always dine like a pauper :)

Kalyn said...

Vanessa, thanks. I did love them like this.

Nicole, the idea of cooking them is relatively new to me too, but I'm glad I did. I'll definitely try them cooked in other recipes too.

Lisa, get some next week and try this. I know you'll like it.

Ouizer, not sure what happened with your other message, but I'm so glad to hear you liked them. I LOVE the idea of using kohlrabi. That's one of the vegetables I love but rarely see in the store.

elkit said...

I didn't have all of the ingredients in your recipe, so I just brushed the radishes with sesame oil, and added some sea salt and pepper, and roasted them alongside the salmon I had in the oven.

Oh wow! They taste just like potatoes! What a great substitute when the craving hits! I'll definitely do this again; thanks for the recipe!

Kalyn said...

Elke, sounds like a great improvisation of the recipe. That's the best way to cook. Thanks for letting us know that worked for other who might want to try it your way. Weren't you surprised how mild tasting they were? I was.

Heather said...

I am SERIOUSLY drooling here. This looks so incredible I'm going to have to go out and buy some radishes this weekend. In fact, I think I'll print this page as soon as I'm done posting this comment.

Rachael said...

Oh, these were so good. I linked to your blog from mine when I posted about this recipe. Hope you don't mind!

Kalyn said...

Heather, hope you like them! Let me know how yours turn out.

Rachael, thanks for the link. I'm glad you liked them and it's fun seeing how other people make their own variation of the recipe, since I always do that too!

PastaQueen said...

Hey, I finally got around to trying these yesterday and they were delicious! Thanks! (Much better than my attempt to steam radishes)

Kalyn said...

PastaQueen, so glad you liked them. See you soon at Blogher!

Tonia said...

Looks delicious. I'm going to have to give it a try. I just purchased some radishes at our farmer's market earlier today.

deb said...

thanks for this. i really only ever toss in salads and salsa. can't wait to try these.

amandalouden said...

WOW Those look great!

Lady Amalthea said...

I never would have dreamed of roasting radishes, but I made this with daikon and it was wonderful! Here's my version: http://noshesthoughtsreves.blogspot.com/2009/03/daikon-roti-avec-sauce-de-soja-et.html

Christa Terry said...

I just wanted to report that I've never been a huge radish fan until now. These are awesome!

Kalyn said...

Christa, glad you liked them!

RedPanda said...

This recipe sounded odd, but it was delicious! I like radishes, but they are a little too hot, but these were great.

Thanks!

Kalyn said...

Glad you liked it. I was surprised how good cooked radishes were too!

Wendy said...

I had white icicle radishes. Made this recipe...it was simply amazing!!!! Thank you!

Kalyn said...

Wendy, glad you liked it!

jessica smith said...

I made these tonight and they were terrific! Thank you!

Kalyn said...

Oh good, so glad you enjoyed them.

Janice said...

I made these for dinner tonight as a side with a grilled portobello mushroom cap that I marinated in soy sauce. Great combo. I have never been a big fan of radishes but these were great and I will definately try them again!

Kalyn said...

Janice, that does sound like a good combination. So glad you liked the radishes.

ann said...

Roasting them as I type. They are almost done and just took a bite to taste - YUM! So glad to have a recipe for all the radishes in my garden! --too many to eat raw!

Kalyn said...

Ann, that's exactly how I ended up trying this recipe. So glad you like it!

TheAbster said...

Just became a member of a CSA and got a package of white radishes and red radishes. Tried this recipe and it was amazing! Ate all the radishes we got in one night. :( Now I need to go buy more to do it again!

Kalyn said...

So glad you liked it!

bobr30 said...

Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce are the best way I have ever had radishes. I used to braise them but from now on will always roast them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Kalyn said...

So glad you enjoyed the roasted radishes.

Jennifer Raines said...

We've always eaten radishes raw but tried your recipe for Christmas dinner. It was successful and we'll be roasting radishes again. Thank you for teaching us something new.

Kalyn Denny said...

Jennifer, so glad you enjoyed it.

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