How to Take the Bite Out of Radishes and Love Them

“Radishes are too spicy for me!”

I hear this all the time from friends, family, and CSA members.

Is that you, too?

Well, I have got a secret to tell you.

You can still love radishes because of this trick I’m about to share with you.

And while I don’t mind their “bite”, once I tried them this way, I eat way more radishes and enjoy them more!

Give it a try…



How to take the bite out of radishes and love them

And drum roll… The secret is…


Yes, you can cook radishes, I promise.

I know in America, we think of radishes in a limited way, raw in salads. Am I right? I don’t think many would disagree with me.

But, in other cultures around the world, radishes are enjoyed cooked for their complex sweet taste.

Wait, did you say, sweet taste??

Yep! I did! And once you try it, you’ll be surprised at how delicious radishes really are!


Three ways to cook your radishes to mellow out their spiciness


#1 Stir-fry your radishes

Asian-style Stir-fry with Radishes

  • Radishes, quartered
  • Scallions or onion, chopped
  • Bok choy, rinsed and chopped (separate the leaves from the stalks because they differ in cooking time)
  • Other veggie(s) of choice, chopped (broccoli, snow peas, salad turnips, summer squash, etc.)
  • Cooking oil
  • ½ tsp minced ginger
  • garlic clove or garlic scape, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Farmer Gene’s stir-fry sauce (whisk all ingredients)

  • 2-4 TBLS soy sauce
  • 1-2 TBLS vinegar (apple cider, or other vinegar of choice)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste

Heat oil on medium-high heat in large skillet. Add prepared veggies except for the leaves from the pac choi. Stir frequently until veggies are tender crisp, only a few minutes. Add bok choy leaves, salt, pepper, ginger and garlic. Stir until wilted. Remove from heat. Add stir-fry sauce to coat. Serve hot over rice, noodles, or as a side dish!


#2 Roast your radishes

Basic Roasted Radishes

Here is a basic recipe for roasted radishes, but you can add any other additional veggies you choose that will roast in the quick amount of time that the radishes do. Good options to complement the radishes are salad turnips or zucchini.

  • Radishes, cut in half or quartered
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme or other herb of choice

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Lay radishes on cookie sheet. Drizzle over olive oil, add salt, pepper, and herb of choice and toss to coat. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.


#3 Saute your radishes

Sauteed Radishes with Bacon

  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 bunch radishes, quartered
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped onion, shallot, or scallion
  • 1 clove garlic or 1 garlic scape, minced
  • thyme (fresh or dried)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 TBLS cider vinegar
  • butter to taste

Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove from pan and reserve. Add radishes and onion and cook on medium-high, stirring approximately 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and remove from heat. Add vinegar, butter, and reserved bacon. Check seasonings and serve hot!


Have you ever cooked your radishes before?  Make a reply and let me know!  

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Comments (5)

I slice them thin and salt them and let them stand for a few minutes.

Wow! I never thought of cooking radishes!!! We are one of those families who happen to love raw radishes, even eaten without salad. Now we have other ways to prepare them. So excited and will probably roast them tonight with other veggies. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!

I have cooked them in stir-fry but thank you for these other options...can't wait to try them with my roasted veggies and whoa! that bacon sounds yum! Everything is better with bacon!!

Radishes are an excellent substitute for potatoes in stews, etc. for those watching our waistlines. I just wash them (red part only), put them in the freezer whole, then throw them in the stew pot during the winter instead of potatoes. They look just like whole new potatoes, and taste like a slightly sweet, turnipy potato - Cheers, Alison

steamed radishes are another excellent way add butter, lemon juice, dill,salt,pepper yum