Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More Signs of Spring: Butter Braised Radishes with Herbs

If you have never thought to cook a radish before this post is for you.  Think of all the classic flavor marriages you have come to know: bacon and eggs, peanut butter and jelly, hamburgers and french fries.  Now let me add radishes and butter. I know that you are thinking, "oh sure, what doesn't go well with butter?" The next time you butter a warm, crusty, slice of baguette, sprinkle it with salt and add a few radish slices and you will see what I mean.  After you have done that, think of that crisp, peppery texture softened in brown butter.  Then try this recipe.  Radishes forever transformed in your mind.  I promise.

Butter Braised Radishes with Herbs

A dozen radishes scrubbed clean with their ends trimmed off
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
sea salt
1/2 a teaspoon of sugar
3 sprigs of thyme
1 cup mixed chopped herbs such as chives, dill, parsley, thyme or tarragon (I used dill, chives and thyme) 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium sized, cast iron skillet, melt the butter until it becomes a light golden brown.  Add radishes whole with sugar and salt.  Sautee` over medium heat turning occasionally so they get a good amount of color on all sides. Then transfer to the oven and roast until soft. Toss your herbs with radishes in the hot skillet.  Transfer to a bowl once the herbs wilt to stop the cooking.  


  1. you sure want to make me try my most abhorred veggie//!!!

    Happy Easter!

    love these pics...you're developing a characteristic style!

  2. Our farmer's market opened for the season this past Saturday and I picked up the most beautiful radishes! But sadly I ate them all before I saw this post. This Saturday I'm going to get bunches more and try your recipe - it looks delicious!

  3. i am not too fond of radishes but i have only had it once... maybe it's time to give it a second chance...hehe

  4. I haven't experimented much with radishes except use them in salads. So new ideas are always welcome. Loved the pictures, especially the second one!

  5. howdy!! how you been? work wise? color wise? design wise? :P

    chk out my post tht i'll doing today or tomorrow...need your support in that...