Braised Radishes {recipe} – When a Side Dish Not a Side Dish

Braised Radishes[Eating Rainbow | Blue/Purple | no. 3 Radishes]

The gorgeous, colorful radishes practically leapt into our basket by themselves at the farmers’ market, but when they didn’t work out the way we had originally intended — thinly sliced length-wise and served raw with an amazing olive oil and sea salt — we didn’t quite know what to do with them because we’ve only ever really eaten “American” radishes as somewhat insignificant components of a tossed salad.

Then we realized that we could braise them in the same way that we’ve braised their much larger Asian cousins, the daikon radish, but with different seasonings and flavors. Lemon. Thyme. Butter.

They would be the perfect accompaniment to a whole Roast Chicken, or even a small, tender steak.

Thyme-braised Radishes was supposed to be a side dish.

But I ate the whole thing. Straight from the serving bowl. In one shot. Long before dinner.

So I guess it was actually a main dish.

Braised Radishes

Thyme Braised Radishes


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 bunches (about 1 pound) radishes, scrubbed, ends trimmed, and halved when too big
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
salt and pepper


Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallots and 2 or 3 thyme sprigs and cook until shallots are softened, about five minutes (but do not let brown).

Add the radishes to the pot and add enough water to cover the radishes by about a half-inch. Increase the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the radishes are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs.

Season to taste with salt (about ½ teaspoon) and pepper. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

by Sarah J. Gim on June 23, 2011 · 4 comments

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sarah @ two tarts June 25, 2011 at 5:23 am

“But I ate the whole thing…so I guess it was a main dish” made me LOL. I like this new way of treating radishes, sounds delish. I’ve been eating them in salads or with fresh butter & salt, this recipe is welcome variety!


Janna M June 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

I have totally done the same thing so many times. Sometimes the side dishes are hard to resist.


Jodi@GarlicGirl June 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Oh my goodness! I can totally see how you ate the whole pot! I never even thought to do this – so thanks for sharing. I’ll be eating a whole pot of those soon myself! : )


Kathy M June 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I fell in love with braised radishes the first time I made them. So delicate but earthy at the same time. Definitely a main dish for me!


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