Radishes are so much more than a colorful crunchy, somewhat bitter vegetable added to salads. This healthy root vegetable is actually a superfood that takes on a very mellow flavor when sautéed. And the flavor is unbelievable when you cook them in some basil butter.
Why this recipe is just so good....
- Who knew this little vegetable was more than a colorful adornment to a salad? According to Healthline, radishes are full of vitamins and antioxidants. They have anti-fungal and anticancer properties as well. Add to that, they are full of fiber, low calorie and low carb. That is a whole lot of goodness in one little veggie.
- Honestly, I never loved radishes in my salads. Their bitter, spicy flavor was not my favorite. BUT sauté the radishes in a fry pan, add some delicious basil herb butter and they take on a whole different texture and flavor. Similar to potatoes actually, and for those following a low carb or keto diet, fried radishes provide a taste sensation that may have been missing for a quite a while.
- There are just some simple ingredients needed for the flavored butter. I used about a handful (½ cup) of purple and green basil from my garden and one large garlic clove. Salted butter gives a little extra flavor as well. You can add more or less basil and garlic to your liking.
- Cooking vegetables with fresh herbs always enhances their flavor. For this recipe, I'm using some thyme and rosemary. You can try some oregano, sage, dill, parsley or marjoram.
- Ground herbs can be substituted for fresh. But they are concentrated so you need much less. It's always best to start with less, you can taste test and add more as you like.
Step by Step Directions
- Finely chop the basil and garlic. It's easier to do if you have a mini chopper or food processor, but you can do it by hand.
- Mix in the softened butter and stir until the herbs are fulled mixed in to the butter.
- Set aside 2 tablespoons of herb butter for the onions and radishes. Use up the rest within 2 months or freeze. You can put butter in ice cube trays, freeze solid and then put in a storage container and keep in the freezer until ready to use.
- Saute' the chopped onions in one tablespoon of basil butter until softened and lightly browned.
- Remove onions to a bowl and saute' the sliced radishes in one more tablespoon of butter. Spread them out in the fry pan and stir so that they get golden brown and lightly crisp. Add the minced rosemary and thyme. Cook about 8-10 minutes.
- Serve the onions and radishes with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
- For the crispiest radishes, make sure you use a large fry pan so that the radishes can spread out. If they are too close together, they will be more likely to steam instead of getting nice and golden brown.
- Store leftover radishes in the refrigerator for about three days. When ready to eat, reheat in pan to crisp them again.
- You can freeze cooked radishes, but they will be softer when you reheat them.
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These healthy little radishes take on a life of their own when sautéed with onions in a flavorful basil butter until lightly crisp. You will love this easy, low carb side dish.
- 1 stick (half cup) salted butter, softened
- ½ cup of basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
Sauteed Radishes and Onions
- 1 lb. radishes, washed, thinly sliced
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 3 sprigs thyme, herb pulled from stem and finely chopped *
- 1 sprig rosemary, herb pulled from stem and finely chopped *
- In a chopper or small food processor, blend the butter, basil and garlic until completed mixed. I used the pulse button to avoid over mixing.
- Set aside 2 tablespoons of basil butter for the recipe.
- Over medium heat, fry the onions in one tablespoon of the basil butter until onions are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
- In same pan over medium heat, fry the sliced radishes in one more tablespoon of butter. Stir and spread out the radishes so that they get golden brown and lightly crisp. Add in the minced rosemary and thyme. Continue to cook about 8-10 minutes.
- Serve onions and radishes with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
* You can substitute ground herbs for fresh if you prefer. However, they are much more concentrated so use only ½ - 1 teaspoon to start. Taste test and add more as you like.
* The remaining butter will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. You can also freeze the butter in ice cube trays. They will freeze solid in under 2 hours. Then transfer the cubes to an air tight container. Keep in freezer for 4-6 months.
* The nutrition information is only for two tablespoons of basil butter which is used in this recipe. The remainder is for use with other future meal.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: root vegetable, seasonal produce, healthy side dish, herb butter