Pan Roasted Brown Butter Radishes

These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon. 

These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon.

It wasn’t until last summer that I actually started to like radishes. Rebecca told me that I had to try them with butter so I made some radish and butter bites and fell in love. They were just the right amount of errrrrything and I ate them all. Rebecca was right. When she tells me to try something I should always listen.

So that’s why I’m here in the kitchen using up radishes again. (I’m also using the radish tops! No waste!) There is simply not enough radish recipes on this site!These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon.

Roasted radishes (or pan roasted in this case) give a flavor to the radishes like none other. They have a lovely almost potato like texture and it takes away that spicy bite if that is not your thing. Plus this recipe uses brown butter so you know it’s going to be good. Like really really really good.

You know what else is good? (This is going to be really off topic) Orange is the New Black. I started watching the show when it first came out and binged hardcore. Then when the second season came out I started binging and then weirdly just stopped. Seriously I just stopped. Who does that?

These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon.

My husband gets so annoyed at me because I do that all the time with shows. We have so many half into shows because I weirdly just lose interest right in the middle of watching. Luckily he loves me so he forgives me when I make him re-binge on a show he thought I had given up on.

For example – this weekend. It was hotter than hell outside so I made it my job to not go anywhere because me + heat = ew gross. Sooooooooo instead I decided to randomly start re-watching OITNB and did it all. weekend. long. Now I’m just down the women’s prison rabbit hole and re-obsessed with all thing Piper, Alex and Red. I’m just happy there is a now a 3rd season so I can just go right into that without dealing with cliffhanger crap.

Well, until I reach the end of the season 3. Sigh.

These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon.

Ok, back to radishes and less about prison.

Make them. Love them. Eat them.

Trust me.

Looking for more side dish recipes? Try my on the stalk roasted Brussels sprouts, Girl & the Goat magic beans or my asparagus gratin


Pan Roasted Brown Butter Radishes

These pan roasted brown butter radishes are the perfect way to use up all those summer garden radishes. Perfectly sweet, slightly nutty and just a hint of fresh lemon.

Yield: 4 side dish servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 bunches radishes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lemon zested and juiced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


Wash radishes, cut off tops and cut radishes in half. Save the greens if you want to sauté with radishes if not simply throw away.

Add radishes to a large skillet and fill with water just to the tops of the radishes. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes just until they start to soften but don't completely lose their color. Drain the radishes.

In the same skillet add the butter and let cook over medium heat until the butter becomes nutty and browned. Throw in the radishes and the radish tops if desired. Cook until slightly caramelized and throw in lemon zest, juice, thyme, pepper and kosher salt.

Serve warm as a side dish or a full meal if you're feeling all that vegetable love.

34 Responses to “Pan Roasted Brown Butter Radishes”

  1. #
    Beth — July 20, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I love your plating, I could see you as a chef as a fancy restaurant! I did some binge tv watching this weekend too, but my show of choice is fixer upper!!

  2. #
    Chicago Jogger — July 20, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I harvested radishes from my garden recently and wondered what to make with them! I love this idea – pinning for later.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

    These are so pretty! I’m with you and binge watching shows – so fun and way better than being out in the ridiculous heat and humidity we’ve had.

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    Judy@ImBoredLetsGo — July 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I just oven roasted some radishes last week but burned them to an inedible mess! Your recipe sounds soooooo much better and I will have to give it a try next time. I love radishes cooked!

  5. #
    Christie — July 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I do the same thing with TV shows. Just happened with House of Cards. Radishes are something I never get bored of. My family is going to love this dish

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — July 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

    How I have I never roasted radishes?! I think I’ve only had them raw in salads. AKA I’m a hobbit. Thanks to you and Rebecca to introducing this to me!

  7. #
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — July 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Hi Brandy! I’m typically not a radish lover, but these beautiful pan roasted radishes might just me win over…. 🙂

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — July 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I love radishes but have never tried roasting them before – definitely need to try that, and definitely with brown butter! That’s always a good idea!

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    Kirsten — July 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I got nothing for TV but I love to hunker down when it’s hot out. Heck, I love to hunker down when it’s cold out, too. And in between times, I’ll hang out on the porch.
    These radishes look beautiful–I love that you included the tops. I never do. When I get radish tops in the farm share it’s usually alongside a bag of beets with tops, cabbages, chard, salad mix . . . I’m just overwhelmed with greens.
    You’re making me rethink that . . .

  10. #
    Stephanie — July 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t imagine there’s a better way to eat radishes!

  11. #
    foodwanderings — July 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    hahahaha I just got a kick out of you losing interest and stopping mid-season. I binge just like you ended up doing. BTW The radishes gorg.!! The photos too. I have seen pan roasted on menus recently, Via Carota’s in NYC in fact. I didn’t order it but really curious about it cause’ all we do is eat it raw. I might use olive oil cause’ I promised myself to lose some weight before going on a holiday. 🙂

  12. #
    Sara — July 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I LOVE cooked radishes, I prefer them cooked to raw. Can’t wait to try your version!

  13. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — July 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I swear I need to get into more shows. I have to catch up with so many fun things on TV! I’m so into radishes and yours look delightful, Brandy!

  14. #
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — July 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I LOVE roasted radishes! These look divine!

  15. #
    Erin — July 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    What?! I haven’t even thought of sauteeing radishes! Love this idea. We grow radishes and yet I eat about 2 or 3 at a time. Silly.

  16. #
    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist — July 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I love cooked radishes. Stewed, roasted, sautéed…YUM.

  17. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — July 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve been seeing all of these roasted radish recipes lately…I’ve only eaten raw! That must change…they look delicious!

  18. #
    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie — July 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Such a beautiful post!! Love these colors…gorgeous!

  19. #
    Joanne — July 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I wasn’t sure I could ever love radishes, but BUTTER == the key to all that is good in life.

  20. #
    Andi @ The Weary Chef — July 21, 2015 at 12:59 am

    These photos are so beautiful. I’ve never tried anything with radishes except sliced in a salad, but now I really want to try them roasted!

  21. #
    Megan Keno {Country Cleaver} — July 21, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Mmm – these look GREAT!

  22. #
    Heather | girlichef — July 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Roasted radishes have been on my to-try list FOREVER! (And yet, I still haven’t tried them…) These are making me want to get my bootie in gear.

  23. #
    Cookin Canuck — July 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I still haven’t seen Orange is the New Black…I need to get on that! Radishes have been a favorite of mine ever since I was a kid, but I’ve never roasted them. What a great idea!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve only got one radish recipe on my entire site and that’s only got a few roasted radishes in it! These are beautiful though and I’m loving them! Oh my and brown butter too? Perfect!

  25. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    One of my favorite ways to enjoy radishes. It’s like radish crack!

  26. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — July 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I adore how mild and sweet cooked radishes are. I’ve roasted them n the oven before, but never in a skillet. The lemon zest is a nice touch.

  27. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — July 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I don’t blame you for not finishing the second season – I thought it was a bit lame (except for the last episode). That show is such a train wreck; I don’t think it’s all that great but I can’t stop watching it either haha! Now, the actual book its based on is really rather good!

    These radishes look fantastic! I need to try this. I do like radishes but hardly ever eat them so this will be a fun new project to try! Thanks!

  28. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — July 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    You’re so right about humidity and heat. Evil. I tell you, it’s evil. This isn’t what we Great Lakes States girls love. These radishes on the other hand are gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS. I’m so glad I peer pressured you into trying the buttered radishes. BUTTER FOR THE WIN! ♥

  29. #
    Kim Beaulieu — July 23, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I’m waiting on Miss Kiana to come home so I can watch the current season of OITNB. Plus Hannibal, & Orphan Black.

    No one makes recipes look better than you. This is beautiful.

  30. #
    Jennie @onesweetmess — July 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    We binge watched the entire series. Now I’m jonesing for more. Girl, these radishes are stunning. Why I’ve never thought to pan roast them, I do not know. Pinned.

  31. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — July 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I fell wildly in love with radishes years ago when Kalyn’s Kitchen posted a recipe for balsamic radishes — they were cooked and then glazed with balsamic. SO. Good. Now, I love them lots of ways. French market radishes with butter and sea salt on French bread. Radish hash with a fried egg. And I bet I’d love this too. Looks great!

  32. #
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — July 25, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    You know…I am a radish lovah…however I have never eaten them cooked that I can think of….How about that! I’ll have to give these a whirl!

  33. #
    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — July 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    So you mean to tell me these aren’t spicy?! And like potatoes? Pass me that pan!

  34. #
    Danielle — August 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Brandy! These look divine. Radishes are something we love to continuously sow as long as we possibly can. I am waiting on some french breakfast radishes currently and this seems such a perfect application. I really admire the touch of lemon – we will be making this. 🙂

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