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Pickled Radishes

When we had friends over for dinner recently, there was a request for ‘no onion’. That’s a fairly simple request to accommodate however there was a particular salad I wanted to make which featured red onions. I saw some radishes in the market and decided they would make a good substitute from a colour and crunch perspective.

jar od sliced picked radishes with a few pickled radishes in a dish


Waste Not, Want Not

After I made the dinner party salad, I had a small bunch of radishes left over. If the weather had been warmer, I probably would have diced them into a salad. Unfortunately, the weather has been mild of late so we’re not eating a lot of salads. There were only a few radishes left but I didn’t want to compost them. I decided to make some quick pickled radishes that I could use in next week’s lunch boxes.

radishes, tomatoes and artichokes piled on a market stall in paris

The elongated radishes in the picture above are known as ‘French Breakfast Radishes’. This is curious because as far as I’m aware, radishes are enjoyed in France but not necessarily for breakfast. Fresh radishes are popular throughout Europe but for some reason, they are not as popular in Australia. It’s probably because people see them as old fashioned. I’m a big fan of pickled radishes. They really make a dish, adding interest with their salty/sweet crunch. We most frequently see them in the form of pickled daikon in Japanese cuisine or salted mustard greens that you can buy in Asian supermarkets. Indeed, radish is part of the mustard family.

Pickled Radishes

dish of sliced picked radishes with decorative fork

Pickled Radishes are perfect with cold meats and a sharp cheddar. They take less than 10 minutes to prepare. So, if you’re dipping you toe into making food as gifts, these are a good place to start.


  • 1 bunch of radishes (approx 10 – 12)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar (or 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup cider vinegar)
  • 2 tspns salt
  • 2 tspns caster sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced in half and/or 1 chilli (optional)


  1. Cut the green tops from the radish (set aside and add as a peppery addition to a green salad).
  2. Wash, top and tail the radishes. Slice thinly – approx 1.5mm thick
  3. Bring the water, vinegar, salt and sugar to the boil, Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  4. Pack the radish slices into a clean, sterilised preserving jar. Add the garlic and chilli if you are using and top with the hot pickling liquid.
  5. Place the lid on the jar and allow it to cool. When the jar is at room temperature, put in the fridge.
  6. The radish pickles are ready in 24 hours but you can keep them for up to 4 weeks. The radishes will turn a delightful pink hue, as a result of the pickling liquid.

Serves: Makes approximately 2 x 350ml jars

pickled radishes sitting in a jar of brine that is pink


5 comments… add one
  • Mackay Sherry October 28, 2018, 11:38 am

    I am a new convert to radishes. For some reason I never ate them unless they were put in my food by someone else:). But I love them now. Anything pickled is super trendy so you are on trend my dear. And good for your health too so doubly good.

    • Fiona Ryan October 29, 2018, 1:42 pm

      Next time we go to buy radishes, we’ll find out it’s a ‘super food’ and they’ll be $10 a bunch!

  • sherry October 28, 2018, 4:40 pm

    okay third time lucky. my previous 2 comments have been swallowed up. just saying radishes are fairly new to me and i only started buying and cooking with them last summer. yep i know i’m slow:) they are delish. and you are on trend with the pickled ones. cheers S

    • Fiona Ryan October 29, 2018, 1:43 pm

      Hi – I have 2 of your comments but not the third. No idea what they would go to moderation as you visit regularly. We’ll put it down to a ghost in the machine.

  • sherry October 30, 2018, 3:26 pm

    oooh i’ve done 3 comments! they have all disappeared it seems. love your radishes. they are fairly new to me as i only started buying and using them last summer!

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