Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices

Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices | Selma's Table

After the excesses of festive season, January bears the brunt of cutting back whether it be shopping, alcohol and/or food. The feasting seems to start from the beginning of December so come January, we do crave simpler, lighter food. The trouble is that sometimes it can seem a little bland. These crunchy, pickled radish slices will perk up all sorts of things from salads to steamed vegetables, steamed fish to simply cooked meats. And of course they are superb with cheese and crackers, in sandwiches,  in burgers; anywhere you need a crunchy, spicy, floral, acidic hit of flavour.

They are ridiculously easy to make – combine the spices, slice the radishes and layer in a heatproof jar. Boil the brine to dissolve the sugar and salt and pour over the radishes. That’s it! You can eat them as soon as they have cooled or refrigerate them for later – they keep for a few weeks. I hope you find that they add a little pizzaz to some of your January meals!

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Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of radishes

Brine

  • 200 ml white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 200 ml water
  • 3Tbsp sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp salt

Spices

  • ½ – 1 tsp chilli flakes depending on how spicy you like it
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp red peppercorns
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Trim off the tops and tails of the radishes. then, using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice very finely into rounds.
  2. Mix the spices together and place half in the bottom of a heat proof jar.
  3. Fill the jar with the sliced radishes and top with the remaining spices.
  4. Bring the brine ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour over the radishes and let this cool to room temperature before serving or storing in the fridge.

The radishes will last for a few weeks in the fridge.

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100 thoughts on “Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices

    • Fae, so sorry to get back to you so late. These are known as quick pickles – they don’t need to mature and can be eaten straight away – well, after they are cold! I think that they are crunchiest for the first few days but still really delicious after that too.x

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  1. Selma,
    Thank you so much for this inspiring and beautiful post – I have pickled cucumber at New Year and it was amazingly lovely – a good foil to richer foods… so I’m really looking forward to trying this… perfect timing. Especially, as you say, after all the excess of December!
    Happy New Year, and Happy Hosting this week!
    Emma :-)

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  3. They look so delicious – a bright light in a dark season! I have only once attempted to pickle something (courgettes, if I remember correctly) and the end result was so disgusting that I have stayed clear of the old brine ever since. You make me winder if I shouldn’t face my fears again …
    Thanks for co-hosting – it’s greatly appreciated!

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    • Take a look at my quick summer courgette pickle recipe – it is the most viewed recipe on my blog and I have to say it is wonderful – I get requests all the time from my friends, for a jar or two…Face your fears, definitely! It is my pleasure to co-host this lovely party = I get to meet wonderful people like you!

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  4. Thank you so much for Hosting Fiesta Friday Selma! :)
    I love pickled radishes and have tried it once before, but never with peppercorn or apple cider vinegar! I think this would taste even better. I can’t wait to try it :)

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  5. Very pretty Selma and you are right, these are so handy in the winter to jazz up all kinds of things (and I like that you included burgers). THank you for such a nice shout out here too!

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    • Urrm – that is what I have been doing!! Busted!! Thanks Emilie, so easy to make – I even sliced them by hand (good opportunity to practice knife skills!) and you can eat them pretty much straight after they have cooled down.

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  6. Beautiful colors in your post Selma. Lovely flavors too, I once pickled some cucumbers that I grew in the garden, it was lovely. I must try radishes too. I so love radish anyway, some are pungent and others not so, I wonder why. I prefer the pungent ones. Thanks for co-hosting, you always have some great suggestions and advice. :)

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  7. I love all pickled and the radishes looks so inviting! I completely agree with you that January is about lighter and simpler foods and this looks perfect :)

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  8. Selma these look so crispy and fresh. After the holiday season we are all looking for both to get us back on track. Radishes are one of the things I grow in my little garden every spring and this year I will definitely make this recipe. Your posts are always so great.

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    • Aww, thanks Teresa. That means so much coming from you. I think that we all get used to big rich flavours Nov-Dec and something strong but sharp seems to help wean us off them – or maybe that is just me!! Coming over to see what you have been up to…

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    • Haha! I would happily move in to yours, Prudy…we’d never be out of the kitchen! And with a cocktail or a glass of wine at our elbows – always!! The pickles are really easy – I made them in about 15 or 20 minutes, including washing the radishes and hand slicing them!

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    • I’ve never been a fan of radishes but got a bunch in my veg box and as my pickled courgette recipe is still viewed every day, I thought, why not pickle the radishes and see! Grilled meats, a smear of greek yoghurt and a spoonful of pickles is quite delicious!

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  9. Hi Selma, just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe over the weekend and it is fantastic. The pickles are wonderful with cheese and crackers. I’ve never pickled anything before, so this was a great, easy introduction – thanks!

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    • So thrilled to hear that – thanks so much for coming back to comment! I made some meatballs and rice the other day. I topped my serving with a dollop of yoghurt and a generous teaspoon of the pickles – it was really good!! Thanks again!

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    • Marcela – I am so sorry but your comment got caught by the spam filter so I have only just seen it. I will come over and take a look at your contest and see if it is not too late! Thanks for asking me!

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    • Happy New Year to you too! Yes, you could but if they are dense like carrots or mooli, then slice them thinly. If they Cucumbers and courgettes you could leave a little thicker. Come back and let me know what you pickled! And remember that you can also change the spices – just use whole spices…

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