Butter Roasted Radishes with Ricotta, Pistachios, and Balsamic Reduction

Did you know that you can roast radishes? They lose their peppery punch and transform into something subtly sweet, tender, and a bit nutty–almost like a parsnip. Butter and radishes are a classic french pairing, and this recipe really shines in its simplicity. Top them with toasty pistachios, orange scented ricotta, mint, and balsamic reduction for an easy weeknight side.


  • You’ll need a large pan that can go from the oven to the stove top, like cast iron, carbon steel, or stainless steel.

Serves 2-3 as a side

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 12-15 radishes, french breakfast if you can find them 
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ricotta
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Small handful mint leaves
  • Small handful roasted pistachios, shelled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 425
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic over a gentle simmer until reduced by ⅓. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Careful not to over reduce, as it can get tacky. This can take between 8-20 minutes. 
  3. Clean the radishes and trim tops and bottoms. Cut each radish in half and place in a large cast iron pan (you need something that can go from the oven to the stove top). Lightly coat with olive oil and arrange cut side down. 
  4. Roast the radishes for 10 minutes. 
  5. While the radishes cook, combine the orange zest with the ricotta and season with salt and pepper. 
  6. Remove the radishes from the oven and place on a burner on medium high. Do not move the radishes for 1-2 minutes, or until the bottoms start to brown. 
  7. Turn the heat to medium and add the butter and saute for 1-2 minutes more, until the radishes are tender and coated in butter. 
  8. Season very generously with salt (you will probably need more than you think here) and remove from heat.
  9. Place the radishes in a bowl and top with pistachios, mint leaves, and small globs of the ricotta mixture.
  10. Drizzle with balsamic reduction (you likely won’t need all of it).