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Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Roasted Radishes

Whether you’re looking for a keto potato substitute or simply need a low carb side dish to create more room for dessert, you’re in the right place. These crispy garlic parmesan roasted radishes are a legit potato side dish replacement, coming awfully close to the real deal.

Friend of the blog, Joe Duff, was first to turn me on to these with his how to make keto potatoes video. Radishes have never been an ingredient I reached for at the store, but I think that’s changed now. Because this entire recipe has just 225 calories and 13 grams of carbs!

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How to Make Roasted Radishes in an Air Fryer

Now that I’ve convinced you to give roasted radishes a try, let’s get down to business. I’ve included a visual recipe walkthrough below and included a few ingredient notes and prep tips in the post below. If you’re feeling confident, there’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Cut 12 ounces of radishes into equally sized pieces.

trader joe's radishes trimmed and quartered

If you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s, that’s totally fine. You’ll just want to buy enough radishes to end up with about 12 ounces after trimming.

The only tip I have here is to make sure you’re quartering the large radishes, halving most of the radishes, and leaving any little baby radishes whole. Evenly sized pieces will ensure evenly roasted radishes.

Also, you’ll want to pick up two bags of radishes so you can make my low carb cheeseburger skillet.

Toss with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and air fry for 8 minutes at 400ºF. 

radishes in the instant pot air fryer basket

Don’t worry, the seasoning is coming. Similar to my air fryer red potatoes and cajun fries, reserving the seasoning for the back half of roasting prevents anything from burning.

Crush a clove of garlic and mix with a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt, red pepper, and parsley flakes. 

olive oil, crushed garlic, pepper, and parsley flakes

In case you’re unfamiliar with crushing garlic and don’t have a garlic press, this is how I do it: Finely mince a clove of garlic and sprinkle a pinch of salt over the top. Drag the flat of a knife across the top of the garlic a few times, pressing hard against the cutting board, to create a paste.

Don’t worry about perfection here. And if you’re thinking about using garlic powder instead of freshly crushed garlic, I’m only judging you a little bit. For garlic powder, hold it out of the olive oil mixture and add it in with the grated parmesan later.

Side note: You could use some of my recipes like air fryer Greek potatoes or Mexican potatoes to change the seasoning of your roasted radishes.

Toss the air fried radishes with the garlic and olive oil mixture.

radishes with olive oil, garlic, pepper, and parsley flakes

Already looking like roasted potatoes, right?

Add 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan, stirring to evenly coat the radishes.

radishes with grated parmesan

Like I mentioned in my air fryer carrot fries recipe, the pre-grated, shelf stable parmesan tends to work best for things like these roasted radishes. Using freshly grated and shredded cheese is almost always the move, but this time the shortcut is the way.

And if you’re using garlic powder instead of crushed garlic, now would be the time to add it.

parmesan coated radishes before air frying final time

Don’t over mix your radishes once the parmesan is in the mix or you run the risk of it clumping together in spots.

Air fry for an additional 6-8 minutes at 400ºF until the roasted radishes are a crispy golden brown.

Every air fryer is different, so you’ll want to check on your roasted radishes early. Or at least keep a nose nearby to smell for any burning. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.

Serving Your Roasted Radishes

In case you need some serving ideas, here’s a handful of recipes that came to mind for pairing with your roasted radishes:

Well, that about does it. I’ve included notes for oven roasted radishes in the recipe card below. If you have any additional recipe questions I missed, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post. And don’t forget to come back and let me know what you thought about your garlic parmesan roasted radishes in a recipe review!

Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Roasted Radishes

Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Roasted Radishes

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to make crispy parmesan and garlic roasted radishes in the air fryer or oven.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag Radishes, trimmed and halved
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed*
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp (15g) Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper and Parsley Flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the radishes in half (quarter any extra large radishes) and toss with 1/2 Tbsp (8g) olive oil. Add the radishes to an air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes at 400ºF.
  2. In the same bowl, add the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, red pepper, and parsley flakes. Stir everything together.
  3. After 8 minutes in the air fryer, add the radishes back to the bowl with the olive oil mixture, tossing to evenly coat. Add the grated parmesan and stir everything together until the radishes are evenly coated in parmesan.
  4. Place the radishes back in the air fryer basket and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes at 400ºF until crispy golden brown.

Notes

*For crushed garlic, mince the clove of garlic and add a pinch of salt on top. Use the flat side of a knife's blade to press down on the garlic and drag across the cutting board. Repeat until a thick paste forms.

For Oven Roasted Radishes

Mix the halved radishes with all the olive oil, crushed garlic, red pepper, and parsley flakes before adding the parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 450ºF until crispy. For best results, use a similar method of baking the radishes on their own before tossing with seasoning.

To Double the Recipe

Double all the ingredients and follow the recipe as written, air frying the radishes for 10-12 minutes and shaking halfway through before adding all the seasoning ingredients and air frying an additional 6-10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Servings Serving Size: 1/2 the recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 8.5gCarbohydrates: 6.5gProtein: 3g

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Jennifer Torres

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

These look amazing! Quick question: With the grated parmesan, do you recommend the bottled shaker parmesan, or freshly grated parmesan?

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 17th of June 2021

I actually prefer the pre-grated parmesan in a shaker for recipes like these. Freshly grated works, but it doesn't always stick to what you're air frying as well.

Kathryn Wesserling

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

I'm not crazy about potatoes, so rarely buy them. But, I love radishes. After seeing pictures in Facebook, I searched and found yours. Perfect. I didn't exactly measure, but using an entire bunch of radishes, I followed your recipe pretty much. OMGosh! They taste wonderful. I'm taking them to an Orthodox Easter Dinner today, hoping my non-adventurous relatives will try something new. I took a picture to share across several groups.

Lisa

Sunday 18th of April 2021

I made these today and really loved them. I’m not a big fan of radishes so I wasn’t too sure about it but I was pleasantly surprised about how delicious it came out. My husband also loved them. Thank you!!

Mason Woodruff

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Surprisingly good, right? I mean, they're no potato. But a worthy carb-saving substitute, in my opinion.

Caitlin

Saturday 17th of April 2021

My friend gave us a whole bunch of radishes from her garden because she didn't know what to do with them. I tried this recipe and oh boy was it great! I normally don't like radishes but this was a simple and tasty side. Maybe I'll start buying more radishes... :)

Paige Roberts

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

These are great! They’re easy and come together quickly as a side. I was skeptical because I’ve tried sautéing radishes before as a potato replacement and had trouble getting them to pick up other flavor. However, these are very flavorful and are a great low carb side for any meal.

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