06 May 2009

Radishes au jus

Cooked radishes are delicious. Considering that I'd never even thought about cooking radishes before, it was a very pleasant surprise. Thanks to the Larousse Gastronomique, I no longer fear the glut of radishes from this spring's garden.

Walt went out and pulled up 24 radishes. He trimmed off the fanes — the leafy green tops — and cleaned the radishes as if we planned to eat them raw with bread, butter, and salt. Then I washed and picked through the fanes to eliminate any leaves that weren't in nearly perfect condition.

Add pre-cooked radishes to a pan that you are cooking chicken thighs in.

I started cooking a couple of chicken thighs in a big frying pan. I had a baked pork chop left over from a couple of days ago, along with the fat that chop and two others had been cooked in. I melted the fat, plus a little fresh butter, and cooked the chicken pieces in it. Just butter would probably have been just as good, or olive oil...

Toss the cooked radishes in the pan drippings and let them finish cooking along with the chicken.

Meanwhile, I got a small saucepan of salted water up to the boil. I put in the 24 radishes and waited for them to cook. It didn't take long — maybe 5 minutes. They turned a nice pink color, and the cooking water turned pink. I tested a radish with a metal skewer and it was obviously cooked through.

Ah, and I diced up the leftover pork chop and added that to the pan with the chicken. I got rid of the bones, and I added about ¼ cup of dry white wine to the pan. I covered it and let the diced pork and the chicken thighs steam through. I also added in a couple of stalks of fresh parsley.

Radish tops cooking in the water that the radishes themselves were cooked in.

Then I took the radishes out of their cooking water with a slotted spoon and put them in the pan with the chicken, pork, and cooking liquid. I put the radish greens, which I had de-stemmed and washed again, into the boiling water to cook down and tenderize.

Cooked radish greens flavored with pan juices

After about five more minutes, I had radishes cooked in the juice and fat of the chicken and pork — not to mention the butter, white wine, and parsley. And the radish leaves were cooked too.

The radishes were soft but not flabby or mushy. The chicken and pork were tender and succulent. The jus from the meat was thick and glossy. The radish greens had the texture of cooked spinach, but the flavor was milder. I seasoned them with the meat jus too.

Radis au jus served with chicken thighs flavored with pork and parsley.

I say, try cooked radishes now while they are in season and not expensive. Or grow your own radishes. They are excellent raw or cooked, as we have just realized.


  1. Never heard before your posts of cooked radishes. Now I'm just curious to experience that. I'll try on my own in... two weeks time, for good measure. Not being the expert cook you both are, I may not be as successful!

    I'm always amazed at the appropriateness of the word verification. This one is RECUL.

    Dois-je comprendre qu'il faut prendre du recul avant de se lancer dans la cuisson de ces pauvres radis roses?

  2. I never tried to cook radishes but I would think they might have the same consistency as turnips?
    I am bringing back Ralph lauren's clothes and Levis jeans from the US to France. Visa sent me a letter than they were charging 4 % for using their card out of the US. They sure stick it to us. Thank you for the barbecue information. I will contact Weber and see what they have to say about the difference between the type of briquettes they use in France. My brother in law uses wood in their "homemade" barbecue.
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  3. Yes, Nadège, the texture of cooked radishes is kind of like the texture of cooked turnips or carrots.

    We haven't found charcoal briquettes here. There is charcoal that is just sticks of charred wood. It burns up really fast. We use wood, mostly grapevine trunks, in our big concrete barbecue.

  4. Nadège, have you seen this French site (Delamaison.fr) where you can order Weber grills?

    Also, try La Redoute for Webers.


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