Brined and Sautéed Radishes with Fresh Za’atar

Radishes have so much more to offer than zip and color in salads. Available from local farms from spring through early fall, there are many ways to utilize these bulbs with bite. Here, brining adds depth to their flavor, and a quick sauté in a hot pan browns the edges nicely. Adding the gently bitter greens provides great contrast in taste and color, while increasing the dish’s overall vitamin and mineral content. Finally, we’ll dress it all in some herbaceous za’atar, transforming everyday radishes into a notable part of any meal.

By / Photography By India Seychew | September 13, 2017

Ingredients

Brined and Sautéed Radishes
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon + ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 bunches radishes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Fresh Za’atar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh marjoram, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons sumac
  • 1½ teaspoons mild Aleppo pepper

Instructions

Brined and Sautéed Radishes

Bring peppercorns, coriander, star anise, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, garlic, sugar, white vinegar and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Meanwhile, wash radishes. Remove and discard stems and any bruised leaves. Rinse and coarsely chop remaining leaves. Halve each radish. Remove brine from heat. Add radishes to the brine, reserving greens to the side. Allow the radishes in brine to cool on the stove, about 20 minutes. Strain radishes (brine can be refrigerated and reserved for another use), and pat dry.

Heat large frying pan on medium. Once hot, add oil and butter. Place the radishes in the pan. Cook about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the radishes begin to brown at their edges. Add greens and sauté quickly until warmed through. Remove from heat and toss with some of the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and za’atar, to taste.

Fresh Za’atar

Combine all ingredients. Use at your discretion. Za’atar can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Ingredients

Brined and Sautéed Radishes
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon + ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 bunches radishes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Fresh Za’atar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh marjoram, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons sumac
  • 1½ teaspoons mild Aleppo pepper
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