Sweet Hot Pickled Radishes
You guys know I love pickles, right? Yup, even after working two summers at Steinfeld’s Pickle Plant when I was a teenager, I still love pickles! What I love even more is that pickled radishes are easy AND they are completely delicious!
I shared this recipe last month with Jenny’s readers on The Melrose Family and now… I get to share it with you!
As I said, I am a big lover of all things pickled like Refrigerator Pickles and Pickled Peppers. I’ve worked pickles into the recipe for Red Rice Thai Wrap (amazing!) and a fabulous recipe Cuban Sliders – what can I say I love pickles!
Never made pickles before? That’s ok you can do this. These are refrigerator pickles. So all you need to do is cut up the veggies, boil the pickling liquid, pour it over everything and tuck it in the refrigerator. The fridge does all the work for you, love that!!
So check out the picture below – these are watermelon radishes also known as Chinese radishes. They taste just like a regular radish, but they are super pretty aren’t they?
I fell in love with these little gems when we were visiting our friends Ron & Michelle in New Mexico last fall. Watermelon radishes (approximately named!) are slightly spicy and run a little larger in size than your standard radish. They are bright, crunchy and delicious!
I think they are gorgeous and believe it or not, these pictures have not been enhanced – these radishes have AMAZING color!
If you plant a garden this spring, consider planting these little delicious gems! Just look for seeds for watermelon or Chinese radishes at your local garden store. Watermelon radishes are slightly spicy and super crunchy – really yummy!
To get started, the first step is thinly slicing the radishes – no fancy radishes? No problem, use regular radishes, carrots or cucumbers – you can use almost any type of root vegetable! Slice the radishes and pile them into a jar, packing the jar tightly.
I don’t use a fancy mandolin to slice the vegetables. Just a knife – here’s something to keep in mind – the thiner you slice the vegetable the softer the pickle will be. If you enjoy a crunchy pickle, slice them thick.
Step two is combining the pickling liquid – sugar, vinegar, water, garlic & jalapeños into a pan, bringing to a boil, simmering and then allowing it to cool. Next you’ll pour it over the radishes.
You don’t have to have a fancy jar either – any old glass jar will work as long as you are able to fit the veggies in and close it tightly. Fill the jars with the liquid to the top covering the radishes.
Then into the refrigerator they go. Technically I try to wait for a week, but I’m usually digging into the jar by the next day! The recipe below will make two jars, however when I make pickles, whether it’s this recipe or one of the other recipes I’ve mention I usually double it. They keep in the refrigerator for months and are always a great snack!
Delicious? Yes, sweet – absolutely! Spicy with just a hint of heat. Homemade pickles are easy too! These pickles amazing! Perfect to on a burger, beautiful side dish on your buffet and a yummy snack too.
Sweet Hot Pickled Radishes
- 3-4 bunches radishes cleaned, stems and greens removed
- 1-2 jalapeños pepper
- 2 tsps minced garlic
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Start by cleaning the jars well. Invert and allow to dry completely.
- Next prepare the jalapeños pepper. Remove and discard the seeds and veins of the pepper (if you're concerned about too much heat if you're not, leave them in!), chop finely. Mince the garlic.
- Combine the sugar, salt, vinegar, water, garlic and pepper into pan on the stove. Turn on high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue at a low boil for two minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool
- Clean the radishes, remove the root and greens. Slice thinly. Pack into jars. You'll want to pack the radishes tightly into the jars because as they begin to pickle they will shrink so pack them as tightly as possible.
- Pour the cooled liquid into the jars. Seal tightly and refrigerate. I try and wait 1 week before using, but after 24 hours, the pickles begin to get sweet and spicy!