Pickled radishes are crunchy and tangy with a little bit of bite. They are perfect for topping salads, tacos, and burgers and are a great way to extend the life of summer produce.

I love to make quick pickles – whether refrigerator dill pickles or quick pickled red onions – they are the best way to add a little bit of brightness to otherwise heavy dishes.

I love refrigerator pickles because I don’t need to get out the canner for just a few jars – we will eat them within a week anyway! In the summer months, I love to make this quick pickled radish recipe to use up radishes because I always plant way too many to eat them while they are fresh. It’s one of my favorite condiments.

I plant radishes in an effort to bait caterpillars before they can eat my tomato plants. (And they are an excellent root vegetable to use as a companion plant with tomatoes to keep moisture near the roots of the tomatoes.) I plant the radishes around the base of the tomato plants and spray them with bacillus thuringiensis – the caterpillars will eat the radish leaves before they are able to climb up to the tomatoes, and… well… you can guess what happens! After a while, both the radishes and tomatoes will thrive, and I always end up with an abundance of radishes, so I use this easy recipe to make spicy pickled radishes.

If you don’t plant radishes, you can just buy a fresh bunch of radishes at the summer farmer’s market.

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Mixed with crunchy carrots, these easy pickled radishes are perfect to add a lovely bite and a little bit of crunch to any dish – cheese boards, smash burgers, blue cheese salads, bowls, sandwiches, southern potato salad, hummus wraps, or Asian-inspired stir-fry recipes. You can use red radishes or white radishes. I like to use Easter Egg radishes – they have such a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients Needed to Make Spicy Pickled Radishes

This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for the best pickled radishes. As always, specific measurements and complete cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Fresh Radishes, thinly sliced – the thinner they are sliced, the more brine they will absorb and the more pickled they will be.
  • Fresh Carrots, thinly sliced.
  • Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey or Granulated Sugar (You can also substitute maple syrup for the honey)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Optional Additions

  • Fresh Cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • Garlic, thinly sliced
  • Whole Peppercorns
the ingredients needs to pickle radishes and carrots, labeled

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • Small Saucepan
  • Sharp Knife or a Mandoline Slicer
  • Measuring Spoons & Measuring Cups
  • Wide Mouth Mason Jar
  • A Vegetable Peeler
a bunch of candy radishes on a weathered deck with leafy greens

How to Make Quick Pickled Radishes

These pickled radishes are so easy to make, and they are SO GOOD. This great recipe requires no special equipment and just a few minutes of hands-on time.

To prepare the radishes, wash them really well and soak and scrub them if they just came out of the ground and are filthy.

Then chop off the top and bottom of the radishes. The radishes that I like to plant are Easter Egg radishes and Watermelon Radishes, so even after they are pickled, they will still have a vibrant color. (I like to include cilantro in my pickles as well, not only because of the flavor but because of the bright green color that just pops alongside the radish slices in the jar.)

a metal bowl of washed candy radishes

Then, thinly slice the radishes either by hand using a really sharp knife or using a mandolin slicer.

To prepare the carrots, wash, peel, and also slice off the ends. Thinly slice the carrots as well, either by hand using a really sharp knife or using a mandolin slicer.

sliced radishes and carrots on a white cutting board

Now, make the brine. In a small pot or saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, honey (or sugar), salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and mustard seeds.

Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring until the honey or sugar dissolves.

pickling brine cooking in a black pot with a red spatula

While the brine comes to a boil, pack the thin slices of radishes and carrots (as well as the optional cilantro, jalapeño, or garlic) into a wide-mouth mason jar.

a jar of sliced carrots and radishes

Pour the hot liquid over the vegetables and agitate them a little to make sure that the pickling liquid gets into all the nooks and crannies of the vegetables.

an overhead image of a jar of pickled carrots

Let the mixture cool to room temperature, and then cover the jar. The pickles can be eaten immediately or refrigerated to be eaten later. The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks, although they will begin to lose their crispiness after about a week.

a jar of sliced carrots and radishes in brine from the side

How to Store Quick-Pickled Radishes

Quick pickles are not shelf-stable and need to be refrigerated. They can be eaten immediately or refrigerated to be eaten later. I like to store the pickles in a glass jar, but any airtight container will do. 

The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 weeks, but they will begin to lose their crispiness after about a week.

an overhead image of a jar of pickled carrots and radishes

Helpful Pickle Tips

  • Enjoy pickled radishes within a week for optimum crispiness.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled.
  • Eat your pickles quickly? Reuse the brine to make a second batch!
a bowl of candy radishes with big leafy greens

How to Use Pickled Radishes

My favorite way to use pickled radishes is as a garnish on salads, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and avocado toast or as a pickled element on a charcuterie board. The best part about pickled radishes is they don’t have as much of a punch as pickled red onions do, so you can use a lot of them without overpowering the dish. 

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Quick Pickled Radishes (and Carrots)

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Pickled radishes are crunchy and tangy with a little bit of bite. They are perfect for topping salads, tacos, and burgers, and are a great way to extend the life of summer produce.
Author: Kari
Servings: 16
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total: 13 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced radishes and carrots use a mix of radishes and carrots (or just radishes) – the thinner they are sliced the more pickle-y they will be
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes add more if you want these to be really spicy

Optional

  • 2 – 3 tablespoon cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 jalapeño thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced

Instructions 

  • To prepare the radishes, wash them really well – soak them if they just came out of the ground and are filthy – the chop off the top and bottom. Then, thinly slice either by hand using a really sharp knife or use a mandolin.
    1 ½ cups thinly sliced radishes and carrots
  • To prepare the carrots, wash, peel, and also slice off the ends. Thinly slice carrots as well, either by hand using a really sharp knife or using a mandolin.
    1 ½ cups thinly sliced radishes and carrots
  • Now, make the brine. In a small pot or saucepan, combine vinegar, water, honey, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and mustard seeds.
    ¾ cup water, ¾ cup distilled white vinegar, 3 tablespoons honey, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring until the honey dissolves.
  • While the brine comes to a boil, pack the sliced vegetables (and optional cilantro, jalapeño, or garlic) into a wide-mouth mason jar.
    2 – 3 tablespoon cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped, 1 jalapeño, 2 cloves garlic, 1 ½ cups thinly sliced radishes and carrots
  • Pour the mixture over the vegetables and agitate it a little to make sure that the brine gets into all the nooks and crannies of the vegetables.
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then cover. The pickles can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for later. The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 weeks, although they will begin to lose their crispiness after about a week.

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Notes

How to Store Pickled Radishes

Quick pickles are not shelf-stable and need to be refrigerated. They can be eaten immediately or refrigerated to be eaten later. I like to store the pickles in a glass jar, but any airtight container will do. 
The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 weeks, but they will begin to lose their crispiness after about a week.

How to Use Quick Pickled Radishes

My favorite way to use pickled radishes is as a garnish on salads, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and avocado toast or as a pickled element on a charcuterie board. The best part about pickled radishes is they don’t have as much of a punch as pickled red onions do, so you can use a lot of them without overpowering the dish. 

Recipe Tips

  • Enjoy pickled radishes within a week for optimum crispiness.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled.
  • Eat your pickles quickly? Reuse the brine to make a second batch!

Special Equipment Needeed

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 297mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled carrots, pickled radishes, quick pickles
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Hi, I'm Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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