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ACCIDENTAL PROPOSALS sometimes lead to ACCIDENTAL RECIPES  . . . so let yourself go and say YES !

I rarely ever buy radishes. I always say “no thank-you” when my sweet & funny greengrocer-lady proposes that I get some. This time, I said YES (I feel bad always saying NO). On that same day, I bought some beautiful mackerels and was going to prepare them as usual with my aromatic salt (of which I always make more than I need). I could have accompanied the oven-baked fish with onions and potatoes but I had all these radishes that I rarely eat, except with some salty butter as an appetizer.

The previous night, I had gone over to my friends and neighbors for cocktails and munchies and they proposed to give me some seaweed salty butter to taste at home … The next day, I added some salty seaweed butter to a raw radish and it tasted like the ocean !

And this is how the roasted radishes recipe with anchovies and seaweed was born … as a side dish to the roasted mackerels … :)

ocean-flavored roasted radishes




  • 1 kg radishes (2 bunches of large radishes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp kelp salt  (or combine yaki nori roasted seaweed with coarse sea salt)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ tbsp anchovies (2-3 anchovies)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper 


  • prepare the sauce/dressing in a food-processor by combining the olive oil, soft butter, kelp salt, garlic, anchovies, 1 tbsp parsley, lemon zest, ground pepper and set aside

note : to make your own kelp salt, combine ½ tbsp (7 grams) coarse sea salt with 2-3 sheets (7 grams) of yaki nori dried seaweed (available in asian grocery shops) in a food-processor, if not, then simply use the sea salt

  • wash radishes, remove radish leaves and cut in half
  • preheat oven to 200°C
  • heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and braise the first bunch of radishes at medium-high heat, on the cut-side down, for 4 minutes and then 2 minutes on the uncut sides, repeat with a second batch and another 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • if your frying pan has a metal handle and is large enough, transfer everything to the pre-heated oven, if not, place all the braised radishes (cut-sides up) on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of the radishes) until more tender
  • remove from oven, toss with the sauce/dressing and put back inside the oven for 5 more minutes
  • serve warm, sprinkled with extra chopped parsley.