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low carb side dish of sauteed radishes

Pan-Fried Radishes with Bacon

If you’re following the keto diet and miss potatoes, you have to try these sauteed radishes! They’re the perfect substitute and make a great side dish at breakfast or dinner. 

low carb radishes in cast iron pan

My husband is a huge breakfast guy. He loves when weekends, because I almost always cook him a big breakfast.

Bacon – obviously.

Eggs – of course.

Fried potatoes – not anymore.

You guys, he was missing the fried breakfast potatoes, I’m not going to lie. I was too, if we’re being totally honest.

What can I use instead of potatoes? 

First, I set out to find some ‘low carb potatoes.’

No. There are no low carb potatoes.

Potatoes are just basically one big ball o’ carbohydrate.

Then I stumbled upon radishes.

Y’all. Just you wait. These are going to knock your socks off.

low carb side dish of sauteed radishes

Now, look. These ARE radishes. There’s no denying it. Buttttt, they don’t taste anything like a raw radish.

Just like cauliflower potato salad is actually cauliflower, but it doesn’t make it any less delicious.

Radishes for potatoes are an amazing swap. The radishes soften up like a potato and loses most of it’s bite.

Fried radishes, especially ones fried in bacon grease, are just close enough to potatoes that you’ll think you’re dreaming.

Radishes fried in butter are pretty darn tasty too!

close up of sauteed radishes

How many carbs in radishes:

How can something that softens up, looks like a potato, and gets all starchy tasting be low in carbs?

Magic, probably.

Based on my research, one cup of sliced radishes has just 3.9 carbs and 1.9 grams of fiber. This means that an entire cup is clocking in at only 2 net carbs!

One pound of radishes has 20 carbs and 10 grams of fiber.

You’re probably going to have enough room in your carb allowance to eat radishes every day at those numbers!

pan fried radishes in cast iron skillet

How to cook radishes:

This is the easy part, my friends.

I like to dice them up. Just cut them into quarters for that fried potato feel.

In this recipe, we’re frying up some bacon and then adding in the diced radishes.

The radishes take about 15 minutes to soften. You can cook them longer or shorter, depending on the texture you’re going for.

I added garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. I wanted to keep the seasonings simple for this one and they came out perfectly.

You can add whatever flavors you like, though!

I think these fried radishes are going to be a total hit in your household.

Keto on, friends.

fried radishes in skillet


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Pan fried radishes with bacon

These sauteed radishes are perfect as a low carb side for breakfast or dinner. They remind me of fried potatoes!

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 ½ pounds radishes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1//2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon to the pan.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until nearly crisp.
  3. Add the radishes to the pan with the bacon and continue cooking, stirring often, until radishes are softened, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley before serving.
  6. Serve hot.


Radishes will lose most of their spicy bite when cooked, though you'll occasionally still get a bit of kick from the hotter ones.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 3gSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2g

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56 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Radishes with Bacon”

  1. I made these, a few weeks ago, and my husband and I absolutely loved them Making again tonight and we both thought they tasted like brussel sprouts (which we both like). Thanks foor sharing your recipe!

  2. I made this this morning. We have been intermittent fasting, and i hit a plateau early, and have stayed there a while. Looking for tips, one of the suggestions was cutting carbs. Tooling around on the internet, I came across this recipe. I was intrigued. My Publix only had a 1lb bag of radishes, and i did not cut the amount of bacon, because,uh…hello, it’s bacon, the candy of meat. anyway, I would pour off some of the fat next time. I also used onions, because i love them, and way more garlic than listed, as well as thyme from my herb garden. It was perfect! We don’t eat a lot of potatoes, so I can’t speak to how they compare, but it was delicious on its own merits.

  3. Hi, never herd about fried radishes. But I like them raw in salad. Have to try your recipe. Thanks!!!

  4. Would love to know what the effect of frying the radish has on carbohydrate numbers…. any idea?

      1. I cannot find any information on Radish but onions raw are 9g carbs/100g and fried are 31g carbs/100g

        1. Karly Campbell

          Hi Pat! The difference in raw vs. cooked onions is because a lot of the water cooks out of the onions and they shrink while cooking. So, 100g of raw onions is a lot less onion that 100g of cooked onions…does that make sense? The nutrition information for this radish recipe is provided in the recipe card.

  5. To me,fried radishes have a cauliflower/broccoli taste. I dice them up, fry them in bacon grease, and a nice touch to this recipe is to add some cream cheese to coat it when it’s done. Oh my goodness so good!!

  6. Crystal Foreman

    I love this recipe ! I discovered radishes too recently and absolutely love them. I was so hesitant when I was about to dig In For that first bite because it looked so much like a little red potato . I said to myself, “this can’t be”. But it is what it is and I’ve been living in radish heaven ever since. Thank you !

  7. I had heard about radishes tasting like potatoes when cooked. I tried this recipe and added onions and absolutely loved it! I will be using this recipe from now on, Thank you!

  8. I used butter instead of bacon grease… It definitely didn’t taste like radish but didn’t taste like potatoes either 😛 It was more of a slightly-juicy stir fried veggie dish

  9. Debbie Cousins

    Absolutely delicious. I don’t know why I bought radishes as I don’t like them 🙂 Followed your recipe and they were amazing. Thanks so much!

  10. Sandy Washington

    These were absolutely amazing, I actually told my husband who is the pickiest eater ever, they were potatoes and he loved them ⭐⭐⭐⭐. I also added thai chili peppers.

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