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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 hope you don’t mind me asking a “dumb question”…
    (I’m convinced part of MY weight loss success on keto is that it’s actually gotten me in the kitchen cooking, rather than relying on processed foods!! 😉

    Anyway, relatively new cook, and I’ve made my share of silly mistakes from misinterpreting recipes.

    When you say 1½ lbs. radishes, is that 1½ lbs. of bunches (with stems/leaves) or 1½ lbs. with stems (root?) trimmed off?

    Really interested in trying this, this weekend! I miss pan fried potatoes with breakfast!!


    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Jim!

      That’s not a dumb question! I measured by 1 1/2 pounds of the actual radish, without the leaves or stems. Hope that helps!

  2. Made these for the first time. I liked them, but prefer turnips. It is nice, however to have a go to for a change.

  3. Helen J Rush

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Tonight I had fried radishes with bacon seasoned with pink salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and pinch of cayenne pepper. I could not believe difference in taste from raw to fried. They’re not potatoes, but look like them, and taste great. So glad I bought several bunches of radishes so I can make these again and do a breakfast stir with scrambled eggs and spinach and cheese. Yum, makes my mouth water. So good. Thanks again for sharing!!

  4. Melissa Jusztin

    All I can say is , thank you, thank you and thank you. I could not believe how good fried radishes are and they do substitute well for fried red potatoes. Just had some with with an egg sunny side up. Delish.

  5. I never write reviews but…Wow! I despise raw radishes but these turned out absolutely delicious! I didn’t have minced garlic or parsley, so added a sprinkle of garlic powder and a little chopped onion. Will definitely make this again! Thank you for this great recipe:)

  6. Hi!
    I am SO excited to try this, I just happen to have radishes in my fridge! I do have one question: do you drain the bacon grease before adding the radishes or just leave it as a sort of sauce?

  7. Based on all the nice people’s comments and Melanie’s tasty photos, I’m gonna give it a go. My wife dislikes radishes so it’s a little risky, but not too risky because radishes aren’t gonna break the bank. Looking to add another quality low carb vegetable to our list!

  8. Never liked radishes, but they were half price at Aldi, so thought, as I hadn’t had them for years, I’d give them another try. Thank you so much for recommending to cook them, I’d never have thought of that! I did them with bacon, mushrooms and a knob of butter in my air fryer and they were so lovely with fried eggs and halloumi.

  9. Hmmm. Sounds delicious! Has anyone tried to fry these like French fries or cut up in strips and air fried?

    1. Hi! I air fry turnips that also taste like potatoes. Was wondering how to do the radishes. I would think it should be the same. Air Fry at 390 for 8 minutes, flipping once half way!

  10. I just found this page the other day and decided to try this. I would have never thought to try radishes in this way, and it was delicious! I added onion to it and it is a fabulous replacement for fried potatoes.

  11. Linda Dodson

    I’m going to try these today……………miss my potato’s and making french fries for the family tonight…Thanks so much

  12. june scheufler

    i bought radishes the other day to try this and then saw your pan fried radishes, will have to try them today. thanks

  13. Susan Kraton

    I can’t wait to try these tomorrow.
    I will be an avid follower and fan.
    I was so upset because I have so much weight to lose.
    Now, I don’t care how long it takes, because it’s such a delicious journey!
    I don’t miss a thing!

  14. Charles Hill

    Those were the best!! Could not have imagined. Cooked them up with a pork tenderloin. The drippings made for a great sauce so to speak. Thank you

  15. Charles Hill

    Thank you. I just put out my pork loin and cant wait to fry up these radishes tonight.

  16. Hi, Karly! I’m wondering if this would freeze? Would love to make up a double batch and freeze half.

  17. Tried this today was absolutely yum. Will have often. I would never have thought to cook radishes. Hubby doesn’t like them raw but loved them cooked. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. Christy Haley

        I tried this recipe last night. I hate raw radishes but I saw all the positive comments and decided to try!! Absolutely delicious and took care of my fried potato craving. Thank you

  18. This looks great. Will try this weekend. Wonder if you could add a small amount of onion and saute that up for a hash brown with onion?

  19. OK, I”ve always hated radishes, but I want potatoes so bad. I’m trying it on your recommendation, Karly! So far you haven’t led me astray so fingers crossed.

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