A self-contained method to estimate the gradient delay for radial based MRF sequences based on the residual error after dictionary matching was presented. Under IRB approval, MRF was performed in two healthy volunteers at 7T. Images were reconstructed with varying degrees of gradient offset in the readout direction. The correlation of the dictionary match (i.e. inner product of the compressed data with the matched dictionary entry) was recorded. The average signal intensity within the head ROI in the “match map” gave the best result, and hence could be an easy and reliable metric for gradient delay correction.