Radish Herb Butter

Radish Herb Butter Recipe on Bread

The classic French preparation involves nothing more than radishes, butter, and salt. Fearful of not quite “getting” it, I tried out this minted radish butter recipe from Green City Market instead.

You don’t need to be French to appreciate these crunchy clusters of red, pink, and green. The radishes, herbs, and spritzes of lemon lightened the fattiness so much that I almost forgot I was eating butter. My preference is serving the butter generously salted and peppered as a spread for bread, crackers, or other raw vegetables.

recipe adapted from Green City Market
Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Graziana

Radish Herb Butter Recipe

makes about 6 servings

Radish Herb Butter

8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
5 radishes, about 1 to 1/2 inches in diameter, washed and trimmed


  1. Slice the radishes into thin rounds, and then into strips to julienne (or use a mandolin). Discard the root ends.
  2. In a bowl, beat the butter with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Beat in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the chopped herbs just until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Gently fold in the julienned radishes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Radish Herb Butter Julienne

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54 Responses to “Radish Herb Butter”

  1. Rosa says:

    A great idea! It must taste wonderful!



  2. Graziana says:

    I knew herb butter but never prepared with radishes… and it’s odd because I love both herb butter and radishes! Thank you for sharing with WHB!

  3. Mama JJ says:

    I’ve been eating a version of this for breakfast: A slice of bread, thickly spread with butter, topped with sliced radishes, and sprinkled with coarse salt. Butter and radishes—who would’ve thunk it!

  4. maris says:

    The radish herb butter looks good…but I’ve got my eye on the roll next to it!

  5. kat says:

    I like a good radish sandwich so I bet this is a wonderful way to put one together

  6. Joelen says:

    What a great idea for a butter – looks fantastic as usual! :)

  7. Natashya says:

    That looks like such a nice spread for summer. I don’t use radishes enough.

  8. katiek @kitchensidecar says:

    such great fotos. color me radish!

    i hear a lot about these radishes and butter. i’d want them with REALLY good butter and some large crystal salt.

  9. The Duo Dishes says:

    The mint is the best part. We love to pop it into dishes, but we’ve never thought about using it in a compound butter.

  10. Irene says:

    I love radishes, but have never thought to use them in butter! What an inspired idea!

  11. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    This I have got to try!

  12. The Purple Foodie says:

    Now this sounds like something I’ve never had before. I must try this. The colours are simply gorgeous!

  13. Hannah says:

    This is -such- a great idea… And you don’t have to feel as guilty using butter (or non-dairy spread in my case) when it’s packed with vegetables!

  14. Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

    A very interesting and delightful idea. I never tasted radish butter…I must try it, sounds so charming :)



  15. maybelles mom says:

    I adore radish butter, but I am perplexed about the forgetting you are eating butter. Butter is heaven.

  16. CookiePie says:

    That sounds SO delicious — I love radishes! Must try this.

  17. we are never full says:

    very very nice. i always say the radish is very underrated and too often not used enough in cooking!

  18. Christina@DeglazeMe says:

    That radish butter looks amazing… especially on that beautiful bun!!!! It look so soft and pillowy. yum.

  19. Pigpigscorner says:

    Agreat way to use radishes! I always wonder what can we do with radishes apart rfom putting them in salads.

  20. Soma says:

    Mint, chives & radishes sound good. I make mint & radish salad but never thought of doing a butter with it:-)

  21. Haley J. says:

    Ooh. I like this. I can imagine how delightful this would be spread on some crusty bread. Maybe I will be lucky enough to run into to some nice radishes tomorrow so I can make this! Beautiful color in the photos, too.

  22. Manggy says:

    Just what we need– a dangerous new way to eat more butter on the sly! Kidding :) Alam mo naman, I’m also quite afraid of “not getting this” but you sure do know how to make it look appetizing! :)

  23. Shannalee says:

    Yum! That reminds me a lot of a carrot slaw I made, also French and also great on bread – only this has the butter base, which I bet would be delicious!

  24. sweetbird says:

    For some reason I never use radishes at home, and each time I eat them somewhere else I kick myself for not doing so. You have hardened my resolve – next trip to the grocery store will manifest some radishes on our dinner plates.

  25. DebinHawaii says:

    Yum! I am just starting to learn to appreciate radishes. This looks like it would be really good on some fresh, warm bread.

  26. Girl Japan says:

    Oh this sure looks amazing!!!!!! It must have taking a long time to Juliane all those radishes. You truly are a top chef = )

  27. nick says:

    I just started appreciating radishes for more than “that crunchy stuff in my salad” and am thinking this might be a good next thing to try with em.

    It must take forever to julienne all those radishes above – I think I’ll just make a little bit :)

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve only recently discovered the wonders of radishes. We’ve been eating them like apples. But I think maybe we could spare a few to make this butter. It looks great!

    (We recently added radish greens to augment a paltry amount of spinach for palak paneer. They work fabulously!)

  29. Caitlin says:

    I really need to get on that whole radish + butter + salt + bread thing. It sounds fantastic, I’ve just never tried it. Radishes have always stayed firmly planted on top of my salads.

  30. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Jude! Your savory recipes really call to me. Love this one!

  31. Marta says:

    Delicious and easy recipe! I think the addition of mint was a great call, add some freshness amid the creamyness!

  32. RebeccaC says:

    This sounds like a delightful way to use all the radishes I’ve been getting in my CSA box. Would never think to add mint.

  33. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I feel like this should be eaten on a picnic in Paris. Lovely!

  34. Zu Murphy says:

    I usually eat plain radish in my salad. But never try this radish and butter recipe. It looks crunchy and delicious.

  35. Dragon says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  36. gourmet says:

    Nice Recipe, i love Raddish. Greets Dirk

  37. Carolyn Jung says:

    A lovely, more refined version than the traditional way of just smearing butter and salt on a big whole radish. I bet this would make one lovely lunch.

  38. Nancy/n.o.e. says:

    That butter looks delicious and refreshing, especially on bread. I’m going to have to try it with the wealth of radishes I’ve got on hand from my farm box.

  39. Christina says:

    What a coinkydink! I read the chapter in ‘A Homemade Life’ about the French preparation of radishes and thought it seemed interesting to pair it with butter, and that’s what your post is about. I really like this variation of yours since you can use it atop fish or as a sandwich spread. Or just to spread on a baguette.

  40. Ravenous Couple says:

    ooh great idea with the radishes! we have some garlic butter in the freezer to try this!

  41. jo says:

    What an unusual herbed butter? But it does look pretty good from the pictures and I’m really tempted to give this a try.

  42. Mindy says:

    I love radish and butter sandwiches, and this looks like a great twist! I’m going to try it next time I get my hands on some radishes…

  43. Indigo says:

    Beautiful photos! This sounds so flavourful; I just know my mum would love it. She’s a fiend for flavoured butters…

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  45. Would love to take credit for the chefly julienning job in the photos, but yeah, I used a mandolin.

  46. Lori says:

    I can’t get enough of radishes. I would love this combination. Looks beautiful.

  47. Tangled Noodle says:

    I really like radishes but have only used it as a minor ingredient in a larger dish; then, I can never figure out what to do with the remaining bunch! This looks wonderful and, belying the richness of butter, a fresh taste for summer.

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  49. Elizabeth says:

    A mandolin! Of course, you used a mandolin to chop the radishes! Why didn’t I think of that?!

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    What a lovely & apart butter!! So tasty looking,…MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,….!!!

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