Radish Butter Recipe


It’s spring!  Although we’re still deluged with cold rains here in Washington, the crazy cheap prices of fresh radishes is one evidence that spring has arrived.  Knowing we’ll get some in our CSA this year, I’ve been trying to come up with some new favorite radish recipes.  Inspired by the French breakfast of radishes and butter on bread (which I first had when the Herbfarm served it at IFBC), I decided to make a simple radish spread recipe perfect for breakfast, lunch and snacking!


Radishes are a root vegetable with a lot of different varieties.  They are simple and beautiful, and are typically eaten raw.  The leaves of radishes are edible, but most people just eat the root, which is the large bulb.  They’ve got a great crunchy texture with a peppery taste.    The ones you typically see in grocery stores are red or European radishes.

Not only do I like radishes for the way their peppery flavor bites my tongue, they’re also good for you!  A whole cupful of sliced radishes only has 20 calories, but it’s packed with potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6 and calcium.


Now that I have a working food processor again, I’m using it several times a week.  It makes quick work of this radish butter.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop the radishes with a large knife and then mix the into the soft butter.  It’s just a LOT more work.


The radish butter is great on slices of toasted bread or crackers, or if you’re watching carbs, try spreading it on little leaves of romaine or endive.  My naughty cat likes to just lick it right out of the bowl!

This is a great option for breakfast or a snack, and I serve it with bread as a side at dinner to keep our hungry boys satisfied.

If you’re looking for more radish recipes, give my radish cranberry coleslaw a try, it’s one of my favorites.  How do you like to eat radishes?



Radish Butter

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: about 1/2 cup


  • 10-12
    small to medium red radishes
  • 1 stick (8 TBS)
    butter, softened
  • to taste
    salt and pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Trim leaves and root strand off of radishes, then wash and dry the radish bulbs.
  2. Place radish bulbs in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped.
  3. Add the butter and pulse until smooth.
  4. Mix in salt and pepper to taste, or spread on bread and sprinkle individual servings with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve at room temperature. Can be kept covered at room temperature for three days.


Approximate cost/serving:  I got a bunch of 12 radishes for 50 cents.  Butter I get in bulk at Sam’s Club for 58 cents a stick.  That mean this half a cup or so of vegetable spread is just around $1.10!  At one TBS a serving (enough for 3-4 small toasts), that’s just 14 cents a serving.

Vegetarian/gluten free: Totally meatless and vegetarian without adjustments as long as you eat dairy products.  Gluten free as is.

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23 Responses to “Radish Butter Recipe”

  1. Joyce @friendsdriftinn
    April 8, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Man that sounds good. It’s still too wet here to plant radishes, but the radish butter looks like an interesting addition….maybe in time for a Kentucky Derby celebration? I’ll run with that! Giggles

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      Ah, sounds like a plan. I just planted some radish seeds. I’ve never grown them before so I’m pretty excited.

  2. Kath
    April 8, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    This looks so good! Thanks for sharing it. My husband loves radishes, so I know he’d love this. I’m thinking it would make a great appetizer for Easter brunch or dinner, too!

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      I agree! Our bread for Easter will be a sweet date roll that doesn’t really go with radishes, but we’re having quite a bit of this leading up to Easter!

  3. Mike
    April 9, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Fantastic recipe, quick and easy way for a delicious radish butter. Looking forward to this recipe with dinner tonight.
    Thanks and Regards

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

      Thanks Mike, hope you enjoyed it!

  4. Maureen
    April 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I never had radishes for breakfast in France – look what I’ve missed! I’m definitely going to try this. Your photos look so inviting.

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks Maureen, are you still in France?

      • Maureen
        April 23, 2011 at 9:11 am #

        Sadly no, I’m back in Australia. I would head to Rue Cler in Paris any day to do my shopping.

        • diana
          April 23, 2011 at 9:14 am #

          I hope to get to go to France one day!

  5. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    April 11, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    I just planted radishes in my garden for the first time ever. They’ve started to sprout and I cannot wait to use them! This will be a perfect recipe to test them out!!!!

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      How exciting! I just planted some radish seeds today. Hope they sprout as well as yours!

  6. Sock lady
    April 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I have tried several compound butters before, but I have never tried one with raddishes, I look forward to trying your creative recipe.

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      I’d love to hear how it turns out for you, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  7. k
    April 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Do you think it will freeze okay? I’ve frozen compound butters before, but never tried freezing radishes. We have a small household, so going through a stick or two of butter takes a long time, and it might not last for months in the fridge.

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      I haven’t tried freezing radishes either. I think it could work, but you might want to press the water out of the chopped radishes before mixing in the butter. I think the excess water might make it separate or something as it thaws. I’d love to hear if you try it out!

  8. Ann Feld
    June 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I just found this site a few days ago and I’m enjoying reading over your recipes! My husband and I have a huge garden out back and one of our crops is radishes. Once we get more radishes, I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

    As a side note, the greens of radishes are pretty tasty too tossed into salads. Yum! :)

    • diana
      June 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Yes! When I put radishes in salads I always mix the greens in. Great tip Ann!

  9. CSA Lady
    June 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Great recipe! I never know what to do with my CSA radishes as they aren’t my favorite, and this is the best use by far with a loaf of fresh bread.

    • diana
      June 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks CSA Lady. It was my CSA that actually inspired me to grow radishes, I never bought them and kind of wasn’t interested. But once I started getting them in my CSA I had so much fun coming up with ways to use them. Enjoy!

  10. Patty
    February 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I can hardly wait to make this for my husband. He loves radishes so much, he will slice some and put them on buttered bread to make a radish sandwich. Knowing this recipe will be good for a few days makes it even better.

  11. Steph
    July 5, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Can you use white/Diakon radishes instead of red?

    • Diana
      August 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      You definitely can! It will have a different flavor and color, but it should still be delicious.

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