Radishes with butter is a delicious appetizer that is so simple to make. The spicy flavor of fresh radishes paired with the smooth and creamy butter may seem like an unusual combination, but it’s surprisingly delicious. When topped with a sprinkle of sea salt, it creates the perfect balance of refreshing crunch and savory richness, making it an excellent choice for a springtime snack.
Enjoy a simple dish that’s a delicious classic French snack made with just a few simple ingredients. Radishes provide a crisp and spicy burst of freshness that cuts through the richness of butter. The butter, on the other hand, enhances the natural flavors of the radish while adding a creamy texture. These little bites are perfect for an appetizer board or as a quick snack.
Why you will love radishes with butter
- It’s a simple recipe that’s quick to prepare; made with only three ingredients
- It’s healthy! Radishes are healthy and low in calories
- Radishes with butter are customizable see variations below
Here is what you will need to make buttered radishes
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- Unsalted Butter
- Paring Knife
How to make radishes and butter
Prepare the ingredients: Trim the radish greens from the bunch of radishes and rinse the radishes in water. Pat them dry with a towel. Let the butter soften to room temperature.
STEP 1:Use a paring knife to cut the raw radishes in half and trim off the roots.
STEP 2: Use the back of a spoon to smash the butter into a creamy paste.
STEP 3: Arrange the butter smashed butter and radishes on a plate and add a sprinkling of sea salt.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Radishes –Look for a bunch of radishes that appear to be fresh and crisp with a vibrant red hue such as spring radishes with the greens attached.
Butter – For the best results, it is recommended to use high-quality unsalted butter. This will enhance the rich flavor and creamy texture of the butter on the radishes. Personally, I prefer to use grass-fed butter or Kerrygold European-style butter when making this recipe.
Sea salt – While high-quality flaky sea salt, such as fleur de sel and Maldon, is the most authentic, it can be pricey. You can also use any good sea salt from your grocery store and kosher salt will work too.
Serve radishes with butter on your favorite cheese board, veggie tray, or a fresh salad and slices of fresh baguette. They even make a fun side dish for grilled meats or burgers.
Herb-infused: Mix finely chopped fresh herbs such as fresh chives, dill, or parsley into the butter for an extra burst of flavor.
Garlic – Add a clove of minced garlic for a zesty aromatic twist.
Everything Bagel – Top the butter with a dash of everything bagel seasoning.
Avocado – Make it vegan and use a smashed avocado with sea salt or any of the suggested variations.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have any radishes and butter leftover, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator separately where the radishes should last for about 4 days. You will need to bring the butter back to room temperature before enjoying the leftovers again.
Don’t throw the radish leaves away. Try sauteing them in olive oil and garlic, making pesto sauce, or adding them to salad greens.
It is not recommended to freeze radishes due to their high water content, which affects their crispness.
You can use any variety of radish for radishes and butter. Try using a few different varieties, such as watermelon radishes, French breakfast radishes, or daikon radishes.
You can use salted butter to make radishes and butter, but you will need to use less salt. Start with a little salt, and add to suit your taste.
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Radishes with Butter
- 12 radishes one bunch
- 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Rinse the 12 radishes under cold water and trim the radish greens from them. Pat them dry with a towel.
- Remove 3 tablespoons butter from the refrigerator and allow it to sit at room temperature until it becomes soft.
- Use a paring knife to snip the roots off of the end of the radishes and cut them in half.
- Once the butter is soft enough to mash, use the back of a spoon into a creamy thick paste.
- Arrange the radishes on a platter along with the smashed butter and sprinkle the butter with sea salt.