Radishes with Butter and Salt

Here’s a traditional elegant French snack: radishes with butter and salt. Use the highest quality butter and sea salt to make the radishes shine!

Radishes with Butter and Salt

Radishes with butter. It might seem an odd combination to us Americans, but it’s actually a classic French snack popular in the springtime. This year, Alex and I decided to give it a try with our new garden radishes (and radishes abounding at the farmer’s markets). And we found it’s one of those things you have to taste to understand. The balance of the creamy butter, peppery radish, and hint of sea salt are the epitome of simple elegance. No wonder the French have been eating it for years! Keep reading for the “recipe”, if you could call it that.

Bunch of radishes

Making radishes with butter: a few tips

This is truly not a recipe, but rather an idea. Still, we have a few tips for that make for the best radishes with butter:

  • This is a case where high quality butter shines. We don’t consume much butter in our household, but find this way to enjoy the newest fruits in our garden to be a worthy cause. We used a high quality French butter. In case you’re of the vegan or dairy-free persuasion, you could substitute vegan butter if you’d like.
  • Spring for sea salt. This is a time when sea salt makes a difference. Most of the time we use kosher salt, but the sea salt adds a satisfying crunch.

Alex and I have decided to make radishes with butter a new spring tradition!  We had a radish and butter date the other day to celebrate the start of garden season. Sometimes, we forget to have dates. So this was a good excuse for one. This is one of the easiest ways to enjoy radishes. Give it a try for an effortless snack!


Looking for other radish recipes?

If you’ve got a bunch of radishes, here are a few more radish recipes to use them up:

  • Roasted Radishes Throw radishes into a hot oven in this unique easy side dish recipe: they come out vibrant and juicy, with a sweet, mild flavor!
  • Radish Salsa Can you make salsa with…radishes? Absolutely! Throw this zesty lime radish salsa on tacos and it puts them over the top.
  • Radish Toasts This radish toast recipe is a simple, yet elegant breakfast or brunch option that takes just 5 minutes to make.

This radishes with butter recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread.

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Radishes with Butter and Salt

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


Here’s a traditional elegant French snack: radishes with butter and salt. Use the highest quality butter and sea salt to make the radishes shine!


  • 1 baguette
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 handful fresh oregano (or substitute parsley, dill, or chives)
  • High quality butter
  • Sea salt or kosher salt


  1. Thinly slice the baguette and the radishes. Roughly chop the oregano.
  2. On each slice of bread, spread some butter. Top with radish slices, a few grains salt, and fresh oregano.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Radishes with Butter, Radish Recipes, Recipes with Radishes, Appetizer, Quick Appetizer Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Clem @ clementinecuisine
    April 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

    It’s true: I used to eat radishes with bread and salted butter every week at my school cafeteria!

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    April 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Had this in Brooklyn last fall as an appetizer, and have been hooked on this since then! I would never think that this would be a good combination, boy was I wrong!

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    April 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I never though of eating radishes this way, sounds intriguing, but delicious! And those radishes are beautiful!!!

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    April 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Radishes and salt are absolutely well worth it. So simple & so good!

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    April 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I just discovered this combination last summer and I loved how simple and fresh it was. I have some radishes in my fridge now, so I might make this tonight! (although I can’t find local radishes yet – I can’t wait until they are available!)

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    Kristy A.
    April 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Love radishes with peanut butter!

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    April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve been doing this now for several years, prompted by my cousin’s tale of her visit to France, trying this snack out and falling in love. It’s nice to see others finding out the pure pleasure of it. Being from Minnesota, we’re no strangers to some amazing butter, and I’m so looking forward to Spring radishes!

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    Suzie knows Indy
    April 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Yum, sounds great. -will try soon. Have you tried s&p cucumber slice on rye cracker or appetizer size bread, with a little sour cream and lots of dill. Russian, not American also, but It’s great!

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    April 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I made this tonight as part of the appetizer spread for my son’s “pre-Prom” festivities. It was a total hit- absolutely delicious!

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    April 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Grew up on these as an afternoon snack. Like Suzy, suggest you also try persian cucumbers with neufchatel on a baguette with a little cracked pepper. You can also mix in watercress for a really green fresh flavour

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    April 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Nothing beats simple radishes in salt. I have gone from home for 15 years but I still enjoy this ritual like we did back home every Sunday radishes were in season!

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      April 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      I agree! We just learned about this combo, and it’s a true delight. Definitely a new tradition in our house. P.S. You are one of our food photography heroes! So honored that you’ve noticed our blog :)

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    Lori Leary
    May 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    At a Persian restaurant the other night, I had a snack of radishes, walnuts, feta, mint and cilantro inside warm buttered Persian bread. I’m not sure what the bread is called, but it was like pita with black sesame seeds. I’ve been having the same thing for lunch everyday since then. Just delicious.

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    June 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I grew up eating these radish sandwiches and still, to this day, if I feel nostalgic, this is the perfect remedy. So totally HOME.

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