Compound Radish Butter with Thyme

Compound Radish Butter with Thyme Recipe via

I’ve always wanted to go to France. I’m not sure when I’ll actually be fortunate enough to go, but I know that someday I will. Until that time, I’ll have to make do with this recipe for Compound Radish Butter with Thyme.

Years ago I remember watching Ina Garten in an old episode of The Barefoot Contessa where she was telling about how French children would eat radish and butter sandwiches, sprinkled with a little salt, as an after school treat. Ina’s story has always stuck with me because I thought it an odd combination but one I was very intrigued by.

When we started growing radishes in our own backyard garden a few years ago, I just knew I’d have to put my own spin on this classic French delicacy.

This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is to be used as a spread for crackers and breads. Its taste is sweet from the butter, and tangy because of the wonderful bite the fresh radishes provide. After spreading, sprinkle with a little additional salt and close your eyes… The next thing you’ll know is you’ll be standing atop the Eiffel Tower singing That’s Amoré!


2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature (I used unsalted)
5-6 fresh radishes, cleaned and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt (plus additional for sprinkling)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon honey
Crackers and crusty bread for serving

-Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine.
-Serve at room temperature with crackers and crusty bread slices.
-Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.

What the French suggest is that you serve with a wonderful, light bodied and crisp white wine (not to the school children of course) and relax!! You’ve earned some time off to take a vacation…even if it is only 15 minutes long!

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  1. This.looks.amazing!!! I must try this! I love French inspired recipes!

  2. I've only recently become partial to radishes and love the sound of this flavored butter – will have to try the next time I get the in my CSA!

  3. One of my favorite restaurants serves radishes with butter complimentary like some restaurants serve bread and I've always wanted to try it at home….I think this recipe just might be the one to try! Love!

  4. I love making compound butters and play around with lots of different combinations. I've never thought of adding radishes though it makes perfect sense based on the classic French after school treat.

  5. I love radishes but I've never had radish butter! I am excited to try this!

  6. Isn't compound butter just the best! I love your version!

  7. Born and raised in a small town in Penna near Amish country I grew up eating radish sandwiches all my life. I just had one the other day and they are delicious. Nice white bread slathered with good butter and lots of salt on the radishes. Nothing more satisfying!

  8. R-E-N-E-EEEEE! Great Idea with the Radish Thyme Butter – Guess what I'm making today 🙂 I have all those ingredients in the house right now, it was meant to be.

    I just love your garden it is perfection.

  9. Love making compound butters!

  10. Renee your garden is incredible! What I would give to have a backyard like that! I just got radishes with my CSA this week and I was going to pick them, but I might reserve a little for this. Sounds delicious.

  11. What an interesting combination! I love the idea of crunchy radishes with creamy butter.

  12. I love radishes but never thought to put them in butter!

  13. Ooh – I've never had radish butter! Color me intruged. I need to try this! And I also need to feel I'm being transported to the Eiffel Tower. I won't sing, though… That will scare the tourists…

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