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Compound Radish Butter with Thyme

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Psssst. Radish and butter lovers, I’ve got something exceptional for you! This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is a delicious French-inspired treat you can eat any time of day.

A vertical closeup of some Compound Radish Butter with Fresh Thyme in a small bowl and on a cracker.

I originally shared this recipe in 2014. I’ve recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this super simple Radish Butter with Thyme is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


A vertical collage image of Compound Radish Butter with Fresh Thyme spread onto a cracker and in a bowl.

The ingredient list:

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How this recipe came to be:

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.

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.


How long will compound butter keep?

If using salted butter, you can keep this compound butter on the counter (covered) for up to 1 week. That way the consistency is always soft, spreadable, and ready to eat at a moment’s notice.

If not using salted butter, I recommend keeping it covered in the refrigerator, and then it’s good for up to 2 weeks.

However, I’d recommend that it to come to room temperature before serving for best flavor and consistency.

How does your garden grow?

When we started growing radishes in our own backyard garden a few years ago (the photo below is from 2014), I just knew I’d have to put my own spin on this classic French delicacy.

Here is our radish haul from 2014:

Garden photos from 2021:

There are no radishes ready for harvesting just yet, but I thought you may like to view our raised bed gardens from this year.

Raised bed gardening is SO much easier to weed and keep control of. We’re loving it!!

This year’s radishes are not ready yet…but soon.

How to use compound radish butter:

This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is to be used as a spread for crackers and bread and served as an appetizer or light snack.

How does radish butter with thyme taste?

Its taste is sweet from the butter and honey, and tangy because of the wonderful bite the fresh radishes provide.

After spreading, sprinkle with a little additional finishing salt and close your eyes…

The next thing you’ll know is you’ll be standing atop the Eiffel Tower singing “That’s Amoré!”

Wait…that’s Italian, but what ever! LOL


The step-by-step photo instructions for making compound radish butter with thyme:

  • Clean and trim the radishes. Discard leaves.
  • Grate or finely chop the radishes into the softened butter.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and honey.
  • Add fresh thyme leaves and still well.
  • Spread on crackers or crusty bread.
  • Enjoy!

Additional recipes using fresh vegetables:

*Farmer’s Market Veggie Salad (shown below and in the featured video)

Farmer’s Market Vegetable Salad is a seasonally delicious and healthy salad which is a great accompaniment to any meal, or as an entire meal in and of itself!

Summer's Best Farmer's Market Fresh Vegetable Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

*Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (not shown)

Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!!  Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!

*Layered Zucchini Parmesan (shown below)

Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.

Layered zucchini parmesan on a white scalloped plate with a skillet in the background and an orange napkin.

*Italian Roasted Plum Tomatoes (not shown)

Italian Roasted Plum Tomatoes are sweet, soft, crunchy, and deliciously seasoned. They’ll make a perfect bbq side dish for just about anything you can imagine, and they’ll even be as tasty as heck for breakfast or brunch.

*Compound Butter with Radish and Thyme (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical closeup of Compound Radish Butter with Thyme along with crackers and a red and white check napkin and a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s fresh vegetable and herb compound butter.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂



Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Psssst. Radish and butter lovers, I’ve got something exceptional for you! This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is a delicious French-inspired treat you can eat any time of day.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course appetizer spread, Snack, Snacks and Munchies
Cuisine French
Servings 4 servings
Calories 412 kcal


  • ½ pound butter (2 sticks) softened to room temperature (I used unsalted)
  • 5-6 fresh radishes (approximately ½ cup) cleaned and finely chopped, or grated
  • 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.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 146mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword compound butter with radish and Thyme, radish and butter snack, radish and thyme compound butter, vegetable and herb compound butter, veggie and herb compound butter
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Recipe Rating

Angela {Mind Over Batter}

Monday 30th of June 2014

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...

Nutmeg Nanny

Monday 30th of June 2014

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

Savory Experiments

Monday 30th of June 2014

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


Sunday 29th of June 2014

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.


Sunday 29th of June 2014

Love making compound butters!