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  • Writer's pictureGeeman

Radishes And Butter

French people put butter on everything, even on raw vegetables. This may sound like a strange combo but for some weird reasons it works...

Radishes and butter are often served to the table as a starter, it is something to kick off the meal and refresh your palate. The concept is extremely simple and does not require any cooking. Fresh small red radishes are zesty, crisp and very fresh in mouth but they can also be quite spicy and I suppose the creaminess of the butter helps to balance everything. Let me take you through this "recipe" if you can call it so.

Red small radishes on a porcelain plate with a knob of butter and salt
Fresh radishes with butter and a hint of salt for starter

Serving: 2 persons

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  • 10 fresh small red radishes (it wont taste as good with soft ones that have been in the fridge for many days)

  • Butter (real one!)

  • Fine sea salt

  • Black pepper (optional)

  • Parsley or chive (optional)

Step 1 - Wash and cut your radishes

  1. Wash your radishes under cold water

  2. Drain them in a kitchen towel

  3. Cut off a the the green leaves, I would advise you to leave a bit of the green stems

  4. Split them in half vertically like displayed in the photo

Step 2 - Prepare the seasoning (optional)

  • Mix room temperature butter together with chopped parsley or chive. Or replace the fresh herbs with spices such as chili flakes, smoked paprika powder, anything you want really.

Step 3 - Plating

  1. Place your radishes on a plate

  2. Put a good knob of butter in the same plate

  3. Make a little "mountain" of fine sea salt and black pepper on the side

Step 4 - How to eat radishes and butter

  1. Take a radish and spread a little bit of butter on its tip

  2. Dip the buttered part of the radish in the sea salt (not too much!)

  3. And eat...

Enjoy, bon appétit!

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