Herbed Compound Butters – Cilantro Lime Compound Butter

Madeline has a thing for corn. Lately every time we go to the grocery store she is asking for corn on the cob. And I don’t blame her. It’s summer and corn is so good right now! Some weeks it seems like they’re practically giving it away at the grocery store.

how to make compound butter recipe

She’s not picky about how she eats her corn on the cob. She’s happy to just have it steamed or boiled and brushed with butter, but I love grilled corn on the cob. Of course I like it brushed with butter like Madeline, but why not take it corn on the cob to the next level with this Cilantro Lime Butter!

What is Compound Butter?

It is a combination of butter and supplementary ingredients, such as herbs and garlic, and is used to enhance the flavor of dishes.

After mixing softened butter with the additional flavors, herbs, and and aromatics, the butter is then reformed and chilled until firm. Once firm, the mixture can be sliced and added to a variety of foods.

What to Use Compound Butter For

Compound butter is one of the easiest ways to dress up simple recipes. The list could go on and on, but here are some of my favorite uses. Basically, it is a very good thing to know how to make. For extra flavor, add compound butter to:

What are your favorite uses?

cilantro lime compound butter recipe

Compound Butter Flavors

Just use your imagination! You can create so many different flavor combinations, but here are a few of my favorites to get your imagination flowing. There really isn’t  any right or wrong way to make this.

  • Cilantro Lime
  • Blue Cheese Rosemary
  • Garlic Herb
  • Lemon with Chives, Oregano, or Rosemary
  • Parmesan Herb
  • Roasted Garlic

Have you ever made compound butter? What is your favorite flavor?

Cilantro Lime Compound Butter

Ingredients:

Basic Herb Compound Butter

1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature but not melted
1-2 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper, to taste (if desired)
1-3 tablespoons minced herbs

Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature but not melted
1 clove minced garlic
salt and pepper, to taste (if desired)
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
zest of 1 small lime

Directions:

For the Basic Recipe:
Soften butter to room temperature. Combine garlic, salt and pepper (if desired), and your choice of herbs. Mix well. Roll up in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm. When firm, serve sliced with your choice of food.

For the Cilantro-Lime Recipe:
Soften butter to room temperature. Combine garlic, salt and pepper (if desired), cilantro, lime juice and zest. Mix well. Roll up in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm. When firm, serve sliced with your choice of food.

Compound butter will last in the refrigerator for about 5 days, in the freezer for a month. Frozen butters should sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.