Herbed Compound Butters

This herbed compound butter can be used on bread, corn on the cob, grilled steaks, and more. Plus, you can easily make different flavors of compound butter!

herbed compound butter on cutting board

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Madeline has a thing for corn. Lately, every time we go to the grocery store she asks 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.

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 homemade compound butter?

What is Compound Butter?

Essentially, compound butter 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.

Compound Butter Ingredients

You can make homemade compound butter with any mixture of herbs and aromatics you like (more on that in a moment!). But here’s what I used to make cilantro lime compound butter:

  • Butter
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice and zest

How to Make Compound Butter

Soften the butter to room temperature, then mix it together with the rest of the ingredients. Roll it up in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill until firm.

When ready to serve, unroll the compound butter and slice.

cilantro lime compound butter, sliced on cutting board

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How to Store Compound Butter

This compound butter can be store in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to a month. To use frozen compound butter, set it on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes to thaw.

Ways to Use Compound Butter

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.

For extra flavor, add compound butter to:

More 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

Tips for Making Compound Butter

You want to use softened butter for this compound butter recipe, not melted butter. Melted butter can’t be rolled into a log and doesn’t mix well with the other ingredients.

Also note that you can use salted or unsalted butter. If using unsalted butter, you may want to add additional salt to the compound butter to ensure it has plenty of flavor.

Finally, go easy on the garlic in your compound butter. I love garlicky foods, but raw garlic is extremely potent. Stick to one clove for your first batch of butter, and scale up or down as needed the next time.

More Homemade Spreads & Sauces:

This Homemade Marinara Sauce needs to simmer for a long time on the stove, but the actual hands-on prep work needed to make it is minimal.

Have more fresh herbs you need to use up? Try making a batch of this Kale Cilantro Pesto. It can be frozen for later, or you can enjoy it right away.

This tangy Raspberry Curd can be enjoyed atop ice cream, in yogurt, on toast, and more. It uses frozen raspberries, so it’s easy to make year-round.

Arrabbiata Sauce is basically marinara’s spicy cousin. It’s delicious atop pasta, in lasagna, and more! Bonus: it’s ready in just 5 minutes.

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

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Herbed Compound Butter

Herbed Compound Butter

Yield: 1 stick of butter
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This herbed compound butter can be used on bread, corn on the cob, grilled steaks, and more. Plus, you can easily make different flavors of 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

Instructions

For the Basic Recipe:

  1. Soften butter to room temperature.
  2. Combine garlic, salt and pepper (if desired), and your choice of herbs. Mix well.
  3. 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:

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

Notes

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.

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