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    Add flavor easily and quickly to your meals with this tasty garlic and herb compound butter recipe. Simple to make with a few ingredients, keep it handy in the fridge to use with your favorite recipes.

    garlic and herb butter sliced in rounds

    Making seasoned compound butter is one of my top tips to add flavor and elevate your favorite meals.

    So simple to make, this herb and garlic butter is full of fresh flavors. It’s perfect to serve to a table to as it looks super pretty when cut into rounds.

    Make up a batch of this and thank me later!

    Be sure to try my post on How To Make Butter to make this entirely from scratch!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy to make: Just mix the ingredients together, roll the butter and then chill it til it’s ready to use.
    • Quick: It takes no more than 10 minutes to make up this recipe for compound butter with a few simple ingredients.
    • Make ahead: Homemade seasoned butter has a great shelf life, so be sure to make a big batch as it will disappear quickly!
    close up image of garlic herb butter wrapped in parchment paper

    Ingredients for garlic herb butter

    • Butter: Soften the butter to room temperature before using it so that the ingredients are easy to combine. I prefer to use salted butter, if you use unsalted butter, add in a couple of pinches of salt.
    • Garlic: Mice or finely dice fresh garlic cloves for the best flavor.
    • Herbs and spices: Freshly chopped parsley, rosemary and thyme.
    ingredients for garlic herb butter

    How to make compound butter

    • In a medium bowl cream the butter with a fork until smooth.
    • Add minced garlic and herbs and stir the butter mixture until just mixed.
    • Tear off a 12-inch long piece of parchment paper (a piece of plastic wrap works too) and place herbed garlic butter in the middle of it. Shape the butter into what resembles a long log.
    • Pull the parchment paper over the herb butter and begin to roll it, reinforcing the log shape as you go. Once completely rolled up, twist the ends until tight.
    • Refrigerate compound butter for at least 2 – 3 hours before using.
    • Slice the butter into slices.
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    wrapped compound butter in parchment paper on a board

    How long does this garlic herb butter keep?

    Keep the garlic and herb butter wrapped and refrigerated and it will keep for as long as the date on the butter package, usually around a month. It’s ready to use straight out of the fridge, or take it out about 30 minutes before serving to soften it a little.

    Can you freeze it?

    Yes! This garlic compound butter recipe will freeze well and will keep for up to 6 months, so it’s a great recipe to try if you have lots of fresh herbs that need use! Keep it securely wrapped and take it out of the freezer for 1 to 2 hours before you want to use it.

    compound butter wrapped in parchment paper and sliced

    How do you use it?

    I’ll be honest, there’s no bad way to enjoy this herb garlic butter! It’s great served with any protein – steak, chicken, shrimp, turkey, baked sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables, and even dinner rolls to add a burst of flavor. You can also use it in sauces or, simply enjoy it as a spread on a toast.

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    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Don’t be tempted to use a food processor to chop the herbs as they’ll get too mushy.
    • Have fun experimenting with other flavors and add-ins! Black pepper and other fresh herbs like dill, tarragon, basil, chives, savory, or oregano work great with this recipe for garlic herb butter! You can also add a pinch of lemon zest, lemon juice, or lime juice.

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    Compound Butter

    Add flavor easily and quickly to your meals with this tasty garlic and herb compound butter recipe. Simple to make with a few ingredients, keep it handy in the fridge to use with your favorite recipes.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 8 servings
    Calories 103kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature (about 1.5 hours)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a medium bowl cream the butter with a fork until smooth.
    • Add minced garlic and herbs and stir until just mixed.
    • Tear off a 12-inch long piece of parchment paper and place garlic butter in the middle of it. Shape the butter into what resembles a long log.
    • Pull the parchment paper over the herb butter and begin to roll it, reinforcing the log shape as you go. Once completely rolled up, twist the ends until tight.
    • Refrigerate compound butter for at least 2 – 3 hours before serving. Serve with steak, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, or as a spread on bread. Enjoy!

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Make sure that your herbs are dry before mixing in with the butter.
    • Don’t be tempted to use a food processor to chop the herbs as they’ll get too mushy.
    • Have fun experimenting with other flavors! Black pepper and other fresh herbs like dill or oregano work great!

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Ingredient
    Cuisine American
    Keyword garlic herb butter, herb butter, how to make compound butter
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    Darlene

    5 stars
    What a delicious herb butter recipe that makes plain recipes turn into extraordinary recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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