Garlic Herb Compound Butter

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A great homemade compound butter is a wonderful condiment to have in your kitchen arsenal ready to go. You can easily elevate any vegetable, meat, fish, or even a simple slice of bread with this garlic herb compound butter – and it’s SO easy to make! There are a million compound butter recipes online but this one is THE BEST!

I’ll use whatever fresh herbs I have on hand, but for me, fresh garlic is a must! I’m using fresh finely chopped thyme, rosemary, and chives, but you can definitely use what you have available or even use dried herbs in a pinch.

Watch the Garlic Herb Compound Butter Recipe Video Below!

Compound Butter displayed on a cutting board with bread and herbs

Ingredients for my Garlic Herb Compound Butter:

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Fresh Chives
  • Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon zest (optional)

INGREDIENTS TIPS

HERBS
My favorite fresh herbs to use for a great compound butter are rosemary, thyme, and chives. But you can also add in whatever you like! Parsley and dill work well too! Make sure they are finely chopped.

QUALITY IS KEY
This recipe doesn’t use many ingredients so high quality is KEY! Use a high quality butter and you can’t go wrong!

My Garlic Herb Compound Butter: Recipe Instructions

I love compound butter because the butter is truly a canvas to add whatever flavors you like! This recipe is pretty straightforward but there are a few key steps to make the best herb compound butter, so let’s get started!

Mince your herbs

First, remove the rosemary and thyme leaves from their branches (using a cheese grater and running them through is a great hack!), then finely chop up the herbs and set them aside. Using chopped fresh herbs will add a lot more flavor than dried herbs in the compound butter.

raw garlic with chopped herbs on a cutting board

Mix your compound butter

Add softened butter to the bowl. Then add in the minced herbs followed by grated garlic, kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix well until the seasonings and herbs are incorporated and you’re basically done!

softened butter mixed with herbs and seasonings

Roll and the butter into a log

At this point, the butter will be very soft and you can definitely use it immediately. If you need to store it, simple take a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper and add the butter into the center.

Fold one side over and form a log with your hands. Roll the plastic to cover any exposed ends then twist and tighten the ends in opposite directions to form a tight log.

compound butter wrapped in plastic wrap

Storing the butter

To store your butter, pop it in the fridge until solid and portion out as need for later! You can store this in your fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

slices of compound butter

Add the butter to compliment your favorite dishes

I love using compound butters to elevate my vegetables like sweet potatoes, steaks, chicken, fish or simply spread it across a piece of toasted bread! It’s a super flavorful butter that I always like to have on hand, especially around the holidays when I’m doing a lot of cooking! This herb butter will elevate your food to the next level and I hope you enjoy it!

close up of sliced compound butter on a cutting board

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RECIPE TIPS

SOFTEN YOUR BUTTER
Leave your butter on the counter for a few minutes to let it come to room temperature. Trust me, it will be so much easier to mix together than butter straight out of the fridge!

QUALITY IS KEY!
This compound butter only has a few ingredients, so I recommend using the highest quality butter you can find!

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5 from 55 votes

Garlic Herb Compound Butter

Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Compound Butter displayed on a cutting board with bread and herbs
This garlic herb compound butter will elevate it with so much flavor! Add it to vegetables, meats, fish, and more!

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz unsalted butter, about 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest, optional

Instructions 

  • Bring butter to room temperature to soften. Add butter to a bowl.
  • Mince the fresh thyme, rosemary, and chives and add to the butter. Grate in garlic, then season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Mix until the herbs and seasonings are thoroughly incorporated into the butter.
  • Take a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper and add the butter into the center of the sheet. Fold over one end of the plastic and form a log. Roll and tighten the opposite sides of the plastic around the butter to form a cylinder.
  • Place in the refrigerator until solid and use within 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    i love this recipe for my steaks!! so flavorful and yummy! i would double the batch and make it into a log and put it in the freezer for easy access. just slice a piece whenever you need it!