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Garlic Herb Butter

With just a small amount of ingredients you can easily make a batch of the most flavorful Garlic Herb butter that can be used in so many recipes!

A FLAVORFUL COMPOUND BUTTER

Have you ever heard of compound butter? It’s just a fancier way of saying flavored butter. If you have never made your own compound butter, you are absolutely missing out. It’s so ridiculously easy but can really take food from good to amazing! I can’t even begin to tell you how much flavor it can add. This goes great on so many things from potatoes, vegetables, steaks, chicken and more! There really is no end to the combinations of flavors you can make. But this Garlic Herb butter is one of my favorites. If you want to try out some deliciously flavorful butter, then you have to try this recipe for this Garlic Herb Butter – pronto!

Garlic herb butter sliced in rounds on wooden board with herbs as garnish.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use salted butter?

Absolutely! If salted butter is all you have on hand, yes you can use it. Just omit the salt that is included in the recipe.

Can dried herbs be used?

While I prefer fresh for this recipe, you can certainly use dried herbs. Since dried herbs are more potent, you will need to use less of it. The ratio conversion is for every Tablespoon of fresh herbs in a recipe you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.

What can I use this Garlic Herb Butter on?

Steaks, potatoes, breads or veggies. You can also sauté veggies in it or use it as a finishing butter on any savory dish. I also love to spread it on French breed to make a quick garlic bread. Also, it is so good melted into noodles. Just use any of your favorite cooked pasta. So, so good!

What other flavors of butter can I make?

Some examples of other ones you can make are fruit butters, cilantro lime, honey butter, everything bagel and more. Pretty much any flavors that you enjoy together can become a butter. If you haven’t tried my Raspberry Honey Butter – run don’t walk to check that one out!

What other herbs can be used?

Really you can use whatever herbs you personally enjoy the particular flavor profile you want and what you may want to use it on. Basil, cilantro, sage, rosemary are all options.

How long do I need to refrigerate this?

This should be refrigerated for at least 2 hours before serving. It helps the flavors to combine and marry. But honestly, you could really use it right away if you really wanted to use it immediately. It will just be soft.

How do I store?

This Garlic Herb Butter will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Wrap it very well in plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

Sliced Garlic Herb Butter in rounds on wooden board with herbs next to butter Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • unsalted butter – see my post on How to Soften Butter Quickly
  • parsley, thyme, chives – feel free to use your favorite herbs here. This is a very customizable recipe.
  • garlic – it is best to use fresh garlic here, not garlic powder or jarred garlic.
  • salt and pepper – I like sea salt or kosher salt but please use whatever is your favorite.
Ingredients needed: unsalted butter, parsley, thyme, chives, garlic, salt and pepper.

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC HERB BUTTER:

Place the butter, parsley, thyme, chives, garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.

Butter ingredients added to bowl.

Stir together until fully combined.

Butter ingredients mixed up in now.

Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap. Place the butter in the center in a log shape. 

Butter placed on plastic wrap.

Roll the plastic wrap over the butter and press it into a log shape. Twirl the ends of the plastic wrap and tuck them under the roll. Place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight until the butter is solid again. 

Butter finished and wrapped up in plastic wrap in log.

Slice and serve!

Sliced Garlic Herb Butter on wooden board.

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Garlic Herb Butter

With just a small amount of ingredients you can easily make a batch of the most flavorful Garlic Herb butter that can be used in so many recipes!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chilll:: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (very soft) (not melted)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh finely sliced chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Place 1 cup unsalted butter (very soft), 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped thyme, 1 tablespoon fresh finely sliced chives, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Stir together until fully combined.
  • Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap. Place the butter in the center in a log shape.
  • Roll the plastic wrap over the butter and press it into a log shape. Twirl the ends of the plastic wrap and tuck them under the roll.
  • Place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight until the butter is solid again.
  • Slice and serve!

Notes

  • You can replace fresh herbs with dried. Substitute 1 teaspoon dried for every tablespoon fresh.
  • Salted butter can be used. Just leave out the salt in the recipe.
  • You can easily double this recipe to make more.
  • This will freeze for up to 6 months.
  • This can be made using your favorite herbs and spices. Add red pepper flakes for a kick!
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have made a version of this for years however, I am obsessed with roasted garlic so I roast a head of garlic first let it cool a little bit enough to touch it and then squeeze and mash it into the butter. Now of course it tends to melt the butter, so then I stick it in the fridge for it to become just a little firmer enough to mold, and it is to die for!! Thank god for my good genes because I put this on everything I possibly can and have luckily made it to middle age without cholesterol meds LOL

  2. I can’t wait to make this!! I make homemade butter & doing this is definitely going to up the game!!

  3. Well – how silly am I for not reading the FAQ ! I saw the picture of your butter and went right to the recipe because it looked so delicious . I will make it for sure and I appreciate your response.

  4. Can salted butter be used and if so how much would i reduce the salt called for in your recipe? Also – what other herb could be used in place of the thyme? I’m not meaning to change your recipe but salted butter is all I buy and my husband and I don’t care for thyme. I will try your recipe as is if these changes would not be possible .