Compound Butters - 16 Ways to Butter Up Someone Special

Big Woods Blue ButterCompound butter refers to any butter recipe that combines butter with a flavoring agent – commonly fruit, herbs, spices or other aromatic ingredients. Garlic butter is a widely-known type and is used often for spreading on breads and rolls but is also good as a stand in for sauce on grilled or roasted meat or as a spread on a sandwich. You can easily make compound butter at home using your favorite flavors and ingredients. It is best to start with room temperature butter to facilitate their incorporation. You can use a spatula to cream everything together, or use a food processor. Your compound butter may be shaped into a log with parchment or waxed paper or plastic wrap and chilled until it is firm enough to slice, but it may also be served at a spreadable room temperature.

We've included several suggestions below, all of which flavor ½ stick of unsalted butter. Experiment on your own with cinnamon, vanilla, maple, chocolate, bacon, anchovy and more.


Blue Cheese Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 ½ oz. blue cheese

Suggested uses: Burgers, cornbread.


Smoked Paprika Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1–1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Roasted carrots, grilled corn, grilled steak.


Honey Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. honey

Suggested uses: Brioche, pancakes, croissants, scones.


Mustard Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Sandwiches, roasted chicken.


Raspberry Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
3–4 oz. fresh raspberries
¼ tsp. honey

Suggested uses: Crêpes, buttermilk biscuits.


Herb Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 ½ oz. fresh chives, finely minced (or try 1 ½ oz. of finely minced fresh tarragon, Italian flat leaf parsley, cilantro, dill, rosemary or thyme instead of chives)

Suggested uses: Grilled fish, grilled lamb.


Lemon Pepper Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Suggested uses: Grilled fish, grilled chicken.


Garlic Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, blanched in boiling water for 8 min., towel-dried and mashed to a paste with ¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Bread and rolls, grilled steak or chops.


Italian Herb Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 ½ tsp. snipped fresh basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Baked potatoes, crackers.


Mexican Herb Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. snipped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Grilled fish, grilled chicken.


Parmesan Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. minced green onions

Suggested uses: Mashed potatoes, pasta.


Chipotle Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. minced, seeded chipotle chilies (from a can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce)
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. fresh lime zest
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Grilled chicken, steamed green beans.


Curry Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ tsp. curry powder
dash paprika
dash coarse ground black pepper

Suggested uses: Baked sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower.


Olive Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. finely minced olives
¼ tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Suggested uses: Crackers, sandwiches, wraps.


Pimento Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. finely minced pimentos
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. finely minced green onions

Suggested uses: Grilled beef, grilled corn.


Sun-Dried Tomato Compound Butter

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 ½ tbsp. finely minced sun-dried tomatoes
½ tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. snipped fresh basil
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Suggested uses: Pasta, rice.


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