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    Herb and Garlic Compound Butter

    Published December 3, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Take your cooking to the next level by making this easy to prepare herb and garlic compound butter that comes together in minutes.

    We love adding delicious flavors to our food.  Whether it’s using herbs or delicious sauces like beurre blanc or chimichurri, we can’t get enough.

    jar of herb compound butter

    Compound Butter

    Compound butter is creamed butter with other ingredients such as herbs, garlic, wine, shallots, etc.  It used in a myriad of ways, whether it’s finishing off a steak or tossing it in some pasta, it is a fantastic way of adding loads of flavor to your food.

    My favorite aspect of compound butter is the freedom you have to customize it to your liking.  You can seriously add whatever you want, and the best part is if you make too much don’t worry because it freezes very well.

    How to Make It

    Follow these simple instructions for how to make this tasty herb and garlic butter:

    1. Add your softened butter to a stand mixer and whip with the paddle attachment on high speed for 5-7 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy.
    whipping butter in a stand mixer
    1. Next, add in your desired ingredients and mix on low speed for 1-2 minutes until incorporated and then use.
    adding herbs to a stand mixer with butter

    Flavor Profiles

    There are many possibilities when it comes to making compound butter, and here are some of the things you can use in it, but please don’t feel limited by this list:

    • Garlic
    • Shallots
    • Caramelized Onion
    • Beer
    • White
    • Pernod
    • Vermouth
    • Parsley
    • Thyme
    • Rosemary
    • Dill
    • Sage
    • Cilantro
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Cheese
    • Salt
    • Pepper

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several days ahead of time.  Keep in the refrigerator or freezer or until you are ready to use it.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.  Cover and freeze for up to 6 months.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • You can use this butter directly from the freezer into whatever you want to use it in.
    • Always use unsalted butter when making this.
    herb and garlic butter in a jar

    Recipes to Use it In

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    Let's Cook - Chef Billy Parisi

    Herb and Garlic Compound Butter

    5 from 2 votes
    Take your cooking to the next level by making this easy to prepare herb and garlic compound butter that comes together in minutes.
    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter
    • 1 finely minced clove of garlic
    • ¼ cup chopped parsley
    • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
    • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped thyme
    • sea salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Add the butter to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on high speed for 5-7 minutes or until it’s light and fluffy.
    • Next, add in the garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper and mix on low speed for 1-2 minutes or until it is completely mixed in.
    • Serve.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several days ahead of time. Keep in the refrigerator or freezer or until you are ready to use it.
     
    • How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months.
     
    • You can use this butter directly from the freezer into whatever you want to use it in.
     
    • Always use unsalted butter when making this.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 269IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
    Course: Appetizer, dinner, lunch, sauce
    Cuisine: French