How to Make Herb Butter

Why settle for plain butter or processed flavored butter when you can make your very own Herb Butter with only a few ingredients and with just 5 minutes to spare?!

herb butter on a cutting board

This easy Herb Butter is a great example of a delicious compound butter – those that include additional ingredients, perfect for flavoring grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or as a gourmet butter spread over freshly baked savory treats.

Serve it sliced on an attractive board or butter tray and wow your guests and family!

RECIPE TIPS

  • While I’ve opted for unsalted butter in my herb butter recipe (as I like more control over seasoning), you can definitely make use of salted butter instead. When using salted butter, simply omit the added salt listed in my recipe ingredients.
  • Wash your fresh herbs and allow them to dry properly for a couple of hours before you chop them. Sometimes, chopping fresh herbs with an ordinary kitchen knife can be tricky and lead to bruising on the leaves. To avoid that wilted, bruised look you can opt to use kitchen shears or special herb scissors.  
  • Make sure your butter has softened at room temperature – it will be much easier to mix it into the other ingredients this way and you’ll get a more even distribution of herbs and seasoning throughout your homemade butter. 

How to Make Herb Butter

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.ingredients in a mixing bowl
  2. Place butter on parchment paper, cover and roll into log. Twist ends of parchment paper.herb butter on parchment paper
  3. Chill in refrigerator at least 24 hours before serving.herb butter on a cutting board

WHAT IS HERB BUTTER?

  • Herb Butter, otherwise referred to as a compound butter, is butter that is mixed with fresh or dried herbs. It’s classified as a compound butter due to the supplementary ingredients added (in this recipe, fresh herbs).
  • This homemade butter is rolled into a log, wrapped in parchment paper and/or plastic wrap and then stored in the refrigerator for later use and served on various foods or added to recipes. 

HOW SHOULD I USE HERB BUTTER?

There are so many ways that you can use this herb butter. In fact, any savory recipe that calls for the use of butter would be suitable for using this homemade herb butter. 

Consider using your herb butter when:

HOW TO STORE HERB BUTTER

  • Store your herb butter in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Apart from being wrapped in parchment paper, I also store my refrigerated butter in a Ziploc bag. 
  • You also have the option of freezing this butter should you wish to extend the shelf life. Homemade butters freeze well for up to 2 months when wrapped tightly in parchment paper and plastic wrap and then placed in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Thaw your butter prior to use. 
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How to Make Herb Butter

Why settle for plain butter or processed flavored butter when you can make homemade Herb Butter with only a few ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 1 day

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped (such as parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended
  • Place butter on parchment paper, cover and roll into log
  • Twist ends of parchment paper
  • Chill in refrigerator at least 24 hours before serving

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