Compound Butter

Compound Butter

Compound Butter with flavors makes butter even better!

What is compound butter?

Compound butter is simply softened butter, with sweet or savory ingredients added in. Compound butter, also called flavored butter, is so easy and there are endless combinations!

Once you start making them you will be hooked. Below are 5 combinations ideas but keep in mind, these are just the beginning. We would love to hear what combinations you come up with for yours!

The Orange Honey Butter on top of our warm Classic Zucchini Bread is amazing.

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How to make Compound Butter:

Be sure to start with softened butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl or a small food processor.

Add any of the combinations of flavors below or create your own!

Once mixed transfer the butter to a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper, or plastic wrap

Roll gently into a 5-6″ log

  • Twist the paper or plastic wrap at the ends to seal the butter
  • Refrigerate or freeze for about 2 hours before using if you plan to cut into coin-sized slices.

How long does flavored butter last?

The butter keeps in the refrigerator for 5 days, or freeze it, well sealed, for up to 6 months. You can also put the butter in a ramekin before chilling if you are planning to serve with bread or rolls at dinner. Since I always make a few flavors at a time I always label each flavor before I store it in the freezer.

Best compound butter for steak:

There are a few different flavor combinations that work well with a grilled steak but our favorite is the Shallot Parsley Butter. Garlic Parsley Butter would also be great.

Shallot Parsley Butter on Steak
Shallot Parsley Butter on Steak

Carrots with Compound Shallot Parsley Butter
Carrots with Shallot Parsley Butter

Favorite Flavor Combinations:

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use these butter combinations:

  • Shallot Parsley Butter – Great on grilled steaks and warm bread
  • Lemon Chive Butter – Perfect for vegetables and chicken
  • Cilantro Lime Ginger Butter – Ideal for fish or Asian style vegetables
  • Cajun Butter – Use on grilled shrimp, white fish, and salmon
  • Orange Honey Butter – Amazing on biscuits, cornbread, zucchini bread, quick breads, and muffins
5 flavored Compound Butters

Our Baking Powder Biscuits taste even better with Orange Honey Butter!

We would love to hear what flavors you come up with for your butter!

5 Compound Butters
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Compound Butter – 5 flavors

Compound Butters with 5 favorite flavors. Easy to make with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients. Flavored butter in 5 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 ounces
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes – The Art of Food and Wine


Base Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • 1 pinch sea salt, optional

+ Add-Ins

    Shallot Parsley Butter

    • 1 Tbsp shallots, dice
    • 1 Tbsp Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

    Lemon Chive Butter

    • 2 tsp chives, minced
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • ½ tsp lemon zest

    Cilantro Lime Ginger Butter

    • 1 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
    • ½ tsp lime zest
    • ½ tsp ground ginger, or 2 tsp fresh grated ginger

    Cajun Butter

    • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

    Orange Honey Butter

    • 1 Tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 1 Tbsp honey


    • Add softened butter to a medium bowl or a small food processor and add a pinch of salt.
      Add in any of the above combinations and combine completely.
    • Once mixed, transfer onto on a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper or plastic wrap.
    • Shape gently into a log about 5-6" in length.
      Twist the paper or plastic wrap at the ends to seal the butter. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to a week, or place in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3-months.
      Note: You could also put the butter in a small ramekin, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours if you are serving at the table with warm bread or rolls.

    2 thoughts on “Compound Butter”

    • 5 stars
      I always love flavored butters at restaurants….. so I tried this simple recipe and served it with lovely bread. This a super simple easy way to impress your guests . I’m going to try the orange and honey next to serve it with cornbread …

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