Compound Flavored Butter

Compound Flavored Butter

Compound Flavored Butter makes butter even better! With endless combinations of flavors, it will take your cooking to the next level.

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream,” said Julia Child.

What is compound butter?

Compound flavored 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 for this recipe 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. See the photo below.

Refrigerate for about 2 hours before using if you want to cut into coin-sized slices.

How long does flavored butter last?

The butter keeps in the refrigerator for 5 days, or freeze, 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.

Flavored Compound Butter
Shallot Parsely is one of the most versatile compound flavored butter combinations

Once you are ready to use simply cut the amount you need into coin-shaped slices.

Carrots with Compound Shallot Parsley Butter
Carrots with Compound Shallot Parsley Butter

Favorite Flavor Combinations:

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use these compound 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

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

Shallot Parsley Butter on Steak
Shallot Parsley Butter on Steak

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

5 Compound Butters
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Compound (Flavored) Butter

Compound (Flavors) Butters flavored with a variety of ingredients
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, Compound butter, flavored butter, herb butter, orange butter
Servings: 4 ounces
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Cyndy

Ingredients

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

+ 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

    Instructions

    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 Flavored 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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