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Elevate Your Dishes with Compound Herb Butter

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Compound butter is a game-changer in my kitchen—adding flavor and richness to a wide range of dishes. I like finding ways to use a compound butter recipe in a variety of ways so I can enjoy the fruits of my labor in multiple ways.

Making Compound Butter Recipe

The beauty of Compound Butter lies in its endless possibilities. While my herb-infused compound butter recipe below adds a savory touch to meals, you can let your imagination run wild and create an array of combinations. Consider these exciting variations:

  1. Strawberry and Honey Compound Butter: Combine softened butter with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey. A sweet and luscious spread perfect for slathering on warm scones, toast, or pancakes.
  2. Citrus and Chili Compound Butter: Infuse butter with citrus zest, like oranges or limes, and a hint of chili flakes to develop bright and spicy notes. Add the butter to grilled seafood or roasted vegetables.
  3. Maple Cinnamon Pecan Compound Butter: Blend butter with pure maple syrup, a dash of ground cinnamon, and chopped toasted pecans. This is an ideal accompaniment to freshly baked muffins or sweet potatoes.
  4. Garlic and Herb Compound Butter: Use herb combinations such as rosemary, thyme, and chives, mixed with minced garlic for a savory and aromatic compound butter. Perfect for spreading on crusty bread or adding intrigue to grilled meats.
  5. Chamomile Honey Compound Butter: Use on toast, scones, cornbread, biscuits, or drizzle over strawberry-topped pancakes.

Ways to Use Compound Butter

I love compound butter because of its versatility. For instance, I suggest trying some of the following ways to use various compound butters:

  • Enhance the flavors of grilled meats and seafood by melting a pat of compound butter over them just before serving.
  • Rub underneath and on top of chicken skin before roasting, like in our Roast Chicken with Herb Butter Recipe.
  • Toss steamed vegetables with a dollop of flavored butter to elevate their taste.
  • Add a spoonful to hot pasta for an instant burst of flavor.
  • Use fruity compound butter to top pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
  • Incorporate savory compound butter into mashed potatoes or rice for extra richness.

From sweet to savory, the possibilities of compound butter are endless. Try our spring herb compound butter recipe below. I love to use it in roast chicken, to finish scallops when searing, or even as a garlic bread smear.

compound herb butter recipe herbs: Spring mix of herbs - sage, oregano, marjoram, parsley, thyme, chives, chervil, tarragon

Spring Herb Compound Butter

Indulge in the vibrant flavors of spring with this delightful Herb Compound Butter recipe. Made with a medley of fresh herbs and a hint of zesty lemon, this compound butter will elevate any dish it graces. This Herb Compound Butter recipe is a delightful way to celebrate the abundance of herbs during the spring season. It adds a touch of elegance to your culinary creations, effortlessly elevating any dish with its aromatic and flavorful presence. Use this compound butter on freshly baked bread, roasted vegetables, grilled/roasted meats, or steamed seafood.
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: accoutrement, butter, herbs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 75kcal
Cost: $3


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic or shallot
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns or 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2.5 tbsp finely chopped chervil optional
  • 1.5 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1.5 tbsp finely chopped tarragon
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp finely chopped sage
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped marjoram/oregano


  • In a mortar and pestle, grind the coriander seed, black peppercorn and salt
  • Add the minced garlic and grated lemon peel and make a paste
  • Combine the softened butter, minced garlic, grated lemon peel, and the chopped assortment of herbs to the spiced garlic paste
  • Gently blend everything together until well incorporated, allowing the flavors to meld harmoniously
  • Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and transfer the butter mixture onto it
  • Roll it tightly, forming a compact log with the plastic wrap
  • Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to secure the shape, then refrigerate the compound butter for at least an hour to allow it to firm and flavors to develop


This butter will keep in the fridge for a few weeks
Use this compound butter on freshly baked bread, roasted vegetables, grilled/roasted meats, or steamed seafood
Feel free to leave out an herb if you cannot find it, or substitute another mild herb in its place
If you do not have a mortar and pestle, you can use a food processor or mix by hand (making sure you use pre-ground spices)


Serving: 20g | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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