Homemade Garlic Butter is bursting with tons of fresh herbs, loaded with crushed garlic cloves, and is so quick and easy to make. Store it in the refrigerator or freezer and grab a tablespoon or two to add flavor to your favorite steak, chicken, and shrimp recipes or even spread it on toasted bread. This compound butter recipe also makes a great food gift idea to give your loved ones!
Garlic Butter Recipe
After learning the best way to cook filet mignon, I knew it was not complete until I had the perfect garlic herb compound butter to compliment it.
And much like the steak recipe, I was surprised to discover how easy it is to make your own at home. You will only need a few simple-to-find ingredients and less than 10 minutes!
Also, since it freezes and refrigerates wonderfully, you will be able to use a tablespoon or two when you want to add a bit of garlicky goodness to your next steak, shrimp, or vegetable dish!
No need to pull out a press or finely chop a bunch of herbs for added flavor. Nope, you’ll already have your restaurant-quality compound butter ready to rock and roll!
Best Brands of Butter
Since this recipe is made of only a few ingredients, it is imperative that you get a good quality butter for best results. A few brands I use and love:
- Kerrygold – our go-to!
- Pflugra – also a great choice.
- Earth Balance (sticks) – This is a great alternative if you would like to make it dairy-free and vegan.
It is totally personal preference, but I tend to select the salted butter. However, if you are watching your sodium intake or prefer a little more control over the level of salt in your foods, you might want to opt for an unsalted kind.
Also, if you are on a Paleo or Whole30 diet, feel free to substitute ghee in place of the regular kind to fit your dietary needs.
Once of the best part about this recipe (besides the well, uh, butter) is the freshness from the herbs! While I used rosemary, thyme, and parsley, there are also a few other herbs you might want to try out:
- Oregano – Would be great with parsley for a more Italian-style butter.
- Dill – Add a bit of dill with a touch of lemon juice and zest for a wonderful butter to add to seafood or shrimp!
- Basil – Basil would be great in addition to the herbs already in this version, or all on its’ own!
- Cilantro – This would definitely change up the flavor profile quite a bit, but would be fun to try with a touch of lime juice and zest and add it to fajitas!
How to Make Garlic Butter
Garlic butter is made by first creaming room temperature, good quality butter with crushed fresg garlic cloves and finely chopped fresh herbs.
(You can also try using roasted garlic cloves, if you’d prefer!)
Once the ingredients are well incorporated, place the butter on a piece of wax or parchment paper and shape it into a log.
You can refrigerate it for use in the next week or freeze it to use at a later date.
Rolling It Up
Now that you have your ingredients mixed together, it is time to roll it up into a perfect log!
The best way to do this is to:
- Tear off a 12-inch long piece of wax paper and place garlic butter towards the end of it. (Picture 1 below.)
- Shape the butter into what resembles a 6-8-inch long log. (Picture 1 below.)
- Pull the wax paper over the log and begin to roll it, reinforcing the cylinder shape as you go. (Picture 2 below.)
- Once completely rolled up, twist the ends until tight. (Pictures 3 and 4 below.)
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing to serve.
How Long Does it Last?
If stored properly, garlic butter will last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer. Since the herbs are fresh, the herb butter will begin to lose a bit of its potency the longer it is stored.
For best results, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If freezing for later use, keep the it tightly wrapped in wax paper and then store in a ziplock bag or plastic, freezer-safe container.
Different Dishes to Try
As mentioned previously, this garlic herb butter was made for steak but has SO much potential to bring tons of flavor to other dishes. A few ways you can use up your herb butter include:
- As a spread on bread – It will turn a loaf of bread into the best garlic bread you’ve ever had!
- A sauce for pasta – Add a touch of lemon juice and zest to make an incredibly easy pasta sauce.
- On vegetables – The majority of this recipe was used for making air fryer broccoli and asparagus!
- Prime rib, shrimp, and chicken would also be incredible with it spread on top.
Homemade Garlic Butter Recipe
Learn How to Make Garlic Butter that can be used to flavor steak, shrimp, chicken, and vegetables or as a spread for bread!
- ½ cup butter room temperature*
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 tsp. rosemary fresh, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. thyme fresh, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. parsley fresh, finely chopped
In a medium-sized bowl cream the butter with a spoon or fork until smooth.
Add crushed garlic and herbs and stir until just mixed.
Tear off a 12-inch long piece of
and place garlic butter towards the end of it. Shape it into what resembles a 6-8-inch long log.
Pull the wax paper over the garlic butter and begin to roll it, reinforcing the log shape as you go. Once completely rolled up, twist the ends until tight.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with steak, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, or as a spread on bread. Enjoy!
- If vegan or dairy-free, you can also use Earth Balance’s “butter” sticks in place of the butter.
- If on a Paleo or Whole30 diet, feel free to substitute ghee butter in place of the regular butter to fit your dietary needs.
- Use a good quality butter for best results. Depending on your taste preference, you can use salted or unsalted butter.
- Garlic butter keeps well for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.