How to Make Homemade Herb Butter
Today I will show you how to make homemade herb butter from scratch. Herb butter is a staple in our freezer especially during summer time! It is super easy and simple to make and so versatile. From meat over vegetables to putting it into your sandwich, homemade herb butter will make pretty much everything taste even better. Plus you can change up the flavor however you want to switch it up.
What ingredients do you need to make homemade herb butter?
This herb butter is a version of compound butter. Meaning you take softened butter and mix it with different ingredients. Compound butter can either be savory or sweet. I am showing you my herb butter version here. However, there are so many more ways of making compound butter. I will give you a few ideas further down in this post.
Here are the ingredients you will need for my basic herb butter recipe:
- Butter: To make mixing easier we need the butter to be at room temperature. You can use unsalted or salted butter. We are used to unsalted butter here which is also what I used. If you do decide to use slated butter however, please omit the salt below else it will get to salty.
- Garlic: Garlic does not have to be added. I personally love the taste of garlic and always add it to my herb butter which is why I use it in this recipe.
- Herbs: For herbs you really can use whatever you want. I will show you some different options below. You can use as many herbs as you want and mix as many as you want.
- Salt and Pepper: We use salt and pepper just for the taste.
What herbs to use for herb butter?
Mix and match whatever you like:
If you make a sage butter you can use it as a sauce for my Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Brown Butter And Sage – Oh Sweet Cultureshock.
Fresh or dried herbs?
You can use both fresh or dried herbs in this recipe. However, I highly recommend fresh herbs as the texture is better when eating the butter later and I personally just prefer the taste of fresh herbs.
You basically can use whatever you have on hand. If you do decide to use dried herbs then please make sure you use only 4 teaspoons.
How to make this recipe?
Making herb butter really could not be easier.
- First you have to make sure your butter is at room temperature. We need it to be nice and soft so we can easily mix in the ingredients. While your butter softens you can start chopping all your herbs.
- Add the softened butter to a medium sized bowl where you can mix everything in.
- Now add all the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper to the butter.
- With a rubber spatula gently combine all the ingredients.
- Now we prepare the butter to freeze. In this recipe we will use the log method:
- Lay down your plastic wrap on a flat surface.
- With the spatula put the butter mixture onto the lower end of the plastic wrap.
- With your spatula form a log. It does not have to be perfect just helps rolling it.
- Now start rolling it up so the whole log is covered in the plastic wrap. you want to make sure you get the plastic wrap tight.
- Then just hold the ends and start rolling the whole log on the surface into only one direction. The ends will start twisting and make sure that everything is closed and tight with no air bubbles.
- Fold in the ends and you are done.
- Put the log into a freezer bag and place it in the freezer till firm.
- Then Enjoy! 🙂
This recipe uses the log method. However, you can also simply spoon the butter into an ice tray and freeze it that way. Make sure the tray has a lid or you cover it in foil.
When wanting to use the butter let it soften a bit at room temperature to make spreading easier. If you will not use the whole log I recommend just cutting off a piece and leaving the rest in the freezer.
Can you make it vegan?
Yes you can! Simply replace the butter with a vegan butter. It might need a bit longer to get firm.
What do you use herb butter for?
Herb butter can be used in so many ways to make a dish go from good to amazing! Make sure to try it on…
- Mashed potatoes
- Or let it soften and use it as a dip
Those are just a few ideas. You can use homemade herb butter in any way you like.
Here is a recipe that uses this base herb butter recipe:
What other flavors can you make with compound butter?
You can make so many different flavors to customize this recipe. Here are some ideas:
- Add lemon juice to the basis recipe: This is especially delicious on fish
- Garlic butter: Only use garlic but more. If you roast the garlic you will have an even better flavor.
- Paprika: Add paprika powder to the basis recipe
- Curry: Use curry powder instead of herbs
- Chili: Make it spicy, you can even add some lime juice
- Cilantro lime: Mix cilantro, lime juice and chopped up jalapeno
- Olives: Use some lemon juice and chopped olives with herbs
- Italian: Use basil for the herb and dried tomato chopped up
- Honey: Simply mix butter and honey
- Honey Burbon: I tried this recipe Bourbon Honey Butter – The G & M Kitchen (thegandmkitchen.com) and it is amazing!
- Maple: Mix the butter and some tablespoons of maple syrup. Love this one on cinnamon rolls when you use the butter at room temperature.
- Cinnamon brown sugar: Butter, 100g brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Raspberry: Mix butter and cut up frozen raspberries. Add some honey for extra sweetness.
- Strawberry: Mix butter and cut up frozen strawberries. Add some honey for extra sweetness. Basil goes very well with this combo too.
- Cranberry: Mix the butter with fresh cranberries and some honey or sugar for the sweetness. Perfect for Thanksgiving.
- Chocolate: Add melted chocolate and/or chocolate powder to the plain butter.
I would love to hear any other combinations you love to make!
Homemade Herb Butter
- Plastic wrap
- 250 g Butter room temperature, unsalted
- 1-2 cloves Garlic grated
- 4 tbsp. Herbs chopped up
- 1 pinch Salt and Pepper
- Add the soft, room temperature butter to a medium sized bowl.
- Add the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.
- With a rubber spatula combine all the ingredients.
- Spread out a rather big piece of plastic wrap on your table and spoon the butter onto the lower part of it.
- Form a log with the butter using the spatula.
- Fold the foil over the butter and start rolling in the butter. Make sure you roll it very tight.
- Then take the sides and twist them. Hold them both and start rolling the butter log on the table into one direction. that will tighten the plastic foil and make sure there will be no air bubbles.
- Put the butter log into a freezer bag and freeze until firm.
- Take it out when needed and let it thaw for a few minutes to make spreading easier.
- This recipe uses the log method. However, you can also simply spoon the butter into an ice tray and freeze it that way. Make sure the tray has a lid or you cover it in foil.
- When wanting to use the butter let it soften a bit at room temperature to make spreading easier. If you will not use the whole log I recommend just cutting off a piece and leaving the rest in the freezer.
- Check out the post above to find many different flavor combinations to make different compound butters.