Pesto butter recipe, great on baked potatoes, baguette, and grilled chicken. Repin to save!

Compound butter is essentially butter with flavors added to it (herbs, spices, sauces, etc.)

But don’t let its simplicity fool you.

What a compound butter can do to a dish is nothing short of amazing.

Using compound butter can totally change the flavor of a dish.

I like to make compound butters when I have guests over.  It’s an easy way to add impact to a meal without spending a lot of money.

Most of the time, I have some fresh herb or spice on hand to flavor butter. What you choose to add to the butter doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Simply adding scallions and garlic or a bit of pesto can up the ante of any dish.

Herb butter recipe: Serve with baguette, on grilled chicken, grilled sweet corn. Click through for recipe.

Herb butter with scallions, parsley, and garlic

How To Use Compound Butter

Using flavored butter on bread is a no-brainer. Here are some additional ideas for using compound butter:

  • Grilled chicken, meat, or seafood with chili-lime butter
  • Hamburgers with bacon-chive butter
  • Baked potatoes with parsley, garlic, and scallion butter
  • Cilantro-lime butter with Mexican dishes
  • Pasta and warm bread with pesto butter
  • Sweet corn with herb butter
  • Pancakes with maple butter
  • Cornbread with honey butter
  • Toast with cinnamon-sugar butter
  • Banana bread with honey butter

There are a million different ways to flavor butters, and you really can’t screw it up – so why not give it a try? I would love to hear your ideas below!

Sweet corn with herb butter, from Cheap Recipe Blog.

Sweet corn with herb butter

Curry honey butter is so delicious! Click through for recipe.

Curry honey butter


Herb butter: Adding fresh herbs to butter makes a delicious topping for bread, potatoes, and much more!

Compound Butter Recipes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Start out neutral by using unsalted butter. You can always add salt later, but you can't take it away!


Start with

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, plus;

For pesto butter

For herb butter

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of garlic powder

For honey curry butter

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder


  1. To make compound butter, start with softened butter and add desired herbs, spices, flavorings, and add-ins. The butter can be shaped into a log and cut into individual-sized slabs, put into individual dishes, and even made into fun shapes using a pastry bag. Chill butter after preparing and before serving to harden.
  2. Butter can be stored in the fridge for a few days (if using fresh herbs), up to a week (if using dried spices), or frozen for up to three months.

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