Flavored Butter recipes are a delicious and easy way to elevate any meal! Whether you’re looking for a sweet butter for brunch or a savory herb butter for Sunday supper, we’ve got all the compound butter recipes you’ll ever need!

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Why Flavored Butter?

You don’t have to be a trained chef to make your own flavored butter at home. In fact, compound butter recipes are probably some of the easiest things to make.

For sweet butters, honey, brown sugar, and berries are common ingredients. Sweet butter is a great way to make any bridal shower or holiday brunch feel a little more special.

When it comes to savory butter recipes, you’ll often find a combination of herbs and garlic that compliment a variety of proteins and vegetables.

Tips for making Flavored Butters

  • Start with good quality butter. Premium butter is worth the cost when you want to make something special like homemade compound butter.
  • Use fresh ingredients. Whenever possible use fresh herbs and other ingredients for the best flavor.
  • A rubber spatula is very helpful for getting the butter out of the bowl and spreading it onto parchment paper.
  • Homemade flavored butter will last 5-7 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer if stored properly.

How to Make Flavored Butter

To make compound butter, you can use a food processor, stand mixer or hand mixer. Of course, you can also just add it all to a bowl and mix it by hand, too.

  1. Combine softened butter with your favorite herbs, spices, and other seasonings.
  2. Transfer the butter mixture to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper.
  3. Roll the butter up into a log and twist the ends like a piece of candy.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

15 Flavored Butter Recipes

Not only is compound butter flavoful, it’s also simple to make. I love that I can make flavored butter ahead of time and pull it out for special occasions – or just because!

1. Cowboy Butter

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a backyard barbecue, you need to make this flavorful Cowboy Butter. With just a hint of lemon, this herb butter is ideal for both the vegetarians and the meat-lovers on your guest list and goes with everything from steak to chicken and seafood, potatoes, garlic bread, and corn on the cob!

You’ll also love this Cowboy Butter Dipping Sauce which is incredible with steak as well as lobster and shrimp.

Close up of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Butter.

2. Steakhouse Butter

Steakhouse Butter makes any steak a melt-in-your-mouth experience. If you’re having company and want to impress, make this garlicky butter with Worcestershire sauce. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

3. Cranberry Butter

This Cranberry Butter is incredibly versatile and perfect for the holidays. This spread is perfect on everything from dinner rolls to your holiday turkey! (Find more Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving.)

4. Maple Bacon Butter

This mouthwatering Maple Bacon Butter will instantly elevate any breakfast or brunch. Try it on French toast or pancakes. This yummy butter makes even a simple piece of toast taste like something special!

Close up of maple bacon butter.

5. Garlic Basil Butter

Grab some fresh basil and garlic and whip up a batch of this unbelievable Garlic Basil Butter. It’s my go-to when I make pasta dinners and want really delicious garlic bread! It’s also yummy on baked potatoes and other veggies, too.

6. Cilantro Lime Butter

This summer, you have to make Cilantro Lime Butter! Like many of these other flavor butter recipes, it’s great on steak and perfect for any taco bar spread. However, it’s super power is with corn on the cob – so good! Not a fan of cilantro? No problem, substitute fresh parsley or basil instead.

Close up of Orange Herb Butter.

7. Orange and Herb Compound Butter

This tangy but earthy Orange and Herb Compound Butter is perfect for topping, fish, poultry, or veggies. It makes a delicious herb butter rub for Thanksgiving turkey, too!

8. Pesto Butter

Use leftover pesto to make this amazing flavored Pesto Butter. Salted butter goes so well with the fresh flavors of basil and garlic. Use this butter as a spread on a baguette, to make garlic bread, or serve it with an appetizer platter.

Close up of Shallot Butter.

9. Shallot Compound Butter

Shallot Compound Butter is another easy recipe made with garlic, shallots, and fresh herbs. It’s ridiculously-good on chicken, sweet potatoes, steaks, and butternut squash.

10. Sour Cream Compound Butter

For those that love potatoes, this Sour Cream Compound Butter is for you! With fresh chives, this creamy butter is bursting with deliciously fresh flavor that will level-up your side dishes. (Check out this collection if easy slow cooker side dishes for ideas on how to use this delicious butter!)

11. Gorgonzola Butter

Roasted garlic and gorgonzola pair to make an incredible Blue Cheese Steak Butter that’s insanely tasty! Make any steak dinner extra special with a pad of this easy-to-make compound butter.

Stack of pancakes with blueberry butter.

12. Blueberry Butter

Make a delicious compound butter for biscuits and breads with this Blueberry Butter. The added cinnamon and nutmeg balance out the berries perfectly! This flavored butter is the perfect addition to your Easter Brunch spread!

13. Shallot Horseradish Chive Butter

This Shallot Horseradish Butter adds incredible flavor to grilled meats, but it’s also delicious on a holiday roast or prime rib. The best part? Not including the black pepper and kosher salt, you only need 4 simple ingredients to make it.

Not a fan of horseradish? Try this garlic chive butter recipe instead.

14. Anchovy Butter

Loaded with umami, this Anchovy Butter recipe takes any steaks or pork chops meal into a restaurant-worthy experience. It’s delicious on roasted vegetables, too!

You can also transfer the butter mixture to a piping back and make your own restaurant-inspired butter rosettes.

Jar of strawberry butter.

15. Strawberry Butter

Strawberry Butter is the perfect compliment to pancakes, waffles, or a bagel. It’s easy to make and only requires a handful of fresh berries. Add it to your Mother’s Day brunch or baby shower menu for loads of compliments!

Close up of cornbread with jalapeno butter.

16. Jalapeño Butter

This Jalapeño Butter is jam-packed full of flavor making it a delicious condiment with corn on the cob, steak, cornbread, and more! You can easily control the heat level but customizing the amount of peppers that’s right for you.

17. Rosemary Garlic Butter

Rosemary Garlic Butter is incredible on grilled or roasted lamb – and loads of other protein, too. This chop house inspired flavored butter is another great way to add tons of flavor.

18. Tomato Butter

Whipped Tomato Butter with basil, tomato paste, and fresh garlic tastes amazing on focaccia bread and breadsticks. You can even build a quick charcuterie board or butter board with a small bowl of this butter along with your favorite crackers and crostini.

19. Dill Butter

Seafood lovers, this Dill Butter is for you! Add it to your favorite salmon, cod, haddock, or trout meal for a burst of bright dill flavor. This easy make-ahead condiment is ready in just minutes.

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20. Texas Roadhouse Butter

If you love the honey butter that Texas Roadhouse serves, you have to make your own honey cinnamon butter. It’s a cinch to make your own Texas Roadhouse Butter and tastes amazing!

Close up of Lingonberry Butter in a jar with a spoon.

21. Lingonberry Butter

Lingonberry Butter is a creamy spread that’s perfect for crepes, pancakes, muffins, rolls, and biscuits. This sweet and tart condiment recipe is so easy that it only calls for 2 ingredients!

Benihana Garlic Butter in a bowl.

22. Benihana Garlic Butter

If you’ve even tasted Benihana Garlic Butter then I know you’re going to appreciate this delcious recipe. I suggest starting with unsalted butter since soy sauce is salty on it’s own. You’ll love the umami flavor this garicky copycat butter recipe adds to steak tips, roasted veggies, and more.

23. Basil and Sage Herb Butter

When you have loads of fresh herbs from your garden, or the farmer’s market, make this Basil and Sage Herb Butter. You can use it on a variety of proteins, but it’s also delicious with vegetables. This also makes a wonderful hostess gift for the holidays.

Close up of a biscuit with Pecan Honey Butter.

24. Pecan Honey Butter

This Pecan Honey Butter is tasty year-round, but fantastic in the fall with apple or pumpkin recipes. All you need to make this sweet compound butter is just three simple ingredients. You’ll also love this Brown Sugar Butter.

25. Garlic Chive Butter

Garlic Chive Butter adds tons of flavor to roasted chicken or turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken bites, or a juicy steak. You can even spread it on a hamburger bun! I love starting with unsalted butter and using flaked sea salt in this recipe because it allows me to control the amount of salt.

Which of these flavored butter recipes are you going to try first?

We hope you find something amazing that will impress your friends and family!

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