41 Best Compound Butter Recipes for Bread, Meat, and Vegetables
These compound butter recipes can take your cooking to the next level. These delicious homemade condiments are simply butter combined with some other ingredients to create a whole new taste.
But you’d never guess how simple it is from the amazing flavor it gives your dishes.
All about compound butter
It’s not just like buttering an item and then adding a sprinkle of the flavor. These butters develop a unique flavor of their own. And you can put them on so many foods:
Spread them on flatbreads and then add vegetables, meat, or cheese as you like.
Put one into a baked potato for added flavor.
Melt them over pasta.
Put a pat or spoonful on steak, chicken, fish – any meat.
Melt a pat into a serving of vegetables to add some flavor.
Butter your bread with them.
One of the simplest examples will be familiar to many of you: honey butter, a simple blend of honey with butter, whipped together and served immediately.
Some people like to roll their butters up and refrigerate them so they become solid logs you can put on the table. This takes a little more prep time, but it makes an impressive addition to any meal.
On the other hand, with any of these recipes, you can just whip the ingredients together in a bowl and serve. And this also makes a beautiful presentation.
Compound Butter Recipes
These butters add so much to any meal. They can turn something as simple as a roll or piece of toast into a special treat. Try the savory ones on homemade pizza crust, or melted over a side dish like green beans. Get creative and enjoy!
This lightly spicy recipe combines canned chipotle peppers and lime juice to create a wonderful Mexican flavor. This one is perfect for spreading over an ear of corn or putting on steak. Or salmon cakes. Or even melted over popcorn.
Delicious and mildly smoky with a hint of spice from the smoked paprika. With a nice helping of garlic. This one can definitely stand up to beef, chicken or any sort of meat. It's also great as a dip for asparagus.
Intense umami flavor with lots of bold flavor from truffle puree, this one works so well with beef. It's also wonderful melted over pasta, with or without any added meat or vegetables. (If you've ever had brown butter spaghetti with mushrooms, that will give you the idea.)
Excellent with Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. The tequila is optional. This one can work with just about any meat or vegetable. It is especially good spread over an ear of corn. Add a pat or so to a skillet where you're cooking meat or vegetables, or just spread it on afterward.
It was made for steak, but it's also great with fish and chicken. This recipe features garlic and Worcestershire sauce too. Along with the capers, this gives it a slightly tangy flavor, but the terragon adds a hint of its unique flavor - something like cinnamon, but not really.
There's nothing quite like the taste of roasted red bell peppers, and this recipe shows them off to perfection. It's great on nearly any kind of meat and can also be melted over pasta for a delicious treat.
Salty and smoky, with lots of flavor from the blue cheese. You know how good this combination is on burgers. Now you can spread it on bread, steaks, whatever you like. It's also very good on salmon and tuna.
Three wonderfully fresh flavors combined. This one gives a little bit of a Mexican feel to anything you put it on. It adds something really special when you spread it on a fajita tortilla. It's also wonderful on a corn cob.
Just like they make it at the restaurant, it's a sweetened cinnamon butter that's out of this world. It's made for biscuits, but you can also serve it with homemade bread. And it's perfect for baked sweet potatoes.
Taking honey butter to the next level, this recipe combines vanilla and honey with homemade peach puree. It's a great way to use up peaches toward the end of the season. It's great for breads, but it's also surprisingly good on chicken.
With frozen raspberries, so you can make it anytime of the year and not just when berries are in season. This one has a nice texture, too. If you love raspberries, this is a great one to try. It takes plain breakfast breads like toast, pancakes or waffles to a whole new level.
This intensely cranberry flavored butter is perfect for Thanksgiving dinners, but it's also great anytime. Very good on breads, pancakes, waffles and other breakfast foods. You can also put it on roast turkey to help it stay moist.
With this recipe, you can make a butter from any flavor of jam you like. It's easy to have something different on hand all the time. If you like toast with jelly, this is a great alternative. And if you're trying to cut back on sugar, this could help. Just spread this on toast or biscuits instead of spreading butter and jam separately.
Rich, sweet and such a good way to use up blackberries before they spoil. This recipe just has you mash up the berries rather than puree them, and that gives you a burst of flavor whenever you run into a chunk. And the texture is a lot of fun.
Just chocolate and butter blended deliciously. This is one of those "why didn't I think of this myself" recipe ideas, but they've perfected the exact ingredients to make it work just so. This one is great on toast, croissants and waffles.
Orange zest, maple syrup and more makes this recipe perfect for pancakes and other breakfast foods. It's also great on corn and vegetables that taste good with a little bit of sweetness added. Try it on a baked sweet potato or over carrots.