Herbs, citrus, and even cheese flavor these 5 recipes for easy-to-make homemade compound butters to use on everything from hot veggies (roasted corn is a favorite!) to chicken, fish, pasta, and steaks, and it’s one of my secrets for jazzing up a gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

How to Make Easy Flavored Butters | foodiecrush.com

More butter, more better. And when it’s of the infused-flavored variety, there’s always room for even more better butter.

Compound butters are something I like to keep on hand to effortlessly boost the flavor of meats, chicken, and burgers, or slither into pasta with a little cheese, or mix into scrambled eggs and omelets. And of course, it’s absolutely the best slathered on sweet summer corn.

While it would be easy to mix these flavor combinations together and set out in a bowl to serve from there, I like rolling them into logs and then cutting into slices to melt on just about anything for added flavor. 

And because these buttery flavor bursts freeze well, it’s simple to pull them out on a whim and use to suit the tastes of everyone at the table. 

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Buttery Making Tips

These are a few noteworthy tips to follow when making flavored butters:

  • Use unsalted butter so you can control your salty flavor. 
  • Softened butter makes it easy to fold your flavoring ingredients into the butter.  To make the butter logs, simply spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of a piece of plastic wrap, then shape into rolls. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap as you roll.
  • Chill each log for at least 1 hour or freeze for 20-30 minutes for the logs to take shape.
  • Create your own seasoning blends by using complementary ingredients from your favorite ethnic profiles, or choose combinations from some of your favorite recipe blends.

5 Recipes for Homemade Compound Butters

For melt-in-your-mouth savory goodness, read on for five easy butters that will make your grilled veggies or chicken or beef sing!

Thai Basil and Lime Flavored Compound Butters | foodiecrush.com

Thai Basil and Lime Compound Butter
 
This homemade butter features the zesty flavors of Thai cooking that works especially well over fish, chicken or pasta.
Serves: 8 tablespoons butter
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • ½ lime, zested
  • 1 tablespoon Thai basil, minced
  • ½ teaspoon 5-spice
  • pinch of red bell pepper flakes
  • pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter. Spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of plastic wrap, then roll into a log. Refrigerate for one hour, or until firm.

 Cinnamon Chipotle Chile Flavored Compound Butter | foodiecrush.com

Cinnamon and Chipotle Chile Compound Butter
 
Use this Mexican-flavored blend for slathering on grilled corn on the cob, steak, chicken, or cooked vegetables alongside tortillas.
Serves: 8 tablespoons butter
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter. Spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of plastic wrap, then roll into a log. Refrigerate for one hour, or until firm.

Lemon Dill Butter | foodiecrush.com
Lemon Dill Compound Butter
 
This classic lemon dill combination is especially good on fish, chicken, or shrimp. Try adding it to hot pasta with a little parmesan cheese for a light and bright dish.
Serves: 8 tablespoons
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1 lemon, zested, plus juice of half of the lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter. Spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of plastic wrap, then roll into a log. Refrigerate for one hour, or until firm.

Spicy Buffalo Compound Butter | foodiecrush.com
Spicy Buffalo Compound Butter
 
Try this butter when you're looking for a buffalo-inspired bite of pasta with chicken, add a pat to boost your burger, or smear on hot toasted bread.
Serves: 8 tablespoons
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot Sauce or other vinegar based hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter. Spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of plastic wrap, then roll into a log. Refrigerate for one hour, or until firm.

armesan and Smoked Paprika Butter Recipe | foodiecrush.com
Parmesan and Smoked Paprika Compound Butter
 
Add a pat to almost finished scrambled eggs or pasta to add a creamy flavor with every bite.
Serves: 8 tablespoons
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter. Spoon the butter mixture onto the bottom third of plastic wrap, then roll into a log. Refrigerate for one hour, or until firm.

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