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How to Make Garlic Herb Butter

May 16, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Learn How To Make Garlic Herb Butter in just 5 minutes! This flavorful blend of garlic + herbs is incredibly versatile—it's perfect for slathering on bread, adding to grilled cheese, tossing with pasta, drizzling over meats, veggies, and so much more!

How to Make Garlic Herb Butter

Introducing my Garlic Herb Butter recipe—packed with fresh garlic, aromatic herbs, and endless versatility! Whether slathered on bread, drizzled over potatoes, vegetables, steaks, chicken, or grilled cheese, this flavorful butter elevates every bite to new heights of deliciousness! Dairy-free + Vegan option.

Plate with your herb butter with knives and garlic.

Once you get the hang of making Garlic Herb Butter, you'll want to keep it on hand all the time! Packed with herbs like Italian seasoning and loads of fresh garlic, it's perfect for whipping up homemade garlic bread. And the best part? It's not just for bread—it's crazy versatile! I use it on everything from meats + seafood to pasta, potatoes, and more. Seriously, once y'all give it a try, you'll be hooked!

Making Garlic Herb Butter is SO EASY! You can whip it up ahead of time and add your own favorite herbs + spices to make it uniquely yours. It's ready in just 5 minutes! The other night, I got creative and used it to make a mouthwatering herb butter tomato pizza with some leftovers I had in the fridge. It was a total hit! Plus there is a dairy-free/vegan option!

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Why You Will LOVE Learning How To Make Garlic Herb Butter

  • Elevates your dishes with rich, herb-infused flavor.
  • Customizable with your favorite herbs + spices.
  • Perfect for spreading on bread or topping off meats.
  • Adds a gourmet touch to everyday meals.
  • Ready in just 5 minutes—easy peasy!
  • Can be made ahead of time for ease!
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Ingredients For Garlic Herb Butter

GARLIC HERB BUTTER:

  • Butter. I use unsalted to have more control of the flavor. Softened at room temp.
  • Garlic cloves. Minced.
  • Herbs + seasonings. Sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, dried parsley, Italian seasoning + a pinch of smoked paprika

How To Make Garlic Herb Butter

In a bowl, add the softened butter, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika----mixing together all ingredients until smooth and soft. Use immediately or store in the fridge for later!

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Herb butter on a plate with knives.

How To Use Garlic Herb Butter

You won't believe how many ways you can use this garlic herb butter recipe—it's a total game-changer! Seriously, it's the secret weapon your kitchen didn't know it needed. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

  • Spread it generously on freshly baked bread or rolls.
  • Spread it on the outside of your grilled cheese sandwiches before grilling for an extra flavorful + crispy crust.
  • Toss it with pasta for a quick and tasty dish.
  • Top grilled or roasted meats, such as steak or chicken, with a dollop of garlic herb butter.
  • Mix it into mashed potatoes for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Use it to sauté shrimp or scallops for a delicious seafood meal.
  • Brush it onto corn on the cob for a savory treat.
  • Stir it into cooked rice or quinoa to elevate your grains.
  • Use it as a base for garlic bread or garlic knots by spreading it on bread and baking until golden and crispy.
Herb butter on a plate on a dark brown wood table with garlic and seasonings.

What Other Flavors Of Butter Can I Make?

The options are seriously endless, and you can customize it with whatever herbs, fresh or dry, you already have on hand. Here are a few more of my favorite variations that I use regularly in my kitchen:

  • Lemon butter ---- made with my Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning and fresh lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice for a bright + tangy flavor.
  • Honey butter --- Sweet + creamy, honey butter is made by mixing softened butter with honey for a delicious spread that's perfect on toast or biscuits. You could also use hot honey for a spicy twist!
  • Everything bagel butter --- Made with butter and homemade everything bagel seasoning.
  • Roasted garlic butter --- Rich + savory, roasted garlic butter is made by mixing roasted garlic cloves with softened butter for a deliciously nutty flavor.
  • Cinnamon sugar butter --- Perfect for breakfast or dessert, cinnamon sugar butter is made with a blend of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet spread.
  • Garlic parmesan butter --- Mix softened butter with minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese for a savory and umami-rich option.
  • Spicy chili butter --- You can add in jalapenos, chipotle peppers or simply some red pepper flakes.

These are just a few ideas, but feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavor combinations to create your own signature flavored butters! They also make great gifts!

Can I Make This Garlic Herb Butter Vegan/Dairy-free?

Absolutely! You can easily make a vegan or dairy-free version of garlic herb butter by using a plant-based butter substitute instead of traditional butter. Some of my fave brands are Miyoko's, Violife, and Earth Balance.

Up close shot of herb butter on a plate with knives.

Garlic Herb Butter Q + A's

How to store?

Leftovers can last in the fridge for 4–5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. The quality will decline after 6 months, but it will still be safe to eat. 

Can I use salted butter for garlic herb butter?

Yes, you can use salted butter for garlic herb butter, but be mindful of the salt content, especially if you plan to add additional salt or salty ingredients to the mixture. Using unsalted butter allows for better control over the saltiness of the final product.

How can I quickly soften butter for making garlic herb butter?

To quickly soften butter, you can cut it into smaller chunks and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can gently microwave the butter in short intervals of 5-10 seconds until it reaches the desired softness, being careful not to melt it completely.

Can I add cheese to garlic herb butter?

Yes, you can add grated or shredded cheese to garlic herb butter for an extra savory twist. Parmesan, cheddar, or Gruyère are popular options, but feel free to experiment with your favorite cheeses

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How to Make Garlic Herb Butter

May 16, 2024
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Introducing my Garlic Herb Butter recipe—packed with fresh garlic, aromatic herbs, and endless versatility! Whether slathered on bread, drizzled over potatoes, vegetables, steaks, chicken, or any other dish, this flavorful butter elevates every bite to new heights of deliciousness! Dairy-free + Vegan option.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 8 Tbsps

Ingredients

GARLIC HERB BUTTER:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened at room temp.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of smoked paprika

Instructions

TO MAKE THE GARLIC HERB BUTTER:

  • In a bowl, add the softened butter, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika----mixing together all ingredients until smooth and soft.
  • Enjoy this herbed butter atop the bread of your fave sandwiches, meat, etc.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Leftovers can last in the fridge for 4–5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. The quality will decline after 6 months, but it will still be safe to eat. 

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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