Compound Butter Recipes

Compound Butter Creations

Melted on a piece of fresh bread or drizzled over roasted vegetables, it’s no secret that butter makes everything better. Simple, spreadable, and satisfying – this humble ingredient can take any dish from dull to indulgent all on its own. However, with a few extra ingredients and a dash of creativity, compound butter can add even more flavor and complexity to your favorite dishes.

Wooden City’s Lemon-Herb Butter

by Rob Lepse

Photos by Rich Smith

lemon herb butter

Wooden City's Lemon-Herb Butter

Rob Lepse
Course Spread
Cuisine American


  • 1 lb. salted butter, room temperature 
  • 5 whole preserved lemon peels, finely diced
  • 50g fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 75g raw shallot brunoise 
  • 5g dried parsley 
  • 5g dried thyme


  • Combine all ingredients in afood processor.
  • Tip: Compound butter is the best way to season a dish perfectly. You’ve already controlled the spice and salt ratios ahead of time, so you’re not having to eyeball the right amount of seasonings separately while you’re making the food.
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Mac’s Kitchen & Bar’s Fermented Honey Butter

by Jessica Revels

Photos by Rich Smith

fermented honey butter

Mac's Kitchen & Bar Fermented Honey Butter

Jessica Revels
Course Spread
Cuisine American


  • 1 garlic bulb (about 10-12 whole peeled cloves)
  • 1 qt. local honey
  • 1 lb. unsalted butter


  • To make the fermented honey butter, begin by dropping the garlic cloves into the honey.
  • Allow the mixture to ferment by storing it at room temperature in a dark or shaded place for at least 1 month.
  • Then, add your butter to a mixer, and whip it together with a ¼ cup of the fermented honey butter. Refrigerate to store.
  • Tip: Serve this butter with a sprinkle of flaky salt to enhance the flavor.
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Hello Monty’s Miso Butter

by Antonio Lugo

Photos by Trevor Long

miso butter

Hello Monty's Miso Butter

Antonio Lugo
Course Spread
Cuisine American


  • 1 lb. butter, softened
  • 11/2 oz. red miso paste 
  • 1/2 oz. rice wine vinegar 
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 1 oz. garlic, roasted
  • 1 Tbsp. white pepper 
  • 1 Tbsp. Aji-No-Mot


  • Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
    Tip: To liquefy this butter, add water and whisk over low heat. Make sure you don’t overheat.
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Whitebird’s Herb Compound Butter

by Joseph Madzia

Photos by Trevor Long

herb compound butter

Whitebird's Herb Compound Butter

Joseph Madzia
Course Spread
Cuisine American


  • ¼ cup fresh tarragon
  • cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh chives
  • Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ oz. cognac 
  • 1 oz. vermouth


  • Finely chop the herbs, shallot, and garlic.
  • In a mixer, cream together the butter with all the ingredients until smooth.
  • Put a large sheet of plastic wrap flat on the countertop.
  • Add all the butter mix to the center of plastic and roll butter into a log. Refrigerate and cut thin pieces off as needed. Refrigerate for up to 7 days.


Tip: This butter is best when freshly made and served over grilled steaks or seafood.
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If you want to take your compound butter creation to the next level, a butter
board is a great way to display and share a specialty butter charcuterie-style.

How to Make a Butter Board

butter board

Photo by Trevor Long

  1. Let the butter soften – Whip your butter to create a lighter texture or allow it to rest for 30 minutes until the butter is room temperature and spreadable.
  2. Prepare a board or plateThoroughly clean your plate or board of choice. If you are using a wooden board, take extra care to not spread butter in any gaps where it could get stuck.
  3. Plate the butter – Use a spatula or a large spoon to spread your butter artfully onto the board. Create swirls or waves in the butter for visual interest as desired.
  4. Add toppings – Get creative with flavors and textures you enjoy. Think of ways to add color with ingredients like citrus zest, jams, fresh herbs, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of hot honey.
  5. Serve – Warm up or toast some of your favorite bread, and serve sliced alongside your butter board. Try serving with crackers for an added crunch.
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