Easy Herb Garlic Butter: A Flavorful Homemade Twist on Classic Condiments

The other day, my husband casually dropped the moniker “Fancy Meat” into a conversation, which got me reminiscing about a hilarious nickname he boasted in school. It also reminded me of the time I ambitiously whipped up a boar tenderloin with this mind-blowing herb garlic compound butter. The blood orange zest was the pièce de résistance, lending a hint of sophistication to my culinary escapade. Let’s just say those leftovers never stood a chance. It all vanished in a dollop-here-dollop-there frenzy, much to my inner New Yorker’s secret delight.

Ah, the chaos of family life. My days can be a whirlwind, but when a creative urge strikes, there’s no stopping this mama. There I was, amidst the great meat escapade, barely dodging the usual food projectiles launched by the little ones. But hey, messy is the new normal, and what’s a little messiness in the pursuit of delectable food? Honestly, who needs a clean kitchen with a five-star dish in tow?

So, today’s recipe is my pièce de résistance—pardon my French – a jaw-dropper, crowd-pleaser: my beloved Herb Garlic Butter. It’s adaptable, it’s scrumptious, and it certainly took that boar tenderloin to a whole new level—sorry husband, your nickname just got upstaged. Are you ready to experience a masterpiece in buttery form? I bet you are! Onward, fellow food crusaders!


  1. Butter – The star of this recipe, it adds a nice salty kick to the sauce.

  2. Garlic – A staple ingredient that gives a nice kick to the sauce.

  3. Parsley – A fresh herb to finish off the sauce.


  1. Start by getting your equipment ready. Grab a medium-sized bowl, a fork, and a saucepan.
  2. Now, get your butter, garlic, and parsley. Soften the butter if it’s not already soft and chop the garlic and parsley.
  3. In your medium-sized bowl, add the softened butter, chopped garlic, and chopped parsley. Mix everything together until well-combined.
  4. Now, it’s time to melt the butter into a sauce. Add the butter mixture from the bowl to the saucepan and place it over low heat.
  5. Let the butter melt for about 3 minutes or until it has fully melted.
  6. And there you have it! Your Easy Herb Garlic Butter Sauce is ready to go!
  7. As a tip, if you’re using unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon of salt to make up for the missing salt.
  8. Feel free to get creative with the herbs you use. Parsley is great but you can also try using thyme or rosemary or even a mix of herbs.

Serving Suggestions for Herb Garlic Butter

This delicious garlic butter is the perfect addition to any meal! Here are a few of our favorite serving suggestions:

  • Brush it on grilled vegetables or proteins for an added burst of flavor.
  • Mix it into mashed potatoes for a creamy and garlicky twist.
  • Spread it on crusty bread for a simple and delicious garlic bread.
  • Use it as a finishing sauce for pasta dishes for an elevated twist.
  • Make a compound butter by rolling it in plastic wrap and refrigerating, then slice and serve over steaks.
  • Bake it into biscuits for a flaky and buttery addition to any meal.
  • Use it to sauté shrimp or scallops for an easy and delicious seafood dish.


Can I use unsalted butter for this recipe?

Sure thing! If using unsalted butter, just add ½ teaspoon of salt to the mixture.

Can I use other herbs instead of parsley?

Absolutely! Try switching it up with thyme or rosemary, or even a mix of herbs for a unique flavor.

How long does it take to melt the butter into a sauce?

It only takes about 3 minutes to melt the butter over low heat to create a delicious sauce.

Is there a vegan alternative for this recipe?

Not exactly, but you can use vegan butter and some vegan herbs instead of using garlic butter.

Can I store this butter sauce for future use?

Yes, you can! Just be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Herb Garlic Butter

A rich and creamy garlic butter infused with fresh herbs and seasonings, perfect for adding depth and flavor to any dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 102 kcal


  • medium-sized bowl
  • Saucepan
  • silicone spatula or wooden spoon
  • plastic wrap or parchment paper


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, thyme leaves, lemon zest, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Using a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon, mix everything together until well-combined.
  • Spoon the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper, and use it to shape the mixture into a log. Roll the wrap or parchment paper tightly around the mixture to form a cylinder, twisting the ends to seal.
  • Chill the butter in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  • To use the butter, simply slice off a piece and melt it over low heat in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  • Use it to top steaks, seafood, vegetables, or baked potatoes, or stir it into pasta or risotto for added flavor.


The garlic herb compound butter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you prefer a salted butter, feel free to use salted butter instead of unsalted, but reduce the added salt to 1/2 teaspoon.
You can experiment with different herbs and seasonings to create your own unique compound butter. Try adding fresh basil, rosemary, chives, or dill for a different flavor profile.


Calories: 102kcalFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 302mgPotassium: 4mgVitamin A: 7.6IUVitamin C: 1.5mgCalcium: 0.2mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword butter, garlic, herbs
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