This Garlic Herb Butter will add an additional depth of flavor to anything you are making. If you've never made a compound butter before you will be amazed at how easy it is. Just a handful of ingredients and ten minutes are all you need for a delicious condiment.
This is my first post. I thought "what's a better way to start than with a delicious staple for so many grilled meals?" There is nothing better than a perfectly grilled steak topped with delicious garlic butter. My Garlic Herb Butter contains garlic(obviously) and dried rosemary. I take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator and leave it out at room temperature until it softens. Once it is soft, put it in a small mixing bowl add minced garlic, dried rosemary, and then stir until it is all combined.
How to Make Garlic Herb Butter
The key is to have the butter softened and it will all combine easily.
Step One: Mix the softened butter with garlic and dried herbs.
Can I Use Different Herbs?
There are so many different herbs you can use. I like rosemary for this recipe, as it goes very well with grilled steak. Some other great choices are:
Herbes de Provence - a classic French blend with thyme, lavender, rosemary, savory, tarragon, marjoram, and more.
Lemon Pepper - if your lemon pepper blend has added salt make sure to use unsalted butter.
BBQ Rub - mix in your favorite barbecue rub.
Greek Seasoning - I make my own with Greek oregano, garlic, onion, lemon zest, and a bit of dill.
Other Ways to Use Compound Butter
If you are grilling a steak, add a slice of butter on top as you are pulling it off the grill. The compound butter will begin to melt and cover your steak with a rich delicious sauce. The aroma of the rosemary and garlic from this garlic herb butter will get your taste buds in full gear.
You can also use this recipe as a topping for almost anything that you are looking to kick up a notch. Use this butter on hamburger rolls for our smoked burgers. Or as a spread or add it to a baked potato. Replace it with anything that you usually put butter on. We use it often on Foil Packet Potatoes on the Grill. If you are looking for crispy skin on your smoked turkey, use this herb butter to rub all over the skin before you smoke it.
Another crowd-pleasing applications for this easy compound butter are as a spread on grilled toast and use a little more to cook up some shrimp scampi. Cut a thick slice of french baguette or other homemade bread. Lay it on the grill until it gets light brown grill marks then lavishly spread the flavored butter on the toast, top with the shrimp, and enjoy. It is a fantastic appetizer while the rest of the meal preparations are being made.
- 4 oz salted butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Soften the butter and place in a small mixing bowl.
- Mince the garlic cloves and add to the mixing bowl.
- Add the dried rosemary and mix with a spatula.
- Once it is thoroughly combined, drop mixture onto waxed paper.
- Roll up paper to form a log and place in the refrigerator to harden.
- Pull out when ready to use. Cut slices and add to any dish that you are looking to kick up the flavor.
Originally Published May 20, 2018. Revised and Republished April 30, 2021.