Compound Butter: How to Flavor Almost Anything

Just a little something extra added to simple food can make a dish special. Compound butter or flavored butter can be that little something extra. Having one or two of these butters in your fridge is an easy way to impart flavor quickly.

Compound butter is a cinch to make and you’ll enjoy creating your own flavors! It’s really just butter that has been mixed with additional ingredients. Bring your butter to room temperature. Stir in your additions. After mixing it up, chill it as a log of butter wrapped in parchment paper or added into a mold. When it’s time to flavor your food, slice a bit off your log or pop it out of its mold. Easy Peasy.

Compound Flavor Ideas

  • Chipotle Honey Butter

  • Fine Herbes with Citrus Butter

  • Cajun Butter

  • Ventura Spice Butter

  • Honey Mustard Butter

  • Herbes de Provence Butter

  • Toasted Sesame Seed with Oregano Butter

Flavor butter with herbs, citrus, honey, or spices. Almost anything goes!

So what should I do with this compound butter?

  • Melt it on top of a really good steak

  • Amp up the flavor of steamed veggies

  • Smear it under chicken skin before roasting

  • Dab a bit on french bread before toasting it

  • Adorn a baked potato with new flavors

  • Pair a sweet butter with waffles or cornbread

  • Spice up plain fish

Salted Butter or UnSalted Butter?

Cooking with unsalted butter allows you to control the salt content in your recipes and is what we usually use when cooking or baking. When creating compound butter, we throw that rule out the window! The added salt is a welcome addition for most savory butters and even sometimes for sweet butters.

Compound Butter Recipe

Each Recipe begins with:

  • 1 stick of softened butter (4 ounces)

  • Start with salted butter or add ¼ teaspoon Pacific Sea Salt

Ventura Spice Add-in Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of Ventura Spice

  • Start with unsalted butter as Ventura Spice has salt

Herbes De Provence Add-in Ingredients:

Fine Herbs with Citrus Add-in Ingredients:

Honey Chipotle Add-in Ingredients:

Honey Mustard Butter Ingredients

Cajun Butter Ingredients

Mediterranean Seeded Butter Ingredients

  • Toast over low heat in a skillet 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds. Allow to cool before adding to butter.

  • 1 teaspoon of Oregano

  • Start with salted butter or add 1/2 teaspoon Pacific Sea Salt


  1. Place room temperature butter in a medium bowl.

  2. Add in any of the above combinations. Stir until completely combined..

  3. Mound onto a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper or plastic wrap.

  4. Shape into a log about 5-6" in length. Wrap paper or plastic wrap around the log.

  5. Twist the paper or plastic wrap at the ends to seal the butter. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Can be stored chilled for up to a week. Or store in the freezer in a plastic bag for up to 6 months.

Note: Butter can also be chilled in a small ramekin, covered with plastic wrap, for at least two hours. Use as you would butter on the table for warm bread or rolls!

What is your favorite compound butter?


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