Up your butter game! If you’re looking for a creative way to add flavor and substance to any meal, grab a stick of butter and some fresh herbs.

Herb butter (or compound butter) is a really easy way to elevate any cuisine. I recommend slathering it on dishes such as baguettes, banana bread, grilled steak, angel hair pasta, green beans, corn on the cob, fish, or even on a burger.

If you aren’t somebody who grows herbs in your backyard, there are many places where you can purchase high-quality ingredients, including the farmers market or online. The LA Times recommends not purchasing herbs at the grocery store, because of the high price point. If you’re looking for high quality and a fair price, the farmers market is the way to go.

To make, take 1 stick of softened butter as your canvas and add in any assortment of herbs. Herbs can range from basil, garlic, fennel, bay leaves, mint, lavage, or sorrel. Wrap the mixture in parchment paper and refrigerate or freeze for future use.

For a lemon herb butter, add in 2 tablespoons of lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley, and ½ a tablespoon of finely diced thyme. This one’s great on steaks or seafood.

For a garlic butter, add in 1 large minced garlic clove and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped chives. This one’s delectable on bread or roasted corn. For those with a sweet tooth, stir in 2 tablespoons of finely chopped toasted pecans and 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar. Try this on scones or pancakes.

Now you’ve heard all about the great uses of herbs.


Assorted herbs



Parchment Paper

2 lemons


Light brown sugar