How To: Get Creative with Compound Butter

Compound butter is one of those unsung kitchen staples that’s so easy to make but adds next-level flavor to almost anything it touches. (Call us “butter nerds”, but it’s true.) Here, we show you how simple it can be to DIY and elevate your favorite dishes with minimal effort.

Bread and Butter

Making compound butter is about as easy as it gets.

Don’t overthink it, but do get creative! Any herbs, fruits or flavors you love can work, and you can adjust your add-in/butter ratio to suit your taste. In short, you simply mix soft butter with a variety of fresh herbs or spices, let it harden in the fridge, then melt or spread it in different dishes. Here’s how it’s done:

Here's how it's done:

  1. Mince, chop or mix your add-ins/seasonings
  2. Add to softened butter (we prefer unsalted, but salted works as well)
  3. Mix by hand or in a food processor until evenly distributed
  4. Form mixture into a log shape on a piece of parchment paper and wrap completely
  5. Place wrapped butter into the refrigerator or freezer to firm up and keep there until use
Bread and Butter

Here are some tried-and-true compound butter flavors we love:

  1. Chipotle Butter
    Chipotle Lime Butter

    Perfect for corn on the cob, roasted chicken or veggies.

  2. Truffle Butter
    Truffle Butter

    Add a truffle puree to your butter to top grilled steak or a bed of pasta.

  3. Horseradish Butter
    Horseradish Butter

    Horseradish sauce and dijon mustard butter takes burgers to the next level.

  4. Rosemary Butter
    Rosemary Sage Butter

    Add dry or fresh herbs and use to top a baked potato or root vegetable dish.

  5. Lemon Thyme Butter
    Lemon Thyme Butter
  6. Sun Dried Tomato Butter
    Sun Dried Tomato Basil Butter

    Spread on a dinner roll, melt into pasta or top a steak.

  7. Tarragon Butter
    Tarragon Mustard Butter

    This combo works great on white fish, sausage or slathered on grilled cheese.

  8. Honey Butter
    Honey Butter

    Simple and sweet for a slice of toast or stack of pancakes.

  9. Blackberry Butter
    Blackberry Basil Butter

    Thaw and strain frozen blackberries and mix the liquid with minced basil leaves for a drool-worthy waffle or hot popcorn topper.

  10. Peach Butter
    Vanilla Peach Butter

    Combine puréed peaches with honey and vanilla for a perfect spread for warm waffles, biscuits or fried chicken.

Spiced Chocolate Butter
Bonus Recipe

Spiced Chocolate Butter

To build a compound butter that adds sweet heat to Mexican dishes (or even oatmeal!) combine:

  • 1/2 cup of room-temperature Sawatch artisan butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Have a compound butter recipe you’re hungry to share with Sawatch? Let us know and we’ll post the most intriguing flavor combos on social media for all to try.