Herbed Butter

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This Herbed Butter adds a new and vibrant flavor to vegetables and meats. It can also be used as a savory spread for bread and rolls. It’s my new delight in cooking!

Herbed Butter on a butter dish with a butter knife. Fresh herbs on the side.
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  1. Ingredients in Herbed Butter
  2. How to Make Herbed Butter Into Shapes
  3. Frequently Asked Questions about Herbed Butter
  4. More Flavored Butter Ideas
  5. What to Serve with Herbed Butter
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This glorious Herbed Butter gives that special touch to a meal. I especially like to use it when serving a fancy Sunday dinner or holiday meal. It looks and tastes like you’ve spent a little extra time to make the meal a memorable one, but really, it’s super easy to make! Spread it on hot rolls, or drop a pat of this butter on vegetables, potatoes, sandwiches, or meat dishes. And if you change up the combination of herbs, the sky’s the limit with flavors and ways to use this recipe. So yummy!

Ingredients in Herbed Butter

This super fancy looking butter comes together with just a few ingredients. It really couldn’t be easier. Use a hand mixer to combine all the glorious flavors together. Here’s what you need:

  • Butter – try to use unsalted butter for this recipe. It keeps the sodium levels down, which you won’t need anyway because the herbs add so much flavor. Salt can release too much moisture in the fresh herbs as well, so this recipe just does better with unsalted butter. Make sure the butter is at ROOM TEMPERATURE before starting this butter mixture.
  • Fresh parsley – chopped very finely.
  • Green onion – only use the white portion for this recipe.
  • Fresh thyme leaves – remove the leaves from the stem before chopping.
  • Black pepper – just a dash or two.
Cutting board with thyme, parsley, green onion, butter and pepper in a bowl to make herbed butter.

How to Make Herbed Butter Into Shapes

My favorite thing to do when I have company or a special dinner coming up is to use a butter or cheese mold and make it into fun shapes. I’ve used a candy mold for the herbed butter pictured above. You can also use a piping bag and decorating tip to make butter “roses” or other decorative shapes on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze overnight, then place in a plastic freezer bag and pull them out whenever you want to use them. You can also slice a log of butter and keep the individual slices in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Herbed Butter

How long does herbed butter last?

The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made days, weeks, or even months ahead. It’ll keep in the refrigerator for two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

Does herbed butter need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Store the herbed butter in a sealed container, wrapped in parchment paper, or sealed in a Ziploc bag.

Does herbed butter need to thaw before use?

This butter takes very little time to thaw. If I’m adding it to hot vegetables or using it to pan-fry fish, I just use it straight out of the freezer. No thawing time needed.

Cast Iron skillet with Herbed Butter on a steak and mushrooms.

More Flavored Butter Ideas

I love the combination of parsley, onion, and thyme in this savory butter recipe, but there are endless combinations of herbs and spices that you can use to suit your taste. Use your imagination to come up with your own special recipe. Try any combination of these herbs:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Mint
  • Chive
  • Turmeric
  • Lemongrass
  • Fresh basil
  • Sage
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Tarragon
  • Lemon or Lime Zest
Herbed Butter on a baked potato next to a dish of Herbed Butter discs.

What to Serve with Herbed Butter

Side view of Herbed Butter on a dish with sliced artisan bread.

Herbed Butter

5 from 4 votes
This Herbed Butter adds a new and vibrant flavor to vegetables and meats. It can also be used as a savory spread for bread and rolls. It's my new delight in cooking!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Spread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings



  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well blended.
    Bowl of mixed Herbed Butter with a fork.
  • Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Refrigerate 3 hours before serving for flavors to blend.
    Log shape Herbed Butter on top of plastic wrap.
  • Serve herbed butter on bread, potatoes, steak, or vegetables.
    Herbed Butter spread on sliced bread next to a butter dish with sliced Herbed Butter.


Ways to store herbed butter

  • Place butter on a sheet of plastic wrap. Using the wrap, form the butter into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil. Freeze until ready to use.
  • Use a candy mold to form butter into fun shapes. Scoop the butter into the mold and press the butter in firmly. Freeze the butter in the mold overnight. Pop the butter shapes out of the molds and keep in refrigerator for use within 2 weeks, or freeze the shapes in a freezer bag and use as needed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 2mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 450IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have used this recipe so many times, now, and my family loves it! We love using it on grilled steak and corn on the cob!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s really good! We put the herb butter on everything- meat, rolls, veggies, even our favorite savory waffles.

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  4. One of my favorite herb butter is fresh rosemary and lemon zest and a bit of the lemon juice…..heavenly….. I like to put it on fresh baked artisan bread 🙂