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5 quick compound butter ideas that will make your cooking taste even better

A Jersey girl through and through, Carolyn grew up spending her summers down in Avalon, NJ. As a young girl, she often cooked alongside her mother and grandmother, whose seafood creations instilled a true passion for fresh, local produce...

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes

Compound butter. The name just doesn't do this tasty treat any justice.

Compound butter adds a flavorful ingredient to a regular butter to improve it's texture and give it a little more kick. It's also completely addicting — so don't be surprised when you whip up a batch and it doesn't last very long.

We've got five different recipes for the good stuff with just one set of directions. Whether you are in the mood for an earthy flavor, some fruit, a cheese-infusion or a little spice, the end result will be nothing short of gorgeous.

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

By spreading it on bread or adding a bit to your chicken, vegetables, grilled meats or fish, compound butters take your food (and your senses) up a notch. These recipes can easily be halved, and any seasonings can be adjusted to your liking. You can also give one of these mouthwatering homemade spreads as a holiday or hostess gift, packaged simply in a Mason jar with a ribbon. And remember: A pinch of kosher or sea salt brings out and heightens natural flavors.

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

How to make compound butter

Inspired by Your Homebased Mom

1. Herb-garlic butter recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper

More: Chocolate butter is the new Nutella and we'll show you how to make it

2. Citrus-tarragon butter recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Zest from 4 clementines (or 1 large orange)
  • Juice from 2 clementines (or juice from 1/2 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 pinch salt

Next up: Blue cheese and chive butter recipe

Originally published November 2013. Updated November 2016.

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