Roasted Garlic Herb Butter is easy to make with minimal prep time, made with simple ingredients like fresh parsley, chives, sweet roasted garlic, onion, and lemon juice, ready in only 5 minutes!

I make this butter using my Oven Roasted Garlic method. If you need more flavor ideas, you can try adding this Easy Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning, or Homemade Ranch Seasoning!

Herb butter in a clear glass bowl on a wooden cutting board.

Roasted Garlic Herb Butter, also called compound butter, is the perfect pairing for garlic bread, steak, chicken, a stir fry of fresh vegetables, pasta, or just about any savory dish you can think of.

I like to make a big batch of this flavored butter and freeze half of it. You can also make this with dried herbs if you don’t have fresh. Keep this in a dish, or roll it in parchment paper for easy slicing later!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Individual ingredients for herb butter on a marble table.

Butter. I like to use unsalted butter in most of my recipes, but you can also use salted butter here if that’s your personal preference. 

If you use unsalted butter, try adding a sprinkle of salt to the top before rolling it in the parchment paper. This way you can control the amount of salt, if you’re going to use it for cooking. 

Roasted Garlic. I made this recipe with leftover roasted garlic. You can also use garlic powder, or diced raw garlic cloves. I personally like roasted garlic the best. 

Fresh garlic will have more of a bite to it than roasted garlic. You can also add more or less cloves of garlic for a stronger or weaker garlic taste. 

Check out this roasted garlic recipe for how to make roasted garlic. 

Fresh Herbs. This recipe uses parsley and chives. You can also use green onion, basil, oregano, or rosemary. 

Onion. I used a teaspoon of dried onion for flavor. 

Lemon Juice. Fresh lemon juice adds a little brightness and acidity, but isn’t overwhelming at all. 

How to Make Garlic Herb Butter

Step by step instructions for how to make garlic herb butter.
  1. Add all ingredients to a stand mixer, or to a medium-sized bowl with an electric hand mixer. 
  2. Mix on medium setting until all ingredients are well-combined. Use a spatula to scrape the sides.
  3. Remove the butter from the mixer, scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is well mixed.
  4. Place the butter on a piece of wax or parchment paper (or plastic wrap), using the spatula to mold it into a log-type shape.
  5. Fold the paper over the butter, gently rolling and pressing into a smoother shape.
  6. Twist both ends to close, cut off and discard any excess paper, and store in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to roll it into a log shape, store it in a covered bowl instead. 

Jacqui’s Tip! If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can also make this in the food processor. You may need to stop it a few times to scrape the butter from the sides, to make sure it gets thoroughly mixed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is roasted garlic butter made of?

This is made with regular butter, salted or unsalted based on personal preference, and a combination of fresh herbs, cloves of garlic, lemon juice, and dried onion. It’s only a few simple ingredients and helps flavor a lot of other dishes! 

What herbs go well with garlic?

Garlic goes well with most herbs. Try adding a few different tablespoons fresh herbs to your roasted garlic butter. 
Fresh Rosemary
Thyme
Fresh Cilantro with lime juice instead of lemon
Fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes

What can you use garlic herb butter for?

This roasted garlic butter has a lot of uses! Here’s a few ideas. 

Compound butter is often used as a butter for steaks. Serve on top of a cooked steak while it’s still hot. Or use it mixed with olive oil to cook the steak in to begin with. 

Add on top of cooked chicken breast right before serving. 

Serve with hot mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes. 

Spread on a piece of gluten free french bread and roast in the oven with parmesan cheese for homemade garlic bread. 

Serve with dinner rolls for the holiday.
 
Serve with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes. Check out my Baked Potato Bar Ideas for a complete meal!

Add to steamed vegetables for flavor.
 
Serve with hot corn on the cob.
 
Serve with fish for an easy garlic butter sauce.  

Storage

Store this roasted garlic butter in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 

Freeze this butter in an airtight container for 1-2 months. 

More Garlic Recipes

Recipe Variations

  • Make this herb butter spicy with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. You can also add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika and onion powder for flavor.
  • Instead of herbs try a different butter mixture of cinnamon, honey, and powdered sugar for a cinnamon butter that goes great with sweet potatoes. There’s a lot of different flavor profiles you can go for here!
  • Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese for a garlic parmesan butter. 

Cooking Tips

  • You can top unsalted herb butter with flakey salt or kosher salt and black pepper to taste (optional). 
  • Leave it on the counter for 20 minutes before serving for a more creamy butter texture. 
  • Add more or less garlic cloves for as much or as little roasted garlic flavor as you’d like. Personally, I’ll squeeze the whole roasted garlic head, because my family is all garlic lovers. The recipe calls for 6 roasted garlic cloves to give a medium-level of garlic. 
Herb butter wrapped into a log shape in parchment paper on a wooden cutting board next to a butter knife.

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Herb butter in a clear glass bowl on a wooden cutting board.

Roasted Garlic Herb Butter (Compound Butter)

Roasted Garlic Herb Butter is easy to make with minimal prep time, made with simple ingredients like fresh parsley, chives, sweet roasted garlic, onion, and lemon juice, ready in only 5 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Seasoning
Cuisine: French
Author: Jacqui
Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic, mashed into a paste, or minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes

Equipment

  • 1 electric hand mixer or stand mixer

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a stand mixer, or use an electric hand mixer. Mix on medium setting until all ingredients are well-combined. Use a spatula to scrape the sides.
  • Place the butter on a piece of wax or parchment paper (or plastic wrap), using the spatula to mold it into a log-type shape. Fold the paper over the butter, gently rolling and pressing into a smoother shape.
  • Twist both ends to close, cut off and discard any excess paper, and store in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to roll it into a log shape, skip this part and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator instead.

Notes

Storage
Store this roasted garlic herb butter in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
Freeze this butter in an airtight container for 1-2 months.
Cooking Tips
  • Add kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Leave butter on the counter for 20 minutes before serving to soften.
  • Add more or less garlic cloves for as much or as little roasted garlic flavor as you’d like. 
  • If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can also make this in the food processor. You may need to stop it a few times to scrape the butter from the sides, to make sure it gets thoroughly mixed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3g (1%)Fat: 12g (18%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mg (10%)Sodium: 2mgPotassium: 23mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 413IU (8%)Vitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 8mg (1%)Iron: 0.1mg (1%)
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