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Compound Butter

Easy Compound Butter

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup butter 1x


Here’s how to make compound butter: a simple way to add bold, rich flavor to dishes! Use it on bread, steak, seafood and more.


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 grinds black pepper


  1. Soften the butter: cut the butter in half lengthwise, then into about 12 pieces total. Let the butter sit at room temperature about 15 minutes until softened. Or, microwave on low power for a few 5 second bursts until it softens, checking after each burst and taking care not to overheat*.
  2. Place the butter in a bowl. Add the chopped chives, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Smash and stir into the butter until it’s fully combined.
  3. Use immediately, or if desired, place the butter on a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and use the wrap to roll it into a log. Twist the ends closed and refrigerate until it’s solid enough to cut (or until serving; you can freeze it for a few minutes to speed up the process). The flavor is great right away, and gets even better after refrigeration. Use for spreading on bread, making garlic bread, pasta, seafood, steak, potatoes, and more. Stores up to 1 month refrigerated or 3 months frozen. 


*The microwave method is touchy and cooks unevenly. Be careful that you don’t overheat the butter! Typically we don’t recommend a microwave for softening butter, but since it’s not being used in a baked good, this technique works as a quick fix.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Butter
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Compound butter