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Basil Butter

Basil butter is a delicious and versatile compound butter that adds a burst of flavor to a variety of dishes. This delightful recipe combines the freshness of basil leaves with creamy butter, creating a fragrant spread that can be used in numerous culinary applications.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes


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  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional, for added flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional, for a hint of spice)


  1. Wash and dry the fresh basil leaves thoroughly. Make sure they are clean and free from any dirt or debris.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the softened butter, basil leaves, minced garlic (if using), salt, and black pepper (if using). Pulse or blend the ingredients until they are well combined, and the basil is finely chopped. Alternatively, you can finely chop the basil by hand and mix it with the softened butter using a fork or spoon.
  3. Lay out a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap on a flat surface. Transfer the basil butter mixture onto the center of the parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  4. Shape the butter into a log by rolling it up in parchment paper or plastic wrap. Twist the ends of the paper or wrap it to secure the log shape.
  5. Refrigerate the basil butter for at least 1-2 hours or until it becomes firm. You can also freeze it for longer storage if needed.
  6. Once the basil butter is firm, it is ready to use! To enjoy its delicious flavor, slice the butter into rounds and serve it over grilled meats, fish, or vegetables. It’s also fantastic on warm bread, rolls, or crackers. You can use it to add an extra layer of taste to pasta dishes, mashed potatoes, or rice too.


If you prefer a smoother texture, you can strain the chopped basil leaves through a fine-mesh sieve before mixing them with the butter.

Feel free to experiment with other herbs and spices to create unique variations of compound butter.

  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Compound Butter

Keywords: Basil Butter, Compound Butter, Homemade, Recipe, Basil Leaves, Butter Spread, Flavorful, Aromatic, Culinary