Compound Butter



I waited all winter to make a batch of Compound Butter using the fresh herbs from my garden. Yesterday I cut my first batch of herbs. If you have never tried Compound Butter you are missing out! I decided to use my fresh thyme, sage and parsley mixed with butter to get this wonderful Compound Butter. Any combination of your favorite herbs can be used so don’t be afraid to experiment!

What do you do with Compound Butter you ask? Slice off some pieces and use it to tuck under the skin of a whole chicken, put it on top of hot vegetables, melt it over your fish/shrimp or just spread it on a piece of bread. The possibilities are endless and the flavor of this butter will make whatever you use it on taste fantastic!






In a medium bowl, using the back of a spoon, cream the butter.



Add the herbs.



Using the back of the spoon, mix the herbs into the butter.



Lay a piece of plastic wrap out flat and place the

compound butter onto it in the shape of a log.

Seal the butter in the plastic wrap and refrigerate

for 2 hours or until the butter is firm.



Slice it into pieces when the butter is cold and

firm then use it on your favorite foods.



Compound Butter









  • 2 sticks butter – softened
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme – rinsed & stem removed
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage – rinsed, stem removed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley – rinsed, stem removed and torn into small pieces


  1. Put the butter in a small bowl.
  2. Using the back of a spoon, cream the butter until smooth.
  3. Add the herbs and using the back of the spoon mix the herbs into the butter.
  4. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter.
  5. Place the Compound Butter on the plastic wrap and form a log. Seal the butter in the plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until butter is firm.
  7. Slice off the amount you need and use it on chicken, fish, shrimp, vegetables, bread or whatever you wish to add more flavor to.


  1. Ok this is very cool as I’ve always wondered what compound butter is but never put forth any effort to find out. Now I understand it and have a recipe to make it 🙂

    • Parsley will add flavor but not a lot alone. If you can get another couple of your favorite herbs it will taste even better. I hope you love it as much as I do!

  2. I envy you with your big garden. Shopping for all our produce in a supermarket where everything is always available means we’ve lost the joy of waiting for seasonal produce. I remember mums excitement has she checked the tomatoes at the beginning of summer for ripeness, and those first herbs in spring. Eating seasonally gives so much more joy to food.

  3. I’ll have to try this one! I love compound butters, my favorite is garlic-rosemary but another good one is dill-chive.

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