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Herb Butter Recipes: Quick and Easy

Updated on July 13, 2014
Basil and Parsley.
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How To Do It

Herb butter can turn an ordinary dish into a gourmet treat, and it just couldn’t be any easier. I first stumbled upon herb butter recipes when reading a delightful book called Summer Delights by Noel Richardson. I have also found similar herb butter recipes online and they all call for the same basic method. You chop up fresh herbs and work them into butter softened to room temperature using a food processor or hand mixer. That’s it! Pretty and delicious.

I have come up with another method which I think delivers more of the delectable herb flavour. It is a bit more work but still remarkably easy, and if you make fairly big batches you can simply freeze it.

Here is my method.

Melt your butter in a saucepan, add your fresh or dried herbs and let it simmer on low for five minutes or so. Be careful here as butter can easily burn. Take it off the heat and let cool for a bit (it should still be liquid) and then pour it into a blender.

Blend on a medium speed for a ten seconds or so. Pour it into a crock, let it harden and that's it! Or to be extra fancy you could pipe it into a pretty bowl.

I realize once butter has been melted and left to harden again it changes texture, but once it is used in the food it really doesn't matter.

The herb to butter ratio is really a matter of preference, and feel free to experiment and mix and match to your own taste, but a general rule of thumb is about two tablespoons of fresh herbs to one quarter of a cup butter.

The herb butter will keep about two weeks in the fridge and about two months in the freezer.

Yummy Herb Butter
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How To Use Herb Butter


Spread on fresh warm bread or toast or bagels.

Toss with warm pasta. Add chopped cooked chicken and fresh tomatoes and finish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Melt on steamed veggies.

Put a dab on barbequed steak or chicken or fish.

Fry your favourite meat or eggs in it.

Use as a spread on bread for sandwiches.

Put a dollop on your hot soup.

Put a dab inside a hamburger patty before cooking.

Toss it in fresh cooked rice.

Substitute it for plain butter or shortening when making biscuits.

Do you have more ideas on how to use herb butter? Please share in the comment section below.



Some Great Food and Herb Combinations

  • Chicken-sage, rosemary, thyme and my favorite tarragon
  • Salmon- dill, lemon thyme, tarragon
  • White fish-parsley, dill, thyme
  • Prawns-garlic, chives, parsley
  • Beef-garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary
  • Pork-garlic, sage, parsley
  • Tomatoes-basil, oregano
  • Corn-chives, sage, thyme
  • Potatoes-Mint, garlic, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme
  • Bread-basil, chives, dill, fennel, rosemary, sage, thyme
  • Rice-rosemary, parsley, chives, garlic
  • Pasta-chives, thyme, parsley, basil, cilantro

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Is this your first hub? Well hooray! Very good job for your first attempt. A heck of a lot better than the first hub I wrote. LOL That was an ugly article by anyone's standards. Well done and now let's look forward to the next hundred. :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Bill. Hopefully I will get faster. There is lots to figure out. Did I do the credits for the pictures right? Wasn't sure what the requirements are. Thanks again!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a great hub! I don't use spreads much at all, but if I did I would definitely want herbs in it! Herbs add so much flavor, and having it in the butter is convenient. I also liked your suggestions of what to use it on! Thanks for sharing this with us, and congrats on your first hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Welcome to Hub..Great job...Ready to go out and try the herb butter. Sound yummy. Voting up and pinning.. Keep writing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sheri, I found you via recommendation by billybuc and I'm so glad I did! I cook from scratch. This is a wonderful addition to my personal cookbook comprised of recipes I've gathered. I am printing this and will use your tip provided.

      Welcome to HubPages and our awesome family!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Braveheart! I read your profile and we have much in common. I raised two boys alone and have just closed down my business to follow this writing dream. Thanks for the welcome and I look forward to reading your hubs. Please do email me your brothers website as I always enjoy the work of creative people.

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Sherri. A couple of different takes on herb butter than I've never tried. I also like the different uses for it that you suggest. Great ideas for making the most of a fabulous and versatile concept.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Gordon. I sure do appreciate your support! I don't know if you have tried this, but you can also do herb olive oil...exact same way and it is lovely on salads or anywhere you would use olive oil. Cheers!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yum, Loving it! This made my mouth water a bit as I would enjoy this immensely I'm sure. I'm all about trying different herbs and spices anyway, so this is a must try for me. Well done Sheri, voting this up!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I appreciate your dropping by and your support. If you have a sweet tooth you can also use the exact same method but add a bit of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg and use it on toast or oatmeal. Thanks again!

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      Rosie Rose 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Sheri Faye, hmmm sounds delicious! Great ideas and instructions on how to make and use herb butter. I love butter, but have never tried making herb butter. I might just give it a try. Voted up and definitely very useful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      wendyjean2001 4 years ago

      Great idea for an article Sheri Faye. I love herbs but would never think to make herb butter. It would be a great substitute for garlic toast or drizzled over veggies. I'd love to know more about herbs in general. I've always wanted to have a little herb garden growing on my windowsill but wouldn't know where to start. Any ideas?

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      How about I make you one? lol

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is really interesting Sheri and I'm inspired to make this. We make butter at home and I'd like to make it more flavorful and healthy.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Wow...you even make your own butter? Cool! Thanks for your comment.

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      Yum. Period. Voted up. :-) Will definitely try this!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you for reading and commenting birthwrite. I hope you enjoy...btw...your hair looks great! lol

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Herb butter is not something I've ever thought of trying to make myself. But I most certainly will now.

      Great hub!

      Voting +++, sharing, pinning and will post your hub on my Facebook page where I share recipes that I come across.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Well thank you Susan! It is yummy. Now all we have to do is wait for spring to grow som herbs.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I love it! And I have to share it!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Monis Mac. It is soooo easy too!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you sid76. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and following me.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Simple and easy to do. Your well written hub is sure to encourage more home gardeners to make their own herb butter. Voted up and useful.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hi PatsyBell. It really is easy! Thanks for reading.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Hello again! I really like this topic. I love herb butter and tarragon is my favorite fresh herb too! I like how you wrote this---very easy to read, friendly and knowledgeable tone, with the recipe and ideas at the bottom ...overall great. :-)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Mrs. I love to cook and am lucky enough to have a big yard and grow my own herbs. Thank you for reading and commenting. Tonight I made tarragon chicken chowder....so sweet to have time to cook and hub!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Sheri, this looks fantastic! I love herb butter, but never thought about making it. This is definitely voted up, shared!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Careermommy. It is so easy to make and impresses people...they will think you are a gourmet cook! lol

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Sheri, if you tell me you're also making pretzel rolls to go with the herb butter, I'll be right over. :) Just noticed this was your first hub. Nice start to your HP career!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Heidi. Pretzel rolls it is...I will be waiting for you...lol. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Great hub Sheri, herb butter sounds delicious and would be absolutely fantastic on some fresh bagels. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

      Voted up, awesome and useful.

      Have a lovely day,

      Chris Achilleos

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Chris. Now that summer is here there are lots of herbs available.

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Voted and shared. Great hub as usual :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Sam Elder

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Sounds cool. I would really like to try this on toast. Voted up.

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