Basil Butter Recipe

This basil butter recipe is so easy, versatile and delicious that you should always have at least one batch on hand.

How this became a staple at our house is a bit of a story. So one night at dinner, we were having chicken and I asked for the butter for my bread. My wife passed me the butter that had this green stuff in it. I looked at her with the typical husband look ... but decided to try it anyway. Sometimes that is easier. Surprisingly ... it ... was ... GOOD. So now whenever she prepares something with basil butter, she knows to make a little extra for use in the bread. So two lessons here ... Green stuff in butter (especially if it is the basil butter recipe) is not necessarily bad and, well, your wife is right more often than not.

Place it on your table when you have guests for dinner. It is a wonderful way to create upscale bread and butter. Tuck pats of this butter under the skin of chicken or turkey before roasting. Serve a pat on top of steak. Use it anywhere you would normally use butter, but add lots of fresh herb flavor at the same time.


  • 1 stick, unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil leaves


Bring the stick of butter to room temperature so that it is very soft and easy to work with. Place the stick of butter into a mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.

Scrape the mixture out onto a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a log. Wrap the log int the waxed paper and place inside a zip top freezer bag. Refrigerate until ready to use or freeze if you have no immediate need.

* You can use this same method to make any herb butter recipe. Just substitute your favorite fresh herb, or a combination of herbs, in place of the basil and you can create a whole new taste sensation.

Sauce & Marinade

Here are a few more sauce and marinade recipes to consider.

Basil Dressing Flavored Mayonnaise (Basil Mango)
Parsley Basil Salad Dressing Basil Infused Olive Oil
Basil Lemon Salad Dressing and Marinade Classic Basil Pesto Recipe
Walnut Pesto Recipe Basil Cream Sauce
Basil Shallot Mustard Basil Paste
Presto Pesto Spinach Basil Pesto

Dried Herb Recipes

If you are looking for something to spice up your meals, you might want to give these dried herb mixes a try.

Bouquet Garni Recipe Herbes de Provence Pasta Blend Vegetable Seasoning Italian Seasoning Recipe

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