Fresh Herb Butter

Herb butter is easy to prepare using a combination of fresh herbs and dry ingredients of garlic, pepper, and salt. Although simple it can really enhance the item it is served with such as steak, baked potatoes, or bread.

You can use the herbs we suggest in the recipe below of thyme and rosemary, or mix and match your favorite herbs (or whatever may be growing in the garden). In addition to herbs, you can also use various spices. Dill may be a good addition if served with fish. 

The seasoned butter may also be added before cooking such as rubbing it into a chicken before roasting or slathering on fish before baking. Once the basic technique is mastered there are a lot of variations and options.

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A roll of fresh herb butter on a wooden chopping board with some slices done ready to be served.
The chilled log of herb butter is easily sliced and then can be served as desired.
A plastic bowl with fresh herbs partly stirred through soft butter.
Make sure the butter is at room temperature so the fresh herbs can easily be combined in.
A chopping board with a plastic wrapped roll of herb butter sitting on it.
Using plastic wrap and twisting at both ends allows for a firm and consistent herb butter roll to be made.
A white chopping board with sprigs of thyme and rosemary next to piles of salt, garlic, and pepper.
There are only a few ingredients to make herb butter with a combination of fresh and dried.
Two steaks each topped with a pat of fresh herb butter on a dinner plate.
The fresh herb butter can be served on steaks, baked potatoes, seafood, fresh bread, or similar.

Fresh Herb Butter Recipe

Herb Butter is so easy to prepare, and really makes your dishes special. Fresh herbs are chopped, and then mixed into butter to create a log.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings


  • 2 springs fresh rosemary
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper


  • plastic wrap or parchment paper


  • Remove the leaves from the rosemary and thyme. Finely chop or leave whole, depending on how smooth you want the butter to be.
  • In a bowl add the butter, rosemary, thyme, salt, garlic, and pepper.
  • Mix with your hands or wooden spoon until the seasonings are evenly distributed through the butter.
  • Layout a sheet of plastic wrap. Add the butter then roll the plastic to form a log, by twisting the ends tightly it places more pressure on the butter to compress and create an even roll.
  • Chill the butter roll until firm, at least 20 minutes.
  • To serve, slice a place on top of a steak, baked potato, or similar.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 382mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg

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