From garden to kitchen: flavoured butter

If you like cooking with spices and herbs but don't always have the time to whip up a gourmet sauce from scratch every single day, then do yourself a favour and make a batch of flavoured butter and then freeze it. Whenever you need to flavour steaks, grilled fish, roasts, pasta, or risotto, you simply add a slice of flavoured butter and voila! Instant seasoning.
I've put together a couple of flavoured butter combinations, based on what I had in the garden (parsley, sage and chilies) but feel free to experiment with flavours. I use a food processor but if you don't have one, simply chop the herbs/ vegetables up and mix them into the softened butter.
Parsley, eshallots and garlic butter

125g butter, softened
5 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 eshallots
4 garlic cloves
Sage, chili and lemon butter

Ingredients
125g butter, softened
3-4 mild red chilies
20 sage leaves
zest of 1 lemon

Method
 
1.  Roughly chop the ingredients and place in food processor, together with softened butter until fine and paste-like.
2. Season with salt and pepper
3. Place the flavoured butter onto a piece of cling wrap, roll into sausage shape and twist the ends to seal.
4. Store in freezer and use as required.

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48 Responses to From garden to kitchen: flavoured butter

Sam said...

I've always loved flavoured butters but wasn't too sure on how to create them thanks for sharing these delicious ideas

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Totally brilliant. I must try this.

lucent imagery said...

Girl, this is awesome! I will have to try this. Hope you and your beautiful bump are going well. (Sorry, I don't know what those autumn blooms were in my last post. Cute, weren't they?) x

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great idea! I have lots of herbs growing right now so this would be a good way to use them up. I bet an herbed butter would be yummy on corn on the cob!

Pamela RG said...

This is amazing Trishie. This must taste so delicious. I would enjoy spreading these on toast. Thanks for sharing.

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Mmmm this looks absolutely delish, as if I needed an excuse to eat butter ha.

Shoe Belle said...

Funny enough I made a tiny batch over the weekend to use some of our leftover:p It's a variation of your parsley one, only I used roasted garlic instead and no shallots. I love compound butter, they're so versatile and yummy!

My Garden Diaries said...

This is brilliant! Seriously! I am sending you a big hug because you just made my life easier!! This rocks! I will for sure be doing this...looks fantastic!!!

greenthumb said...

I make these also, yours look yummy.

Susannah said...

In that first sentence I so thought you were going to say do yourself a flavour! Great idea and beautiful photos as always.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, flavored butter is wonderful, delicious and so versatile - and I love the fact that you prepared yours with herbs and chilies from your garden! Your photos are very pretty, I really like the way you see foods and treasured things through the lens of your camera. Always a pleasure visiting your blog!

burntfeather said...

yummo and even more awesome was the herbs were straight from the garden, always makes things taste better :)

Ice Pandora said...

I bet these taste super great with
breadsticks/toasts/rolls! Xx

Anouka K said...

I had no idea that one could make this at home. I would love to try both types!

LUXESSED

Sara Passing said...

Love this recipe! I always buy these kind of butters in the store...but I should look around and easily find some stuff on the garden :) Chives would be my pick.

Michelle said...

I love flavoured butters and you cant go wrong with parsley and garlic. So tasty!

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Oh my, I can imagine these would be great on freshly baked bread..yum! My hubby would love this. Thanks Trishie! :)

Machisan Quek said...

omg i need to taste it

Machisan Quek said...

omg i need to taste it

Tat said...

That is such a great idea!

selina said...

omg YUM! i bet this tastes amazing on anything. one question tho how long does it last? i only wonder because of the use of fresh ingredients? thanks!

Sam said...

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

They both sound good!

Kim Alston said...

This would save me so much money! As I'm always buying it! LOL It looks so good doll. Thank you so much for sharing this. Have a great week!
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OtherMix said...

Very nice! Should definitely try this! :]

Satu said...

Thanks for these recipes ! :) Made me wanna grill a steak using these .. Ooh so hungry ! :D

Indie by heart

little t said...

This is so clever Trishie, I'm going to try the chiili combo.

Ali of Dressing Ken said...

Hey this is brilliant idea and perfect of the summer months I am going to try this!!

Ali of

Dressing Ken

MrsW said...

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rae said...

what a lovely idea. really wonderfully photographed as well. new to your blog but it is very stunning and i am loving all the food-related posts. will be following you via bloglovin from now on.

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xx rae

Jane said...

wow. just wow! great idea :)

island-shii said...

This is nice! I've never tried it like that. I was gonna say it's quite an interesting method and I've never seen anything like it, but I forgot that I sometimes eat garlic butter to make garlic bread :P

Genevive said...

wow! this is such an awesome awesome idea! and makes me want to eat steak with one of these hahaha

oomph. said...

what a GREAT idea!! i am definitely going to give this a try.

[oomph.]

Christian said...



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Imogen said...

That's a really smart idea!

Stylish By Nature said...

WOW !! Thanx for sharing :)

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Gillian said...

That is a genius idea. I always associate herb butter with steaks and forget that it can be eaten with lots of other things. Gorgeous photos and styling too. x

MaysaAndSunshine said...

This looks so goid and tempting but i would eat too much butter. Better not have them on hands for me..cant resist..yum..yum.

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

This is actually something I've been thinking about doing, it's perfect for barbecues! Thanks for reminding me about it :) and I hope you're having a great week!

Amy said...

Your flavored butter are gorgeous. I agree, it's way more convenience than cooking up gourmet sauces and still got the lovely flavor. Those chilies are from your garden? They are gorgeous. And the shapes are like flowers, so pretty. :)

Sharlynn said...

Awesome job! I wish we had the weather that could sustain herb growing here in sunny singapore! I've thought of doing this a while ago but didn't get to it. It's not difficult at all and I can see this working with some crusty bread and soup so nicely! I love the herby one! Looks so tasty!

honey my heart said...

i really enjoy butter and would definitely enjoy both of those. yum!

Lizzie B said...

This is such a great idea! I will definitely have to give them a try!

Rhiannon said...

That is an awesome idea. I have been cooking with butter a lot lately and that would certainly make it more interesting!

Jemma said...

These butters are truly beautiful. Such a savvy way to use your fresh herbs!
Jemma

Stephanie G said...

i have to try sage and chilli in my butter next. i love making these, usually in small amounts so they stay fresh. i some times add a dollop of japanese mayonnaise to my garlic herb butter too, just because i am addicted to the stuff :)

steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

Megan said...

What a good idea. Whenever I buy herbs from the shop I always end up throwing stacks out, might have to whip up a batch of this for the freezer.