This Lemon Basil Garlic Butter recipe is quick and easy to make and so full of savory flavor. This butter is perfect for adding to grilled chicken, fish, steak, or bread.

There is a bounty of basil in our garden right now. Not that I’m complaining. Basil is something I wish we had an abundance of year round. It’s an easy herb to grow and such a great herb to add to so many dishes, or one of my favorites, Basil Pesto. With a happy green excess of Basil this time of the year using it in every way we can is a goal, so I decided to use a few handfuls to make this Lemon Basil Garlic compound butter (flavored butter), because butter is always a good thing right? Plus compound butter is a wonderful tasty addition to so many things like grilled chicken, fish, hamburgers, pasta, potatoes, and of course, bread of any kind.

Basil Garlic Butter Recipe

This Lemon Basil Garlic Butter Recipe couldn’t be easier. For this compound butter fresh lemon zest, chopped basil and minced garlic are mixed with softened butter to create a flavorful packed combination that will make any biscuit better. The finished compound butter can be served right away or wrap tightly in wax paper and refrigerated for up to a week until ready to serve.

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Try a pat of this butter on top of a steak, tuck some under the skin of a chicken before roasting it for some extra flavor, a bowl of your favorite cooked pasta, maybe Quick Baked Potatoes (YUM!), or try it with the next batch of garlic bread. It will surprise you at how much flavor just a little pat of this butter will add.

Lemon Basil Garlic Butter Recipe

Basil Garlic Butter Recipe

Lemon Basil Garlic Butter Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This quick and easy butter is a flavorful combination that is a great addition to chicken, fish, steak, hamburgers, pasta, and bread.


  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime zest (from about 1 lemon or lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Mix altogether until blended well.
  2. Serve right away or wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve for up to a week.
  3. Makes 1/2 cup.

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