Compound Butters for Your Grilled Food

Compound Butters for Your Grilled Food
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Compound butters are an easy way to add a burst of flavor to grilled steaks, chops, poultry and vegetables.

Cajun butter, top; mushroom red wine butter, middle; and herb butter.

A compound butter is simply room temperature butter blended with a variety of herbs or spices. Once the mixture is well blended, form it into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Any time you’re grilling pull out the butter, cut off a slice and top meat or vegetables hot off the grill.

It’s important to use real butter in these recipes to get the best possible flavor. And when using herbs, it’s important to have fresh herbs on hand. For the mushroom butter, reconstitute dried mushrooms and use the leftovers on pasta.

Use your own herbs and spices to create unique combinations that will impress your guests.

Compound butter three ways

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 stick of compound butter

Serving Size: --

Calories per serving: --

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Compound butters add a burst of flavor to grilled meats, poultry, chops or vegetables.


    Mushroom red wine butter
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons reconstituted and chopped dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallots
  • Southwest butter
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ teaspoon jalapeno, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • Herb butter
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano


  1. Bring the butter to room temperature in a bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, blending thoroughly.
  3. Form butter into a log on a sheet of plastic wrap, seal the wrap and refrigerate or freeze.
  4. If using a compound butter from the freezer, allow it to warm slightly before adding it to meats, poultry or vegetables.



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