A pat of chive butter will add extra herb and garlic flavor to all of your favorite dishes. Follow this recipe for a quick guide to transforming your everyday butter!

Chive butter in the shape of a log, on parchment paper, chives in background.

Adding chives or any other herbs to your butter and watching it melt into a mouthwatering pile of goodness, is worth the 5 minutes it takes to prepare! Perfect on top of your juicy steak, a steaming baked potato, or a slathered on a slice of crusty bread.

About this recipe

Chive butter can replace your regular butter in a variety of ways. Think about how often butter is used for things like lobster, pasta, breads, steak, potatoes, and fish. Elevating the flavors in a dish with chive and garlic will impart flavor combinations you may not have known existed!

It’s perfect on corn fritters and zucchini fritters!

Large log of chive butter, with three slices cut off.

It’s also insanely easy to make. Grab your butter, make sure it’s at room temperature, blend with chopped chives (store-bought or homegrown), garlic powder, kosher salt, and coarse ground black pepper, and voila. This is just one of those ways that remind us sometimes making a simple change can have a major impact!

The coarse salt and pepper aren’t just there for the taste, although as you know, they’re a staple. They also add a bit of texture. If you’ve ever had cracked peppercorn you’ll recognize the signature taste and texture and what that would add to the butter.

A smooth log of butter with flecks of green and black from the chives and pepper looks so pretty laid out on the table. If you’re serving a crowd for a special occasion, this is a really nice addition to your presentation.

Overhead view of log of chive butter with a wooden handled knife next to it.

FAQs

Can you freeze chive butter?

Yes, you can. Wrap assembled butter in plastic wrap before freezing. Shape it in a log for easy slicing. You can take out all of it at once or slice a couple of pats at a time if you only need a bit.

What you need

  • Butter – Softened to room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Chopped Chives – A delicious herb readily found in your local grocery store. It’s a great way to showcase your homegrown herbs as well.
  • Garlic Powder – Garlic and any herb pairs well. You could also use fresh minced garlic if you prefer a stronger garlic flavor.
  • Kosher Salt & Coarse Ground Black Pepper – Add these to taste. If you use salted butter, you won’t need as much salt, but if you use unsalted butter, you might want to bump up the salt a bit.
Overhead view of a stick of butter, chives, and assorted seasonings.

How to Make It

Can something so easy even be called a recipe?!

Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Butter, chives, and spices, unmixed.

Using an electric mixer, mix until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed. You can also just do it with a fork, if you’d prefer.

Butter in a large white mixing bowl.

Store in the fridge, but soften for 1-2 hours before using to make it spreadable.

Butter in a small white dish.

How to Make This Compound Butter Your Own

  • Replace butter with vegan butter for a vegan option.
  • Customize with your favorite herbs, like sage, thyme, basil, tarragon, oregano, or parsley.
  • For a hint of citrus, add a bit of lemon or orange zest – start with 1/2 teaspoon.
  • If you like a little heat, add a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
  • Sprinkle in some parmesan along with melted chive butter and have a nice light buttery sauce for your pasta.
Chive butter in a small white dish, and a dollop on potato pancaes.

Storage Suggestions

This butter should be treated as any other butter. Kept in the fridge until ready to use. Will also keep at room temperature, but if you find you are not using as often, it’s better to keep it in the fridge.

What else can I use compound butter for? All the things! Grilled steak, chicken, shrimp and scallops. Crusty bread, sauces, risotto, and pasta! Add a bit to tomato sauce for a smooth flavorful finish.

Large log of chive butter, with three slices cut off.

Get the Recipe: Chive Butter

A pat of chive butter will add extra herb and garlic flavor to all of your favorite dishes. Follow this recipe for a quick guide to transforming your everyday butter!
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Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter 1/2 cup, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients using an electric mixer, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Store in the fridge, but soften for 1-2 hours before using to make it spreadable.
Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 1kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 2mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg