Classic Shallot Butter Recipe

Shallot butter
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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 lb. butter (32 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
102 Calories
12g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Shallot butter is a fantastic addition to steaks, fish, baked potatoes or just melting over grilled vegetables. Grilled asparagus adorned with a pat of shallot butter is especially wonderful.

Typically compound butter is rolled into cylinders and chilled or even frozen, and then slices or pats are served on steaks, fish or vegetables.


  • 1 lb. (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot (or 2 medium shallots)
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice (about one lemon's worth)

Steps to Make It

Peel and finely chop the shallot. You should end up with about 3 tbsp. in total.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, soften up the butter for a couple of minutes on low speed.

Add the lemon juice and chopped shallot to the butter and continue mixing until the shallots are fully incorporated.

Spread out a large (1-foot or bigger) square of plastic wrap across your work surface, then scoop the mixed butter onto the plastic. You are now going to roll the butter into a cylinder inside the plastic wrap.

Tie the excess plastic wrap at the ends of the cylinder into a knot, or just use little pieces of string to tie off the ends. You can even make a string out of a short section of plastic wrap and roll it into a little rope.

Chill or freeze until needed.