Easy Homemade Lemon Butter

Grilled sirloin with lemon butter & broccoli rabe
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup Butter (8 servings)
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Flavored butters are an easy way to add a little snap to your favorite breads and food dishes. This easy to make lemon butter is one of the best and it really gets the mouth juices flowing.

The zingy taste of lemon tastes great on white breads and rolls, English muffins, and many of our favorite fruit muffins. It is a fantastic way to butter main dishes, particularly grilled or baked fish and chicken. It's also fun to melt over steamed vegetables.

Lemon butter is an interesting butter that you have to try before you can completely understand it. A single taste will spark new and fun ideas for using it, so go ahead and try it.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter in a small bowl until it is fluffy.
  2. Grate a teaspoon of lemon rind and squeeze a tablespoon of lemon juice into the butter. 
  3. Whip until well blended.
  4. Keep the butter covered in a crock dish or a plastic container. Refrigerate when not in use.

Tips for Making Compound Butter 

Anytime that you are adding flavor to butter, you are technically creating a compound butter.

This is simply fancy chef lingo for flavored butter. Most butter recipes are extremely simple and the flavor possibilities are endless, though a few tips will help you out in your butter experiments.

  • Always begin with soft butter. It will blend with the other ingredients much easier and saves time while mixing. Set your butter out at least 30 minutes before whipping it.
  • To create restaurant-worthy whipped butter, add 2 tablespoons of milk or water.
  • Begin at a low speed on your mixer and work your way up to faster speeds as the butter gets creamier. The more you whip it, the fluffier it will become.
  • Many professional chefs will roll a compound butter into cylinders and chill or freeze them until it's time to serve a dish. It's an easy way to store the butter as well as cut off a small slice at a time.

More Compound Butter Recipes

Lemon butter is just the beginning when it comes to compound butter. Explore these recipes and mix them up for any of your favorite dishes. Some work better than others for certain meals and it's always nice to have a flavored butter option on hand.

  • Orange Butter - Another citrus butter, this one features the tangy taste of fresh orange and it's a tasty spread for muffins and pancakes.
  • Garlic Butter - Garlic butter is probably the most popular compound butter and it is extremely versatile. Consider it an essential for any well-stocked kitchen.
  • Hotel Butter - This lemon herb butter is what you often see served on fancy restaurant steaks, which is why it's called 'hotel butter.'
  • Corn-Worthy Butters - Corn on the cob is the ultimate compound butter-worthy food. From spicy butters to butters with herbal blends, there are plenty of ways that you can butter up your grilled corn.
  • Shallot Butter - Similar in use to garlic butter, a simple shallot butter is a fantastic addition to breads and meats and one that you'll find very useful.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 102
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)