Creamy Mint Butter Recipe

Fresh mint
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup Butter (8 tbsp servings)

Mint-flavored butter, is that really a thing? Using mint in butters, breads, and jellies was more popular in our grandparents’ time than in ours, but the taste is just as distinct and delicious now as it was then.

This mint butter recipe uses freshly picked mint from the garden and a bit of lemon juice to give it an extra tang. You will find that it tastes great on fish, toast, and mashed potatoes.

Homemade mint butter is incredibly easy to make and it is just one of the many compound butter recipes to feature fresh herbs from the garden. It may not be as versatile as a rosemary butter, but one taste is sure to spark new ideas for eating it up.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Cream the ingredients together in a small bowl.

  2. Transfer it to the bowl or container you will be storing the butter in.

  3. Cover the herb butter and store in the refrigerator for 3 hours before use.

The mint butter will keep for several days. If you don't have fresh mint on hand, dried mint can be used as a substitute. Use the same amount and taste it, adding more if you would like a stronger flavor.

More Homemade Herb Butters

Herbs make some of the best compound butters and it's a perfect way to make the most out of your garden plants. All of these recipes are just as easy as the mint butter, they simply add a different flavor through the selection of herbs. 

Don't be afraid to combine herbs in your compound butter as there are many great flavor combinations that can enhance the average butter spread. Also, if you would like to turn any of these butters into a fluffier version similar to steakhouse whipped butter, simply add 2 tablespoons of water or milk.

  • Fresh Herb Butter - Use your favorite fresh or dried herb blend to make a versatile compound butter for bread, veggies, meats, and more.

  • Rosemary Butter - Rosemary and marjoram come together in this delightful butter. It's a fantastic addition to corn on the cob, makes quick work of seasoning baked or grilled chicken, and can add flavor to something as simple as grilled vegetables. 

  • Garlic Chive Butter - Garlic better is the most popular compound butter and it's just a little bit better when you add chives. If you have garlic chives growing in the garden, simply cut those up to create the same great flavor from a single plant.

In addition to these butters, parsley and chives are two popular herbs to use. Both will pair well with basil and oregano as well.