How to Make Simple Garlic Butter With Variations

Garlic Butter
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
127 Calories
12g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Use this garlic butter to make garlic bread or use the butter on seafood, steaks, fish, or vegetables.

To make garlic bread with a loaf of French or Italian bread, use half of the butter and two cloves of crushed and minced garlic (or more).


Watch Now: Simple Garlic Butter Recipe for Garlic Bread


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for garlic butter
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  2. Beat 1/2 cup butter; blend in garlic.

    Blending butter and garlic.
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  3. Spread on bread for garlic bread or use on seafood, fish, or vegetables.

    Garlic butter spread on bread
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  4. Now make some garlic bread!

Garlic Bread

  1. Make half a recipe of the garlic butter, but use two to four cloves of crushed garlic.

    Garlic butter pats.
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  2. Heat the butter and garlic in a saucepan over medium-low heat for about three minutes.

    Melted garlic butter.
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  3. Split a large loaf of crusty bread in half and place it on a baking sheet, cut side up. Place the bread under the broiler until it is toasted and golden brown.

  4. Generously brush the bread with the garlic butter mixture and sprinkle with some chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

    Garlic butter on bread.
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  5. If desired, after brushing the toasted bread with garlic butter, sprinkle it with a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese; return the bread to the oven for 30 seconds to one minute.

    Garlic butter on garlic bread.
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Garlic and Parsley Butter: Puree the garlic butter with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley. Add about 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Lemon, Garlic, Parsley Butter: Puree the garlic butter with 1/3 cup of chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of crushed black pepper. If desired, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced shallot. 
  • Use half extra virgin olive oil and half butter; beat with the crushed garlic.