How to Make Simple Garlic Butter

Garlic Butter
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 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.)

Garlic butter is the key ingredient when making garlic bread, but it can also be used to add flavor to seafood, steaks, fish, or vegetables. This simple recipe combines salted butter with minced garlic—if you use unsalted butter be sure to season the butter with a pinch of salt before using.

This ratio of butter to garlic is ideal when making garlic bread, but if you plan on using it to add flavor to meat, fish, or vegetables you may want to increase the amount of butter to mellow out the intensity of the garlic.


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  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter (softened)
  • 1 to 2 large cloves ​garlic (crushed and minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for garlic butter
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  2. Using a whisk, beat the softened butter until smooth. Blend in the garlic until incorporated, about 1 minute.

    Blending butter and garlic.
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  3. If making garlic bread, spread the garlic butter on French or Italian bread before baking. To use on steak, seafood, fish, or vegetables, place a dollop on top of the cooked dish.

    Garlic butter spread on bread
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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 (less if using salted butter) and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Lemon, Garlic, and 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 (less if using salted butter), and 1/4 teaspoon of crushed black pepper. If desired, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced shallot. 
  • Instead of 4 tablespoons of butter, use half butter and half extra virgin olive oil; beat along with the crushed garlic. 


How to Make Garlic Bread

Once you have made the garlic butter, it is very simple to make garlic bread:

  • Heat the garlic butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Split a large 12 1/2-ounce loaf of crusty Italian or French bread in half and place it on a baking sheet, cut-side up. Place the bread under the broiler on high until it is toasted and golden brown, about 2 minutes. (Watch carefully.)
  • Generously brush the bread with the garlic butter mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
  • If desired, sprinkle with a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Return the bread to the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Cut it up and enjoy.