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Easy Garlic Chive Butter

This easy garlic chive butter comes together in just a few minutes with only four simple ingredients. The creamy compound butter, filled with fresh garlic and chives, will add a burst of flavour to your next meal. Serve it with some crusty bread or baked potatoes, or add a pat of butter to a juicy grilled steak. This delicious butter will become a staple in your refrigerator with so many uses.

Pats of chive butter sitting on a piece of parchment paper surrounded by fresh chives and chive blossoms.
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What is Chive Butter?

Chive butter is a delicious, savoury compound butter that will add flavour to almost any dish.

Made with simple, fresh ingredients, this butter is rich and flavourful. Fresh chives and garlic give this butter its unique flavour.

It is perfect for making warm, toasty garlic bread but can be served on the dinner table just as regular butter would.

It is delicious on baked potatoes, roasted veggies, or a juicy, grilled steak.

Compound butter takes only minutes to make and will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

You can get fancy, rolling it into a log to serve it as slices or keep things super simple by scooping the mixed butter into a small mason jar and serving it as is.

Add as much garlic and chives as you like to reach the depth of flavour you prefer. You really can’t mess it up.

Chive butter on a black slate plate with a butter knife and fresh chives.

Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

You only need four simple ingredients to make garlic chive butter.

  • Salted butter
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Kosher salt

For the best flavour and texture, be sure you are using fresh ingredients.

The kosher salt adds extra flavour and texture to the butter. If you don’t have kosher salt, you will want to reduce the quantity of salt by half.

Feel free to adjust the measurements of garlic and chives to suit your flavour preferences.

Ingredients for chive butter.

Step by Step Instructions

Only a few simple steps are involved in making your compound butter.

One – Make sure your butter is soft, then add the butter, garlic, salt and chopped chives to a small bowl.

Two – Use a fork to mix the ingredients until they are well blended.

Two images showing ingredients for chive butter in a bowl before and after mixing.

Pro-Tip: Make sure the butter is soft but not melted before mixing your butter. A fork tends to work better than a spoon in this recipe.

Three – Place a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop the butter onto it, forming it into a rough log.

Four – Fold the plastic wrap over the butter and roll it up tightly. Twist the ends to seal and place the butter in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.

When you are ready to serve, unwrap the butter and slice it into pats.

Chive butter spread on a piece of plastic wrap and a second image showing it rolled into a log.

Pro-Tip: If you want to make things easier and don’t need to serve slices of butter, you can simply move the mixed butter into a small mason jar instead of rolling it.

A grilled rib eye steak on a wooden board with a pat of chive butter.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic bread – This delicious garlic chive butter is perfect for toasty garlic bread. It can also be served as a spread with dinner rolls or a bread basket.

Baked potatoes – Add extra flavour to your baked potatoes by using this tasty compound butter. The garlic and chives are a perfect match for a fluffy potato, especially when topped with sour cream and bacon!

Grilled steak – Add extra flavour to your grilled steak by adding a pat of herbed butter.

Grilled or roasted veggies – If you like butter on your grilled and roasted veggies, you will love them with this savoury compound butter.

You can use herbed compound butter in almost any savoury dish that you would typically add butter to. So don’t be afraid to get creative.

Storage

Garlic chive compound butter can be stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

You can store it sealed in plastic wrap, or move it to an airtight container or jar.

It may also be frozen for several months.

Top Tips & FAQS

  • For the best flavour, be sure to use fresh garlic and chives.
  • The butter should be soft, but not melted, before mixing for the best texture.
  • If you don’t need to serve sliced butter, save time by storing it in a small mason jar instead of rolling it.
How long will compound butter keep?

This butter will keep for about two weeks when stored in the refrigerator.

Can compound butter be frozen?

Compound butter can be frozen for several months if wrapped tightly or stored in an airtight container.

A log of chive butter sliced into pats on a piece of parchment paper.

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Recipe

Pats of chive butter sitting on a piece of parchment paper surrounded by fresh chives and chive blossoms.

Easy Garlic Chive Butter

This easy garlic chive butter is made with four ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare. Use it on potatoes, steak, or bread to add flavour to your meal.
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Course: Sauces and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 tablespoon
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or finely minced
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Add the softened butter, pressed garlic, chopped chives, and kosher salt to a small bowl.
  • Mix and mash the butter using a fork until the ingredients are well blended.
  • Place a square of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop the butter into the center of it forming a rough log shape.
  • Fold the plastic wrap over the butter, then roll the butter into a log and twist the ends to seal.
  • Place the butter in the fridge for an hour to firm up. When you are ready to serve, unwrap the butter and slice as desired.

Notes

If you don’t need slices of butter, you can scoop the butter into a small mason jar for storage and serving.
Prepared butter will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Easy Garlic Chive Butter
Amount per Serving
Calories
103
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.5
g
Sodium
 
164
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
0.2
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.03
g
0
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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