Garlic butter can be used to add a deliciously garlicky flavor to a wide variety of meals. Here’s a recipe for a make-ahead garlic butter that you can use on shrimp, steak, fish, bread, pizza and more.

How to Make Garlic Butter

This is exactly how easy it is to make your own homemade garlic butter; you can either use it straight away or prepare it ahead of time to have on hand and ready to go.

  • Combine the ingredients. Add the softened butter, minced garlic cloves and minced parsley to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  • Season. Season with salt to taste.
  • Use or store. Either use the garlic butter immediately or store until ready to use.

Garlic Butter

Garlic Butter

3 Useful Tips for Making Flavored Butters

Here are a few helpful tips that you can keep in mind when making flavored butters at home:

  • Whip the butter first. Using a food processor to whip the butter at first can help if it’s too firm; you’ll then need to simply stir in your selected flavorings once the butter has been whipped.
  • Go easy with the seasoning. You only want to use a bit of salt when seasoning your flavored butter; going overboard with the salt is a common mistake that can cause the butter to be too salty, which will in turn overpower the flavoring provided by the herbs.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. You might be surprised at some of the flavor combinations that you can come up with when making flavored butter. You can make everything from garlic butter with recipes like this, to strawberry butter, to cinnamon butter, and so much more.

Garlic Butter

Garlic Butter

How to Use Homemade Garlic Butter

Here are some suggested uses for your homemade garlic butter:

  • Spread over your favorite type of sliced bread.
  • Melt over top of your steak.
  • Serve along with seafood options like shrimp.
  • Add to your homemade pizzas.
  • Serve with raw or roasted vegetables.

Garlic Butter

How to Store Homemade Garlic Butter

You’re going to want to keep your homemade garlic butter stored in the fridge in order to maximize its shelf life. Keep the butter sealed up tightly inside of an airtight container and it can keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Alternatively, you can freeze the garlic butter for up to 12 months as well.

Garlic Butter

(Also try: 2-Minute Garlic Aioli from Scratch)

Make-Ahead Garlic Butter

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 /2 cup


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley
  • salt to taste


  • In a small bowl combine all the ingredients. 
  • Season to taste with salt.
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