Easy Garlic Butter

This delicious garlic butter is easy to make, and you’ll want to spread it on everything from baguettes to steak! This recipe is a simple way to elevate a dinner table staple.

This homemade garlic butter is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe that can add a rich flavor to anything from bread to meat. Making garlic butter at home allows you to customize the ingredients and adjust the flavor to your preference. The basic recipe for homemade garlic butter is simple, requiring just butter, garlic, garlic powder, parsley, and salt. I love how versatile this is and it’s an easy way to elevate a simple baguette into a dinner party worth side dish!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Butter– Butter will give you the best flavor but could substitute for margarine or a dairy-free butter spread.
  • Garlic– We’ll use lots of fresh garlic for the best flavor. I don’t recommend using pre-minced garlic.
  • Garlic powder– This enhances the garlic flavor without adding too much sharpness from fresh garlic.
  • Parsley– This adds a subtle savory flavor and gives the butter a little color!

How to Make Garlic Butter

Ways to Use Garlic Butter

  1. Spread on bread: Garlic bread is a classic way to use garlic butter. Simply spread it on bread and toast it for a tasty snack or side dish.
  2. Top steaks and seafood: Garlic butter is a perfect complement to grilled steaks, shrimp, or fish. Simply melt the butter and drizzle it over your favorite seafood or meat.
  3. Roast vegetables: Roasted vegetables are delicious on their own, but they’re even better with garlic butter. Toss your favorite vegetables in melted garlic butter before roasting for a flavorful side dish.
  4. Make garlic mashed potatoes: Add some garlic butter to your mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower for a burst of flavor. Simply melt the butter and mix it into your mashed potatoes before serving.
  5. Flavor popcorn: For a tasty movie night snack, melt garlic butter and drizzle it over popcorn.
  6. Sauté vegetables: Use garlic butter instead of plain butter or oil when sautéing vegetables for an extra burst of flavor.
  7. Baste meats: Garlic butter is a great basting sauce for grilled meats like chicken, pork, and beef. Brush it on during cooking for an extra kick of flavor.
  8. Stuff mushrooms: Melt garlic butter and stuff it into mushroom caps for a tasty appetizer or side dish.
  9. Toss with pasta: Toss garlic butter with cooked pasta for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs for added flavor.

How to Store Leftover Garlic Butter

Wrap the garlic butter tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Make sure that it is completely sealed to prevent any air from getting in. Store the garlic butter in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you want to store garlic butter for longer than two weeks, freeze it. Wrap the garlic butter in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Garlic butter can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. To use frozen garlic butter, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

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garlic butter

Easy Garlic Butter

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This delicious garlic butter is easy to make, and you’ll want to spread it on everything from baguettes to steak! This recipe is a simple way to elevate a dinner table staple.


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Use a rasp-style grater to grate the garlic into a paste or use a garlic press to press the garlic into a paste. If you do not have either of these tools, you can use a sharp knife to finely mince the garlic.
  2. Add the garlic paste and 1 tablespoon of butter to a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted.
  4. Stir in the remaining butter, garlic powder, salt and parsley.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until set.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 seconds
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic butter

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