Simple Garlic Butter With Variations

Garlic Butter Preparation
Garlic butter is easy and versatile. Georgia Glynn Smith Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
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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 2 cloves of crushed and minced garlic (or more). See the instructions for garlic bread below the recipe.

Depending on how you plan to use the garlic butter, you might want to add other ingredients. Season the garlic butter with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper or add chopped fresh herbs. Parsley, rosemary, and chives are good choices. 

What You'll Need

How to Make It

Beat 1/2 cup butter; blend in garlic. Spread on bread for garlic bread or use on seafood, fish, or vegetables.

Garlic Bread

Make half a recipe of the garlic butter but use 2 to 4 cloves of crushed garlic. Heat the butter and garlic in a saucepan over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes. 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.

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

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 1 minute.


  • 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.