Homemade Garlic Butter Recipe - The Carefree Kitchen (2024)

By Jill Baird · Published November 29, 2023 · Updated February 1, 2024 · 19 Comments

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This amazing homemade Garlic Butter recipe is creamy, delicious, and perfect for making garlic bread, sautéing vegetables, or giving your steak an extra burst of flavor. It only takes about 10 minutes to throw together and holds up great in the fridge.

Garlic butter is a versatile and mouthwatering addition to any meal. This easy-to-follow recipe for homemade garlic butter, using garlic powder for an added burst of flavor, will quickly become a staple in your kitchen. I'll also show you how to make the most amazing garlic bread!

If you're looking for ways to use this garlic butter recipe, be sure to try it on Breadsticks, Homemade Rolls, or on a Pan Seared Steak. Wowza!

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  • Homemade Garlic Butter Recipe
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  • Homemade Garlic Butter Ingredients
  • How to Make Garlic Butter
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Garlic Butter Recipe Tips and Tricks
  • Storing Homemade Garlic Spread
  • Garlic Butter Recipe
  • Here are more of our favorite condiments and spreads!

Homemade Garlic Butter Recipe

Garlic Butter Spread is a quick, easy, all-purpose condiment. I love having a jar of Garlic Butter in the fridge at all times because it makes dinner time so much easier!

Adding just a couple of teaspoons to pan-seared steak, chicken or sauteed veggies adds so much flavor. It also makes it super easy to have the most amazing homemade garlic bread any time you want.

Homemade Garlic Bread Video Tutorial

To make the most delicious homemade garlic bread, simply spread a thin layer of Garlic Butter onto sliced French bread before broiling. It tastes great if you add a little extra Parmesan cheese, too. Easy peasy!

Or, try spreading melted Garlic Butter on Parker House Rolls, Quick Rolls, Cheesy Breadsticks, Homemade French Bread, or even our Homemade White Bread.

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Homemade Garlic Butter Ingredients

  • Butter - salted butter tastes great for this recipe, but if you are watching your salt intake, you can use unsalted. Be sure it is at room temperature so that it will be easy to whip.
  • Olive Oil - this adds a lot of richness and authentic Italian flavor to the garlic spread. I prefer an extra virgin olive oil but any will do.
  • Parmesan Cheese - Finely grated Parmesan cheese works best for this recipe.
  • Dried Parsley - unless you plan to use all of the butter immediately, we suggest using dried parsley.
  • Garlic Powder - 100% pure garlic powder tastes best.

How to Make Garlic Butter

  1. Whip the butter. Add room temperature butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip using the whisk attachment until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Slowly add the olive oil while continuing to mix the butter on low. Once it is completely incorporated, add the cheese, parsley and garlic powder and mix until well combined.
  3. Use or store. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

How to Make the Best Garlic Bread Recipe

  1. Slice French bread into 1" thick slices.
  2. Add your homemade garlic spread onto the bread.
  3. Broil on low in the oven until the garlic bread is golden brown and bubbly. This will melt the parmesan cheese in the garlic spread for bread.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade garlic spread last?

Garlic butter will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.

Can I use salted butter for homemade garlic butter?

You can use salted or unsalted butter in the recipe but you may need to adjust the amount of salt in the recipe.

What can I use homemade garlic butter for?

It's great for garlic bread, sautéing vegetables, spreading on grilled steak, and adding flavor to mashed potatoes.

Can I freeze homemade garlic butter?

Yes, portion it into smaller amounts, wrap in plastic wrap, and store in an airtight container for up to six months.

How do I make homemade garlic butter?

Soften the butter, add the olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, parsley, and salt. Mix them together using a hand mixer so you have a light whipped garlic butter.

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Garlic Butter Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make it easy on yourself and use room temperature butter! If you forget to pull it out ahead of time, just transfer to a microwave-safe container and heat it for about 10 seconds at a time just until soft.
  • You can use Parmesan powder, shredded Parmesan, or even a mix of both. The important part is the flavor!
  • If you plan to use all of the Garlic Butter right away, you can definitely use fresh parsley. However, it holds best in the fridge if you use dried parsley and I actually prefer the flavor in this recipe.
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Storing Homemade Garlic Spread

  • Storing- Transfer any unused Garlic Butter to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  • Freeze- You can also freeze any leftover Garlic Butter for up to 6 months, transferring to the fridge overnight to thaw.
  • Uses-Spread on sliced french bread and toast under a broiler, add a spoonful to steamed veggies, top a pan seared steak, use as a dip for breadsticks . This makes an amazing garlic butter for bread too.

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Garlic Butter Recipe

This delicious and creamy garlic butter is perfect when making garlic bread, sauteeing vegetables or to give your steak a burst of flavor!

Course Condiments

Cuisine Italian

Servings 24 people

Calories 89kcal

Author Jill Baird

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • Cup Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder

Instructions

  • Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip using the whisk attachment until light and fluffy.

  • Slowly add the olive oil while continuing to mix the butter on low.Once it is completely incorporated, add the cheese, parsley and garlic powder and mix until well combined.

  • Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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This delicious and creamy homemade Garlic Butter is perfect for making garlic bread, sautéing vegetables or to give your steak a burst of flavor. It's possibly the most quick and easy all-purpose condiment that you will find.

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Comments

  1. Diane

    Would using avocado oil change the taste? Thanks for recipe

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    • Jill Baird

      Avocado oil will work great in this recipe too.

      Reply

  2. Kathy

    Question- does this taste good cold - just spread on bread/ rolls/toast or does it need to be melted on to something?

    Reply

      • Jill Baird

        I'm so glad to hear you love it too!

        Reply

    • Carla

      It tastes great cold or melted!

      Reply

  3. valerie

    now I need the perfect lasagna recipe to go with it

    Reply

  4. Ryann

    Can this be made ahead & frozen?

    Reply

    • Annie B.

      Read….just read.

      Reply

  5. Richard

    I love this butter recipe, completely quit buying frozen garlic bread in the market, also will take a spoon full and let it melt over a ribeye on the grill.

    Reply

    • shea

      oven temp? how long for garlic bread?

      Reply

  6. Judy Mould

    Can you freeze the butter?

    Reply

  7. Wendy

    Curious... why not use fresh garlic instead of powder?

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    • sarahK@thecarefreekitchen

      Hi Wendy, you can really use either. We like to use the powder because it has a nice sweetness to it. If you prefer using all fresh, that will definitely work, too!

      Reply

  8. Shannon Koller

    Question: Do you use extra virgin olive oil or the plain olive oil that has a more neutral flavor? I’m serving lasagna and garlic bread at church this week and I think this will go perfectly! Thanks!

    Reply

  9. peanutbeanblog

    Made this today for Easter to go with French bread I made. Delish!

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    • The Carefree Kitchen

      I would probably use something milder than an extra virgin olive oil, just a regular olive oil would be great!

      Reply

  10. Luisa Perkes

    My, oh my! This looks delicious. What a genius idea!

    Reply

    • The Carefree Kitchen

      Thanks, Lu!

      Reply

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