Mellow, sweet, savory roasted garlic butter is delicious spread on toast, pasta, roasted vegetables and meats, mixed into sauces, or on grilled steak, chicken, or fish, and perfect to add to a charcuterie or cheese board with a good baguette!
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Why You'll Love This Dish
It's super easy. We have two foolproof roasted garlic recipes you can use as your base: a regular Roasted Garlic made in the oven with moderate heat to avoid any of those bitter burnt edges, and this easy Air Fryer Roasted Garlic.
The butter is versatile. It's amazing on toast, roasted vegetables, roast chicken and other roast meats, grilled meats and vegetables, mixed into mashed potatoes, stirred into sauces, or added to an hors d'oeuvres spread with good quality bread.
You can customize this recipe with different herbs. This would be wonderful with rosemary, thyme, basil, Italian seasoning, Herbs de Provence. You could also make things spicy with some thinly sliced chilis!
And, not sure it even needs to be stated, but it's wildly delicious. Once you've made this, you'll want to keep some on hand for all occasions.
What You'll Need
- Roasted Garlic Use either this Roasted Garlic recipe or this Air Fryer Roasted Garlic recipe as a base.
- Butter It is my preference to use unsalted butter so that I can choose how much salt to add. If you prefer salted butter, go for it! Just omit the salt in the recipe. You can also make your own homemade butter.
- Salt Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt is my brand of choice. It coats food evenly and is less salty than traditional table salt by volume, making it much easier to taste as you go!
- Fresh Herbs Try rosemary, thyme, basil, Italian seasoning blends, or Herbs de Provence.
How to Make Roasted Garlic Butter
Step Two Take your softened butter and add to a bowl. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into the bowl. Mash with a fork until well combined, sprinkling with salt if using unsalted butter. Taste for seasoning.
Step Three Roll the roasted garlic butter in a piece of plastic wrap, tightening the ends. You can use right away or place in the fridge to harden.
Step Four Once the garlic butter has cooled, slice and use in a variety of dishes or as a spread on toast, potatoes, roasted vegetables, or roast meats.
It is likely you roasted your garlic at too high a heat for too long of a time and it burned. Be sure to use the recipes recommended in this post and invest in a good-quality oven thermometer to properly gauge your oven temperature.
This roasted garlic butter can be refrigerated for about 5 days or it can be frozen for up to 2 months. To use the frozen butter, thaw in the fridge overnight.
You can! Once you've rolled your garlic butter into a log, add to an airtight freezer container, like a gallon storage bag, and place in the freezer. It will be good for up to 2 months.
Yes. Store in the fridge and eat within 5 days.
Check out the "How to Serve" section for ideas!
Fresh Herbs This butter is wonderful with added rosemary, thyme, basil, an Italian seasoning blend, or Herbs be Provence. Add the herbs in when you are smashing the garlic into the butter.
Chilis Try adding some very finely sliced chili peppers, like Fresno or serrano chilis, for a spicy kick.
Spices You can mix a variety of dried spices into this butter mixture as well. Try something smoky like paprika or chili powder for a bit of color and flavor.
How to Store
Fridge Store this roasted garlic butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. For softened butter, bring to room temperature before slicing.
Freezer Once you've wrapped the garlic butter in plastic wrap, add to a freezer safe container like a gallon plastic bag, place in the freezer, and store for up to 2 months.
To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
How to Serve
This Roasted Garlic Butter recipe can be used in countless ways. Try these:
Toast Prepare your favorite toast and smear with roasted garlic butter. I love this Air Fryer Toast recipe as the base for an amazing crostini.
Potatoes Serve over roasted, mashed, or smashed potatoes.
Pasta Pasta is an amazing way to highlight this roasted garlic butter. Try it mixed into plain noodles with some roasted vegetables, or as an extra garlicky boost to this Aglio Olio e Peperoncino.
Fish This butter is also excellent for fish and seafood. Try it with this grouper recipe!
Sauces This would be wonderful added to a variety of sauces, including in place of the olive oil in this Sauce for Lobster Ravioli.
Tomatoes This would be wonderful over warm roasted tomatoes, like these Air Fryer Tomatoes.
- Roast your garlic at a moderate temperature or you will risk it turning out bitter.
- Soften your butter. It will be very hard to smashed the roasted garlic cloves into a cold butter straight from the fridge.
- Is your butter a bit bland? Add a pinch more salt and see if the taste improves. Is it too salty? Add a bit more unsalted butter and mix thoroughly.
More Recipes You'll Love
Looking for more recipes that boost the flavor of your food? Try the suggestions below!
Roasted Garlic Butter
- 1 head garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Roasted Garlic Butter
- 1 stick butter softened, unsalted or salted
- kosher salt to taste, if using unsalted butter
- fresh herbs optional
Roasted Garlic Butter
- Add the softened butter to a bowl. Squeeze the cloves of the roasted garlic into the bowl. Mash with a fork until well-combined.
- If using unsalted butter, season to taste with salt. If using fresh herbs, add them at this stage and smash into the butter.
- Shape the roasted garlic into a log using a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic wrap, securing the sides by twisting closed.
- Serve right away, or place in the fridge to harden.
- Fridge Store this roasted garlic butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. For softened butter, bring to room temperature before slicing.
- Freezer Once you've wrapped the garlic butter in plastic wrap, add to a freezer safe container like a gallon plastic bag, place in the freezer, and store for up to 2 months.
- To use the frozen butter, thaw overnight in the fridge.