BEST Homemade Garlic Butter

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This is the best ever garlic butter, perfect on everything from potatoes to garlic bread. We love putting this homemade garlic butter on mashed potatoes, steak, and even making garlic butter shrimp!

With simple ingredients you likely have on hand, this is  better than any restaurant garlic butter and going to become a staple in your home!

Garlic butter in a glass bowl next to buttered pieces of bread.

Delicious Garlic Butter

I absolutely love garlic butter, it’s delicious on bread, veggies and garlic toast.  This garlic butter has a secret little ingredient, a dash of lemon juice, making it extra yummy!

We make up big batches all of the time so I always have it on hand.  The great thing is that you can actually keep it in the fridge for a couple of weeks or even freeze it!  I take it straight from the freezer to toss with veggies or into mashed potatoes for a quick and delicious addition.  If you’d like to spread it onto bread, you can defrost it in the microwave on very low power for about 15 seconds.

Ingredients for garlic butter like parsley, lemons, garlic, and green onions.

How To Make Garlic Butter

It’s seriously easy. To make homemade garlic butter:

  1. Chop the parsley, chives, and garlic.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Serve with your favorite recipes!

How Long Does Garlic Butter Last

Garlic butter will last about a week in the fridge. If you would like to use it longer, pop it in the freezer! I like to freeze garlic butter it in an ice cube tray, so I have individual pieces to throw into my dishes.

It’s a simple and delicious addition to things like roasted root vegetables and steamed broccoli.

Garlic butter ingredients in a clear mixing bowl ready to be mixed.

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Homemade garlic butter recipe in a small bowl
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Review Recipe

The Best Homemade Garlic Butter

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
This is the best ever garlic butter, perfect on everything from potatoes to garlic bread.


  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 small cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh chives
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

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  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Serve with bread or over hot vegetables.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 205, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 12mg, Vitamin A: 16.2%, Vitamin C: 2.7%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 0.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Before you give the recipe you write “combine all ingredients which include green onions. In the actual recipe you don’t include green onions (scallions) just chives. Which one is it or is it both?

  2. Great idea to have this garlic butter on hand.Didn’t know you could freeze it.However, I used 4 garlic cloves instead of 2 as my husband likes really good Italian garlic bread.Very garlicky and good.Also slathered it on my Sunday roast chicken.Best ever.Thanks Holly.

  3. I used this butter on a spatchcock chicken with potatoes and carrots on the side
    It was the best chicken with vegetables ever.
    Can’t wait to try it in other recipes

  4. I just made this for garlic bread on grill with hickory smoke charcoal, mozzarella cheese and slice of tomato on top. Wonderful and thank you for a keeper garlic butter spread recipe!

  5. So easy, so flavorful; already a favorite after the first attempt! The grill seemed a little hot, so after the first few minutes we lowered it to 375 and everything cooked great in the recommended time. There were a few charred pieces of cabbage, but not a lot. The garlic butter was nothing short of amazing. THANK YOU!!! A super (any season) recipe!

  6. Thanks so much, Holly! I’m making Hasselback potatoes for a ladies’ luncheon and will bring this garlic butter to accompany it.

    1. I keep it in the fridge about a week. If it’s going to be longer you can freeze it. I put 1 TBS servings on parchment paper and then freeze. Once frozen put them in a Ziploc bag and just pull them out as needed. They take just a few minutes to defrost.

  7. This would even be good on a steak or baked potato. I made something similar with lemon zest, crushed red pepper, parsley and butter. I turned out really well. You just mix it all together and form it into a log and put it in the fridge to set.

  8. You said it can be froze, how long can it be ?? I am really going to try this !! I know it is something I would use !!