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 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, steamed broccoli, or even air fryer mushrooms!

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

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BEST Homemade Garlic Butter

This is the best ever garlic butter, perfect on everything from potatoes to garlic bread.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8
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  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 small garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives sliced
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Serve with bread or over hot vegetables.
5 from 83 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 205 | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 12mg | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
This amazing garlic butter has a secret ingredient that makes it extra good!! Great on bread, veggies, fish, potatoes or garlic toast!
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  1. Made this to top our steaks but loved it so much I use it on everything! Especially perfect for quick and easy garlic bread.5 stars

  2. This was amazing!. I roasted a head of garlic and used that since we prefer it that way. Will make this again!5 stars

    1. You can find the full recipe listed in the post (or simply click the “JUMP TO RECIPE” button at the top of the post).

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

  3. Made this tonight to make some garlic bread, to go along with my homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Though I loved the garlicky flavor, I’m not 100% sold on the addition of th lemon juice. My Garlick bread is almost done so soon to test. If my thoughts change, I will update my rating and review

  4. This recipe rocks! This is my go to recipe for crab boils as a dipping sauce. I used to buy garlic butter whenever I would make a crab boil, but since finding this recipe, I haven’t needed to purchase it ANYMORE! 5 STARS!5 stars

    1. I don’t have a pesto butter recipe, but I’d suggest starting with ¼ cup room temperature butter, and stir in 1 Tablespoon of pesto to start. Add additional pesto until it reaches your likeness! Enjoy Wendy!

  5. The addition of lemon juice makes this RE$ALLY good! The only change I made was to double the garlic only because the bulb I had was really mild. hanks!5 stars

  6. I made this butter Saturday and used it with my bread sticks and spaghetti. We loved it so much. Will make many more times. Great recipe.5 stars