Cilantro Lime Compound Butter

Compound butter with cilantro and lime! Great with corn-on-the-cob, veggies, shrimp or steak!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

A compound butter or herb butter is a great way to dress up corn-on-the-cob, veggies of all kinds, chicken, fish, prawns, pork, steak, you name it.

What’s a compound butter? It’s just butter mashed up and mixed with herbs or spices which then flavor the butter. You can either use it right away, or roll it up in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for later. Just cut slices from it to flavor steaks, chicken, shrimp, veggies or pasta.

Here’s one of my favorite compound butter recipes, Southwestern style, with cilantro and lime. Do you ever make herbed butters? If so, what’s your favorite combo?

Cilantro Lime Compound Butter

Cilantro Lime Compound Butter Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature (slightly softened)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, packed
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


1 Mix together the chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, and salt in a medium bowl.

2 Smash the softened butter into the cilantro lime mixture and mix it until the cilantro is well distributed.

3 To save the butter for later, wrap it up in plastic wrap in the shape of a log and refrigerate until stiff. To use, just unwrap and slice from the butter log.

Serve with corn-on-the-cob or over your favorite fill-in-the-blank.

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  • Katie

    Besides herbed butters, which are a natural this time of year, my partner Sara loves spiced butters! Allspice butter is fantastic on pancakes and waffles, and she has a wonderful recipe for pumpkin 5-spice butter that goes incredibly well on muffins and is super on just plain old toast.

  • radish

    Given my obsession with dill, I make a dill garlic butter! Spread over thick slices of black, Russian bread and sprinkled with sea salt, it’s simply knee-weakening! I will need to try the lime-cilantro butter though – I am a huge fan of cilantro!

  • Cary

    Ginger-Lime Butter absolutely delicious on sauteed trout or scallops.

  • Todd

    Hi- My summer garden is overflowing and this looks like a great way to sock away some of those herbs. How long might this last in the freezer? Months?

  • Jenna

    My favorite is dill butter, or lemon dill butter.

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