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.

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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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Melodie wilson

    I made this tonight to serve with bread at a gathering. It was a hit. I did add jalapeño to mine to add some heat. Very good!

  2. Bobbie - The Courageous Chicken

    This looks so tasty and delicious!

  3. Randi Lynne

    This is my first try at compound butter and it is delicious!


  4. Cary

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

  5. 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?

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