This easy garlic butter is not only simple to make but is a major kitchen workhorse and can be used to help make tons of dishes.
For a recipe to stick around in my kitchen it needs to be three things: easy, versatile and delicious. But mostly just delicious!
When I first started using this easy garlic butter I went the traditional route and just slathered it on some bread, broiled it in the oven and made some of the best garlic bread that I have ever ate. While awesome garlic bread is definitely one reason to make this easy garlic butter, it is only one of many reasons.
Garlic Butter is Freezable.
You can make a double or even triple batch of this easy garlic butter and then freeze it! Keep only what you will use in the next week in your fridge and then freeze the rest in one of three ways.
- Slice some French or Italian bread. Spread the garlic butter over each slice. Place the buttered bread into a plastic storage bag and place in the freezer. This will keep for 3 months in a freezer attached to your fridge or 6 months in a chest/upright freezer. When you are ready to serve, place the bread on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
- Spoon 1 tbsp. balls of the garlic butter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the butter has hardened. Remove from the freezer and store in a glass storage container or plastic storage bag in the freezer. This will keep for 3 months in a freezer attached to your fridge or 6 months in a chest/upright freezer.
- Spoon the garlic butter into an ice cube tray. Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the butter has hardened. Remove the tray from the freezer and pop out the cubes of butter. Store in a glass storage container or plastic storage bag in the freezer. This will keep for 3 months in a freezer attached to your fridge or 6 months in a chest/upright freezer.
The second and third options provide single-size servings for when you only need a little bit of the garlic butter at once. This way you don’t have to try and chisel off a piece from a giant frozen chunk. Because who has time for that?!
You can put garlic butter on a ton of dishes.
There are so many different foods that this easy garlic butter just makes taste 10x better. I have a list of everything that I have tried so far below. You can use the single-serving size frozen butter for each of the below dishes but will need to allow time for the butter to thaw for some of them.
- Garlic Bread – DUH! You can use freshly made butter or use pre-buttered frozen garlic bread from #1 above. You would need to allow the frozen single serving size butter thaw before you could spread it on bread. Read this post to find out how to make homemade French baguettes.
- Vegetables – throw 1 tbsp. of fresh or frozen garlic butter on your favorite steamed, boiled or roasted vegetables. If using frozen you will need to add the frozen garlic butter to your vegetables during the last 3 minutes of cooking to allow it to melt.
- Steak – I know that this sounds odd but if you go to a nice steak house then you steak was likely cooked in some butter and they might even serve it with a little dollop of butter when they serve it to you. Add 1 tsp. of the garlic butter to each piece of steak right before plating. If using from frozen, allow the butter to thaw before placing on the steak.
- Potatoes – use 1 tbsp. of the garlic butter on your baked potato or mix it into your mashed potatoes. Read this post to find out how to make a perfect baked potato!
- Pasta – add 1-2 tbsp. of the garlic butter to cooked pasta. Add the butter after you have boiled the pasta and drained the water. You can then add sauce to the noodles or you could sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and a pinch of kosher salt over the noodles and serve!
- Chicken Rub – rub this easy garlic butter underneath and/or on top of a roaster chicken before cooking. If rubbing onto the skin and using the frozen butter, make sure to allow time for it thaw as it will spread easier when it is soft. Add this butter underneath the chicken skin from this Crockpot Roast Chicken recipe.
- Fish – Add 1 tbsp. of the garlic butter on top of each piece of fish at the beginning of your cooking time. You can use the fresh or frozen butter.
- Corn on the cob – spice up a classic summer favorite dish and replace your plain butter for this garlic butter to rub on your corn on the cob. Allow time for the frozen butter to thaw before using for this dish.
- Pizza Crust – melt 1 tbsp. of the easy garlic butter in a microwave safe dish or mug. Brush the melted butter onto the crust of a frozen or homemade pizza. Bake the pizza as your normally would and when there are 5 minutes left in the cooking time, remove the pizza from the oven, brush on the butter and return to the oven for the rest of the cooking time. This will seriously change your life. You’re welcome!
- Quick Breads – spread this garlic butter on regular bread, beer bread or any other of your favorite savory quick breads. Find out how to make Cheesy Herb Beer Bread here!
Garlic Butter is delicious!
Feel free to add more garlic than noted in the recipe below if you are a huge garlic lover. If you don’t have fresh garlic then you can substitute 1/2 tbsp. of garlic powder or 1 tbsp. of jarred minced garlic. I would highly recommend that you try the fresh garlic though if you are able to.
Please comment below if there are any dishes that I missed that this garlic butter would be delicious on!
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 tbsp. EVOO
- 4 garlic cloves, minced*
- ½ tsp dried basil
- Pinch of Kosher Salt
- Put all of the ingredients into a bowl. Mix the ingredients together. I find this is easiest if you start out by smashing the butter towards the sides of the bowl. This helps incorporate the oil into the butter.
Store in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for 3-6 months in an airtight container.