Basil Butter

Basil Butter
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup finely chopped sweet basil
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

In a bowl, combine the butter, basil, garlic, lemon zest, white pepper, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and mash with a spoon until well combined. Use immediately as a spread for corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, or dinner rolls. Or use plastic wrap to shape the basil butter into a log, tightening t...

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Variations on Basil Butter

  • Basil Butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Basil Butter
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
    • 3/4 cup diet margarine
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed

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