Ramps, those spring wild onions, are in season for just a few precious and pungent weeks each spring. Making ramp butter is an easy way to make the stinky spring onion a little more everlasting. So make as much ramp butter as you can and stash it in the freezer to see you through the remaining 48 weeks of the year.–Angie Zoobkoff

Ramp Butter FAQs

What can I do with ramp butter?

This is a simple yet versatile compound butter that can dress up literally anything. Stir it into eggs. Dollop it atop pasta. Smother roasted or steamed vegetables in it. Perch it atop fish or steak. Slide it under the skin of roast chicken. Use it on potatoes. Slather it onto corn on the cob. And, as one of our recipe testers, Elsa, mentioned, “Atop sauteed or steamed vegetables, from cauliflower to broccoli to asparagus to green beans and more!” You’ll want to make as much as you can.

Can I make this compound butter with other types of onions?

If you can’t track down ramps or the craving crashes upon you when they’re not in season, rest assured, other pungent alliums, such as chives or garlic scapes, work well here, too.

Are there more ways to preserve ramps?

While we love this ramp butter and its endless versatility, if you have an overabundance of ramps to preserve, we’d suggest pickled ramps as an easy and quick way to prolong ramp season.

A log of ramp butter on a wooden board with a few slices cut from it.

Ramp Butter

4.75 / 12 votes
Ramp butter is an easy compound butter that helps you preserve ramps during their short spring season. Here’s how to make it.
David Leite
Servings16 tablespoons
Calories106 kcal
Prep Time9 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time10 minutes


  • 1 bunch (4 oz) ramps or other early-season alliums, such as garlic scapes or chives, rinsed
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Fill a medium bowl halfway with ice water. Toss the ramps into the boiling water and cook 30 seconds to blanch. 
  • Using a slotted spoon and working quickly, dunk the ramps in the ice water to halt the cooking. Drain the ramps and then pat them dry.
  • In a food processor, pulse the ramps, butter, and salt until well combined, about 30 seconds. 
  • Divide the butter in half and place each blob on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the butter in the plastic wrap, gently rolling and shaping the butter into a log, and twist the ends of the plastic. Place in a resealable plastic bag refrigerate or freeze. Slice off rounds of butter as needed.
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Serving: 1 tablespoonCalories: 106 kcalCarbohydrates: 1 gProtein: 1 gFat: 11 gSaturated Fat: 7 gMonounsaturated Fat: 3 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 30 mgSodium: 147 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 1 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2017 Josh Kilmer-Purcell | Brent Ridge. Photo © 2017 Christian Watson. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Although it’s not at all early spring here, I went to one of our large farmer’s markets and purchased garlic scapes to use in place of ramps. When I asked the farmer how she could still have scapes when they’re an early-season green, she replied, “We grow a lot of garlic.” The scapes were beautiful. I treated them just like the ramps in the instructions, and the result was very tasty. And as suggested, another alternative for ramps would be chives, which happily are available year-round.

How to use this butter? On bread or toast. Or a crusty roll. Or crackers. Stuffed into a baked potato. Dolloped onto fork-mashed potatoes. Inside a baked sweet potato. Spread onto corn on the cob. Atop sauteed or steamed vegetables, from cauliflower or broccoli to asparagus to green beans, and more! Sautéeing mushrooms? Use this butter! Scramble eggs in this butter or fry eggs in it. Use the butter on a variant of garlic bread. Put this on your butter dish for any holiday with a green theme or where green would be appropriate, from St Patrick’s Day to Easter to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Serve it on a bagel with lox as somewhat of a combination of butter and chive cream cheese.

How do I love thee, ramp butter?  Let me count the ways; tossed with homemade pasta, dolloped on cauliflower puree, slathered under the skin of a roast chicken, mixed with a bit of flour for a beurre manie, or drizzled on a rib eye steak. And that is just the beginning for this lovely finishing touch. It’s ramp season and the perfect time to make this quick and easy compound butter for your arsenal. But you better make plenty because it goes fast!

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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