Parsley Garlic Butter

Parsley garlic butter. It’s easy to make, always worth having on hand, and is a packed with flavor. This one, though, has a nifty twist: Minced shallots are added to the parsley, garlic, and butter for an extra kick.

A clay bowl filled with butter, parsley, red onion, lemon zest, orange zest, and salt

In the words of one of our testers, this simple compound butter “makes everything exponentially better.” All it takes is a handful of ingredients you may already have on hand and barely any effort. Then stash it in the fridge and revel in just how simple it can be to bling up almost anything. Rest assured, though, this is no ordinary garlic butter. Parsley, shallots, and lemon come together to give just the right blend of sweet, sharp, and smooth.–Renee Schettler Rossi


Slather the butter on anything that just came off the grill —fish, chicken, steak, pork shellfish (halved lobsters are particularly impressive), even tofu. Or toss some clams or oysters on the grill, let them steam in their own juices and open on their own, and top with the butter. You can even hit grilled asparagus or zucchini with the butter as you pull them off the grill.

Steam a pot of mussels or clams and dollop the shellfish with delicate blobs of butter just before serving.

Garlic bread. Simply smother the cut sides of a baguette or loaf of ciabatta that you’ve sliced with parsley garlic butter. If you’d like, add a layer of grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and toast in a 375°F [190°C] oven until warm, 10 to 15 minutes or grill slices of bread and spread with generous amounts of the garlic butter.

Parsley Garlic Butter

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  • 15 M
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  • Makes about 1/4 cup
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  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 oz), at room temperature
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • A small handful fresh Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, shallot, parsley, salt, and lemon zest, mashing everything together with a fork or potato masher until combined. Then use a wooden spoon to really beat the butter until it’s nice and smooth and everything is evenly incorporated.
  • 2. Use the butter immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a week or wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 3 weeks. [Editor’s Note: For ideas on how to use the butter, see the note above the recipe. For a pretty presentation that makes for a lovely hostess gift, spread the butter on a sheet of wax or parchment paper, roll it snugly into a cylinder, and then twist the ends to seal, tying them if necessary with kitchen twine.]

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