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Garlic Herb Compound Butter with Garlic Scapes
Garlic Herb Compound Butter with Garlic Scapes

Garlic Herb Compound Butter with Garlic Scapes

This garlic herb compound butter blend uses scapes from your garden instead of garlic cloves, but is still absolutely delicious and perfect on top of steaks or on bread.

Compound butter is one of my favorite things to have on hand simply because it makes it so much easier to grab a pat and throw it on a cob of fresh sweet corn or atop a delicious grilled steak.

We usually make it with cloves of garlic and some fresh herbs, but since I just harvested our garlic scapes, I wanted to use them up in a few different ways. So, I made a pound of this compound butter, some garlic herb salt, and some garlic scape powder by dehydrating a little of it.

What is compound butter?

Compound butter is really just butter and herbs, liquids or other seasonings blended together. Some people call it herb butter. Regardless, it’s just butter mixed with other ingredients.

It makes a kind of “sauce” for lack of a better term that you can use to quickly season meats like steak, poultry or fish, or use on steamed or otherwise cooked veggies like corn on the cob or green beans. It’s also absolutely fantastic to make garlic bread with… just slather on your compound butter and put it in the oven… no chopping required after the butter is made.

It’s really simple to make and saves a lot of time later on in the kitchen. You can store it in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Or, if you’re like me, you can make individual pats of it by placing it in an ice cube tray or something similar, let it freeze, then store it in a freezer bag in the freezer and pull out what you need when you need it. Easy.

What are garlic scapes?

Garlic scapes are the stem and flower bud of hard neck garlic varieties. They grow up straight, then curl over. Once they’re curled over, they’re ready to harvest. They kind of look like really big green beans….

You harvest them so that your garlic doesn’t send all of its growing energy to the flower instead of the bulb. Harvesting them results in larger bulbs… which is what we want.

The scapes, though, hold the same flavor as garlic, although slightly more pungent. They’re delicious and can be used in multiple ways.  This is, by far my favorite way to use them, though.

How to make compound butter

If you’ve never made compound butter before, you’re absolutely in for a treat. Not only is it super simple to make, it looks gorgeous, saves time later on in the kitchen, and it smells divine.

  1. Allow the butter to soften at room temp.
  2. Chop up garlic scapes and herbs finely.
  3. Add herbs and garlic to butter in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

4. Enjoy fresh, put in refrigerator in an airtight container, or place in the freezer…. I prefer to place the butter into ice cube trays and then pop them out, place them in a freezer bag and pop out individual servings from the freezer when I need them.

Note, if you do not have garlic scapes, you can use fresh, minced garlic in their place… still delish.

If you like this, try these other preservation recipes:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Garlic scapes and fresh herbs are combined with butter to make this delicious compound butter blend perfect for topping fresh bread, vegetables or meats.


  • 1 Pound Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Garlic Scapes, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme


  1. Chop garlic scapes and herbs finely.
  2. Add chopped herbs and garlic scapes to butter, mix together well.
  3. Place butter into ice cube trays (one pound will fill roughly 1 1/2 trays), place in freezer.
  4. Once frozen, remove from tray, place in freezer bag and store in freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:




Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105  Total Fat: 12g  Saturated Fat: 7g  Trans Fat: 0g  Unsaturated Fat: 3g  Cholesterol: 30mg  Sodium: 92mg  Carbohydrates: 1g  Fiber: 0g  Sugar: 0g  Protein: 0g

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