Garlic butter is the key ingredient when making garlic bread, but it can also be used to add flavor to seafood, steaks, fish, or vegetables. This simple recipe combines salted butter with minced garlic—if you use unsalted butter, be sure to season the butter with a pinch of salt before using. Using garlic butter, with its luxurious creaminess, may rule your collective palettes this year. Let’s check the menu!
Steaming clams is a super-easy and fast way to cook them, but it can also lack a little on the flavor delivery. This is why garlic butter exists! Steam your clams and then toss them with herby garlic butter and you suddenly have a showstopping dinner or even a low-key appetizer for guests.
One of my favorite pleasures is the side of potatoes that come with gyros and falafels at my favorite Greek takeout place. They’re buttery, but with a piquant garlic flavor that is hard to resist. These potatoes rival those without the need to leave the house and prove that garlic butter and lemon are a match made in flavor heaven.
Admittedly mushrooms alone aren’t a side dish you may think of often, but this garlic butter version could change all that. You start with a full stick of butter, add cleaned cremini mushrooms, and cook them until both the butter and mushrooms are golden, then fresh garlic and rosemary are added to give them an herby bite!
You know when you got to a fancy steakhouse and your steak arrives with a lovely top hat of compound butter? These bites taste just like that. Except, you know, without the steakhouse bill.
Seared salmon delivers on flavor, but it can be challenging to get crispy skin without drying the flesh out (we have a whole video to walk you through it if you need tips) but by adding garlic butter to the pan, you can narrow the margin of error and get moist and tender salmon — with tons of garlicky goodness — every time.
You should definitely be grilling more shrimp! Not only is this recipe done in minutes, but it is also out-of-the-world delicious and impressive. Get the grill hot and cook the shrimp quickly — that will keep the delicate flesh from turning tough. And, of course, mop the shrimp with lots and lots of garlic butter as they cook.
Crispy potatoes, sweet red onions, and smoky grilled steak all wrapped in savory garlic butter? Sign us up! These steak skewers will transport you to the coziest of classic steakhouses in flavor while keeping you cool on your patio. While you need to prep the potatoes ahead by parboiling them, all the other cooking (even brushing on that garlic butter) happens right on the grill.
Seriously, we can sauce them all with garlic butter, you probably tried putting garlic butter on it. And found a ton of innovative uses! Everything from bread to clams made the list of our most popular garlic butter recipes.