Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

Pantry Staples | August 10, 2015 | By

cilantrolimecompoundbutter3There’s something wonderful about the aroma when you pinch off a few fresh leaves of the herb of your choice. I personally think it makes any meal better. But since I didn’t inherit my Dad’s green thumb (every plant I have tried to take care of has died), I usually buy my herbs from the store.

The problem with store-bought herbs is that I usually don’t use the whole bushel before they go bad … that is until I discovered compound butter. It’s super simple to make — especially with the herb scissors my brother recently gifted me (found here on Amazon) — and easy to store in the fridge until the cooking fancy strikes. And, since I love the cilantro-lime combination, I decided to play with those flavors here.

I realize that this is just one of many ways to use up your herbs. In fact, I’ve been wanting to try herbed ice cubes like our friends did over at the Halfsies blog, but haven’t got around to it yet. How do you use your leftover herbs?


Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

4 Tbsp Butter, softened

1/2 Tsp Lime Zest

1/2 a Lime. juiced

Cilantro (to taste)


Rinse, dry and finely mince cilantro. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until fully mixed. On a piece of wax paper, mold butter into a brick and tightly wrap. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hard. Use to season your meals.



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