Make Ahead

Horseradish Compound Butter

March 31, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

I love to dress up plain dishes with a little compound butter - makes it look fancy, with little effort. I like to smear this on steaks, grilled lamb chops, pan-seared sea scallops, hamburgers, stirred into creamy mashed potatoes, or pretty much anywhere you want a little spicy bite! - mrslarkin —mrslarkin

Test Kitchen Notes

Mrslarkin’s terrific compound butter packs just the right amount of horseradish zing, balanced nicely with lemon zest and parsley. It’s a snap to make and jazzes up everything from a toasted baguette to grilled steaks (even better combined in a sandwich the next day!). I agree with my husband who said, “Why don’t we always have this on steak?” - Midge —Midge

What You'll Need
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (spreadable but not really mushy)
  • 1 Spring green garlic or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh horseradish, or to taste (prepared horseradish works, just squeeze out the moisture)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Italian parsley (flat leaf), minced
  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  1. Ina medium bowl, mash together first five ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon onto plastic wrap. Gently form into a small log. Refrigerate until firm.
  2. *Cook's note: If your grated fresh horseradish is on the chunky side, give it a few passes with a chef's knife.

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  • drbabs
  • Midge

15 Reviews

checker April 19, 2011
Living in a tiny apartment I am without constant access to a grill (Sigh.) and now that the weather is warming up I am champing at the bit for a grilled steak. When that happens this will be a part of it. Well done.
mrslarkin April 19, 2011
Thanks, checker. Hope you like it!!
MyCommunalTable April 7, 2011
How did I miss this one. Love it. I should do compound butters more often.
mrslarkin April 7, 2011
Thanks, MCT! Go for it!
SwoonMySpoon April 7, 2011
Love compound butters! Your recipe sounds delicious...can't wait to try it!
mrslarkin April 7, 2011
Thank you, SMS! Let me know what you think!
drbabs April 1, 2011
Love this! You're so clever!
mrslarkin April 1, 2011
Thank you drbabs!!
Midge April 1, 2011
Yum, I'd happily eat this on toast!
mrslarkin April 1, 2011
Oh, yes! yummy - like a spicy garlic bread!
TiggyBee April 1, 2011
Oh, I just know this is great!!
TiggyBee April 1, 2011
corn on the cob...
mrslarkin April 1, 2011
omg, yes!!!
hardlikearmour March 31, 2011
Great idea, mrslarkin! Thumbs up!
mrslarkin March 31, 2011
Thanks, hla!!