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Take your roasted turkey to the next level this year with my Turkey Compound Butter recipe! Compound butter for turkey is ready in only 5 minutes and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This is the easiest way to elevate your turkey dinner from good to amazing!
Turkey Compound Butter Ingredients
- Sage leaves
- Lemon zest
Herbed Butter for Turkey Instructions
- In a bowl, crush garlic with a pinch of salt, sage, thyme, and lemon zest. Combine well.
- Add the softened butter and combine.
- If you’re using the butter right away, don’t refrigerate. If you’re using the butter later, roll the compound butter in plastic wrap creating a log, and refrigerate.
Herb Butter for Turkey
Are you looking for new ways of making your turkey extra special and mouth-watering this Thanksgiving? Give your turkey a much needed, delicious buttery upgrade with my fresh herb compound butter! It’s simple, tasty and, best of all, only takes 5 minutes to prepare!
My turkey butter rub keeps turkey moist on the inside, adds exceptional flavor, and gives a beautifully crisp, shiny skin on the outside. The best part? You can prepare my turkey butter ahead of time to save time on turkey day!
Herb Compound Butter FAQs
Compound butter can be used on any meat, like turkey, steak, chicken, or pork. Or you could even use compound butter for roasting veggies or melting over mashed potatoes. The ideas are endless – it works for everything!
You can use compound butter under the skin of your turkey, and rubbed on top of the skin. Not only does this keep the turkey moist, it adds incredible flavor to both the meat and skin!
Ways to Use Compound Butter
Compound butter is a great addition for sprucing up any meal. It’s super easy to make and lasts in the refrigerator or freezer for weeks! Here are a few of my favorite ways to use compound butter.
- Corn on the Cob – Smear evenly over warm, freshly steamed or grilled corn.
- Meats – Besides turkey, compound butter is great on pork, fish, chicken or roasts.
- Crab legs – Use as a dipping sauce or rub for crab.
- Sliders – Melt compound butter and smear over top of the buns on sliders.
- Sautéed Green Beans – Use compound butter as a base for green beans.
- Steak – Place a slab of butter on top of steak that just came off the grill. While the steak rests, the butter will melt over the top.
Best Ways of Cooking Turkey
- Smoked Turkey
- Grilled Turkey
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Deep Fried Turkey
- Sous Vide Turkey Breast
- Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Other Turkey Recipes
- Dry Turkey Brine
- Turkey Thawing Guide
- Butter Injection for Turkey
- Turkey Temperature: Times and Temps
- Gravy for Turkey
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Compound Butter for Turkey
- 1 Small bowl for mixing
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 pinch flaky salt
- 6 sage leaves chopped
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed
- 3 teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 sticks salted butter softened, room temperature
- In a bowl, crush garlic with a pinch of salt, sage, thyme, and lemon zest. Combine well.1 clove garlic, 1 pinch flaky salt, 6 sage leaves, 6 sprigs fresh thyme, 3 teaspoons lemon zest
- Add the softened butter and combine.2 sticks salted butter
- If you're using the butter right away, don't refrigerate. If you're using the butter later, roll the compound butter in plastic wrap creating a log, and refrigerate.
- Make sure to use softened, room temperature butter for best results.
- Store butter in an airtight container stored in the fridge or freezer for a few weeks.
Let us know what you think or ask a question about the recipe!