Condiment/ Recipe

Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter

July 29, 2015 (Last Updated: August 4, 2019)

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Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter is perfect for adding to grilled steaks or seafood.

When I was in college I worked in a fine-dining restaurant.  It was an old house converted into a restaurant and only had 11 tables.  The chef produced the most amazing food and since it was so small I was able to learn a ton from the chef.

This cilantro, shallot, lime compound butter comes from this restaurant.  The chef would make up a half dozen compound butters and they were offered on different fish specials, chicken, and sometimes beef. One of my favorites that were created was the cilantro, shallot, lime butter.

Compound butters are simply butters with added ingredients.  It’s a great way to add flavor to just about anything.

Stacks of sliced Cilantro Shallot Lime Butter

Compound Butter

The butter is whipped together with the added ingredients, rolled into a log in waxed paper, and chilled.

When you are ready to use, simply slice off a piece.  If you are adding to cooked meat or fish, place the slice of butter on top the last minute of cooking. This will help the butter start to melt.  You could also pull the butter from the fridge and bring to room temperature and serve with crusty bread.

Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Butter

This delicious butter would be perfect on a grilled steak served with a Caesar Salad and Green Beans

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A stack of round butter slices.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Butter

Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter

Butter flavored with fresh cilantro, shallots, and lime. Perfect for melting over cooked chicken or fish. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 102 kcal


  • 1 Cup Butter (Softened to room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoon minced fresh Shallot
  • Zest from 1 Lime
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Cilantro


  • Place butter in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth and soft.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Mix just until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Place butter mixture onto a piece of waxed paper.
  • Form into a log.
  • Refrigerate until firm.
  • When needed, simply cut off a slice and use.


Calories: 102kcalFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 7mgVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 3mg
Keyword compound butter for steak, compound butter with cilantro, compound butter with lime, how to make compound butter
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 27, 2019 at 6:07 am

    5 stars
    Compound butter. What a great idea.

    • Reply
      April 1, 2019 at 5:49 am

      Thanks! It is so delicious on so many dishes.

  • Reply
    July 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This looks delightful. I definitelywould like to make it.
    What is the shelf life for the butter kept in the fridge ? Thank you in advance for your time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      It should keep for two weeks in the fridge. The butter can be kept for longer in the freezer too!
      Thanks and Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    July 31, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    How lucky that you had the opportunity to work with such a generous chef! I always forget about compound butter. Thanks for the reminder with this fantastic combo!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    July 31, 2015 at 9:17 am

    i am definitely trying this, what a great way to add flavor to any dish!! thanks for sharing the recipe Kathy!

    • Reply
      July 31, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Great! Hope you love it!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 30, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Wow, this looks incredible! I’ve made compound butters a couple of times, but it’s been years…and mine never looked as good as yours. I love this idea!!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Time to make it again! Thanks, David!

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    Sam @ SugarSpunRun
    July 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make a compound butter (though I didn’t know that was the name for it)! This is such a great combination of flavors!

    • Reply
      July 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      These flavors are great, but you can really use whatever you have on hand, or your favorite combination.

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    Kait @ Our Foodie Appetite
    July 29, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I’ve never actually tried my hand at making a compound butter. I know it’s super easy, but I just haven’t done it. We would love this for a morning bagel or a savory dish!

    • Reply
      July 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      This would be great on a bagel!

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    Emanuele @ guyslovecooking
    July 29, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Compound butter is the best way to make a simple steak taste scrumptious ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 29, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Wow! This butter looks so YUM! I have never tried something like this myself! Your easy recipe has motivated me to do so! Will try this soon, Kathy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 29, 2015 at 6:20 am

      Great! Let me know if you give it a try!

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