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Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter

August 3, 2020 (Last Updated: August 6, 2020)

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Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter is perfect for adding to grilled steaks or seafood or spread on some toasted french bread. This flavorful butter can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer and sliced as needed.

Slices of compound butter with shallots, cilantro and lime.

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

Compound Butter

Compound butters are simply butters with added ingredients.  It’s a great way to add flavor to just about anything. Most compound butters are made by simply taking softened butter and mixing in savory herbs and seasonings. The butter can be used softened as a spread on bread, or it can be rolled up, chilled and sliced. When added to a freshly cooked steak or other piece of meat, the butter melts over the top and adds so much flavor.

Compound butter on a cooked pork chop.

Substitutions and Variations

Some other great combinations include:

  • Parsley, lemon and garlic
  • Roasted green chilies, lime and scallions
  • Smoked paprika, garlic, and chives
  • Rosemary, garlic, lemon and black pepper

If there’s an ingredient you don’t like or don’t have on hand, just swap out for something similar – parsley for cilantro, basil for parsley or fresh thyme for rosemary. Don’t be afraid to play around with different flavors and combinations.

Sticks of butter, fresh shallots, limes and cilantro on a wooden board.

Steps to make

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Place softened butter in a bowl
  • Add fresh herbs and other ingredients
  • Stir to combine
  • Use right away as a spread or form into a log and refrigerate

To shape the butter

  • Place mixed butter on a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper
  • Fold paper over and pull back to begin forming log
  • Roll log up in paper
  • Roll ends together

Tips for making

  • Make certain butter is very soft, but not melted
  • Use salted butter
  • Use fresh herbs
Melted compound butter with herbs and shallots on a pork chop.

How to use compound butter

Slices of butter with herbs and shallots.

Another delicious compound butter is this honey butter!

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Sliced compound butter on a wooden board.

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Slices of compound butter with shallots, cilantro and lime.

Cilantro, Shallot, Lime Compound Butter

Butter flavored with fresh cilantro, shallots, and lime. Perfect for melting over cooked chicken or fish. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 103 kcal



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


  • 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.


Tips for making
  • Make certain butter is very soft, but not melted
  • Use salted butter
  • Use fresh herbs


Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 371IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Ccompund butter, herb butter
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in July of 2015. The recipe and pictures have been updated.

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  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

    5 stars
    Flavoured butters are so good! Such a great way to add more flavour to an already delicious ingredient. Love the combo you have here with the cilantro, shallot and lime. I can think of so many yummy uses ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      August 4, 2020 at 5:47 am

      Well, you just can’t go wrong with butter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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!

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

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

  • Reply
    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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