A recipe for zesty lemon garlic butter that's perfect on meat, fish or vegetables and will be great when bbq season starts. This beautiful citrus butter is so easy to make and really versatile too! We love it on freshly cooked corn on the cob.
This lemon garlic butter is such a simple recipe to make and it's brilliant on freshly barbecued corn on the cob! In fact, it's brilliant on so many things. You just have to make it in time for your next barbecue.
Imagine this zesty butter with steak, veggie kebabs or beautifully charred fish! Go on! I know I've already tempted you just by that first picture.
Is this lemon garlic butter just for barbecued food?
Not at all! It's a brilliant butter recipe to make when barbecuing but it's also great on food cooked inside. It's perfect on boiled or steamed vegetables. You can also spread it on a chicken before roasting it to give it loads of flavour.
How do you make garlic lemon butter?
This compound butter is so easy to make. It only has 3 ingredients!
And they are of course butter, garlic and lemon. You don't need the whole lemon, just the zest. I never have a problem finding something else to squeeze the lemon juice onto though. I make a lot of recipes with lemons!
To make the lemon garlic butter you just need the butter to be at room temperature. You crush the garlic and then mash the garlic and lemon zest into the butter.
If you want to be able to slice it into rounds then put the butter on a sheet on cling film and wrap it up like a sausage. Put it in the fridge to harden.
Alternatively you can just put it in a ramekin and use a knife to scrape it out to spread on things.
Can you adapt this easy lemon garlic butter?
It's such a simple recipe with only three ingredients but yes, you can adapt it. Why not make it with lime instead of lemon zest? Add lots of black pepper for a black pepper and lemon butter.
You can even change it completely by adding spices. Use your favourite curry powder and serve it in exactly the same way!
How to store this butter?
You can keep this butter in the fridge for about 5 days. If you want to keep it for longer then it will freeze for about 6 months. Just defrost in the fridge overnight before using or on the kitchen counter if you need it to defrost more quickly.
Weber's American Barbecue
When I first made this lemon and garlic butter I was so into barbecuing. I'd just been sent a copy of Weber's American Barbecue and I was keen to be more adventurous. After all, normally we just cook burgers, sausages and veggie kebabs on ours!
If you've ever felt that your barbecues could be more exciting then just read this book and you will be inspired.
Gone are the days when going round for a bbq at someone's house meant just overcooked sausages and burgers. These days barbecuing has become trendy and an art form in itself.
Before you even start cooking there's a choice of different types of barbecue. Do you want a water smoker, a charcoal grill or a gas grill? And once you've chosen your barbecue, there's so much more that you can do with it than a simple burger or hot dog.
Weber's American Barbecue: A Modern Spin on the Classics is a fantastic resource for when the weather gets warm enough to cook outside again. Whatever type of barbecue you have there are recipes to suit it. The recipes are so varied too.
As you'd expect, there are fantastic recipes for red meat, chicken and seafood but also great ideas for starters and sides as well as a great selection of recipes for homemade sauces, brines, marinades and rubs. There is even a recipe for iced cinnamon buns!
As well as a recipe book with lots of practical tips, it's a great book to just sit down, relax and read. I especially enjoyed the special features about current barbecue techniques and trends across the US.
The US is undoubtedly way ahead of us in barbecuing but these trends are set to become popular over here too. The supermarkets are already stocking a range of wood chips to give a fantastic smoky flavour to your food.
My recipe for Lemon garlic butter
I personally can't wait for us to get some warm weather so I can try out some of the recipes at home. In the meantime I'd love to share my simple recipe for lemon garlic butter.
It's great on corn on the cob and green vegetables and I've also had it on white fish. It's a simple compound butter recipe that can lift a midweek meal or add something special next time you have a barbecue.
More Recipes you might like
If you're looking for more tasty flavoured butter recipes then do take a look at my Indian Spiced Butter. It's another real favourite of ours with corn on the cob.
If you just want to cook more recipes on the barbecue then how about one of these easy barbecue recipes?
Lemon Garlic Butter
- 100 g butter at room temperature
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- Mash the garlic and lemon zest into the butter with a fork.
- Put the butter on some cling film and roll it up into a fat sausage shape.
- Put in the fridge until you need it.