You will love this homemade cajun butter recipe, this is one compound butter you will find yourself making over and over again. It is versatile and can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes, steak, seafood, bread, pasta, seafood boil, chicken wings, potatoes, veggies, pizza, and many more.
The beauty of compound butter is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to use it.
What is compound butter
Compound butter, also known as flavored butter, is a mixture of softened or melted butter combined with herbs, spices, and other flavoring agents such as garlic, shallots, lemon juice, or zest. You can also add any seasoning of your choice to create a flavor profile that reflects your tastes. Compound butter can be used as a spread on bread or to top vegetables, pasta dishes, seafood, steak, and other proteins.
What is Cajun Butter
Cajun garlic butter is a combination of butter (salted or unsalted) with cajun seasonings, garlic, herbs and lemon juice and zest if you want.
Why you will love this cajun butter recipe
- This cajun butter is super easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients. It is simple and can be made with readily available ingredients. You don't even need to make your own cajun seasoning for this recipe. You can simply buy your favorite brand of Cajun seasoning to make this foolproof 5 minutes compound butter.
- Versatile: as mentioned above, this recipe is good and it adds so much flavor to whatever dish you add it to. It’s great for an appetizer spread on crostini, it goes well with baked or grilled shrimp, crab legs, crawfish, or other seafood. You can also use it as a marinade as I did with my roast chicken recipe or brush it over grilled meats. A great addition to any entertainment table, it is sure a great way to impress your guests.
- Easily Customizable: this is the beauty of this recipe! The base is butter and cajun seasonings, but the addition of garlic, herbs, and lemon is all up to you, allowing you to adjust the flavors to your liking. You can make it mild or spicy if you want as well.
- It can be made well ahead of time and keeps well in the fridge for a few days. You can also make a large batch and store it in the freezer for convenience. Ready to be used whenever you need a quick flavor boost. You don't need to go to restaurants to enjoy gourmet meals, you can easily make it at home with this simple recipe.
- No special equipment is required! All you need is a mixing bowl and a rubber spatula or even a fork.
What you will need
- Unsalted butter: this is important as it will cut down on the overall amount of salt in the dish. Especially if using cajun seasoning that already contains salt.
- Cajun seasoning: I used homemade cajun seasoning. You can use storebought but ensure to buy one that is salt-free or at least low in sodium. when I am unable to make mine, I use Aldi's brand as it's really good.
- Garlic: I used fresh minced garlic for this recipe for a more intense garlicky flavor. If you would like to keep your cajun butter in the fridge longer than 5 days then substitute for a good quality garlic powder or granules.
- Lemon juice: this is optional but it does add a nice balance to the cajun butter.
- Parsley: this s optional but you can add it if you prefer. You can also use any fresh herbs of your choice.
How to make cajun butter
Soften your butter and place it in a bowl.
Add your garlic, cajun seasoning, and lemon juice (if using) to the softened butter. Mix everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
You can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer if you prefer.
Use immediately or wrap in parchment paper and store in the freezer to harden up.
Make a sweet variation
You can also make a sweet variation of this cajun butter by adding honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup. This is great for pancakes, waffles or even spread on toast. Simply follow the same steps as above but add 1 tablespoon of honey or brown sugar or maple syrup g to the mixture before mixing everything together. Enjoy!
How to store
If you are not using it immediately, you can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container or a butter dish. It will keep in the freezer for up 4 months
How to use it
Cajun butter like any other homemade compound butter is versatile and can be used in various dishes. You can use it for cooking your omelet, slather it on your pizza base, or Hasselback potatoes, or toss it on cooked pasta for additional flavor and richness.
Slather it on your cornbread and watch it melt for one of the best delicious experiences you've had in your life. Toss it into these air-fried Cajun chicken cubes. So good!
How long can you freeze butter
Butter can be kept in the freezer for up to 4 months (unsalted), and salted butter may last up to a year in the freezer under the right temperature and condition.
Make sure to wrap it in parchment paper and store it in an airtight container, this will help maintain its flavor and texture. When ready to use, let it thaw at room temperature before using for best results.
More flavored butter recipes you should try next
- Garlic butter pasta
- Garlic butter smashed potatoes
- Easy lemon butter sauce for fish
- Garlic butter rice
- Lemon caper butter sauce
- Garlic butter chicken bites
- Butter Potatoes
- Buttered leeks
- Baguette garlic bread
- Pesto butter salmon
Homemade Cajun Butter Recipe
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Soften your butter and place it in a bowl.
- Add minced garlic, cajun seasoning, and lemon juice (if using) to the softened butter. Mix everything together with a spatula until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.or you use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mmixer if you prefer.
- Transfer to a presentation bowl and use immediately or wrap in parchment paper and store in the freezer to harden up and use as desired.
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And there you have it, a simple and quick flavored butter recipe you can make at home in no time. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @thedinnerbite on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox.