Basil Butter

1 cup

Try this sweet-and-peppery butter on broiled or grilled white fish, on grilled steak or chicken, on corn on the cob or boiled potatoes, or with boiled green beans or peas.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh basil

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine butter and fresh basil; season generously with coarse salt and ground pepper. Stir until combined.

  2. Transfer to an 11-by-10-inch piece of parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a cylinder, about 6 inches long and 2 inches in diameter; twist ends to seal. Refrigerate until very firm, about 2 hours. To serve, unwrap and slice crosswise.

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