Cowboy Butter

Cowboy Butter 3
Cowboy Butter 3

Introducing Cowboy Butter: The latest sensation in the world of compound butters! If you’re a fan of adding a little kick to your dishes, you’re in for a treat. This buttery concoction has been causing quite a stir, and for good reason. With just the right blend of herbs, spices, and a touch of heat, Cowboy Butter is here to elevate your meals to a whole new level whether you’re grilling, roasting, or simply spreading it on some warm bread.

Get ready to saddle up your taste buds for a wild ride with Cowboy Butter! 🤠🔥

What is Cowboy Butter?

Cowboy butter is a type of compound butter – regular butter softened and mixed with various herbs, spices, and other flavourings. It’s become popular for its bold, smoky-yet-bright taste, perfect for elevating grilled meats, vegetables, and more.

What’s in it?

The core ingredients often include:

  • Garlic: Adds punchy umami and pungency.
  • Fresh herbs: Parsley, chives, and thyme are common, providing freshness and subtle floral notes.
  • Herbs and spices: Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chili powder all play a role, with variations across recipes.
  • Smoked paprika (optional): A popular addition for an extra smoky depth.

What does it taste like?

The flavour profile is a complex dance of salty, savoury, spicy, and bright. The garlic and Dijon mustard bring warmth and tang, while the herbs and lemon add freshness. Paprika and chilli powder provide varying degrees of smoky and spicy heat, depending on the recipe and your preferences.

What can you use it for?

Cowboy butter shines on grilled meats: steaks, burgers, chicken, and even seafood. Simply slather it onto the cooked meat or melt it into a dipping sauce. However, its versatility extends far beyond. You can use it on:

  • Roasted vegetables: Add a flavorful twist to potatoes, asparagus, or corn.
  • Eggs: Elevate scrambled eggs or top a fried egg for a satisfying breakfast.
  • Pasta: For a quick and delicious sauce, toss cooked pasta with dollops of melted cowboy butter.
  • Bread: Spread it on crusty bread for a satisfying snack or appetizer.

Where did it come from?

While the exact origin is unclear, the name suggests a connection to Western cuisine and campfire cookouts. It gained wider popularity in recent years through social media, particularly TikTok, where its vibrant flavour and versatility captured viewers’ attention.

Making your own cowboy butter

The beauty of this compound butter lies in its customizability. Experiment with different ingredient ratios and additional spices like onion powder, cayenne pepper, or even Worcestershire sauce to create your perfect blend. Most recipes are simple and can be prepared in minutes, making it a fun and flavorful way to enhance your culinary creations.

So, whether you’re a seasoned griller or simply looking for a delicious way to add zest to your meals, give cowboy butter a try. You might just discover your new favourite condiment!

Cowboy Butter

Cowboy Butter

The perfect accompainment for a steak.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 120 grams unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard Dijon can be used
  • Juice from ½ a lemon + zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, or smoked paprika, or hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or use hot sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter slowly in a pan.
  • Gently stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  • Serve as a dipping sauce or spooned over your dish.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, then transfer to a layer of plastic wrap. Form the butter mixture into the shape of a log about 3cm in diameter, then wrap in the plastic.
  • Refrigerate until hardened, then slice and serve over grilled meats or veggies.
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