Avocado Compound Butter

What’s A Compound Butter?

There is nothing fancy about compound butter, but you will be amazed at how much it transforms a meal. Compound butters are mixtures of butter (duh!) and other supplementary ingredients. Typically, they are used in place of sauces and can add a lot of flavor complexity to a dish. You can find some compound butters at your nearest mega-mart, but why would you pay someone to put in a bunch of chemicals and overcharge you for the convenience? The simple answer is, you shouldn’t. Making a compound butter takes all of about 20 minutes and that includes doing the dishes. Plus, you get to make use of your fancy new food processor!! Alright, want to get to it? Me too.

Mixin’ and Whippin’

This is an extremely easy recipe to make and one that should be in the arsenal of every home cook. Before you get started, get out your butter and let it soften a bit a room temperature – this will help it integrate with the other ingredients later. Finally, make sure you get unsalted butter for this application (I make a habit of only getting unsalted butter).

garlic, lemon juice, avocados, cilantro, cumin, butter, salt, pepper

You know me, I love my mise-en-place. All our ingredients are chopped, squeezed and measured. On the top row we have: garlic, fresh lemon juice and avocados. On the bottom, there is cilantro, cumin, butter and a little salt and pepper.

compound butter

Next step is to put everything into your food processor. Turn it on and let it run until everything is well mixed. You may have to stop a few times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. This should take about a minute or two.

avocado compound buttter

After everything is thoroughly integrated, get out a large sheet of wax/parchment paper and empty the contents of your food processor onto the sheet.

avocado compound butter

The final step is to form your compound butter into something resembling a log. The easiest way to do this is put all your butter in the middle of the sheet. Afterwards, grab a sheet pan or something large with a flat edge. Then, what you want to do is push the compound butter up until you have a 1/2″ or so round butter log. It’s almost magical how easy it is to get this done.

That’s it. There’s nothing left to do except to roll it up and twist off the ends. Before using, I recommend letting it chill in your refrigerator for an hour or two – it’ll be much easier to cut this way. If you are looking for something to put this on, I have a few recommendations:

MMMMmmmmm….I’d Cook That!

Avocado Compound Butter
Recipe type: Compound Butter
Cuisine: American
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Serves: A Lot
An easy to make compound butter that adds an incredible amount of flavor to your meals.
  • 2 Ounces Butter, softened
  • 6 Ounces Avocado (roughly 2 small avocados)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Chop, weigh, squeeze and measure all ingredients
  2. Put all ingredients into a food processor
  3. Mix until thoroughly combined
  4. Place butter onto wax/parchment paper and squeeze into a log
  5. Chill in the refrigerator a couple of hours until firm
  6. Enjoy!



  1. BajaDave says

    Any concerns about longevity? I know butter lasts a long time but when you add perishable items like avocados does that effect shelf life?

    • Brandon Foken says

      Great name! I wouldn’t worry about longevity too much, that’s what the lemon juice is in there for. According to some of the research I did, it should keep in the fridge for about a month. Another way to extend its shelf life would be to take half of it and put it in the freezer (tightly wrapped with wax/parchment paper + a layer of saran wrap). It should keep in the freezer for about 3 months. Thanks for reading!

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