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Honey Butter

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This delicious salted honey butter recipe is quick and easy to make with 3 ingredients.

The spread that makes just about everything better…honey butter! ♡

If you’re not in the habit of whipping up a quick batch of honey butter to add to your meals, it’s time to officially add it to your repertoire. This irresistibly sweet, salty, creamy spread is easy to make in a few minutes with just 3 simple ingredients and can be used in countless yummy ways! And depending on your meal, it’s also easy to customize a batch of honey butter with extra garlic, herbs, citrus, spice…you name it!

You can use honey butter as a spread on toast, biscuits, cornbread, pancakes, waffles, muffins, French toast. Melt and drizzle it on your next batch of popcorn or a sheet of roasted veggies. Add a pat to baked potatoes, corn on the cob, grilled steak or seafood. Use it as a melty dipping sauce for shrimp, crab legs, pretzels or roasted artichoke leaves. There are so many delicious ways to put a batch to use. And I have to say that — for some reason — friends are always so impressed to see a swirly, velvety bowl of honey butter added to the table (even though it’s so simple to make).

So let’s make a quick batch of honey butter together!

Honey Butter Ingredients

Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients you will need to make this homemade honey butter recipe:

  • Honey: The type of honey here is completely up to you! I typically just reach for whatever clover or wildflower honey we currently have in our pantry, but you’re welcome to use whatever varieties you love best.
  • Butter: I am going to recommend that you use a good-quality butter, if possible, when making honey butter since its flavor will really shine through here. Salted or unsalted is up to you, but see note below about how much additional salt to add for either.
  • Fine sea salt: A little extra salt really helps the flavor of the honey and butter to shine through. So if you’re using a stick of unsalted butter, I recommend adding in an extra 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt. If you’re using salted butter, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Flaky sea salt: Speaking of salt, I also really love to sprinkle the final batch with some flaky sea salt for added flavor and crunch. Highly recommend!

Honey Butter Variations

The sky is honestly the limit when it comes to ways to customize your batch of honey butter, but here are a few fun add-ins that you can try:

  • Add dried spices: Add dried spices, such as black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, chili powder, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, or smoked paprika.
  • Add fresh herbs: Add finely-chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, tarragon or thyme.
  • Add fresh garlic or ginger: Add grated or minced fresh garlic or fresh ginger.
  • Add citrus zest: Add the zest and/or juice of fresh lemon, lime or orange.
  • Add heat: Add your favorite heat source, such as cayenne, chili crisp, chipotle chiles in adobo, or fresh chiles (such as jalapeño, serrano or Thai bird chiles).

Ways To Use Honey Butter

Here are some of our favorite ways to use honey butter:

  • Spread: Spread honey butter on toast, biscuits, cornbread, pancakes, waffles, muffins, French toast…you name it!
  • Drizzle: Melt honey butter to drizzle on popcorn, roasted veggies and more.
  • Topping: Add a pat of honey butter to top baked potatoes, grilled meats or seafood, corn on the cob and more.
  • Dipping sauce: Use melted honey butter as a dipping sauce for shrimp, crab legs, roasted artichoke leaves, pretzels, fondue and more.

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Honey Butter

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2/3 cup 1x


  • 1/2 cup unsalted* butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • optional: flaky sea salt for topping


  1. Whip the butter. Add the butter, honey and salt to a small mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip the ingredients together until fluffy. (Or you can opt to just stir them together by hand.)
  2. Serve. Serve, sprinkled with flaky sea salt if you’d like, and enjoy! Leftover honey butter can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Unsalted vs. salted butter: If you are using salted butter, just add in 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (instead of 1/2 teaspoon).

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2 comments on “Honey Butter”

  1. Try this….you will be very,very HAPPY!!!Now I have tried many(way too many)butter add ins(if you will)and the only way to spread them is first to whip the butter + add in.This young lady knows what she is talking about.Unless you are making a compound butter to cook with always whip it up,your taste buds will thank you………………….

  2. First, I enjoy your blog — lots of good ideas! But I think that you and others should know that 90% of sea salt contains microplastics. (Sadly, the rest of the article is behind a paywall.)