Pickle Compound Butter
Lyndsay Burginger

Pickle Butter


When it comes to flavor, pickles reigns supreme. Tangy, vinegary, and altogether tart, the flavoring of mustard seeds, celery seed, and dill can completely transform a meal. So when we heard that dill pickle butter was a thing, we had to make it for ourselves.

When it comes to recipes, this one is one of the easiest. Simply soften a stick of unsalted butter at room temperature for an hour. Then, in a food processor or a large bowl, combine the softened butter, chopped dill pickles, parsley, garlic (or garlic powder), lemon zest, dill, and salt. You could also use bread and butter pickles, but we love the little kick of the dill pickle brine that finds its way into the butter.

Once mixed, either place the mixture on parchment paper and roll into a log. You can also transfer the mixture to a small bowl (microwave-safe, of course) and melt to brush on anything from fish to chicken breast. Personally, I just used a small metal spatula and spread it on some crackers to snack on.

Pickle Compound Butter

Pickle Compound Butter

Add pickle flavor to your grilled dishes by adding a slab of pickle compound butter on top. Sounds a bit weird, but one bite and you'll be hooked.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 84 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp chopped dill pickles
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp minced dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a food processor combine all ingredients and pulse until blended but there are still some chunks, about 6-10 pulses depending on your machine.
  • Spoon mixture onto parchment or wax paper and shape into a 1-inch thick log. Chill until solid, about 1 hour. Cut into slices and serve on crackers, bread or steak.
    wrapping butter


We love serving this on crackers or on grilled steak and chicken.
Make sure you do not over-process this. You want chunks of the pickle in the butter.

Perfect Pairing

Summer meals are the best.


Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 450IUVitamin C: 4.1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.2mg