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The Perfect Homemade Honey Butter recipe

If you love the mixture of sweet and savory, you’ll love this easy honey butter recipe!

A quick smear or dollop of this light and airy spread can make any meal better. From warm and gooey pies to a juicy steak, this honey butter is always the perfect pairing!

So read on to learn the steps to follow and some tips and tricks that can make the finished product even better.

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Gather Your Ingredients

Start this honey butter recipe by choosing and gathering your ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Sea salt

In a recipe like this, the ingredients you pick have a big impact on the finished product.

A low-quality butter won’t be able to withstand the electric mixer without becoming mealy and gritty. Only a well-made butter will create the smooth and creamy texture you expect.

You also want high-quality honey that doesn’t just add sweetness but the distinctive, earthy flavor all good honey should have.

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Whip the Butter

After you’ve chosen your butter, make sure to leave it out so that it can soften. This will make the process a lot quicker and easier.

Add one cup of the butter to a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, and whip it for 10 to 15 minutes.

You want the butter to become light and smooth but not too airy. If you whip the butter too much now, it could start to melt and separate by the time you add in your honey.

Add in Your Ingredients

The next step in this honey butter recipe is to slowly drizzle half a cup of honey into the bowl. The electric mixer should still be doing its job. That way, the honey gets evenly spread into the butter.

If you’re not using a stand mixer, these amazing multi-purpose silicone mats are a great way to keep the bowl from moving while both hands are busy!

Once all the honey has been incorporated, keep whipping the butter for a few more minutes to make it even fluffier.

Finally, you can sprinkle in the salt and use a spatula to fold it into the honey butter.

Your moves should be gentle so that you don’t lose any of the fluffiness, but you still want to stir it enough to ensure the salt gets into every bite.

How to Store

Though butter, honey, and salt on their own take a while to go bad, whipped honey butter like the one in this recipe has a slightly shorter shelf life.

No matter where you choose to store your honey butter, always keep it in an air-tight container.

If you make a small batch that you plan to finish fairly quickly, keeping it in the fridge is best, but leaving it on the counter could also work.

Large batches that will take a while to get through should be kept in the freezer.

On the CounterIn the FridgeIn the Freezer
5 to 7 days2 to 3 weeks3 to 4 months

How to Serve

If you’re looking for ways to make the most of this honey butter recipe, look no further!

Here are some of the best dishes, pairings, and methods to serve and enjoy the umami sweetness of this butter condiment:

  • Spread on French toast or pancakes
  • Mixed with a bowl of fresh berries and whipped cream
  • Used to baste meat in a frying pan
  • Added to searing vegetables, especially carrots or asparagus
  • Used to toast nuts in the oven
  • As the butter in your pan when making a grilled cheese
  • A dollop on any warm dessert
  • Used in traditional Ethiopian butter coffee

But these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. No matter what you’re making, this whipped honey butter will enhance your dish!


The best part of this honey butter recipe is the endless substitution possibilities that come with it!

Once you’ve whipped your butter, there’s nothing you can’t put in it to make your own customizable spread. If you’re looking for something savory, try these:

  • Chopped bits of bacon
  • Fresh herbs
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced lobster
  • Truffle paste
  • Pesto
  • Miso paste
  • Tomato paste

If you’re looking for other sweet substitutions, try these:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Brandy or another dessert alcohol
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Jams or compotes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Coffee
  • Earl Grey tea

When adding liquids to your whipped butter, cook them down with sugar first. This will concentrate the flavor, so you don’t have to add as much and give it a syrupy texture that allows it to blend better.

Firm Honey Butter Recipe

Whipping the butter is the easiest way to ensure that your butter stays intact while you add your ingredients. But you can also create a firm honey butter with these recipe instructions:

  • Leave one cup of butter out to soften, or microwave for 5 to 10 seconds in the winter
  • Place a wooden cutting board in the fridge
  • Add the butter, half a cup of honey and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl
  • Blend the ingredients together
  • Take your cutting board from the fridge and place your honey butter on top
  • Press and flip the honey butter as it slowly hardens into one firm stick

Keep in mind that this method comes with a lot more risks than whipping it. If heated too much, the butter will separate as it hardens. It’s also more likely for the texture to become grainy.

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Enjoy This Recipe’s Delicious Honey Butter!

In just a few minutes, this perfect honey butter recipe whips up one of the most versatile condiments in your pantry!

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honey butter recipe

Homemade Honey Butter


  • 1 cup of butter
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Leave the butter out to soften
  2. Whip the butter until it becomes light and smooth, about 10 to 15 minutes
  3. Slowly drizzle in the honey, while still whipping the butter
  4. Finish whipping the butter to a light and fluffy consistency
  5. Sprinkle in the salt and fold it into the butter with a spatula

honey butter recipe

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