Summer Corn with Basil Butter

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basil buttered corn I’m giving you a recipe today that will rock your world, two words … basil butter. You can slather it on just about anything, grilled veggies, fish, chicken, steak, burgers, eggs, pasta, polenta and mashed potatoes just to name a few, and it’s quick and easy to make!

basil butter In addition to the fresh basil there’s some garlic and lemon zest added into the butter, believe me you’ll want to make extra so you can stash it away in your freezer, it’s that good.

basil plant I love this time of year because I can walk out my back door and grab as much basil as I want, have I ever told you that basil is my favorite herb of all?

basil butter Besides making fresh basil pesto this is another great way to capture the flavors of summer. This is an old Fine Living recipe that never fails. You can shape it into a log by using plastic wrap tightening the ends as if it were a sausage, then refrigerate until firm so you can cut off coins making it easy to spread.

basil buttered corn

I love it smeared all over fresh corn on the cob, the combination basil, lemon zest and garlic is a match made in heaven!

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Basil Butter
Adapted from Fine Living
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet basil
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl combine the butter, basil, garlic, lemon zest,salt and pepper.
  2. Mash with a spoon until very well combined, I like to keep turning it with a rubber spatula.
  3. Use immediately or wrap into a log and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. Cut into coins to use on veggies, fish, chicken, burgers, steaks, pasta, polenta, potatoes, eggs or anything else you can think of.
  5. The butter keeps well in the fridge for 2 weeks or up to a month in the freezer.


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  1. Great minds! I just did almost the same thing the other night – but I just mixed the ingredients in a little bowl and slathered it on the hot corn. At least we get great sweet corn in this part of the U.S.!

  2. I never take the time to make these flavored butters but your post has given me the push I need. That corn looks so darn good.

  3. We make cilantro butter all the time, and why haven’t I thought of basil butter?! Your basil looks more lush and green than mine (what’s your secret?) and it’s a toss between cilantro or basil, being my favorite herb. Oh, tarragon, too! Really, I love having fresh kitchen herbs almost all year ’round!

  4. There is nothing like fresh corn! And I simply love basil. I keep cutting it, putting it in water, having it take root, then sticking back in the ground to grow some more. Basil is the easiest plant to propagate 🙂 I’m always looking for more ways to use basil, other than pesto, this sounds great!! Have a wonderful day.

  5. I have a “ton” of basil this year—some years are better than others. Thanks for this grand idea and recipe. Now I can do something besides freezing the basil and making pesto!!

  6. You are right….this is the time of year for basil! I love the idea of making a basil butter. I hadn’t thought about making some, so thank you for the recipe and suggestion!!

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