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Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce elevates everything it touches. Made in less than 10 minutes with 4 simple ingredients that you probably have on hand, it’s a sauce that should be a staple in your kitchen.

Garlic Butter Sauce served in a white bowl and photographed from above.

You’ll find that this fragrant, buttery sauce is exceptionally versatile. Drizzle it over mashed potatoes, steamed or grilled vegetables, seared or grilled meats, or serve it as a dipping sauce for seafood. Brush it onto bread or pizza crust or enjoy as a simple sauce for pasta. 

Ingredients You Need to Make Garlic Butter Sauce

Garlic Butter Sauce Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Butter: salted butter or unsalted butter (ideally high fat, European-style butter to minimize water and milk solids)
  • Garlic: look for plump, fresh cloves of garlic with smooth outer skin without discoloring
  • Kosher Salt: or fine sea salt
  • Fresh Parsley: ideally flat leaf parsley / Italian parsley

Recipe Options

Though this simple garlic butter sauce recipe is delicious as is, there are many ways to embellish it. Here are some ideas:

  • Stir in fresh herbs like minced rosemary, thyme or chives to make a garlic herb butter sauce. (If you’re a dill lover, try my Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood.)
  • Add fresh lemon juice to make Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce.
  • Swirl in a pinch or more of crushed red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper for a spicy kick.

How to Store and Reheat

It’s easy to double or even triple this recipe so you’ll always have it on hand. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and will reheat beautifully in a skillet or small pan over low heat. Or freeze individual portions for up to 3 months (ice cube trays work well for this). No need to thaw before reheating over low heat.

How to Serve

How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce

Cook and stir minced garlic in sizzling butter until fragrant and tender. Remove from heat; stir in parsley and serve. 

Garlic Butter Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Calories: 104
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Made in less than 10 minutes with 4 simple ingredients, this versatile sauce is a kitchen staple.


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  • Heat butter in a small saucepan or skillet over medium heat until sizzling. Add minced garlic; cook and stir until tender and mellowed to your liking, 1 to 2 minutes (reduce heat if it starts to brown). Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Season with salt to taste and serve.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Elizabeth Parker says:

    Haven’t made it, yet, but I can taste a recipe. This is going to be a Kitchen staple for me, especially over Sauted Shrimp wh Rice. Yum!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love to hear this, Elizabeth. Thank you!

  2. Rebecca Hutchinson says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe it brings vegetables alive I have to be careful not to eat too much.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      haha…I know what you mean, Rebecca! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this!

  3. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    This is a wonderfully versatile recipe, and delicious, too! Great on pasta, meat, and vegetables.
    I really appreciate your lovely recipes.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Stephanie. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipe!

  4. David Kozinski says:

    5 stars
    Love this with Grilled salmon roasted red skinned potato’s.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Perfect pairing, David!