Basil Butter Recipe

Don’t you just love make ahead camping meals for busy camp trips? One of the easiest things to cook is grilled meat … which is awesome … but it becomes restaurant-quality when you put a flavored butter on it. This basil butter recipe is one of my favorite ways to use my home-grown herbs and it can be made long before your camp trip even begins!

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Grow Basil For Your Butter

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Nothing says summer like fresh basil! My family accuses me of putting it on everything (I even use it occasionally in cocktails). I grow it in my garden and in hanging planters so I never run out of this delectable edible beauty. After all, fresh basil is my go-to herb … I can’t deny it.

How To Make Basil Butter

This is one of the easiest, flavor-packed recipes you will ever make!

Step 1. Chop the basil.

You need quite a bit of basil (that is one of the reasons I grow my own) for this recipe that you will need to chop, chiffonade-style (like little ribbons).

The easiest way to chiffonade basil (YouTube video) is to roll it like a cigar and then slice it into fine strips. Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins from LeCordon Bleu makes it look easy … because it is!

Step 2. Juice the lemon.

I only use real lemon juice from fresh lemons in my recipes … it just tastes better and it is so easy, there is no reason to use the fake stuff.

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You can just squeeze the lemon with your hand but I like to use a squeezer to get as much juice as possible out of my lemons.

Step 3. Mix the ingredients.

Mix the basil with the butter, lemon juice and seasonings until fully incorporated.

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Any brand of seasoned pepper is fine, I prefer Lawry’s.

Step 4. Store the butter.

The really cool thing about this butter is that you can make it way ahead of your camping trip. You can either store it in the refrigerator or in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

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This classic basil butter recipe is super easy and can be made in mere minutes. What’s even better … it stores well in the freezer so you can make it ahead and store in small or large quantities until ready to use.

A little pat works wonders on grilled meats and veggies but you’ll want larger quantities for something like big parties feasting on the traditional summertime favorite … campfire corn on the cob!

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Camping For Foodies Sauces Spices And More Camping Recipes: Basil Butter Recipe Camping Recipe
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Course: Sauces Spices And More Camping Recipes
Cuisine: Southwestern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Yields Approximately 1 cup total
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Kim Hanna


  • 1 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened this is two (4 oz) sticks
  • 1/2 lemon juice of it (I like using a lemon squeezer to get maximum juice out of my citrus)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Chop the basil, chiffonade-style making little ribbons.
  • Juice the lemon.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use. For longer-term storage you can freeze the butter in plastic wrap.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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