Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce

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This homemade Garlic Butter Sauce is a simple, three-ingredient recipe. It’s got a rich, delicious flavor that’s just right for jazzing up seafood, pasta, chicken, you name it. You’ll find yourself wanting to drizzle it on everything.

Give it a go with lobster tails or some baked tilapia – we can’t get enough of these combos!

A jar filled with melted garlic butter and a spoon mixing through it.


Two words that are guaranteed to make this girl drool are garlic + butter. Anything that includes this duo will be good, and we all know it. That’s why I’m excited to share my recipe for homemade garlic butter sauce. This sauce is super simple to make and elevates anything you serve it with, from pasta to seafood to chicken to veggies. The possibilities are endless – and mouthwatering.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Effortless: The ease of making this sauce is a huge plus. It’s so simple that it hardly requires a recipe!
  • Pantry Ingredients: The sauce is made with just three ingredients.
  • Versatile Pairing: Garlic Butter pairs with various foods, from pasta and pizza to seafood and vegetables.
Garlic Butter Sauce stored in a jar.

Ingredients For Garlic Butter Sauce

  • Butter: Good-quality butter is the base for this easy sauce.
  • Garlic: Mince up plenty of fresh garlic, or press it with a garlic press.
  • Parsley: Chopped fresh parsley adds color and fragrance.

How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce

Guys, this part is so easy that you almost don’t need a recipe. Once you try this, you’ll want to keep some on hand all the time. And when it’s this doable, why not?

  1. Melt the Butter. Place a saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, and let it melt.
  2. Add the Garlic. Stir in the minced garlic, and cook it gently in the butter for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful not to burn the garlic, or it will be very bitter and ruin the sauce. 
  3. Add Parsley and Enjoy! Once the garlic has cooked, stir in the parsley and take the sauce off of the heat. Serve warm, or store following the storage guidelines below.

Recipe Notes And Tips

  • To Thicken the Sauce: If you want a slightly thicker sauce, you can whisk a small amount of flour or cornstarch into the butter while it’s melting. Let it cook for a minute to thicken. I recommend starting with half a teaspoon and adding more if needed.
  • Salted Butter: Use salted butter here. If you use unsalted, you’ll want to add a pinch or two of salt to bring out the flavors.
  • Lemon Juice: Whisk in a bit of fresh lemon juice to cut through the richness of the sauce.
  • Herb Options: Parsley is my favorite, but you can add any herbs you like.
  • Add Onion: A little onion flavor is also great in this recipe. Try adding onion powder, chopped chives, or thinly-sliced green onion.
  • Add More Flavors: Fried shallots, lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, or just a few grinds of black pepper – make this one your own with your favorite spices and seasonings.
An overhead image of a jar filled with melted garlic butter and specks of parsley mixed through it. A spoon is sitting in the jar with solid butter resting on the spoon.

Serving Suggestions

With this garlic butter sauce, you will add an instant, dreamy taste to anything. These Juicy Stovetop Chicken Breasts are a great option! Drizzle a bit over these Air Fryer Baked Potatoes, too. Do yourself a favor and try garlic sauce with this Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe, made with chicken, mushrooms, and red onion.

How To Store Garlic Butter Sauce

To store leftover sauce, pour it into a small jar (or an airtight container) and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze it for up to 3 months. To reheat, scoop the desired amount into a small saucepan and heat on low until warm. You could also microwave it in short bursts of about 8 seconds, stirring after each burst.

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Garlic Butter Sauce

Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce is your secret weapon for bold and flavorful food on the fly. And with just three ingredients, it’s also an ultra-easy recipe you can make any time!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
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  • Melt the butter in a saucepan or skillet set over medium heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring very frequently. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.
  • Serve immediately, or store the sauce in a jar, covered, or an airtight container, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Serve warm.


  • For a thicker sauce, mix in a bit of flour or cornstarch while the butter melts. Start with half a teaspoon and adjust as needed, letting it cook briefly to thicken.
  • Opt for salted butter. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavors.
  • Add onion powder, chives, fried shallots, lemon pepper, smoked paprika, or a dash of black pepper. Mix in your favorite spices to make it uniquely yours.
  • Transfer leftover sauce into a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for 3 months. To reheat, warm it in a saucepan on low heat or microwave in 8-second intervals, stirring in between.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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