Cajun Compound Butter is easy to make and adds a ton of flavor to your favorite dishes. It only takes a few pantry staples and your favorite butter!
Like I mentioned, it is spicy, so you've got to be okay with some heat in your food. It is also versatile and so tasty!
Like most compound butters, it's incredibly easy to make. The longest parts are waiting for the butter to soften and waiting for it to firm back up.
Other than that, this recipe is easy peasy!
How to Make Cajun Compound Butter:
Our recipe starts with a homemade seasoning blend and some softened butter. The great part about this recipe is that you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Let the butter soften to the point where it easy to stir with a spoon. It can also be placed in a food processor and pulsed. As long as it's soft enough to do that, you're good to go!
Add the seasonings, and stir well to make sure everything is evenly combined. We like to use a blend of paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, oregano, cayenne, and thyme.
After the ingredients are mixed, scoop the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap, waxed paper, or parchment paper. Anything that can be rolled, twisted at the ends, and the butter won't stick to or soak into will work.
Shape the butter mixture into a log shape, then roll it shut. Wrap the ends tightly, and place it in the refrigerator.
Allow the butter to firm up. This usually takes an hour or two depending on how soft it was when it was mixed.
When you're ready to use the Cajun butter, remove it from the refrigerator, unwrap it, and cut the amount you'd like to use.
The butter will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Is Cajun compound butter spicy?
Yes, Cajun compound butter is spicy, but the amount of cayenne pepper used can be adjusted.
What goes with Cajun butter?
Cajun butter is great with steak, fish, shrimp, bread, eggs (only a tad of butter needed), and chicken.
Can you freeze Cajun butter?
If properly stored, Cajun butter can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Can you use store-bought Cajun seasoning?
Absolutely! Make sure to test it, so you know how much to use. Additionally, the entire recipe can be halved, doubled, or tripled.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon(s) white pepper
- 1 teaspoon(s) onion powder
- 1 teaspoon(s) oregano, dried
- 1 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper, adjust to desired spice level
- ½ teaspoon(s) thyme, dried
- Allow the butter to soften until it can be easily stirred.
- In a medium bowl, combine the butter and all the spices until well mixed. Place the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap, and shape into the shape of a log.1 cup unsalted butter1 tablespoon paprika2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder2 teaspoon(s) white pepper1 teaspoon(s) onion powder1 teaspoon(s) oregano1 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper½ teaspoon(s) thyme
- Roll the plastic wrap shut, and twist the ends tight. Transfer the butter to the refrigerator to firm, about 2-3 hours.
- Once the butter firms, it's ready to use as needed. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.