Cajun Compound Butter

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!

Cajun compound butter is a blend of spices and, of course, butter that adds a punch of flavor and heat to your favorite recipes like steak bites, shrimp, or even baked mahi mahi.

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!

Side view of homemade compound butter on a platter.

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!

Softened butter and seasonings in a bowl.

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.

Cajun compound butter in plastic wrap.

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.

Slide cajun compound butter on a white plate.

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.

Top down view of compound butter sliced.

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.

Sliced pieces of seasoned butter.

Cajun Compound Butter

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings


  • 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 butter
    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
    1 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
    ½ 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.

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*This recipe is spicy, so feel free to adjust the spices, specifically the cayenne, as needed. The entire recipe adds quite a bit of spice flavor in general which is great for meat dishes.
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 tablespoon of butter. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1tablespoonsCalories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 627IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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