Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter

As a kid, butter was the answer to everything that my taste buds wouldn’t approve. Drop a spoonful here, spread a little more there and I would eat like a happy bunny. Sometimes, Mom would make butter at home and other times, we would depend on India’s favorite brand ‘Amul – utterly butterly delicious’ 🙂 I loved butter with anything and since my metabolism was pretty good back then, I had to never worry about the fats.

However, the story is little different now, but I still believe in what a wise man once said ‘butter makes everything better’.

Compound butter is very popular and works as a perfect tool to add extra flavor or depth to any dish. All you need is room temperature softened butter and flavoring components like herbs, garlic, citrus or whatever spices you prefer. Mix it up, roll it in a plastic wrap and let it set in the freezer. Once you made you flavored butter, it can stay in the fridge for up-to three months.

It’s a quick and easy way to give a gourmet touch to any dish!

This flavorful compound butter is adapted from this very informative book on spices by Ana Sortun. What caught my attention was the usage of saffron in the butter. Saffron, as we all know, is one of the most expensive and exotic spices in the world. A little bit of saffron can go a long way. Always be very careful not to add too much of saffron in any dish otherwise, it will taste bitter.

The zest from the citrus, the sweetness from the saffron and the refreshing flavor from the parsley blended beautifully and gave a gorgeous sunny color to the compound butter. You can have it with soup, grilled meat and fish or just spread it on plain toast.

Give it a try and you will definitely fall in love with it.

Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter

Serving Size: 2 sticks

Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter


  • 2 sticks of butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon marsala wine
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • zest of one medium blood orange
  • juice of 1/2 medium blood orange
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste


  • In a bowl, add marsala wine, place the saffron and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Add rest of the ingredients except butter to the bowl and give it a mix.
  • Now, add butter and using a wooden spoon or a small whisk, combine everything properly.
  • Layer a plastic wrap and pour half of the butter mix on it.
  • Roll it and fold it tight at the edges with some thread.
  • Repeat it with the rest of the butter in another plastic wrap and let both the logs chill in the fridge.

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s says:

what a lovely idea- so many delicious flavours all wrapped into one creamy roll of butter. pretty pics, too. x s

Love Love the use of saffron in here. Reminds me that my stock is out & I need to rush to Trader Joes to get one.The citrus notes are definitely something I would love to get up to to spread on my morning toast!

oh boy!!! What a lovely flavorful idea 🙂 That’s that’s where all saffron went..hmm??

Kankana says:

Thanks 🙂 well, yeah some of it went there!

Krithi says:

Love flavored butter if any kind.. especially citrus-y one.. awesome

it’s pretty late in the night here and i am kinda hungry. these pictures make me wanna go grab a toast with some spread – right now! nice recipe idea & beautiful pictures!

Rosa says:

Very aromatic! I love the ingredients you used to flavor that butter.



Kaitlin says:

That’s exactly how I feel about cheese, it makes everything better! I’ve never worked with compound butter but I seem to be missing out! I need to try this!

nags says:

that does look lovely!

Sayantani says:

and my metabolism has always been so bad….I just can look at this gorgeous butter…

Vimitha says:

Wow looks so flavorful and lovely clicks… Would love to dab them on a toast and gorge on the whole lot

That’s a lovely buttery treat. Lemon zest and saffron is unusual for me. Just till now as it looks perfect here 🙂

This is very interesting

Eha says:

Looked at the recipe and can taste that mixture now: or, at least, want to! Am a pretty good nutritionist: huh! Am not a bad psychologist either and the latter’s wants say ‘yes, do try’!

Kulsum says:

saffron compound butter?! yes please 🙂

I love how you have added saffron….
This looks divine, I am thinking of my hot pancakes with this goodness..

I heart butter and I totally agree with whoever said butter makes everything better! 🙂 Beautiful pictures, Kankana! I make compound butter often but have never thought of adding in saffron! Sounds so interesting 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

I am still all about butter. Lol. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flavored butter and making it home makes it even more special.

Asmita says:

Love the idea of flavoring the butter with all these wonderful things. Yummy!!!

Tiffany says:

I heart compound butters! Citrus and saffron is such a winning combo!

Conny says:

That all looks very tasty – the images too 🙂

Oh my Kankana, this is gorgeous! I am dying over that saffron photo. Yep, butter does make everything better;)

nipponnin says:

Citrus and saffron? Who ever thought! Saffron is expensive spice but give the dish nice color. I think I will use the butter in salmon dish. Awesome!

Kiri W. says:

Mmmmm, this looks like such a perfect way to spice up almost any dish! Beautiful recipe.

peachkins says:

Oh WOW! This is my kind of butter!

Ooooh…So cute, Kankana! What a beautiful and flavorful buttery recipe 🙂 I just love the flavors of saffron, orange and lemon. Must try!


Love your idea of this flavorful butter…Butter makes everything better! 🙂

kyleen says:

Butter is definitely the answer. Almost anything can taste good when it’s doused with butter. This compound butter looks amazing!

tigerfish says:

The furthest I have gone with compound butter is with garlic and herbs. Looks like I should get more adventurous.

It looks so easy, but I’ve never attempted to prepare compound butter. I bet cooking fish with it will be amazing!

Kim Bee says:

Oh my gosh this is fantastic. I love compound butters. This one is incredible with the saffron.

Oh..this is such a wonderful idea to enjoy my bread! So flavorful and yum looking spread.

Kankana, this is very cool recipe! Butter with saffron and citrus flavor – it’s my very first time to see compound butter like this. Very complex flavor and regular bread becomes a lot fancier! I need a good bread for this special butter. 🙂

Ansh says:

Congratulations on food buzz top 9!

Love those gorgeous pictures. I had to break away my gaze from them to read the post. I never thought of adding saffron to my butters before!! Creamy, buttery deliciousness!!

Great Post!

oh, i really want to give it a try! really cant wait to go to traditional fish market as it must be bashing on the grilled fish.

mjskit says:

This is the most decadent compound butter I’ve ever seen and it’s got me wanting to jump up and make it. Wish I had some Marsala! Awesome recipe!!! Congrats on the Top 9!

Corina says:

This is definitely something I’d like to try. The only other butter I’ve ever made has been garlic butter but this looks much more inventive and interesting.

Wow, this looks so delicious! What a wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing. Photos are georgeus!

ceecee says:

I love making compund butter, especially when I make butter from scratch! Congrats on Top 9 today! Love the recipe and photos.


I love compound butter and it’s very handy. Love all your ingredients in it. Congrats on the Top 9, Kankana! 🙂

I love the idea of a spiced/flavored butter. When I was little, I would only eat crackers and butter at restaurants. I really thought I was eating something so indulgent! I love your photo of the saffron. Every time I see saffron here it is so expensive so I have never bought it…but I would love to try it.

Liz says:

I love compound butters and your garlicky citrus butter would be fabulous on so many foods 🙂 Congrats on the Top 9!!!!

sally says:

I’ve never made compound butter before. It looks fantastic! So much flavor.

Kankana I love the sound of this. I’ve never made compound butter before, but you’ve inspired me. I especially adore that photo of the saffron, simply stunning!

Kankana, this looks wonderful and flavor combination is a winner in my book! Very creative and wonderful idea!

sonia says:

Hi Kankana
The flavoured butter is looking so delightful and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. Loved the presentation. I’ve bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Namitha says:

Never thought about using saffron here ! Cool ! And loved all the pictures, first one my hero :)And I use the same trick to make my kids eat something that they don’t want, but I use cheese though 😉

Rekha says:

Yes that wise man was absolutely wise… butter like this in breakfast can make any day bright day 🙂

you could put this on anything, everything! Muffins, bread, waffles, you name it! love it- so pretty and flavorful! Genius!

Saffron in compound butter?!? I bet it’s DELICIOUS 😀

who doesn’t love butter? Yum yum!

San says:

Yummylicious compound butter kankana. The addition of saffron is interesting. You have played around with the ingredients 🙂

I love saffron like there is no tomorrow! And this butter with the citrus and saffron flavours is sounding incredibly delicious.

Butter does indeed make everything better and this one is filled with such amazing flavors.

Sawsan says:

I love compound butter! It takes something wonderful like butter to the next level and makes it even more amazing

Naomi says:

I agree compound butter is a great and simple way to dress up food. Love the flavored you have infused into yours.

Thanks for the nice comment! Love compound butter! Your’s sounds so refreshing! I made a pecan and maple butter that was awesome! 🙂

I love compound butter already but your version takes it up several notches. Yours is a winner, for sure!

Mark says:

It’s funny how lunch and dinner are always changing, but breakfast remains the same. I’m eating breakfast right now of butter on toast, and even though I’m bored of it, I still haven’t bothered to change it. You’ve just convinced me to try a new flavor in the morning. Thanks Kankana!

Poornima says:

Love the flavors in the butter! Sounds and looks amazing!

What a beautiful way to flavor butter…looks amazing!

Shinta says:

Nice idea, simple to execute but goes a long way in adding the extra special touch to bread.

Kajal says:

Hello Kankana, this is my first time here and amongst other things, LOVE your pics! wanted to single out one recpe so i could say hi, and found the compund butter! are u kidding me, everything tastes awesome with butter! 😀 This is really neat, citrusy with its fair share of spices and parsley. love it!

Kankana says:

Thanks Kajal 🙂 I am really glad that you liked my blog and thanks for dropping by!

Anshu says:

wow i really love every bit of food photography by you…they are simply awesome…thanks for stopping by…