In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Caribbean Style Compound Butter.

Why Mommy? You never put compound butter on our boiled corn! Yea, this is not something I grew up eating on the islands, but if you look closely you’ll see how we’ve adapted the flavors we enjoy down the islands, into this wonderful compound butter. Great of grilled meats, grilled and steamed vegetables and Indy (my youngest) luv this on mashed potatoes. In the next post I’ll show you how to make an amazing shrimp dish with this.

You’ll Need…


2 sticks butter
2 scallions
3-4 sprigs thyme
1 tablespoon parsley
3-5 cloves garlic
4 leaves shado beni (culantro)
1 teaspoon dried pimento peppers
1-2 bird’s eye pepper

Note! If doing this recipe Gluten Free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the butter. I used dried/dehydrated pimento peppers, but if all you have is fresh, that will work too. If you cannot source pimento peppers, use your fav sweet peppers. While Pimento peppers are NOT hot (spicy), you can use a bit of Habanero or Scotch bonnet pepper in here should you want it EXTRA spicy.

Leave the butter out on your counter to soften naturally in a bowl.

Remove the leaves off the thyme stem and along with the scallion, parsley and shado beni (use cilantro as a subsitute) and give it all a fine chop. BUT… before you do, try to dry the herbs with paper towels after you wash them and before you begin chopping. We don’t want extra water influencing the overall taste later on. I used salted butter.

Dice the garlic (finely) as I prefer that way than crushed. I love the little chunks of garlic when I use this compound butter later on.

Remove the seeds out of the bird’s eye pepper (discard) and chop finely. You may keep the seeds if you want this with some kick.

Basically all you have to do now is combine eveything until completely mixed.

Place it all on plastic wrap as we’ll now wrap it in the form or a log about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Pinch the ends and wrap tightly. As you twist the ends, the shape will form naturally. Watch the video below to follow along.

Into the freezer to firm up. (store in the freezer)

My fav way to use this compound butter is on hot of the grill steaks (as in the images you see here) but as mentioned above, this is very versatile and can be used in many ways.

This summer try it on your grilled or boiled corn. Even those lobsters or fish you’ll end up grilling at some point. BTW, this can keep in the freezer for months.

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  1. Archibald
    June 16, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    Yes. It is time we start adapting good ideas to our wonderful cuisine.

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