Preserved Lemon Compound Butter

“What exactly is a compound butter?” my husband asked me last week while we were enjoying this specific recipe melted over monkfish. A compound butter is a technical term for butter softened to room temperature then mixed with the seasonings of your choice. A simple classic compound butter could be your favorite herb and garlic mixed with butter and salt. This one gets a little more creative with the addition of preserved lemon, anchovy and shallot.

I found myself gazing at a preserved lemon nestled in the olive bar of my local Whole Foods, and realized I had never really worked with the ingredient. A common Middle Eastern ingredient, preserved lemons are made by pickling lemons in salt and their own juice. The preservation process penetrates the lemon and allows you to use the rind as well as the meat of the fruit. The flavor is salty and bright and adds an amazing zip to salad dressings, pasta, and fish. Any dish that benefits from a squirt of lemon (arguably every dish) will be elevated by the addition of preserved lemon.

Zippy, salty lemon and butter are the dominating flavors in this recipe.  A touch of anchovy contributes the perfect bit of umami while the shallots and parsley round out the aromatics. It is a staple in my fridge and is most often enjoyed late at night on top of a bowl of whatever leftover noodles are in the back of the fridge.


Preserved Lemon Compound Butter

Bright and zippy, this compound butter is perfect in a variety of applications. Try it melted over pasta, fish and even steak.

  • Author: ljacksnacks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 mintues
  • Yield: 3/4 c
  • Category: Essentials
  • Cuisine: French


  • 1/2 stick Salted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp Preserved Lemon (rind and flesh), finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Anchovy Fillet, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Shallot, finely chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Refrigerate for one hour to set

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