Garlic Brandy Butter

Have you ever wondered how to make garlic butter? Well, I’ve got you covered with something even better – Herbed Garlic Brandy Butter!

homemade cognac butter recipe in a spoon with fresh garlic


Compound butters are an easy way to add loads of flavor to any dish. Depending on the ingredients, they also look fancy. Compound butter is just a fancy word for flavored butter. 

Note that since the brandy does not get cooked, this is not a suitable garlic butter recipe to serve to anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol, children or pregnant women.

You can always leave out the brandy and still have a delicious parsley garlic butter, which is basically a Maitre d’Hotel Butter.

Why You’ll Love this Cognac Butter Recipe

A flavorful butter that’s full of fresh garlic and brandy and taste great on everything- what’s not to love!

  • Use it on anything – You can use this butter on just about anything you’d like to! From bread to steak and even veggies.
  • Unique flavor – This recipe takes your traditional garlic butter up a notch by throwing some brandy into the mix.
  • Easy to make – Make this compound butter is literally as easy as one, two, three.
how to make brandy butter for steak


You only need four basic ingredients to make this flavorful garlic brandy butter recipe.

  • Salted butter – For this recipe, I prefer to make a homemade butter. But you could also use store bought. I prefer European butters, milky and creamy, the cows are fed different grains leaving the butter a deeper, rich yellow hue. These typically have less water content for richer flavor. 
  • Fresh parsley – I love what fresh herbs add to compound butter. It adds color, flavor and a freshness.
  • Garlic – Fresh minced garlic is best here. It’s one of the two main flavors, so I prefer fresh over the pre-minced jarred version.
  • Brandy – You can use any brandy you have on hand, but because it is one of the main flavors, I like a high quality brandy.


There are several ways you can make this garlic brandy butter your own. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Other flavors – Salt and pepper would be great especially if the butter is unsalted, you’ll want to further season with salt. Parmesan cheese, lemon juice or lemon zest and a dash of smoked paprika are all other great flavor pairing.
  • Store bought butter – Store bought butter is fine and will cut out a small amount of time. Be mindful that not all butters are created equal and are often graded.
  • Mix ins – You can always add more things to this butter to amp up the flavor. Shallots, rosemary or other fresh herbs would be a great idea.

How to Make Garlic Brandy Butter

Making the most flavorful homemade garlic butter is as simple as one, two, three!

  1. Add ingredients to bowl. In a small bowl, combine butter, parsley, garlic and brandy.
  2. Mash with fork. Using a fork, mash together until well combined.
  3. Chill in refrigerator. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
cognac butter on top of a grilled steak

How to Use Garlic Brandy Butter

You can use this butter on just about anything you’d like to! My favorite way to use it is to top a juicy steak or slather it on a baked potato in the oven.

Garlic butter steak is one of my favorite dishes to make when I want to have friends over for a nice meal or I want to make myself a special, slightly-fancier-than-normal dinner….even though (spoiler alert) garlic butter steak is much easier to make than you may think. 

This would also taste great on garlic bread. Slather this butter on a thick piece of italian bread and bake until crusty and golden brown.

Storage and Freezing

How to Store Garlic Brandy Butter

I like to keep my compound butters for up to 1 week. While it is just regular butter, which would last for longer, after blending it you’ve now exposed it to other bacteria that could lurk or grow. And if you’ve made homemade butter, it doesn’t contain the same amount of preservatives. 

In fact, it tastes best when made at least a few hours in advance so the flavors have time to marry. You can make it up to 5 days in advance. 

Can I Freeze Garlic Brandy Butter

Yes, you can freeze butter. Wrap butter tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, then put it in a freezer bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.

Frozen salted butter will keep for up to 12 months, unsalted butter for about 6 months. Keep in mind these times are for a deep freezer. Anything placed in a freezer unit that is opened frequently, like the everyday fridge in the kitchen, will cut the amount of time they are good for in half. 

Spoon of brandy butter with text overlay for pinterest

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Scoop of Brandy Garlic Butter on a spoon

Garlic Brandy Butter Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
Garlic Brandy Butter is the best homemade garlic butter ever! Easy to make and SO yummy on garlic butter steak! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons freshly parsley , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy


  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, parsley, garlic and brandy.
  • Using a fork, mash all of the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Cover and place the butter in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings!


Calories: 110 kcal, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 100 mg, Vitamin A: 350 IU, Vitamin C: 0.3 mg, Calcium: 5 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 110
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter, garlic butter for steak
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Brandy Garlic Butter is the best homemade garlic butter ever! Easy to make and SO yummy on garlic butter steak! #garlicbutter #howtomakegarlicbutter
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Outstanding. Very simple recipe with great flavour. It would be great on anything. Thanks for sharing your recipe.