Dijon Lemon Butter

Love butter but looking for something tangy and out of the ordinary? I have you covered with this easy Dijon Lemon Butter recipe!

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I was making a dijon sauce one night and thought, I wondered if this tangy stuff would pair well with butter. Then I wondered if that compound butter could incorporate other flavors and be really versatile.

Why This Recipe Is Awesome!

While Dijon and butter alone would have been great, it needed something else. Two things that pair really well with Dijon mustard are lemon and maple. I held myself back from adding maple to this butter.

But I did add citrus! Lemon butter works wonderfully as a sauce on its own because of how tangy and rich it is.

You know the type of tang I’m talking about. The type that bites your tongue a little when you taste it. The kind that gets your salivary glands going. Tart, but not puckeringly sour and only takes minutes to prepare.

Do you know what else takes only minutes? Making your own butter! That is right folks, YOU can make butter in your blender in under 5 minutes!

Homemade butter! Store bought is fine too 🙂

dijon lemon butter spread on ciabatta

Dijon Mustard

Dijon Mustard is one of those condiments that I never (I shouldn’t say never, just rarely) use on its own. To be 100% frank, I don’t find myself using much mustard, period.

However, when I do use it, it is often in a sauce recipe.

So what is Dijon mustard anyway? This style of mustard hails from the town of Dijon in Burgundy, France.

It is made by grinding the mustard seeds down and gets it’s tang from white wine or vinegar depending on the maker. It has a much more sharp taste than its yellow counterpart.

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  • Butter – In order to fully incorporate all of the dijon lemon butter ingredients, it’s easiest if you use room temperature butter. Just make sure it’s not melted.
  • Lemon – For this butter recipe, we will use both lemon zest and lemon juice. I always prefer to use fresh lemon juice rather than the bottled variety. The flavor is so much fresher.
  • Dijon mustard – If you have a favorite brand, feel free to use it. Any brand will work here.
  • Fresh parsley – This is to give a touch of color and an herbaceous bite to your Dijon lemon butter.
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How to Make Dijon Lemon Butter

  1. Use the whisk attachment of a hand held mixer or stand mixer. Whip room temperature butter, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to 3 days.
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  • Seasoning – If you want some extra flavor, you could add minced rosemary, fresh dill, Italian seasoning or thyme. You could even add some shallots or cloves garlic for a bit of sweet zip.
  • Spice it up – To add a little kick, throw in some fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Get saucy – To make Dijon Lemon Butter into a lemon butter sauce, simply melt butter over low heat and add 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, whisking into the melted butter.
dijon lemon butter ingredients in a bowl

How to Use Dijon Lemon Butter

On busy weeknights when I need easy dinners, this butter recipe comes to the rescue. You can put it on almost anything to amp up the flavor of your dish. Dijon Lemon Butter will elevate any meal.

You can spread it onto rolls, a fun variation to Steak Frites Maitre d’hotel Butter or use it instead of olive oil to saute your vegetables. It is simple to prepare, taking only minutes from start to finish.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use dijon lemon butter:

  • To season green beans
  • Spread on a salmon fillet
  • Used to season juicy chicken breasts
  • Made into a lemon mustard sauce
  • Added to some Brussels sprouts
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Storage & Freezing

This flavored butter can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Yes, butter typically lasts longer, but since we’ve added fresh ingredients, it doesn’t have as long of a fridge life.

But butter is freezer friendly, so wrap it well and freeze for up to 6 months.

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4.47 from 13 votes
Dijon Lemon Butter is a compound butter recipe that can easily be transformed into a Dijon Lemon Butter sauce and served on chicken, salmon and more! Zesty, fresh citrus flavor! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Use the whisk attachment of a hand held mixer or stand mixer. Whip the butter for 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, parsley and salt, mixing until well combined.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes to 3 days for flavors to marry.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings!


Calories: 103 kcal, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 115 mg, Vitamin A: 355 IU, Vitamin C: 1.2 mg, Calcium: 3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 103
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: compound butter, lemon butter
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m obsessed with this! It’s so good on crackers, toast, sandwiches, and we had it on burgers too! So good.

  2. 5 stars
    What a fantastic recipe! I love the citrusy mustard flavor, and this is our new favorite sandwich spread.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite compound butter flavor!! I used it to toast up some bread and also put it over grilled veggies for dinner and it was DELICIOUS!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Genius combo and so perfect on my sourdough bread last night! The simplest recipes are always the best. And thanks for the homemade butter recipe link too!