9 Must-Make Compound Butters for Summer Grilling

By F&W Editors Posted April 28, 2016

Up your butter game.

Grilled corn on the cob rolled in plain butter is an ideal summer pairing. But this season, take your grilling up a level with delicious and easy-to-make flavored butters. From hearty portobello mushrooms to jumbo shrimp, here are nine recipes that benefit from incredible compound butters.

1. Grill-Baked Potatoes with Chive Butter

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These supereasy, indulgent potatoes are based on a recipe Brooklyn butcher Tom Mylan found in a South Dakota centennial cookbook. They're layered with pats of chive and sour cream butter, then wrapped in foil and grilled until soft and delicious.

2. Grilled Corn with Mango-Habanero Butter

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Star chef Bobby Flay cooks corn on the cob with the husk tied back so it forms a type of handle.

3. Grilled Lobsters with Miso-Chile Butter

Food & Wine: Grilled Lobster with Miso-Chile Butter

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Grilling lobsters at home, like F&W's Gail Simmons does, is supereasy if you have your fishmonger clean and halve the lobsters for you.

4. Grilled Oysters with Spiced Tequila Butter

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Chef Blaine Wetzel grills oysters, then drizzles them with butter flavored with sage, oregano, lemon juice and tequila.

5. Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Basil-Caper Butter

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Barbecue expert Steven Raichlen's compound butter gives these meaty swordfish steaks a piquant, herbal taste.

6. Grilled Broccoli with Chipotle-Lime Butter and Queso Fresco

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How do you upgrade tender charred broccoli? Toss it with a butter flavored with lime zest, honey and smoky chipotle Tabasco.

7. Grilled Salmon with Dill Pickle Butter

Food & Wine: Grilled Salmon with Dill Pickle Butter

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Tangy pickle-studded butter is perfect with low-maintenance grilled salmon fillets.

8. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tarragon-Parsley Butter

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This side dish of grilled portobellos with herbed butter is satisfying enough to be a vegetarian main course.

9. Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Kimchi-Miso Butter

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Drizzling shrimp with an Asian-inflected butter is not only delicious—it also helps keep them from drying out.

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