Anchovy Butter


At her restaurant Henrietta Red in Nashville, Best New Chef Julia Sullivan’s flavor arsenal is stocked with things like Anchovy Butter, a dead-simple condiment that packs in the flavor. Lemons from Henrietta Red’s patio garden add brightness to the butter. You’ll want to put it on everything.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
1 cup


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 10 oil-packed anchovy fillets (from one 2-ounce can), drained and finely chopped

  • 5 medium garlic cloves, peeled and grated on a Microplane

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary.

  2. Scrape butter mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper; use plastic wrap to shape into a log about 1 inch in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Unwrap log, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Bring to room temperature before using.

Make Ahead

Place anchovy butter slices in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze until very firm, at least 2 hours. Transfer frozen butter slices to an airtight freezer-proof container until ready to use. Butter slices may be refrigerated up to 5 days and frozen up to 6 months.

Serve With

This recipe can be served with warm bread, spread on top of roasted oysters, or used to season warm meats or vegetables.

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