Tomato Butter


Give that abundance of summer tomatoes a new spin by making a tomato compound butter. It's delectable tossed with hot pasta, melted over roasted meat, fish or veggies, spread on crostini, artisan bread, cornbread or biscuits, and so many other ways.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
17 mins


  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered

  • ¼ teaspoon dried red chili flakes

  • salt to taste

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven's broiler to high heat.

  2. Place the tomatoes on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet, and place on a rack about 6 inches from the heating element.

  3. Broil tomatoes until they start to brown and release their juice, shaking the pan occasionally, so the tomatoes brown all over, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the tomatoes cool to room temperature.

  4. Drain tomatoes and place in a food processor. Add thyme, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Pulse until finely chopped, but not completely smooth.

  5. Cube the butter and add to the food processor. Blend until butter is completely incorporated into the tomato mixture, scraping down sides of bowl, if necessary, 25 to 30 seconds.

  6. Transfer the butter to a small covered dish. May be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Cook's Note:

Tomato butter can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

85 Calories
9g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Potassium 38mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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