Sweet Fennel Butter

This soft butter will start melting as soon as it’s spooned over a piece of warm salmon, creating a simple sauce.

NotesA STEP AHEAD: You can make the butter up to 3 days ahead and store it, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature a few hours before you plan to serve it.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationvegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, fruity, herby, savory

Type of Dishbutter sauce


  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh fennel fronds or fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix together the butter, fennel, orange juice, zest, and honey until smooth, either in a food processor, in an electric mixer, or by hand.

  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Scrape the butter into a decorative small bowl and serve.


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