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Ramp Butter

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This easy ramp butter recipe is a delicious and flavorful compound butter. It's garlicky and gorgeous!

This recipe is perfect for the short ramp season, which runs from late April to early June. It allows you to preserve your ramps for longer and will be your new favorite way to make compound butter.

You can use this butter on toast or biscuits, add it to baked goods, use it on roasted meat or vegetables, or serve it on grilled fish.

A log of sliced ramp butter on a marble cutting board.

Why You'll Love This Compound Butter

This delicious ramp compound butter is incredibly easy to make and a great way to use ramps.

It's got a strong garlicky and herbaceous flavor that pairs beautifully with the mellow butter.

The lemon zest adds an acidic punch that brings it all together in a butter that's absolutely bursting with flavor.

Two sticks of butter, ramps, lemon zest, flaky salt, and two garlic cloves.

Ramp Butter Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this easy compound butter.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 6 ounces ramps (1 bunch or 15 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

A Note About Sustainable Ramps

Allium tricoccum (also called ramps, wild leeks, ramson, wild spring onions, wild onions, wild garlic, or wood leek) has exploded in popularity in North America and Europe. If you are foraging ramps make sure you know how to sustainably harvest them.

Foraging for ramps has been outlawed in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Quebec because they have been overharvested in an unsustainable way.

Ramp bulbs (the white parts with the hairy root) should be left in the ground. Ramp greens, ramp leaves, and the red stems can be cut and used in recipes. Ramp bulbs won't come back if they are pulled out of the ground, and it can take several years for an area of wild ramps to come back if they are improperly harvested.

If you're buying ramps, make sure they're from a farm that specifically grows them to sell them with the bulbs or that they've harvested them sustainably.

In warmer parts of the United States, ramps start to show up in early spring. If you are in the Eastern United States or Midwest, you'll probably see them in mid to late spring.

Two sticks of butter, lemon zest, and garlic cloves in a food processor.
Ramps on top of butter in a food processor.
Ramp butter in a food processor.

How to Make this Recipe

Blend - Combine the room temperature butter, ramps, one teaspoon salt, garlic cloves, and teaspoon of lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor. Blend till the ramps are broken down and fully combined with the butter.

Wrap - Place the butter on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Using a bench scraper or your hand, press the butter into a log as you roll the parchment or plastic around the butter. Twist the ends of the parchment or plastic to seal.

Chill - Allow the butter to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.

Ramp butter wrapped in parchment paper to form a log.

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How to Use Ramp Butter

You can use compound butter in many different ways. Obviously, it's delicious to spread on a slice of toast, but here are other ways to use it!

  • Add it to pasta
  • Stir into a sauce
  • Garnish grilled meat (especially steak) with a dollop
  • Top roasted vegetables
  • Use it in pie crust or other dough
  • Melt and drizzle it over grilled fish
  • Add it to avocado for a dipping sauce
  • Top a baked potato
  • Serve it with seared scallops
  • Melt and brush it onto the skin of roast chicken
A log of ramp butter being cut into rounds.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Specialty Ingredients - Ramps are a specialty ingredient as they have a very short growing season. They aren't usually sold in grocery stores - you are more likely to find them at a farmer's market or farm stand. You can forage for them, but please see the note about sustainably foraging ramps.

Recommended Tools - I highly recommend using a food processor for this recipe. A blender can work as well, but a food processor will yield better results. You can also make it with a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment.

Storing Tips - You can save this compound butter in the freezer (in a zip-top freezer bag or wrapped in parchment) for six months or in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups

Ramp Butter

A log of ramp butter on a marble cutting board being cut into slices.

This wonderful compound ramp butter is so flavorful. It's easy to make and a great way to enjoy ramps.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 6 ounces ramps (1 bunch or 15 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter, ramps, salt, garlic, and lemon in a food processor. Blend till the ramps are broken down and fully combined with the butter.
  2. Place the butter on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Using a bench scraper or your hand, press the butter into a log as you roll the parchment or plastic around the butter. Twist the ends of the parchment or plastic to seal.
  3. Allow the butter to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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