As the saying goes... butter is better. If that's the case, then truffle butter is the best. Stick with me for this easy-to-follow recipe on how to make truffle butter right in your own kitchen. So yummy.
This recipe for how to make truffle butter is: Gluten Free, Low Carb, Primal and just so savory.
HOW TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER: IT'S BETTER!
Here's an immutable truth about fresh truffles: they love fat and salt. It's like a bizarre love triangle, but it works on so many levels.
In my opinion, butter is the absolute perfect medium to serve with the truffle. It has just enough fat to enhance the truffle and that buttery flavor which pairs ohhhh so well. Toss in some medium-ground sea salt, gray salt or Himalayan salt and you've just created heaven on earth.
You might think that I am being facetious, but just wait until you've tried it for the first time. It is a real game changer when it comes to butter.
So... want to know how to make truffle butter at home? Get the best butter you can find, some really nice salt and a fresh truffle. The rest will come together naturally.
WHAT'S TRUFFLE BUTTER?
Truffle butter is a mixture of salted butter and fresh truffles which have either been sliced or grated. Typically it is best to consume truffle butter quickly as it has a short shelf life. It may also be frozen for up to six months.
This particular butter is considered a "compound" butter. A compound butter is a mixture of butter along with other ingredients.
For this compound butter, it is best to use fresh truffles.
WHERE CAN I BUY FRESH TRUFFLES?
You're in luck! We sell fresh ORGANIC French Truffles directly from our friends truffle farm in the south of France.
Want to get your hands on one of the best ingredients on the planet? Just fill out the form below and you'll start to receive information only about TRUFFLES!
WHAT DOES TRUFFLE BUTTER TASTE LIKE?
Truffle butter tastes incredible. All at once you experience the creamy, melty butter spiked with salt and perfumed with fresh truffles. With the addition of the truffle, the butter takes on a nutty almost woody flavor with overtones of dank mushrooms.
When you learn how to make truffle butter, you'll savor every slice.
WHEN TO USE TRUFFLE BUTTER:
Truffle butter is not intended to be used for cooking! When the truffles are heated they tend to lose all their aroma and flavor. Just use regular butter to cook with and add the truffle butter on top.
A good example of how NOT to use truffle butter is under the skin of poultry before cooking. What you expect to be absolutely delicious will most likely taste like buttery poultry with black flecks in it.
Truffle butter is fantastic when used any of the following ways:
- On a toasted baguette. Just slather it on and enjoy.
- Added to a piping hot steak, grilled chicken or pan seared pork chops. Plop a dollop right on top.
- Mixed with mashed potatoes.
- Added to cooked Basmati rice.
- As a sauce for fresh pasta or meat stuffed ravioli.
- Melted and drizzled over popcorn.
- Mixed in with freshly cooked french fries.
HOW MUCH DOES TRUFFLE BUTTER COST?
When you know how to make truffle butter, it doesn't cost that much. Use the remnants of your truffles, grate them and mix them with room temperature butter.
Truffles themselves are expensive, but you always have waste and little bits that break off of the truffle. Save these little bits. They are perfect for truffle butter or to add to some truffle salt.
CAN I USE TRUFFLE OIL TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER?
The quick answer is maybe. Here's why:
- Most truffle oil is fake. Manufacturers add in chemicals to make it taste like truffles. Typically they always taste awful. I'd say you are ruining good butter with bad truffle oil.
- It will be really spreadable. Let's say that you find a really good truffle oil (we sell REAL truffle oil too!) and want to mix it with the butter. You need to whip it for a while to get it to incorporate properly. Once it is all mixed up, you'll have some spreadable truffle butter.
- The cost will be lower. If you can find real truffle oil (made with tuber melanosporum), it will be significantly less expensive than using fresh truffles. You could also use some of the fresh truffle bits along with some truffle oil for a really nice truffle butter.
TRUFFLE BUTTER VS. TRUFFLE SALT:
Truffle butter is a compound butter made by adding salt and truffles. Truffle salt is typically sea salt which has been infused with bits of truffles. Truffle salt is used as a finishing salt just as truffle butter is a finishing ingredient. Use truffle salt on veggies, starches and proteins.
Most store-bought truffle salt is between 5-10% truffles and is often perfumed with truffle oil.
You may purchase truffle salt through us which is 30% fresh truffles with absolutely no truffle oil. Both summer and winter truffle salt is available.
TRUFFLE BUTTER VS. TRUFFLE OIL:
Truffle oil is typically made with chemicals which give it a massive, heady truffle scent. If you've ever been at a restaurant and can smell the truffle risotto from two tables over, it's entirely fake. Real truffle oil is made with truffles and has a very delicate aroma. The flavor is spicy with notes of wood and earth. The beauty is in its subtle flavor.
The use of truffle butter and truffle oil is really interchangeable. They are both used for finishing and not during the cooking process. Truffle oil can make a really delightful dressing for salads.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER:
The idea behind truffle butter is not to watch calories. It's a treat. A luxury ingredient. Something that should be savored.
All that being said, look for really good butter with a high fat content. In the States, my suggestion is to buy unsalted butter so you may add in good, crunchy sea salt. The burst of salt with the butter and truffles is almost addictive.
I keep my truffle butter log in the freezer. Whenever I make something on the grill that just needs something simple added, I pull out the truffle butter. Heat up the knife under hot water and cut off some coins. Just place the frozen coins on the grilled meat right before serving. It's just delightful.
Hopefully you learned something about how to make truffle butter in your own kitchen. The recipe is below and you may follow along in the video above! Let me know your thoughts and what you love with truffle butter!
This truffle butter looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
It is so good. I'm starting to import truffles from my friends in France if you ever want to make some yourself.
Take care and have a great day in the kitchen!
How do I buy truffles and truffle oil from you? What is your contact info?
Hi! Thanks for sharing ! You sounded ever so passionate about the whole thing.
I read somewhere else that the frozen butter should be used within a month, which is really short. But your 6 months are a bit more reassuring.
I used up the remaining winter truffle butter I made in December right before we left France in July and it was delicious. Not sure why people say only to freeze things for a month...
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day in the kitchen!
This is the most comprehensive page that I've found in truffle butter so far. Thanks for the post.
Any thoughts on using truffle salt along with fresh truffles when salting the butter? Even better? Too overpowering?
It all depends... if your truffle salt is FRESH, go for it. Most truffle salt that is in the stores has been there for a LONG time... and are often times supplemented with a chemical based truffle oil.
Thanks for visiting.
Take care and happy cooking!
I had to buy jarred truffles as I could not find fresh ones anywhere, near where I live. I'm desperate to make truffle butter, other recipes say to use the water as well, and only give instructions for fresh truffles! Could you please give me an idea of how many tbls of chopped preserved truffles I should use in your recipe, and if I should use the small amount of water as well? Thanks Taylor Kokko
So I'm not sure about the jarred truffles. I had bought a jar of truffles years ago, tried them and tossed them. They were so odd tasting to me that I couldn't handle it. Until I moved to France, real truffles not only were hard to find, but super expensive... but now that I have had them, there really is no comparison between jarred and fresh, so I don't have a very good point of reference to give you. I'll ask the truffle farmers to see if they have an idea- thanks!
Have a great day today!
Also have a wonderful relationship with my cast iron pans too! I've been cooking a long time and have been an avid observer of 2 mother in laws both fabulous cooks. Cecilian and Hungarian. I have also taught myself French cuisine. I used to read cook books as a pass time. I can't wait to start receiving more recipes from you, so glad to have found your site. Thank YOU, for sharing!
So glad to hear that you are a fan of French cuisine. We're moving to France for good this summer and maybe we'll exchange recipes or collaborate in some way. I'd really like that.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a fantastic day in the kitchen!
Hi! Should I trim my truffle at all or keep all the dark rind on it for grating?
Provided your truffle is well cleaned, the whole thing is meant to be eaten. I shave them directly through the dark outer ring. Typically speaking, I keep the bits and pieces around for grating or use some of the smaller truffles that I have which don’t make such an awesome visual splash on the plate!
Thank you for writing and have a delicious day in the kitchen!
I bought the tiny tub from The /Fresh Market, and 3 ounces cost 6 bucka. Used it on artisan niidkes last night, and tasted kik nothing but butter.
Thanks for the info! How long will the truffle butter last in the fridge (instead of the freezer)? It's a week before Christmas and I am trying to decide whether I need to freeze it or not if I make it today.
I've never actually had real truffle ANYTHING before. Where would you suggest I start? Would butter be a good place? I'd really like to make some truffle butter to use for grilling steaks, but I don't know whether that would be a good use or a waste.
I like all the information. It is most comprehensive. How do I go about getting truffles from you?
Love truffle butter on freshly cooked asparagus
Hello guys! I just made my own truffle butter and it was great! I’m amazed how easy is to make it and you get the feeling that you are in a fancy restaurant! It’s just butter and truffles!
Also I got the truffles from an online shop with very good prices. Here is the link so I can help you choose the truffles