This recipe for Strawberry Butter is short and sweet! With just three simple ingredients, you’re minutes away from a fresh and fruity treat. It’s the perfect way to enjoy fresh strawberries.

Enjoy this strawberry butter recipe on Buttermilk Biscuits or Homemade Dinner Rolls. For another quick and delicious strawberry treat, try Strawberries and Cream or my Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie.

Fresh Strawberry Butter in a small black bowl, with chunky strawberry butter spread over two slices of toasted bread.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy strawberry butter. This fresh strawberry butter has just three ingredients. The most time-consuming part of the recipe is waiting for your butter to soften.
  • Best homemade strawberry butter. Using fresh strawberries for this fruit butter gives it fabulous flavor.

Ingredient Notes

  • Strawberries: For the best ever strawberry butter, I recommend using fresh strawberries over frozen. Strawberry butter with frozen strawberries is possible, but tricky. And while I love using frozen strawberries in things like smoothies, once thawed they have a different texture and are much more wet – not ideal for strawberry compound butter. 
  • Powdered sugar: While ripe strawberries provide some sweetness, we’re adding powdered sugar, aka confectioners’ sugar, to enhance it. The amount is small, so our strawberry butter stays a sweet butter and doesn’t turn into strawberry buttercream.
  • Butter: The most important ingredient in this recipe is the butter! You can use salted butter if you like, or use unsalted butter and add salt to taste if you feel the need to balance the sweetness.
Strawberry Butter ingredients portioned into glass bowls on a metal baking sheet: fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, and a cube of unsalted butter.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Mash the strawberries. Wash and dry 4 small-to-medium strawberries and hull them. To hull a strawberry, cut a small circle around the green top and pull it off and out. Place the strawberries in a medium-sized bowl and use a potato masher to smash them to your desired consistency. You should have a ¼ cup of mashed strawberries. 
  2. Mix with butter and sugar. Add a ½ cup (8 tablespoons) of softened butter and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar to the medium bowl with your mashed strawberries. Use a hand mixer to beat the butter until smooth, fluffy, and completely mixed.
  3. Enjoy! Spread your strawberry butter on toast, Buttermilk Waffles, Flaky Brioche, or whatever else sounds good!
Four photos showing how to make fresh Strawberry Butter using 3 ingredients: top left image is mashed strawberries in a glass bowl, top right is butter, mashed berries, and powdered sugar in a glass bowl, bottom left image is strawberry butter being mixed by hand beaters, bottom right image is Strawberry Butter in a black bowl.

Recipe Tips

You can substitute honey for powdered sugar to make strawberry honey butter. Or, try maple syrup for strawberry maple butter. If you wish to use maple syrup, start with a smaller amount like ½ cup since maple syrup is sweeter and runnier than honey. 

If you’d like smoother strawberry butter, puree your strawberries in a food processor, then add the butter and powdered sugar to the strawberry puree and blend for whipped strawberry butter.

Feel free to experiment with other fresh berries! Blueberry butter sounds fun and tasty. Raspberries and blackberries would probably make delicious butter, too. A small amount of lemon juice or a little bit of vanilla are also options for some additional flavor kicks.

Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing

Make Ahead: Strawberry butter can be made several days ahead of when you plan to serve it, but since it will need to be stored in the fridge, plan time to let it soften at room temperature.

Storing: Store homemade strawberry butter in an airtight container on the counter for 1-2 days, or in the fridge for one week.

Freezing: Strawberry butter can be frozen. Simply shape your soft butter into a log or block and wrap it completely in plastic wrap. It will keep in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before use, then on the counter until it reaches a spreadable texture.

Strawberry Butter in a black bowl alongside two half slices of bread and a butter knife with fresh Strawberry Butter smeared on the knife.

Recipe FAQs

What’s the difference between strawberry butter and jam?

Jam does not contain butter and typically is made with regular granulated sugar. Strawberry butter is made with powdered sugar and, well, butter.

Can I make strawberry butter with preserves?

You could certainly try to make strawberry butter spread with butter and strawberry preserves. I have not tested this, but I imagine the consistency and taste would be pretty different.

How long does strawberry butter last?

In the fridge, homemade strawberry butter should last in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. Frozen, strawberry butter will keep for up to two months.

What can I put strawberry butter on?

Put strawberry butter on anything you would normally add fruit spreads to – English muffins, french toast – this delicious spread will add just the right touch of sweetness.

Strawberry Butter smeared on two slices of bread on a gray plate.

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Strawberry Butter

Fresh strawberry butter is made by mixing softened butter, mashed berries, and powdered sugar. Use this sweetened butter to smear along rolls and any bread of your choosing!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.75 cup

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup butter - softened to room temperature
  • 4 small to medium strawberries - hulled and stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar - or honey

Instructions
 

  • In a medium size bowl add the strawberries. Use a potato masher to smash the berries. You should have 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries. 
  • Add the softened butter and powdered sugar and use a hand mixer to beat until smooth and fluffy. 

Notes

You also have to option to use a food processor to blend everything together so that the strawberry mixture is less chunky. Or just use a potato masher vigorously to get your desired consistency. 
Store on the counter at room temperature for a day or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Butter will also stay good in the freezer for up to two months.

Nutrition

Calories: 1211kcal (61%)Carbohydrates: 32g (11%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 123g (189%)Saturated Fat: 78g (390%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 32gTrans Fat: 5gCholesterol: 325mg (108%)Sodium: 974mg (41%)Potassium: 45mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 32g (36%)Vitamin A: 3782IU (76%)Vitamin C: 3mg (4%)Calcium: 37mg (4%)Iron: 0.1mg (1%)
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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