Homemade truffle butter! Enjoy the gourmet flavors of high-end dining at your own kitchen table. This simple 2-ingredient truffle butter recipe is easy, delicious, and great for adding a restaurant flare to home cooking. 

a log of truffle butter set on a brown plate with a few slices cut out of it and laying in a fan

Ingredients needed:

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • Fresh black truffles (or white truffles) 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Black pepper

How to make truffle butter

Making homemade truffle butter is just like making any other compound butter. The key is to have room temperature butter, otherwise it will be too hard to mix evenly. 

  1. Combine the butter, grated truffle, salt and pepper. 
  2. Transfer to a piece of wax or parchment paper and roll into a log.
  3. Chill until firm. 

Variations on this truffle butter recipe

  • Use white truffle instead of black truffle to make a gorgeous white truffle butter. (You could also use both black and white truffles.)
  • Add white pepper instead of black pepper for a more “perfumy” flavor.
  • Add a hearty winter herb such as thyme, rosemary or oregano.
  • Use truffle salt instead of the fresh black truffle and kosher salt.
  • Use truffle oil instead of fresh black truffle.
  • Swap the kosher salt with flaky sea salt.
a log of truffle butter set on a brown plate with a few slices cut out of it and laying in a fan

How do you get fresh truffles?

It’s best to purchase truffles from a well-known quality supplier such as Regalis Foods or D’Artagnan. One good-sized truffle will weigh in around 2-ounces, and should be more than enough for this recipe. 

You can expect to receive truffles wrapped in paper towels in an airtight bag. It’s best to re-wrap them in fresh paper towels, place them in a zipper-lock bag, and set in the refrigerator. 

Make sure the truffles are firm without blemishes when you receive them. Truffles should be used as soon as possible, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Avoid washing truffles until right before using, and let them come to room temperature before slicing or grating.

How to use truffle butter 

This flavorful truffle butter recipe will no doubt elevate any dish you add it to. It’s particularly great over meat, fish, risotto, and potatoes. When finding ways to use truffle butter, consider the flavor of truffles (which can be very hard to put into words). This butter is no ordinary butter!

Truffles have an earthy, oaky, musky, meaty, even gamy flavor which can somewhat resemble that of above-ground mushrooms. Truffles taste like they smell—pungent, slightly sweet, and very savory. Often times the aroma of a truffle packs more of a punch than their flavor does. Together, the flavor and aroma of truffles add a delicious savory/gamy note to a dish without overpowering the other flavors.

a log of truffle butter set on a brown plate with a few slices cut out of it and laying in a fan

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a log of truffle butter set on a brown plate with a few slices cut out of it and laying in a fan

Easy & Delicious Homemade Black Truffle Butter

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours chilling time
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 1 cup (16 servings) 1x
  • Category: Sauce/Dip
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: American/French


Earthy, woodsy, and savory, this easy-to-make homemade truffle butter is great served with pan-seared and grilled meat and fish, potatoes, risottos, and sauces. 


  • 2 sticks high-quality unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons grated black truffle
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoons cracked black pepper 


In a small mixing bowl combine butter, truffle, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Spoon the butter onto a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap, form into a log and wrap well. Chill for at least 3 hours before using.


Use butter 1 week or, freeze and use within 1 month. 


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

Keywords: truffle butter recipe, black truffle butter recipe, homemade truffle butter

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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