Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

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Butter and garlic – is there a better, more popular, classic food pairing? Garlic butter dipping sauce is fantastic on steak, seafood, chicken or pork, vegetables, bread, pasta, or rice.

If there is a savory food that you enjoy eating, the odds are good that melted butter and a bit of garlic just might make it even better.

artichoke leaf with garlic butter sauce

Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

If I was ever forced to choose only 5 flavors or seasonings to cook with for the rest of my life. Garlic and Butter would be two of the things I could never give up. Ever.

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I’ve talked at length about my love of butter. As we all know, butter really does make everything better, right? However, butter with garlic? That’s a special kind of awesomeness.

I used six large garlic cloves for this recipe. This is a very garlicky butter sauce. If you happen to be a little bit leery of the garlic, feel free to use less.

If you simply can’t have enough garlic in your life, use more. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one. Can you tell I LOVE garlic?

Dipping Sauce for Artichokes

I made this batch of garlic butter sauce as a dipping sauce for artichokes. There are any number of sauces you might stir together to serve with steamed artichokes.

In the past, I’ve stirred together a simple lemon aioli or chipotle aioli, mayonnaise with balsamic and pepper, warm lemon butter, and even a minty Greek yogurt sauce for artichokes.

However, garlic and butter are a classic combination for a reason. It doesn’t matter how many other sauces I try, I always come back to this one.

steamed artichoke with garlic butter

Are you someone who struggles with peeling garlic? I have tried everything from the put it in a jar and shaking it to those silicone peeling sleeves. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. My go-to though? I just grab my chef knife and give it a whack.

It quickly comes apart from the skin and since you are mincing it anyway, that process is jump-started for you. Using that same knife, or my beloved garlic press, I mince away to my heart’s content.

Once your garlic is minced super fine, you’ll saute it with a bit of butter for about a minute, until it’s fragrant. Add the rest of the butter and a bit of pepper, if you’d like. You’ll have a delicious dipping sauce for vegetables at your fingertips in minutes.

sauteed garlic in large stainless skillet

If you’re lucky enough to have any butter sauce leftover, or if you were wise enough to make extra to begin with, spread it on french bread to make garlic toast.

If you ever find yourself with an abundance of garlic I have found that it is actually quite easy to preserve. Preserving garlic, also called pickling garlic, is one of the easiest ways to save your garlic harvest. There’s nothing better than having fresh garlic ready to use all year long.

melting butter in sauce pan

How to Make Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

Three ingredients are all you need for an easy garlic butter dipping sauce:

  • butter
  • garlic cloves
  • freshly ground black pepper, if desired
How to Eat an Artichoke

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How to Eat an Artichoke

Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Garlic butter dipping sauce is fantastic on steak, seafood, chicken or pork, vegetables, bread, pasta, or rice.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8


  • ½ cup butter divided
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced, about 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper OPTIONAL


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the remaining butter and pepper, if desired. Remove from the heat when the butter has melted. Serve immediately.


Calories: 102kcal · Carbohydrates: 0.01g · Protein: 0.1g · Fat: 12g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 0.5g · Cholesterol: 31mg · Sodium: 91mg · Potassium: 3mg · Sugar: 0.01g · Vitamin A: 355IU · Calcium: 3mg · Iron: 0.003mg
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