25 Recipes for People Who Love Garlic (and Butter)

updated Jan 3, 2024
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Garlic is one of those transformative ingredients. It can completely change a dish, and it can completely change in a dish as well: It can be strong and spicy, or sweet and mellow, all depending on how you slice, mince, or cook it. This may be why garlic butter, with its luxurious creaminess, rules our collective palettes all year round.

Get out your garlic grinder, because here are 25 recipes that prove just how garlic-enthused we can be.

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Garlic Noodles
These easy garlic noodles get maximum umami flavor from oyster sauce, fish sauce, and soy sauce.
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Garlic Bread
Use both fresh and powdered garlic for the ultimate homemade garlic bread.
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Garlic Butter Shrimp
A fast and easy skillet recipe for shrimp in garlic butter sauce.
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Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
These chicken thighs are impossibly juicy, thanks to a garlic butter drizzle and stovetop-to-oven cooking method, and boast the crispiest, crackliest skin.
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Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes
These mouthwatering smashed potatoes are tossed in a garlic butter mixture and baked until golden and crispy.
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Cheesy Garlic Butter Bubble Bread
The easy, cheesy bread you need for every potluck plate.
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Garlic Butter Steamed Clams
Clams are steamed in a fragrant and tasty broth made with melted butter, garlic, and white wine.
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Garlic Butter Steak Bites
These steak bites are perfect for your steakhouse cravings.
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Garlic Butter Pan-Seared Salmon
Once you try this buttery method, you'll never pan sear plain salmon again.
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Cheesy Garlic Bread
The secret to better garlic bread? Lots of cheese, a little bit of mayo (yes, really), and scallions.
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Shrimp Skewers

You should definitely be grilling more shrimp! Not only is this recipe done in minutes, but it is also out-of-the-world delicious and impressive. Get the grill hot and cook the shrimp quickly — that will keep the delicate flesh from turning tough. And, of course, mop the shrimp with lots and lots of garlic butter as they cook.

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Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes
Garlic confit improves just about everything, including these buttery mashed potatoes.
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Grilled Scallops with Lemon-Garlic Brown Butter
A step-by-step guide to grilling scallops. The easy lemon-garlic brown butter sauce cooks directly on the grill, too.
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Steakhouse Skewers
Juicy steak bites, tender red onion, and baby potatoes are grilled on skewers and brushed with garlic butter.
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Honey-Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots
A simple side dish recipe for roasted carrots tossed in a honey-garlic brown butter sauce.
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Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Cooked in an herby garlic butter, these mushrooms are the ultimate side dish.
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Smashed Garlicky Potatoes Recipe
Potatoes are boiled then roasted to get a mixture of browned, super-crunchy bits and creamy spuds in every bite.
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Garlic Butter Baked Shrimp
This super-simple baked shrimp recipe delivers buttery, garlicky, full-flavored shrimp in under an hour.
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Garlic Butter Salmon
A side of salmon cooked in a foil packet with garlic butter on the grill or in the oven is the easiest way to serve salmon for a crowd.
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One Pot Italian Beef with Garlic-Butter Bread Bombs
Feast on this epic one pot meal: cheesy garlic bread "bombs" on top of a beef ragu, brushed with garlic butter, and baked to perfection in the oven.
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Garlic Butter Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are pretty great, but these garlic butter roasted potatoes are even better.
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Easy Buttery Garlic Rice
This easy rice is extra flavorful, thanks to the addition of browned, garlic-infused butter and crispy garlic chips.
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Slow-Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast
With a handful of ingredients you are treated to tender chicken gilded with a velvety lemon sauce infused with a richness reminiscent of roasted garlic.
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Easy Cheesy Garlic Knots
These weeknight garlic knots take just one hour and have a cheesy surprise inside!
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