Ramp Butter Recipe

Ramp butter is a delightful blend of fresh ramps and creamy unsalted butter, a key ingredient in this ramp butter recipe. The pungent, garlicky flavor of the ramps beautifully complements the richness of the butter, while lemon zest adds a refreshing tanginess to balance it all out. This recipe also incorporates salt and freshly ground black pepper for an added kick that enhances the overall taste profile. Enjoy making this exquisite homemade ramp butter and elevate your dishes with its unique flavors!
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
25 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
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American Specialty


:Ramp Butter Recipe
- 2 bunches of fresh ramps (around 20 ramps)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- Zest and juice from one lemon
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Step 1 - Prepare the ramps

Begin by cleaning the ramps thoroughly under cold water, ensuring all dirt is removed. Pat them dry with a clean towel.

Cut off the root ends of each ramp and separate the white bulbs from the green leaves.

Step 2 - Blanch the ramps

Bring a pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Blanch the ramp greens for about 30 seconds until they wilt slightly but retain their vibrant color.

Immediately transfer blanched greens into an ice bath to stop cooking and preserve their color.

Step 3 - Saute the ramps

In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the white bulbs in olive oil until they become translucent and tender - this should take around five minutes.

Once cooled, squeeze out excess water from your blanched ramp greens then chop finely along with sautéed bulbs.

Step 4 - Combine with butter

Combine chopped ramps with softened butter in a bowl using a fork or hand mixer until well incorporated.

Step 5 - Add the remaining ingredients

Add lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and freshly ground black pepper according to your preference; mix again till everything is evenly distributed throughout the butter.

Step 6 - Refrigerate and enjoy

Transfer your finished ramp butter onto parchment paper or plastic wrap forming it into a log shape before refrigerating for at least two hours allowing flavors meld together beautifully.  

Your exquisite homemade Ramp Butter is now ready! Use it as spread on breads or crackers or melt atop grilled meats for an elevated flavor experience!

What are ramps?

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are a type of wild onion native to North America. They're renowned for their unique flavor that combines the tastes of garlic and sweet onion. Ramps are highly sought after by chefs and food enthusiasts due to their limited availability in spring. Besides being a culinary delight, ramps are also rich in vitamins A and C, making them beneficial for health. 

What do ramps taste like?

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, offer a unique culinary experience with their distinct flavor profile. They possess a taste that's an intriguing blend of garlic and onion, but with a subtle sweetness that neither of those have. The leaves tend to be milder and more delicate in flavor compared to the bulbs which pack a robust punch. Their pungent aroma is often considered part of their charm, adding another layer to their complex taste. Whether sautéed or pickled, ramps bring an earthy depth and rich savoriness to any dish they grace. 

Where can I buy ramps?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy ramps directly from foragers and cultivators! 

Read more here about ramps.

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