Q&A:Red Lobster Melted Butter Recipe?

Question by cindybman: "Recipe" for Red Lobster-type Melted Butter?
At restaurant chains like Red Lobster & Outback, their lobster butter tastes different than plain old melted butter - does anyone know what they add to make it taste that way? A combination of butter and oil(s) and/or margarine? My husband prefers the taste of that melted "butter" and I would love to try and make it at home... does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you SO much!

Although your husband feels the taste is different and some have their doubts, Red Lobster, in their nutritional statement claim that the dipping sauce is 100% butter.

Best answer:

Answer by Michael G
I doubt there is any butter at all in that stuff. It stays liquid long after it's cooled off. I'm sure it's petroleum-based.

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  1. tractor says:

    there is no recipe, its 100% melted butter,
    i worked there- i promise

    I worked there, its real butter!
    Despite all of these other claims on here, it is butter. They heat up blocks of butter in the microwave to melt it, then put it in a canister deal on the food line, that keeps it warm and continues to stir it, so it doesnt harden up.

    I used to be a server there, trust me.

  2. kiki_20_98 says:

    What I have found to be the best substitute for Red Lobster’s butter is margarin. Just plain old Country Crock should do it. Of course just melt it down a little in the microwave and maybe add some herbs or spices if you like it that way. i.e garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes… just play around with small portions at a time until you come up with something you like. Good Luck!

  3. Abby says:

    It’s not butter, it comes in can already at the consistency that it is all they do is arm it up. call them and ask them what brand it is you maybe able to buy it at a restaurant supply store. We have a store called COSTCO that sells restaurant quantities of things like that

  4. STAN says:

    Last time my wife and I went to Red Lobster we complained about the taste of the so called melted butter. The waiter admitted it really isn’t butter, but butter flavored Crisco oil. That’s why it never solidifies like real butter.
    Try real cream butter (salted) with a pinch of garlic powder. It’s REAL and tastes great with crab and lobster.

  5. chocolatemeringue_04 says:

    Some resturants add crushed or pureed garlic to their melted butter for seasoning.

    But, I haven’t had Red Lobster’s melted butter in a long time so I can’t be sure if that’s what you mean.

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