"Butter Boards" Are The Prettier (And Much Cheaper) Charcuterie Boards — And It's One TikTok Trend I Can Very Much Get Behind

If you don't spend every waking minute of every single day frantically scrolling through TikTok like I do — and for your sake, I honestly hope you don't — I want to tell you about a food trend that's basically taken over my timeline. I'm talking about "butter boards," and they're coming for charcuterie boards' hypothetical necks.

various butter boards on a screenshot of the butter board hashtag on tiktok
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TikToks using the #butterboard hashtag have already racked up 19.9 billion views, which certainly explains why I've been seeing so much expertly arranged butter art on my For You page recently. Even more impressive: This wasn't even a trend on the platform until recipe developer Justine Doiron posted the "first" butter board to her page, @justine_snacks, mere days before the post you're currently reading was published.

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In the video that launched a thousand buttery, flowery cutting boards, Justine kicks things off by stating that she "wants to make them the next charcuterie board." When I first heard that five days ago, I giggled. Now, I think she's majorly onto something.

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I like this one idk I’m in a silly goofy butter mood

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Her inspiration comes from Joshua McFadden's recipe for “Herbed” Butter with Warm Bread from his cookbook Six Seasons — which, personally speaking, is one of the three items I'd take with me to a deserted island if I had to. FWIW, he's thrilled to see it taking off in this way too. He recently told Today that it was "nice getting noticed that way" when asked about the recipe's mega-popularity.

To make her butter board, Justine spreads softened butter onto a cutting board before she decorates it with lemon zest, herbs, thinly sliced red onions, and some other toppings. To eat it, she swipes a piece of crusty, seeded bread across the platter...which definitely pissed off more than a few TikTokers worried about "double dipping."

three commenters complaining about double dipping and the creator responding saying that people can use a knife just like a cheeseboard, and to calm yourselves
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After seeing versions of Justine's board all over my FYP for days on end, I decided it was finally time to re-create it in my own kitchen. I was so darn curious if it would live up to the hype, but after trying it myself, I'm happy to report that it surpassed my expectations — in more ways than one.

First, the ingredients. I followed Justine's guide on how to make a butter board from her website, swapping in the herbs, spices, and ingredients I had access to. The good news is that there's a lot of flexibility here, folks, so substitute whenever necessary!

ingredients laid out on a cutting board: hot honey, herbs of choice, 8 ounces or two sticks of salted butter, spices of choice, thinly sliced shallot, flaky salt, lemon

You'll also need a loaf of bread, sliced, to serve as a vehicle for all that butter. The crustier the better, but use what you can easily find. And don't forget the lemon like I did in the photo above. 🤓

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Before you dive in, just remember that your butter needs to be totally softened (and ideally room temperature).

For two sticks of butter, it'll likely take under two hours if you let it sit out on the counter — but if you're in a rush, just warm a drinking glass under hot water and place it over the cold butter. It'll be softened in no time.

STEP #1: Spread your softened butter on a wooden cutting board, or whatever serving "platter" you'd like to serve it on.

A quick note on butter: Use whatever brand works best for your budget. I opted for a

A quick note on butter: Use whatever brand works best for your budget. I opted for a "fancier" butter just for the hell of it, and it obviously tasted quite good. But the beauty of this dish is that the various toppings impart lots of flavor onto the butter, no matter how flavorful it is on its own. You definitely don't need to splurge on anything artisanal, but if you choose to do so, live your life.

My one recommendation is, however, that you buy salted butter. The flaky salt on top will definitely add a pop of flavor, but it's also important that your butter is nicely seasoned throughout.

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Use a butter knife to swirl the butter into the pretty-looking pattern of your choosing. It's your butter board, so go as wild as you'd like to.

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You'll want it to look something like this, but again, you do you.

author's butter spread on cutting board vs. the original creator's via a screenshot
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STEP #2: Add your toppings. I started with plenty of lemon zest sprinkled over the top, and I'm reaaaaally glad I did. The bright, lemony flavor contrasted beautifully with the creamy butter, and it makes the entire thing taste a lot more "fresh," so to speak.

lemon zest sprinkled on top of butter
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I then quite literally ~showered~ the butter with flaky salt. Be generous with it! It adds great texture and little pops of salty goodness.

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You can totally use kosher salt, too — just be careful not to over-salt the butter since it's much easier to do with the smaller salt crystals.

Fresh herbs were next, and I used a combination of parsley, dill, and chives. In Justine's video, she also tops her butter board with thinly sliced red onion. I opted for shallots (for a gentler "bite"), but TBH, I think the red onion looked much prettier. The shallots did taste delicious, however, so again: up to you!

arrow pointing to justine's board with red onions, and author's butter board with various herbs on top
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(Totally optional: I also added some of my favorite za'atar seasoning blend and some cracked black pepper. For, like, "dimension" I guess.)

ground spices on top of butter
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STEP #3: Drizzle with something sweet. I opted for hot honey (and was REALLY glad I did), but I can also see a version of this butter board working really nicely with a drizzle of maple syrup. The sweet-savory vibes of this dish are truly A+.

justine's butter board with purple edible flowers via screenshot vs the author's without the flowers, but with honey drizzled on top

You may have noticed that I chose not to include the edible flowers that make Justine's butter board so drop-dead gorgeous, and that's because the edible flowers at my local grocery store looked...comically bad! If you can find pretty ones, awesome, and if not, that's cool too. They won't really add any flavor to the final dish. They're just pure aesthetics.

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And that's it! From beginning to end, it couldn't have taken me any longer than five minutes to put together. And in my humble opinion, I can't imagine a charcuterie board ever looking this aesthetically pleasing with such little effort.

A surprising upside is that I didn't for a single second feel the overwhelming stress that comes with arranging charcuterie. You know what I'm talking about? Wanting all the various meats and cheeses to look casual yet elegant? IDK, maybe I'm alone here, but let's just say I found the butter board–making process strangely soothing.

A surprising upside is that I didn't for a single second feel the overwhelming stress that comes with arranging charcuterie. You know what I'm talking about? Wanting all the various meats and cheeses to look casual yet elegant? IDK, maybe I'm alone here, but let's just say I found the butter board–making process strangely soothing.

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Looks aside, I was even more curious about how it would taste. The verdict: It's pretty next level, if you ask me.

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Every bite was, to put it mildly, fascinating. Getting different toppings on my bread with each swipe of the butter made for entirely different tasting experiences: the shallot-y bites were savory and sharp, the lemony bites were perfectly bright, and the bites with a little bit of everything were pure magic. The mixing and matching of components is what I love so much about charcuterie in the first place, so I was obsessed with this butter board for very similar reasons.

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I also love that these boards are endlessly customizable. I've seen TikTokers put together sweet butter boards with figs and crunchy walnuts, Southeast Asian–inspired ones with crispy garlic, and even butter-adjacent boards — like this "everything but the bagel" cream cheese–based version. Like most food trends, I truly feel like this one will get even better with its many iterations over time.

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There's one last element of butter boards that I was anxious to put up against charcuterie, and that's their price point. If you've ever made a charcuterie board, you know it's not normally the most budget-friendly app. I had a hunch that butter boards could offer a more price-conscious entertaining option to those in search of one, and that hunch was correct.

After the butter itself, you'll likely be pulling from ingredients and items you already have in your pantry, like salt, spices, and honey. Since you can customize a butter board to your exact liking (and your exact inventory), I feel pretty confident that you can build one for less than $10 — easily.

I then compared that price to a sample charcuterie board — three cheeses, two types of meat, pretty standard stuff. That would've cost me just about $50, so it's safe to say that the butter board is a far more economical option when you put the two head to head.

cart for charcuterie board registering at $50

That said, I know these dishes feel fit for slightly different occasions: Butter boards feel like a nice communal snack before a sit-down dinner, while charcuterie gives grab-and-go party snack vibes. But if you do need a cheaper app in either circumstance, I can assure you that a butter board would definitely be a crowd pleaser.

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To sum things up, I'm not ready to say farewell to the charcuterie board just yet, but you better believe I'll be serving up an affordably stunning butter board the next time I have friends over. Not all TikTok food trends have been worth the hype, but let me assure you: this one is.

author smiling while holding up his butter board for the camera
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What's your stance on the viral butter board? And if you've tried one for yourself, what were your thoughts?