Carrabbas Italian Butter

Carrabba’s Italian Butter is served freshly made at your table every time you go into Carrabbas. But you don’t have to go to the restaurant to enjoy it. You can make this spicy Sicilian butter recipe at home in no time.

spicy dipping oil for bread in a small bowl

When you sit down to eat at a restaurant, you are often famished. I love restaurants that serve a little something before the meal, Carrabbas does just that.

When you sit down they bring out warm sourdough bread with what they call Italian Butter. The Italian butter is a blend of herbs, fresh garlic, and extra-virgin olive oil. As much as I love the flavor of butter, I can’t think of a better way to start off a meal.

While Carrabbas refers to this dip as “Italian Butter”, there is no butter in the dip. In the years past at my local restaurant they would bring out the herbs on a small plate and then drizzle the olive oil onto the herbs and tell you to dip the bread into the olive oil and enjoy the combination of flavors. So, again, no butter in this dip for bread.

Carrabba’s Spicy Sicilian Butter Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need to make the Carrabba’s spicy Sicilian butter recipe:

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Dried Basil, Oregano, and Rosemary
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper

spicy Italian dipping oil for bread in a small white bowl

I like to make this Sicilian butter when making Italian food. This is a nice change from garlic bread, you may want to give this a try as well. The Carrabba’s Italian Butter would be great simply drizzled over pasta.

Love Carrabba’s food? Try these copycat recipes:

homemade Carrabbas Italian Butter aka spicy Sicilian olive oil dipping sauce and bread slices

Carrabbas Italian Butter

Recreate Carrabbas Italian Butter at home, it so easy to make this flavored olive oil. 
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Carrabbas Italian Butter, Carrabbas Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 47kcal


  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt you may want to reduce this amount, if you are watching your salt intake
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teapoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Mix together your dry spices. Add crushed garlic to the dry spices. Place on small saucer. Pour olive oil over mixture. Dip with your favorite hot French bread.


Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 37mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0mg
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  1. Mac

    5 stars
    So is it possible to get the recipe for Karaba Sicilian better? They serve it on steak and pork chops. It’s orange. Delicious!

  2. Roy Payne

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon basil
    1/2 teaspoon thyme
    1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    1Mix the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme and black pepper in a bowl.
    2Beat in the softened butter until well combined.
    3Put the mixture on a piece of wax paper and roll it into a tube.
    4Refrigerate for at least three hours to allow the flavours to blend.
    5Allow the butter to come to room temperature before serving, so that it will spread easier.

  3. Roy Payne

    Yeah, well by definition, this AIN’T butter … “Use it as butter, by dipping bread in it”? If you dip into it, it’s a dip … or in this case, a flavored oil. But it’s NOT a butter.

    • Stephanie Manley

      There is no butter in this recipe. I believe they want you to use this like butter, you know by dipping this in bread, it is kind of like putting butter on bread and then eating it.

      • angela governale

        well there IS butter in the carabbas recipe ….so you might want to add it since your recipe is nearly identical to TWENTY copycat recipes and guess what the only difference is ??????? THEY ALL HAVE BUTTER .

        the butter NOW comes in pre-made,but before we made it by hand….it HAS butter !!!!!!!!

      • Stephanie

        5 stars
        Thank you for sharing this. I have never seen them add butter to the oil and herbs served at the table. It sounds like I should go back and try it a few more times.

      • Austin

        You are confusing the oil you dip the bread in with the spicy sicilian butter which definitely has butter in it. They put it on top on their steaks. You need to go there and order it. This recipe is simply titled wrong. This is my wife’s favorite condiment.

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