Tasty Marmite Butter Spread

homemade bread with marmite butter

What is marmite?

Those who are not native to the UK may be unfamiliar with this polarizing British staple. Marmite, a yeast by-product from beer brewing, is a thick umami-rich paste often spread thinly on toast. Not everyone is a fan of this condiment but those who do love the dark spread add a little bit of marmite to anything and everything including cheese sandwiches, sausage rolls, snack foods, or even drink it as a tea diluted with hot water.

Is marmite good for you?

Marmite is fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals and remains an excellent source of B vitamins, Vitamin B12 in particular. Be warned though, that despite this vegan-friendly condiment being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, it does contain an extravagant amount of sodium. So, spread carefully and remember-just a little marmite can go a long way.

slice of homemade bread with marmite butter spread on it

Why add the sugar to the compound butter?

I will be honest with you. I, like most Americans who first begrudging tastes marmite was not a fan. The initial flavor was pleasingly salty but soon left an almost licorice-like bitter aftertaste. It took a little while to realize that like most things with a concentrated flavor, you only need a little for flavoring and a tad bit of sugar to help soothe the bitterness, almost like adding sweetener to coffee. The end result is a fully-developed flavor that takes you on a journey from the first bite to the last mouthful.


This recipe for a compound marmite butter keeps the ratio of marmite to butter relatively low (12:1) in an attempt to help heighten the essential umami flavor of the marmite while trying to subside the bitter aftertaste of the condiment. I highly recommend making this compound marmite butter to be generously spread on homemade bread or another high-quality crusty loaf. 

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marmite butter with bread

Tasty Marmite Butter Spread

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 tbsp 1x


This compound butter made with marmite and a touch of sugar pairs excellently with hearty homemade bread. #butter #bread #marmite



4 tbsp of lightly salted butter (room temperature)

1 tsp marmite

1/41/2 tsp of white sugar


  1. Mix room temperature butter with 1 tsp of marmite and 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp of white sugar. If you like something saltier, keep the sugar to 1/4 tsp but if you find the mixture a bit bitter, add 1/2 tsp of white sugar.
  2. Mix until thoroughly combined then zap in the microwave or add to a hot oven and let cook for about 10 seconds or until glossy and brown.
  3. Mix again and served with a good slice of bread.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 sec
  • Category: butter
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: marmite, butter, spread, British, recipe

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Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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