Butter in its purest form is a soft yellow emulsion of butterfat, water, and air churned from high-quality cream for the purpose of making your food taste delicious. Each state has its own unique way of employing the creamy yellow stuff to maximum flavor in its signature dishes. Here we give you the top uses for butter by state.

1. Alabama – Cheese Grits

If you’re not from the South and have never tried this traditional Southern fare, any Alabamian will be thrilled to whip some up for you.

2. Alaska – Salmon

Steam it, glaze it, rub it, pan roast it… This fish is versatile and made better with butter. 


3. Arizona – Cheese Crisps

A little butter and a little cheese are all you need a top a tortilla for this Tuscon favorite. Throw it in the oven, watch that cheese melt, and enjoy.  

4. Arkansas – Possum-Pie

Luscious chocolate pie. That’s all we need to know.  

5. California – Bulletproof Coffee

“The New Power Drink of Silicon Valley.” This drink is created from MCT oil, grass-fed butter, and coffee and it is said to give drinkers a ‘mental edge’ and satiate hunger for hours. It’s also delicious. 

6. Colorado – Bison

This meat is low cholesterol with as many Omega-3s per serving as salmon and tastes even more delicious with a dab of butter.

7. Connecticut – Pumpkin Pie

A fall favorite around the country, and especially true in the Consitution State. 

8. Delaware – Chicken

Delaware loves chicken. They have the chicken farms and festivals to prove it, and there’s no way better to prep your favorite bird than with a little butter. 


9. Florida – Cuban Sandwich

The Sunshine State has South Florida’s Cuban influence to thank for this staple. which is mostly characterized by its blend of pork, ham, mustard, and cheese. To get the best-grilled sandwich with optimal flavor, professional and at-home chefs use butter in the frying pan.  

10. Georgia – Peach Cobbler

Peach season down South calls for the cobbler of all cobblers. Bring on the butter and stone fruit.  

11. Hawaii – Malasadas

These Portuguese confections made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough are deep-fried in oil and packed with butter. This is considered to be their doughnut. Akamai. 

12. Idaho – Mashed Potatoes

Did you know that only potatoes grown in Idaho can be called Idaho® potatoes? Butter helps to create the greatest mashed potatoes ever, and no doubt the Idahoans can make a mean mashed potato. 

13. Illinois – Popcorn

This kernelly treat is designated the state snack of Illinois. Popcorn and butter go together like cheese and wine.


14. Indiana – Sugar Cream Pie

The Hoosiers don’t play when it comes to pie. 

15. Iowa – Pork Tenderloin

Iowans know pork, and what’s pork without some butter?

16. Kansas – On a slice of bread

There is nothing more satisfying than a good piece of bread slathered in butter.


17. Kentucky – Derby Pie

Chocolate, walnuts, and Kentucky bourbon. The Holy Trinity of exquisite Southern pie. 

18. Louisiana – Crawfish

This freshwater shellfish is a Louisiana delicacy and most decadent with butter.  

19. Maine – Lobster

The sweetest, most flavorful lobster on Earth comes from Maine, and made better with butter. 

20. Maryland – Blue Crab

What’s not to love about a crab whose Latin name means “beautiful swimmer?”  This delicate and sweet shellfish is designated the State Crustacean of Maryland and it is tasty, especially with the creamy yellow stuff.

21. Massachusetts – Fried Clams

Fried clams are to New England what barbecue is in the South. Can’t have fried clams without the butter.

22. Michigan – Cherry Pie

Don’t forget to use sour cherries.

23. Minnesota – Lefse

This traditional soft Norwegian flatbread is best enjoyed with butter and sugar.

24. Mississippi – Biscuits and Gravy

Can’t have a biscuit without the butter. Southern rule.

25. Missouri – Gooey Butter Cake

Chewy crust is covered in a combination of sugar, butter, and eggs to create this warm and gooey delight. 

26. Montana – Huckleberry Pie

Add some lemon zest, if you’ve got it.  

27. Nebraska – Runza

Imagine a yeast dough bread pocket filled with beef, onions, cabbage, and seasonings. Oh, yea. 

28. Nevada – Buffalo Chicken Wings

The Silver State loves a good chicken wing cooked in butter.  

29. New Hampshire – Cider Doughnuts

Hot and delicious.

30. New Jersey – Cheese Fries

Jerseyans love their cheese fries. Truthfully, who doesn’t?

31. New Mexico – Green Chile Butter Chicken

The official New Mexico state question is “Red or Green?” For the purposes of this dish, the answer is “green.”

32. New York – Avocado Toast

This toasty phenomenon is buttered for maximum flavor. 


33. North Carolina – Pound Cake

The little black dress of desserts.

34. North Dakota – Seven Layer Bars

Paired perfectly with a coffee. 

35. Ohio – Pierogi

You can enjoy these Polish treats as an appetizer, main course, or dessert. Talk about versatility.

36. Oklahoma – Cornbread

Have you ever had fresh butter atop warm cornbread? They call it heaven on earth.

37. Oregon – Marionberry Pie

An ideal summertime dessert, and arguably the best pie ever. 

38. Pennsylvania – Shoo-Fly Pie

Called “Melassich Riwwelboi” by the Dutch and “delicious” by the rest of us. Best enjoyed with black coffee.  

39. Rhode Island – Johnnycake

Cornmeal pancakes that are crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle, and covered in butter. 

40. South Carolina – Shrimp and Grits

Traditional in the Lowcountry and served at any meal. The definition of “classic.”

41. South Dakota – Kuchen

South Dakota’s official state dessert and roughly translates from German as “cake.” Typically contains a fruit or custard filling, and butter of course.

42. Tennessee – Hot Chicken

The two key ingredients for the spice paste are lard and cayenne pepper. Just add butter, and you can imagine the flavor. 

43. Texas – Texas Toast

This stuff is sliced at double the average sliced bread thickness and covered in butter and garlic for maximum taste. 

44. Utah – Deep-fried Scones

Cover these bad boys with honey butter and enjoy for breakfast. 

45. Vermont – Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Vermont Maple Syrup and butter: a match made in pancake heaven.


46. Virginia – Apple Pie

Best when packed to the brim of your flaky crust with spiced apples. 


47. Washington – Dungeness Crab

Sweet, tender, and delicious. Best with a simple garlic clarified butter dipping sauce. 

48. West Virginia – Pepperoni Roll

These rolls started as a lunch option for the coal miners of north-central West Virginia and are now regarded as West Virginia’s unofficial state snack.

49. Wisconsin – Butter Burger

Butter and beef: Flavor City.


50. Wyoming – Steak

We know nothing goes better with a steak than a dab of butter.


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