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The Best Compound Butter For Steak

compound herb butter for steak on a New York strip steak

If you want the perfect addition to an already incredible cut of beef, this compound butter for steak is absolutely it! Infused with garlic and herbs, this butter is nothing short of decadent, and adds next level flavor to any steak — and other food too. More on that later.

It’s super easy to make and the aroma from the herbs is mouthwatering.

compound butter for steak melting on a porterhouse steak
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What Kind of Butter Is Best For Steaks?

Butter being the main ingredient to this compound butter recipe, I like to use a butter with a high butterfat content, like Kerrygold.

Kerrygold is pure Irish butter and has a butterfat content of 82%. This is higher than typical American butter, which only contains a butterfat content of 80%.

2% doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but in the case of butter it’s noticeable. You’ll notice it’s a brighter yellow in color than “normal” butter. The flavor and creaminess are both amplified, but it’s slightly more expensive than the standard butter.

different brands of butter used for making compound butter for steak

If the cost is an issue, Aldi makes their own store brand version of Irish butter that they sell under the label Countryside Creamery.

Unsalted or salted butter? I prefer to use unsalted butter so that I can control the amount of salt myself. However, I’ve used salted butter before, just adjust the amount of salt you add if you’re using salted butter.

Can You Freeze Compound Butter?

Absolutely. When I’m making compound butter for steak, I generally make a double batch of this; enough for two log shape portions. Wrap one in plastic wrap, seal it up, and toss it in the freezer. So long as it’s sealed well it will keep for many months.

Then, just take it out a day or so before you need it, and let it thaw in the refrigerator till you’re ready to use it.

compound butter for steak rolled in plastic wrap

What Is Compound Butter Good For?

Compound herb butter is a very versatile condiment. While I love it on steak, it can be used on poultry, seafood and veggies. Try melting it on grilled corn on the cob, for something mind blowing.

compound butter for steaks melting on a tomahawk ribeye

Aside from those proteins and veggies, don’t forget the bread! Spreading an ample amount of this butter on a loaf of fresh Italian bread and warming it on the grill or in the oven is a special kind of treat.

compound butter for steak on a loaf of bread

What Herbs to Use In Compound Butter

What’s so fun about making compound butter is that the sky’s the limit in terms of what can be used with the butter. I prefer to stay with the savory herbs like I use in this recipe, but you certainly don’t need to limit yourself to those.

herbs used for compound butter for steak

For something a bit sweeter, try a basil and tarragon butter. This combination goes exceptionally well on fresh summer peas; or even frozen peas for that matter. Looking for something a bit spicier? Try some smoky chipotle butter. It’s excellent of shellfish, warm tortillas, and even on leftover pulled pork.

Ingredients For Compound Butter

  • Herbs: Unlike my homemade buttermilk ranch recipe where I encourage the use of dried herbs, that’s not the case with this compound butter for steaks recipe. Instead, use fresh herbs and dice them fine.
  • Garlic: Finely dicing works ok, but micro-planing the fresh garlic cloves will infuse more flavor into the butter.
  • Lemon Zest: Don’t skip this, it really brightens up the butter without overpowering it. Trust me on this one.

Compound Butter Recipe

Serves: 16 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: N/A

Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, microplaned
zest from 1 small lemon
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp kosher salt

Step 1: Place one stick of butter in a medium sized mixing bowl and allow it to come up to room temperature.

butter in bowl for making compound butter for steak

Step 2: Using the back side of a fork, mix the herbs and olive oil into the softened butter until thoroughly incorporated. 

Step 3: Scrape the herb butter onto plastic wrap, or parchment paper.

compound butter for steak on plastic wrap

Then, form the compound herb butter for steak into a log, twisting the ends to seal.

compound butter for steak rolled in plastic wrap for storage

Step 4: Refrigerate the butter until it is firm and can be sliced or scooped.

compound butter for steak melting on a strip steak
steak with Grillseeker herb butter on top

Compound Herb Butter For Steak

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Course: Condiment

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic shredded
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place one stick of unsalted butter into a mixing bowl and allow it to come up to room temperature.
  • Using the back side of a fork, mix the herbs and olive oil into the butter.
  • Transfer the butter to a sheet of plastic wrap, and form into a log. Twist to seal at both ends.
  • Refrigerate until butter is firm and can be sliced.

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