Best Steak Butters Recipes – 8 Easy Compound Butters for Steak

A perfect steak requires perfect steak butters. Here are our top 10 compound butters for steak.

The method for these compound butters is the same each time. You combine the ingredients in a bowl and then wrap the butter is clingfilm in a sausage shape and tie the ends.

Then just simply place in the fridge. Once you are ready to cook your steak you can cut the steak butters into a coin shape and add to your cooked steak.

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Top 10 Steak Butters Recipes

Steak Butters Recipes – Top 10 Compound Butters for Steak

1 Cowboy Butter For Steak

You really can’t beat a good Cowboy Butter for Steak!

That being said, this Cowboy Butter will pair exceptionally well with chicken, pork, lamb, vegetables plus a whole lot more.

It’s sweet, salty, tasty and herby plus downright delicious. If you use the best grass-fed butter you really can’t lose.

Ingredients for Cowboy Butter

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice & zest 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

2 Garlic Herb Compound Butter

This great garlicky, herby butter is easy to make but delivers on taste. Leaving it to refridgerate for a while before using helps to infuse the flavours for a tastier result.

Garlic Compound Butter Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter or ½ cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh chopped herbs basil, oregano, rosemary etc
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

3 Lemon Chilli Steak Butter

With grated lemon zest and juice this steak butter recipe is particularly zingy and fresh. The chilli can be dialled up or down depending on your taste, but is sure to tingle and tantalise your tastebuds.

Lemon Chilli Butter Ingredients

  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp of chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon Chilli Compound Butter for Steak

4 Easy Blue Cheese Steak Butter

You don’t have to work too hard with this one because blue cheese is already packed full of salty,

tangy flavour.

Blue Cheese Butter Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened unsalted butter 
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese e.g. Gorgonzola
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme
Blue Cheese Steak Compound Butter

5 Chipotle Chilli and Lime Butter

This smoky zesty butter is a great compound butter for steak.

Chipotle Butter Ingredients

  • 250g block unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 unpeeled garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Grated zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp salt

6 4 Ingredient Miso Butter

Miso paste (made from fermented soybeans) adds a delicious umami taste to this fantastic and easy compound butter.

The sriracha sauce is optional but it adds great flavour and a little heat to your steak butter.

  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) white miso paste
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha

7 Cafe de Paris Steak Butter Sauce

This compound butter sauce has a few more ingredients than some of the other steak butters in this article, but don’t let that put you off. It’s still straightforward to make and might just make you feel like you’re in a French bistro.

The secret ingredient here is anchovies which bring a salty, tangy taste to the steak butter.

  • 100g / 7 tbsp softened unsalted butter 
  • 2 tbsp eschalot (French onions/shallots)
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove 
  • 3 finely chopped anchovy fillets 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (plain or sweet, not smoked or spicy)
  • 1 tsp kosher / cooking salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped tarragon 
  • 2 tsp finely chopped parsley 

8 Sun-dried Tomato Simple Compound Butter

Another great steak butter that’s easy to make but super tasty is this sundried tomato butter sauce.

Sun-dried tomatoes are already full of flavour but adding garlic, lemon and thyme really makes for a winner of a compound butter recipe.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks/8oz/225g) unsalted butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup (1¼oz/36g) sun-dried tomatoes (minced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

FAQ’s About Steak Butter Recipes

What are Steak Butters Made From?

Steak butters can have a variety of ingredients, but in general they contain herbs (such as rosemary, chives, thyme or basil), garlic, and butter.

Chilli is a great ingredient for steak butter if you like a little heat, and lemon or lime (juice and zest) are good for fresh zinginess. If you like a tangy taste with your steak blue cheese is a delicious option for compound butter as well.

Why are Compound Butters Good With Steak?

Compound butters add a luxurious, rich, and delicious finish to a nicely cooked steak. The creamy texture of the steak butter pairs well with the crispy char of the outside of your steak.

Compound butters also pair well with other meats such as chicken, potato dishes and other vegetables too.

Should I Use Unsalted Butter for Compound Butters?

Using unsalted butter allows you to control the seasoning of your steak more easily. If you only have salted butter then just make sure you season the steak more lightly and carefully.

Steak Butters BBC Good Food Recipes

For more on the topic of steak butters (compound butters) BBC Good Food have a useful article here:

Ruth’s Chris Steak Butter Recipe

You might also enjoy this copycat recipe for Ruth’s Chris Steak Butter Recipe.

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