This garlic herb compound garlic steak butter recipe is infused with fresh herbs and roasted garlic which melts into a luxuriously flavorful condiment, perfect for serving with any steak. Best of all, it only takes minutes to prepare with a few simple high quality ingredients. Get ready to take your favorite juicy steak to the next level!
What is steak butter?
Compound steak butter is an exceedingly simple condiment to prepare for any steak. Typically the butter is softened and mixed with savory herbs, garlic, and any other flavorings you wish. Then allowed to meld in the refrigerator before topping a freshly grilled steak.
The butter melts over the hot steak, coating every nook and cranny with intense flavor that you will eagerly be sopping up until the last bite. This butter mixture can be used along with a steak seasoning rub or alone.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Softened Butter - Use high-quality real butter.
- Roasted garlic - You can substitute fresh garlic instead.
- Fresh sage - Fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, or even parsley would all be good substitutes. You can use dried herbs, but I don't recommend it.
- Lemon juice - You can also add lemon zest.
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
Since beef can often benefit from using an aggressive dose of salt, I use salted butter and add a bit more kosher salt into the steak butter mixture. It makes for a saltier butter, but it works well on the steak. If you are sensitive to salt, you can certainly use unsalted butter and eliminate any extra salt listed in the recipe.
How to make it
To make this compound butter for steak you will need a small mixing bowl. Place the softened butter (room temperature is best) in your bowl along with your lemon juice, garlic, herbs, salt, and black pepper.
Combine the mixture well with the backside of a fork, or hand mixer, until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Place the garlic butter in an airtight container, or wrap it tightly with parchment paper or plastic wrap to form a long roll of butter.
Set the compound butter in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to meld together. The butter can be made as your steak rests and used immediately on top of your steak, but the flavor will continue to improve overnight.
What goes well with steak?
Whether you are grilling steak, using my tried and true reverse sear method, or even cooking a frozen steak, this easy steak butter recipe is the ideal topping to serve over any steak, but you are only halfway to creating the ultimate meal. Create the ultimate steak dinner by pairing a nice juicy steak with twice baked potatoes or my steak fries, along with a side of roasted asparagus and dinner rolls. This steak butter recipe will also taste phenomenal when melted over the asparagus!
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Garlic Herb Compound Steak Butter
- ½ stick butter (softened)
- 2 cloves roasted garlic (can substitute fresh garlic instead)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl with the back of a fork. Then place the butter mixture in an airtight container or wrap it in parchment paper to form a roll of compound butter.
- The flavor is best if allowed to meld in the refrigerator for a few hours, but it can be used right away.
- Place one tablespoon of the steak butter on top of the steaks and serve.
This recipe was originally published on August 5, 2019 here on FoxValleyFoodie.com.