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Elevate Your Steak with Easy and Delicious Compound Butter

Steak lovers, rejoice! This simple yet flavorful steak butter, also known as compound butter, will elevate your favorite cuts of meat to new heights. Whether you’re grilling hamburger steak, T-bones, strips, rib-eyes, porterhouse, or filet mignon, this recipe is a game-changer. With just a few minutes of prep time, you’ll be adding a burst of flavor that will impress any dinner guest.

Course: Sauce or Topping

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Compound Butter for Steak, Garlic Butter Steak, Herb Butter for Steak

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 104 kcal

Author: Beth Pierce


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. In a bowl, using a fork, mash together softened butter, garlic, minced parsley, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  2. Apply a rounded tablespoon to the top of the hot grilled steak right before serving.

Tips for the Perfect Steak


  • Room Temperature Steaks: Take the steaks out of the fridge for 30 minutes before grilling. This helps them cook more evenly.
  • Clean Grill: Scrape the grill grate and brush lightly with cooking oil before heating. This prevents sticking and ensures those perfect grill marks.


  • Searing: Get half of the grill good and hot and sear the steaks. Don’t flip them until they are golden brown and slightly crispy on the edges. Sear both sides.
  • Indirect Heat: After searing, move the steaks off to the side (over indirect heat) until the desired doneness is achieved.

Turning and Resting

  • Turn with Tongs: Use tongs to turn the steaks. Avoid piercing them with a fork to prevent losing those wonderful juices.
  • Resting Time: Remove steaks from the grill and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Allow them to rest for ten minutes to retain their juices. Apply the steak butter just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is compound butter?

Compound butter, or steak butter, is a mixture of butter and other flavorful ingredients like herbs, garlic, and spices. It’s typically used to enhance the flavor of meats, especially steaks.

Can I prepare the compound butter in advance?

Yes! You can prepare the compound butter ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply take it out a few minutes before using to let it soften.

Can I freeze the compound butter?

Absolutely. You can freeze the compound butter by rolling it into a log using parchment paper or plastic wrap. Freeze it for up to three months. When needed, simply slice off a piece and apply it to your hot steak.

What other herbs can I use in the butter?

Feel free to experiment with different herbs. Rosemary, thyme, and chives are excellent alternatives to parsley and add unique flavors to the butter.

How do I know when my steak is done?

Using a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to check doneness. For reference:

  • Rare: 125°F (52°C)
  • Medium Rare: 135°F (57°C)
  • Medium: 145°F (63°C)
  • Medium Well: 150°F (66°C)
  • Well Done: 160°F (71°C)

Can I use this butter on other meats?

Definitely! This compound butter is versatile and can be used on chicken, pork, fish, or even vegetables. It adds a rich, savory flavor to any dish.


This easy and delicious compound butter recipe is a must-try for any steak enthusiast. With minimal prep time and maximum flavor, it’s the perfect addition to your grilling repertoire. Try it out and watch as your steaks become the highlight of every meal. Enjoy!