Steak butter is the secret ingredient steakhouses use to make their steaks extra tasty.

This small coin of compound butter melts onto the steak as it is being carried from the grill to the table.

plated steak with melting Steak Butter on top

What is Steak Butter?

Steak butter is a delicious butter mixture that can be made at home using fresh herbs and seasonings!

It is mixed together and then rolled into a roll and refrigerated. The roll is then sliced into round pats of butter.

  • Steak butter is of course delicious on steaks, but it’s also great on meat, fish, corn on the cob, and even as a spread on crostini!
  • It is versatile, super-fast to prepare, and easy to cook with.
  • This butter can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen to use later.
  • Freeze individual coins and add to mashed potatoes or veggies for an easy boost of flavor!

What’s in Steak Butter?

BUTTER A little bit of softened butter melted over a steak makes the flavor really pop. I prefer salted butter but you can use unsalted butter and add your own salt.

SEASONINGS Some savory herbs and spices are all it takes! Fresh garlic is a great addition but use garlic powder or roasted garlic for a more subtle flavor.

We add in a pinch of smoked paprika, some thyme (or parsley) and a tiny bit of lemon zest.


  • For fish or seafood dishes, use dill and extra lemon zest.
  • For pork chops or pork loin, use garlic and rosemary.
  • Add a dash or two of sriracha into compound butter with some basil for a spicy brush over meatballs for an appetizer!

steps for making steak butter

How to Make Steak Butter

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to make this tasty condiment for steak:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Use a hand mixer for best results!
  2. Scrape butter from the bowl & place it in the center of a large piece of plastic wrap.
  3. Fold the plastic wrap over & make a log shape. Twist the ends & refrigerate until ready to use.

cutting Steak Butter into slices

Helpful Hints

  • Compound butter can be made ahead and the flavors will intensify. Freeze in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside for up to 3 months.
  • If making more than one batch, use a food processor.
  • Trying to use up fresh herbs instead? Use this handy guide to learn how to substitute fresh vs dried herbs.

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plated steak with melting Steak Butter on top
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Our Favorite Steak Butter

Savory compound butter is sliced into coins and melted on top of steaks for a juicy, flavorful butter-infused bite every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • teaspoon smoked paprika
  • kosher salt & pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Spread onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a small log, tying the ends of the wrap.
  • Keep in the refrigerator until it is hard.


Fresh garlic is a great addition but uses garlic powder or roasted garlic for a more subtle flavor.
Use a hand mixer for best results, this adds air into the butter so it melts well!
Add a generous amount of salt to the butter, it flavors the steak nicely.
This butter can be made 1 week ahead of time and kept in the fridge or frozen in coins. 
Use steak butter on meats or veggies of all kinds.
5 from 15 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
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  1. Steak compound butter ingredient list is missing a complete quantity listing. 1/8 of what? Teaspoon or Tablespoon?
    Thank you, anxious to make and stock extra in freezer.

      1. Sorry for the confusion Mark, it’s an 1/8 of a teaspoon of paprika. Enjoy!