|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A juicy steak with just salt and pepper is delicious and satisfying on its own, but when topped with a dollop of garlic butter, it becomes a rich and unctuous affair, which is why many steakhouses offer a savory pat of butter atop their sizzling cuts of meat. Also known as compound butter, flavored butter is a great enhancer of a good quality cut; it doesn't mask the true nature of the steak, it just makes it better. For our recipe, the garlic-infused butter will slowly melt over your steak, the natural flavors will be enriched, and you'll be in for a beautiful and filling meal.
The recipe for compound butter is straightforward: the base is just good quality butter, to which you can add your favorite flavor profiles. No need for pricey ingredients, but do go for a high-fat butter, and always choose unsalted when you're making compound butter. Just make sure the butter is soft before mixing with the other ingredients.
This flavored butter is perfect for steak, but also chops, chicken, and even seafood recipes. Garlic butter can be made well in advance and will keep in the fridge or freezer.
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1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place the softened butter in a bowl and add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and parsley. Mix with a fork to combine thoroughly.
Use a spatula to scrape the flavored butter onto a piece of plastic wrap. Using the wrap, shape the butter into a log. Pull the sides of the plastic wrap over to seal, twisting the ends to close tightly, or folding it like a small parcel.
Roll the wrapped butter back and forth to create an evenly shaped log. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to harden.
When ready to use, unwrap and slice the butter into 1/4-inch rounds. Place on top of hot, sizzling steaks just before serving.
Serve and enjoy.
Why Do I Need to Use Unsalted Butter?
Unsalted butter is best for making compound butter because you can control the seasonings and everything that goes in it. If you seasoned the steak with plenty of salt, and also use salted butter, the end result might well be a dish that is too salty. Unsalted butter is better becase you can always add salt and seasonings, whereas with salted butter the canvas you have to work with is very tight.
Shortcut Compound Butter
For a speedy preparation, you can make this flavored butter in the food processor, using other tricks too:
- If you forgot to soften your butter at room temperature, simply grate it with a cheese grater and leave it at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, heat up 2 cups of water in the microwave until boiling, and once the microwave stops, quickly put the grated butter in the oven so the trapped steam softens it faster.
- While the butter softens, use the food processor to mince the garlic first.
- Add the softened butter and remaining ingredients.
- Process thoroughly, place in plastic wrap, roll, and chill.
Other Delicious Compound Butters
Any flavorful compound butter needs to have some acid, aromatics, and herbs. Many cooks also add stronger flavors using powdered mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, or truffles, but the addition of such powerful flavors depends on personal taste. Here are a few variations on our recipe:
- Add lemon zest for a citrus zing, and swap the parsley for chives.
- Skip the Worcestershire sauce, and use lemon juice instead if using this butter on fish.
- Add cilantro, rosemary, or oregano in place of the parsley. Cilantro gives a wonderful bright touch and is great served on pork tenderloin. The rosemary and oregano lend a Mediterranean flavor—perfect for grilled chicken, fish, or shellfish.
- Add red chili flakes. Start with 1/8 of a teaspoon and taste the butter on a piece of bread. Add more to taste if needed.