Garlic Herb Butter for Steak

Want to make the most decadent Garlic Herb Butter for Steak? All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this flavorful compound butter for steaks, bread and so much more.

A log of garlic herb butter and slices of it on wax paper surrounded by herbs, lemons and garlic

I cannot get over what this simple compound butter for steak adds to the dish to make it something special.

The garlic is sharp—but not too sharp—and is balanced out with the pop of acid from the lemon zest. The parsley adds both color and light flavor.

And the butter is, well, delicious.

Why I love this recipe:

Honestly, I love this garlic compound butter recipe because it’s versatile and goes with almost anything.

While we’re calling this Garlic Herb Butter for steak, it can be used on a variety of dishes, including garlic bread. (Hi, hello. Please make this for yourself.)

You could also use it when roasting a whole chicken or a turkey breast, too.

It’s packed with flavor, and it’s incredibly simple to make at home. It keeps well in the fridge, too.

Other recipes to serve this steak butter with: Garlic Butter Steak | Cream Biscuits | Grilled Skirt Steak | How to Broil Steak | Whole Wheat Italian Beer Bread

Looking for meat recipes? Check out my Beef Recipe Index for more ideas.

Ingredients for compound butter and the rest of the ingredients in bowls on a pink background

What you’ll need to make this recipe:

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Let’s talk ingredients!

In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter—this serves as the base for the homemade herb butter. I like to use unsalted butter because then I can control the saltiness.
  • Salt—I like to use a fine grain sea salt in this recipe.
  • Garlic—freshly minced, please and thank you. While the pre-minced stuff is great, fresh garlic that you mince yourself will have stronger flavor, and we want that in this steak recipe.
  • Lemon—we’re using the zest of a single lemon, and it gives a little pop of citrus and acidity to the butter! SO good.
  • Fresh parsley—you need a lot of this and more for garnish. Be sure to chop it up relatively finely for the butter.
Collage showing before and after mixing the compound butter for steak

How to make Homemade Garlic Butter

Before you get started! It’s a lot easier to make a compound butter if your butter is at room temperature and softened.Remove it from the fridge 30-45 minutes before mixing your garlic butter.

Combine the softened butter with the minced garlic, chopped parsley, lemon zest and kosher salt in a medium bowl.

Use a hand mixer or a rubber spatula to stir until combined. If your butter is soft enough, using a rubber spatula should be easy.

Shape the butter into a log and place it on wax paper for storage.

You can also transfer it to a storage container* (affiliate link) to keep the butter in the refrigerator. This can be kept for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

You may also leave at room temperature if you’re cooking the steak shortly after mixing it.

Garlic Herb Compound Butter wrapped in wax paper on a pink countertop surrounded by herbs, garlic and lemon

Frequently Asked Questions

Which butter is best for steak?

A homemade Garlic Herb Butter on top of a steak is just wonderfully decadent and delicious. Some brands sell their own garlic butters if you don’t want to make your own, but I really like the homemade variety.

Is putting butter on steak good?

Yes. Butter on steak is excellent and elevates the dish even more, especially when it melts into a garlicky butter sauce.

Should you season steak with garlic?

It depends on your tastebuds, but I love garlic with almost every savory dish, so I say YES.

What is garlic butter made of?

This garlic butter recipe includes unsalted butter, freshly minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley, lemon zest and kosher salt.

Slices of garlic herb butter on wax paper

Quick tips for Compound Butter

  • Use quality ingredients. Choose the best butter you can get your hands on and add fresh garlic, parsley and lemon to it! It makes a difference and adds to the already incredible flavors.
  • Make it decadent. Add a tablespoon or two on top of your steak as it sears, and add another once the steak is on the plate. It’s SO GOOD.
  • Smear it on bread. I’ve used this butter on homemade garlic bread, too. Take the softened butter, smear it onto sliced bread and toast until golden brown!
  • Double or triple the recipe. Since this keeps well in the refrigerator, you can make a large batch and store it. You can also freeze it, if you wrap it tightly, for a few months.

Want to make this goodness?

Here you go…

Close up of compound butter next to a steak
Yield: 8 (1T) servings

Garlic Herb Compound Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Want to make the most decadent Garlic Herb Butter for Steak? All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this flavorful compound butter for steaks, bread and so much more.

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the softened butter with the minced garlic, chopped parsley, lemon zest and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Use a hand mixer or a rubber spatula to stir to combine.
  3. Roll into a log or transfer to a storage container to keep the butter in the refrigerator.
  4. This can be kept for 2-3 week in the fridge. You may also leave at room temperature if you’re cooking a steak or another protein shortly after mixing it.

Notes

Double or triple the recipe. Since this keeps well in the refrigerator, you can make a large batch and store it. You can also freeze it, if you wrap it tightly, for a few months.

Use quality ingredients and the best butter you can get your hands on for extra flavor!

Don’t just use it for steak. This compound butter recipe is perfect with poultry (like chicken and turkey), as well as a base for garlic bread.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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