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Steaks with Herb Butter

Butter blended with fresh herbs, known as a compound butter, makes a simple but delicious embellishment for grilled rib-eye steaks.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbs. snipped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh rosemary
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 rib-eye steaks, each about 1 inch thick

Directions:

Prepare the herb butter
In a small dish, stir together the butter, chives, rosemary, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Cook the steaks
Meanwhile, prepare a hot fire in a grill and oil the grill rack. Or, preheat a broiler.

Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper, patting the seasonings firmly into the meat. Place the steaks on the grill rack, or put them on a baking sheet and place under the broiler. Cook, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes total for medium-rare, or until done to your liking.

Place each steak on a plate, top with the herb butter and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Weeknight, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2006).