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Chimichurri Herb Butter for Steak

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Want to take your steak to the next level? Add a pat of this chimichurri steak butter right after it’s done cooking for fresh, bright, and rich flavors that will enhance your steak for a restaurant-quality meal. This garlic herb butter is designed for steak, but can truly be used in so many ways – on seafood, chicken, vegetables, or bread! We’ve used classic chimichurri flavors and folded them into butter for a spread that is rich, creamy, bright and fresh all at the same time. It’s the best way to add tons of flavor to grilled steaks and so much more.

Herb garlic compound butter on piece of steak

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Garlic Herb Steak Butter

  • Adds both rich and bright flavor to steak
  • Garlic and herbs enhance the flavor of the butter
  • Can be used in SO many ways beyond steak
  • Instantly elevates a meal
  • Easy to make
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Flexible recipe – can adjust based on what you have


  • Butter – Use a high-quality butter for best flavor. You’ll want it soft enough to mix with the other ingredients, so let it sit out at room temperature. Unsalted butter is typically recommended for garlic compound butter, but you can use salted, just adjust the amount of salt you add.
  • Garlic – Use a fresh garlic clove for best flavor. I like the bite of raw garlic here, but if you want to mellow it out a bit, roasted garlic is also delicious. And if you love garlic, feel free to add two cloves of garlic.
  • Fresh herbs – Use fresh herbs for the best bright flavor. We’re using fresh chives and parsley, but you can also use any combination of herbs. Fresh rosemary is a classic in compound herb butter.
  • Lemon – We’re using the lemon zest, so you will need to use a whole lemon. It adds a great contrast to the rich butter, so don’t skip it.
  • Flaky sea salt – A flaky salt is the best in terms of flavor and texture, but you could also use a 1/4 teaspoon of regular or kosher salt if you don’t have flaky.
  • Red pepper flakes – This adds a mild heat, you can add more or less depending on your personal preferences.
Ingredients to make garlic herb butter for steaks

How to Make Compound Butter for Steak

This is an overview on how to make delicious compound butter for steak, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Mix herb butter. Add softened stick of butter, garlic, chives, fresh parsley, lemon zest, flaky salt, and red pepper flakes to a medium bowl. Stir together.
Ingredients to make compound butter for steak in a mixing bowl
Form into log. Spread the garlic herb butter onto a piece of parchment paper (or a piece of plastic wrap) and roll into a log, twisting the ends to close.
Steak butter on a piece of parchment paper before rolling
Log of herb steak butter
Chill. Chill the steak butter in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using. If using on something like a juicy steak or seafood, put a pat of the butter on the meat right after done cooking so it can melt into the meat as it rests.
Slices of herb steak butter


What is compound butter?

Compound butter is a delicious way to infuse some bright and fresh flavor into butter, which can then be used in so many ways. The possibilities are endless, so it’s easy to make it your own, based on what you have. And then so many ways to use it! (See below for ideas on how to use compound butter.)

Can I use different herbs?

Yes! Garlic herb butter is so flexible, you can really use any herbs that work together or keep it simple and use one herb, garlic, and some simple seasonings.

Storage Instructions

Store herb butter for steak in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Can you freeze compound butter?

Yes! You can also freeze the chimichurri steak butter recipe for 2-3 months. Let it soften a bit in the refrigerator overnight. You want to be able to cut through it, but don’t want it too soft.

Herb steak butter slices

How to Use Garlic Herb Butter for Steak (And More!)

While I do think this is the best compound butter for steak, there are also SO many ways to use it. Virtually anything that could be helped with a bit of butter and herbs. 😉

  • Steaks – Use a pat of butter on top of the steak, right after you take it off the heat so it can melt as the steak rests. I love it on a leaner steak like filet mignon, but you can use your favorite steak. It will make you feel like your at a fancy steakhouse!
  • Chicken – Use a piece of butter to cook the chicken in or after you brown the chicken, add a pat of butter to the pan and spoon it over the chicken to baste it.
  • Seafood – Melt a bit of the garlic herbed butter and brush on air fryer lobster, shrimp skewers, or a piece of baked halibut.
  • Vegetables – Top air fryer broccoli, steamed frozen broccoli, roasted potatoes, or any fresh vegetables that are delicious with a bit of butter.
  • Bread – Spread softened butter over a slice of baguette, on dinner rolls, or even use it for garlic bread.

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Roll of garlic herb compound butter with slices

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Herb garlic compound butter on piece of steak

Chimichurri Herb Butter for Steak

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Add a pat of this chimichurri garlic herb butter to your steak for steak right after it’s done cooking for a steak house quality meal. 


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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 Tbsp. minced chives (fresh)
  • 2 Tbsp. minced parsley (fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. flaky salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together softened butter, garlic, chives, parsley, lemon zest, flaky sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir until combined.
  2. Spread butter onto a piece of parchment paper and roll into a log, twisting the ends close.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour and slice into rounds.
  4. Place compound butter on steak immediately after it’s done on the stove/grill so it can melt into the meat while resting. 


  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months

Keywords: herb butter for steak, steak butter, compound butter for steak, garlic herb butter

Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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