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Cowboy Butter for Steak

Cowboy Butter for Steak

Cowboy butter takes steak to a whole new level! If you’ve never heard of it, It’s just a compound butter packed with delicious ingredients! Even if you’re someone who enjoys their steak in its purest form and unadulterated, you’ll still be impressed at how this elevates those juicy steak flavors!

What is cowboy butter?

It’s a compound butter containing ingredients that elevate your steak adding a big punch of flavor.

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How to make cowboy butter:

The first thing you’ll need is softened butter. You can use a stick of butter from the store you if you are feeling extra ambitious, you can make homemade butter using this recipe. I usually keep it simple and start with store-bought for this recipe.

Ingredients in cowboy butter:

  • Butter (of course!)
  • lemon zest and juice
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • chives
  • dijon mustard
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • paprika
  • salt
  • papper
  • worcestershire

Next you’ll want to prep the ingredients. You’ll want to zest the lemon before cutting and juicing it, mince the garlic, and chop the parsley and chives. Add everything to a bowl with the softened butter along with the remaining ingredients.

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Once you have everything in a bowl with the butter, you can take a fork and just smash everything together. You might notice a little bit of liquid from the lemon juice and worcestershire but that’s totally fine. Just do your best to incorporate as much as you can.

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Now after you’ve mixed everything together, you can either serve it just like this (softened and in a bowl), or you can make the “fancy” butter log for slicing over steak.

To make the butter log of cowboy butter, lay out a long piece of plastic wrap and scoop the butter into the center of the wrap.

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Take the plastic wrap and fold it over the butter then roll it up like a candy wrapper. You can then twist the ends to make it a nice tight roll of butter.

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Tuck the loose ends under and then wrap the butter log in one more piece of plastic wrap to keep things nice and tight. Place the wrapped cowboy butter in the fridge for at least 2 hours until it’s hardened and easier to slice.

How to use cowboy butter:

When your steaks are almost done cooking, take about a 1/2 inch slice of cowboy butter and place it on top of the steak while it finishes cooking. As the butter melts, you can spoon the drippings over the top of the steak.  You can also add a pat of the butter when the steaks have finished cooking and allow it to melt over the steaks as they rest. (don’t forget…steaks should always rest a few minutes after cooking to reabsorb juices)

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Cowboy Butter for Steak

Prep Time10 mins
Refrigeration time45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: Coco and Ash


  • 8 tablespoons softened butter
  • juice and zest of half a lemon (about 1 tsp zest and 2 tsp juice)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives (or green onion, or shallot)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire


  • Add all of your ingredients to a bowl and smash together with a fork.
  • Once combined, lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and place the butter mixture in the center. Using the plastic wrap, roll the butter into a log and wrap it tightly.
  • Place in the refrigerator to allow to harden so it can be sliced when ready to serve. If you prefer it softened, serve as is.
  • When ready to serve, slice the butter into 1/2 inch coins and place over your hot steak. Allow the butter to melt over your steak and enjoy!


Some prefer their cowboy butter to be melted. If so, melt your butter first then add in the ingredients and stir together. You can use this as a dipping sauce for your steak.

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