Herb Lemon Butter


Time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes to chill. Compound butter (butter blended with flavorings) is a great and simple way to add taste and texture to a dish.

Makes 1 cup, enough for 16 steaks


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1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Finely shredded zest of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Whirl ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes.

2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a work surface. Using a rubber spatula, scrape butter lengthwise onto plastic. Lift top edge of plastic up and over butter to meet bottom edge of plastic. Roll butter toward you, evening it out into a log about 4 in. long. Twist ends of plastic to seal. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

3. Remove plastic and slice off 1/4-in. portions (1 tbsp.) to serve over steaks.

Make ahead: Up to 1 week chilled, or up to 1 month frozen, wrapped in several layers of plastic.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per tbsp.

Created date

August 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 54
Caloriesfromfat 96 %
Protein 0.2 g
Fat 5.8 g
Satfat 3.6 g
Carbohydrate 0.6 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Sodium 1.7 mg
Cholesterol 16 mg