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Grilled Rib-eye Steaks with Miso Butter

Compound butter—made by blending such flavorings as herbs, wine, citrus juice, and garlic with butter—is a classic French accompaniment to meats and vegetables. Japanese miso paste makes a great butter and imparts the savory quality of umami (a word that roughly translates as "delicious essence"), making it the perfect topper for rib-eye steaks.

Sunset AUGUST 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. white or yellow miso paste (see Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 boneless rib-eye steaks (3/4 to 1 in. thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sweet onions, such as Walla Walla or Maui
  • About 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided


1. In a small bowl, stir together butter, miso, chives, and garlic. Spoon butter mixture onto a square of plastic wrap, fold plastic over butter from the top and the bottom, and use your hands to form it into a log shape about 1 1/2 in. thick. Twist sides to close. Put in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.

2. Meanwhile, rinse steaks, pat dry, and season well with salt and pepper; set aside at room temperature, 15 to 25 minutes. Peel onions and cut in half crosswise. Trim about 1/2 in. off rounded sides of each onion so halves lie flat. Rub onions with some olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high heat (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate for only 3 to 4 seconds). Grill onions 2 minutes, then add steaks and grill until nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn everything over. Onions will need another 6 to 8 minutes, until they're softened and nicely browned. For steaks, cook an additional 2 to 4 minutes for rare, 5 to 7 minutes for medium-rare, and 8 to 15 minutes for well done (cut to check).

4. Top each steak with 2 tsp. miso butter (you will have some butter left over). Serve with onions and a simple green salad if you like.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.


Find miso—fermented soybean paste—in Asian markets, natural-foods stores, and supermarkets.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 1030
  • Calories from fat: 71%
  • Protein: 57g
  • Fat: 81g
  • Saturated fat: 35g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sodium: 521mg
  • Cholesterol: 237mg