whiskey compound butter

I love grilled steaks – who doesn’t? – but I do miss the fond left behind on the pan when you pan-fry steaks. Nothing beats the sauce you can make by adding some alcohol, herbs, and cream to the scraped up bits of meat left on the pan. The grilling equivalent is compound butters, and I won’t say no to those either.

I also don’t say no to whiskey – at least when it’s mixed with butter to top my steak. Between the shallots, alcohol, and herbs, this compound butter has nearly everything my favorite pan sauces do. And unlike a pan sauce, which requires some last minute frenzy, a compound butter can be made hours (days! weeks! months!) in advance. Most importantly, it’s accompanying a beautiful charcoal-grilled steak.

One year ago: Twice-Baked Potato Cups
Two years ago: Banana and Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Printer Friendly Recipe
Whiskey Compound Butter
(adapted from epicurious.com)

Makes enough to top 6-8 steaks

1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon whiskey or bourbon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon minced parsley
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste

Combine the shallot and whiskey; let rest for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix well. On a 12-by-8 inch square of wax paper, drop butter in spoonfuls to form a log. Roll butter in wax paper and smooth out to form a round log. Refrigerate until hard and easy to slice into round, coin-shaped pieces, at least three hours. Serve with grilled steak.


  1. I would never have thought that alcohol would be willing to compromise with butter.

    The epitome of French cooking, all in one: wine, butter, steak. Where are the baguettes and cheese?!

  2. Oh how lovely, great pics too

  3. Just sent this link to my husband. He loves making compound butters when he grills steaks on the Big Green Egg and this one sounds right up his alley!

  4. Its 9:30am but I would still love to eat that right now!

  5. I also love steaks and whiskey! This looks delicious!

  6. That butter looks marvelous- I’m going to make some to keep in my freezer. Thanks!

  7. I have to try this! I am always looking for something to put on my steak when we grill and can’t make a pan sauce. I usually end up just crumbling blue cheese on top, but now I need to try this!