Why YOU Should Join the Obsession for Cowboy Butter!

Every chef and backyard grillionaire has the PERFECT pairing for the PERFECT steak. But, what IS cowboy butter?

Cowboy butter is NOT something that is necessarily "new" when it comes to a steak. However, I have been seeing it EVERYWHERE on social media (at least in my algorithm niche) over the past couple of weeks. I decided to jump on the trending train and see what the hype was all about. I had it with a steak that I made on my Cinderº Grill. After having this, I am HOOKED! And I have to say, if you love steak, cowboy butter is about to be your go-to dipping sauce.

What is Cowboy Butter?

As usual, I am SO glad you asked! In all honesty, cowboy butter is a mash up of everything great that goes with a steak! Garlic, fresh herbs, mustard, parsley, chives, paprika, chili flakes, and of course, BUTTER! This dipping sauce can go great with ANY steak! You might be more familiar with other compound butters such as garlic butter, basil butter, but cowboy butter takes steak to a WHOLE NOTHA LEVEL!

 The invention of cowboy butter is a little murky. No one really knows who invented it, BUT it does have a history! This compound butter is similar to the French call "beurre Maître d'hôtel". A classic "beurre compose" made with parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Like most amazing foods, the French have been using compound butters for hundreds of years! 

How Do I Make Cowboy Butter?

The best thing about cowboy butter is that it is TOTALLY easy to make! Below is a recipe I use. The cowboy butter recipe below has a delicious spicy kick to it! If you don't like heat, you can adjust the level of kung fu simply by cutting back on the amount of chili flakes or cayenne you use.

Cowboy Butter Recipe

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Lemon zest
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper


  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Add lemon juice, zest, garlic, mustard, paprika and cayenne, and whisk vigorously until combined
  • Add parsley, chives, thyme, chili flakes and salt and pepper to taste, and continue whisking
  • Allow to cool and serve alongside your main dish as a condiment

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