This boldly flavored chive butter makes more than enough for four steaks. As it keeps well in the freezer for up to six months; just slice off what you need for an instant adornment for meat or poultry.

Yield: serves 4


For the Chive Butter

  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large bunches chives, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 12 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

For the Steaks

  • 4 (1-inch–thick) tri-tip sirloin steaks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Make the chive butter: Beat butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth. Put chives and salt into a small food processor; purée until smooth. Add chive purée, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and freshly ground white pepper to taste to butter; stir well.
  2. Transfer chive butter to a large sheet of parchment paper, roll tightly into a log, and twist the ends as for a Tootsie Roll; chill until firm.
  3. For the steaks: Heat oven to 500°. Season steaks with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add steaks and cook until deep brown, 2–3 minutes. Flip steaks over, transfer skillet to oven, and cook until medium rare, about 3 minutes more. Top each steak with a thick slice of chive butter.