Kimchi Butter

Compound butter
Kimchi ButterMatt Taylor-Gross

At Uni restaurant in Boston, the chefs finish an Italian by way of Seoul braised kalbi oxtail dish with herby gremolata and this rich, vinegary kimchee butter. The butter would also add a funky richness served atop seared steak or braised short ribs, melted into steamed clams or mussels, or drizzled over a lobster roll.

Kimchi Butter
At Uni restaurant in Boston, the chefs finish an Italian by way of Seoul braised kalbi oxtail dish with herby gremolata and this rich, vinegary kimchee butter.
Yield: makes 1 3/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 12 cups kimchee (13 oz.)
  • 12 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add the kimchi and pulse until finely pureed. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl, and press down hard to release as much of the liquid as possible.
  2. Once well-drained, fold the kimchee puree into the softened butter with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly incorporated. If the butter mixture is too sticky, add some of the reserved kimchee liquid, about a tablespoon at a time (discard the rest of the liquid or save for another use). Taste the butter and season with salt as needed.