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Posted by AcidBrandon18 (1367 posts) 1 month, 4 days ago

Poll: Butter on Steak? (381 votes)

Butter on Steak is Delicious! 65%
Butter on Steak is Disgusting! 15%
I just want the results 20%

I just noticed that some people prefer to have their steak buttered and was thoroughly grossed out. Butter doesn't belong on steak, right? What do my fellow Duders think?

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#1 Edited by Mike (17913 posts) -

I finish grilled steaks with butter. If you order a steak in a steakhouse and wonder how they get it to taste so rich and fatty, this is part of the reason why. It is almost always done this way. You don't just slather butter on a steak like it was a baked potato, it is part of the cooking process.

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#2 Posted by Efesell (3614 posts) -

What else am I gonna sear it in.

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#3 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (1367 posts) -

I don't have a problem if the steak is lightly cooked with butter where you can't even tell by looking at it. But if it comes to my table and there is a big ol' dab of butter sitting on top we're going to have a problem.

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#4 Posted by Uppercaseccc (235 posts) -

Just grill it dont put anything on it steaksause BBQ ketchup medium rare your done all you need just eat the meat

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#5 Edited by AcidBrandon18 (1367 posts) -

A steak should look like this
A steak should look like this

NOT like this
NOT like this

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#6 Posted by OurSin_360 (6065 posts) -

Only when i don't care of its super unhealthy.

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#7 Edited by NTM (11019 posts) -

Hmm. It's worth trying I suppose.

Edit - I take it back, I guess that's what we cook it in.

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#8 Posted by Efesell (3614 posts) -

@acidbrandon18: What a boring steak that first one is, load me up with the second one that is definitely killing me faster.

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#9 Posted by nutter (931 posts) -

It’s a totally normal thing to do in steak preparation. If I’m out eating, I trust the kitchen to know how to put their best foot forward.

I’ve never considered buttering steaks at home, though. I’m not opposed; frankly, it never crossed my mind.

Anyhow, I’ve had plenty of delicious steaks that were clearly finished with butter, so I say it’s cool.

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#10 Posted by nutter (931 posts) -

@uppercaseccc: I think a steak can be lightly seasoned or marinated, but I largely agree.

A decent cut of steak needs nothing more than to be cooked properly (medium-rare).

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#11 Posted by drdust (75 posts) -

I had butter on my steak 2 nights ago. was delish !

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#12 Posted by GozerTC (500 posts) -

I used to never eat butter on steak but then I had a fancy steak once and it game with an odd butter blob in the middle and I was like, "WTH man?" Tried it and I've been hooked since.

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#13 Posted by Ares42 (3967 posts) -

Are we talking served with butter or cooked with butter ? I don't want my steak to swim in a pool of butter, but compared to other cooking methods I vastly prefer my steaks finished with browned butter.

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#14 Posted by 49th (3791 posts) -

You can't sear a steak in butter. The butter will be completely burnt by the time it's hot enough to get any kind of proper crust on the steak. Use an oil with a high smoke point like canola or peanut oil and crank the heat so high that the pan (not non-stick) is smoking.

Once you've seared both sides you can turn the heat all the way down or even off and add your butter at the end and spoon it over the steak.

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#15 Posted by gtb08 (419 posts) -

i always whip up a little garlic butter to drop on the steaks as they finish cooking out of the pan. i never met anyone that didnt do this. I think you just dont realize its being done.

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#16 Edited by bybeach (6200 posts) -

I know of cooking stakes in butter. Just read a recipe for Chateaubriand in fact.I myself don't do so. Because I strictly grill outdoors. I spray with olive oil and create a rub to then work into the meat. I could use a butter spray instead of olive oil, but I don't.

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#17 Posted by OurSin_360 (6065 posts) -

Also i dont butter the steak after its cooked only before its cooked.

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#18 Edited by Shiftygism (465 posts) -

I have no need for butter if the steak is properly cooked and seasoned.

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#19 Edited by Whitestripes09 (899 posts) -

The trick is to use butter towards the end of cooking your steak on the pan. Melt the butter in the pan then baste your meat after each flip. Also, throwing in some garlic and thyme will also help give the meat a more complex taste than just extra fat from the butter. Herbal/garlic butter works with this too. LET YOUR MEAT REST PEOPLE.

This method is honestly pretty superb. I love cooking steak this way because it turns a mediocre steak into something so much better and a nice steak into godliness. No pre-cook marinating or rub needed.

Gordon Ramsay has a video for a more visual representation on this.

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#20 Posted by Zleunamme (1002 posts) -

As long as steak is not being overcooked and served with ketchup. Things will be fine.

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#21 Edited by CrazyBagMan (1504 posts) -

Depends on when it's implemented, but most steaks are cooked using butter AFAIK.

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#22 Posted by hippie_genocide (2318 posts) -
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#23 Posted by imhungry (968 posts) -

I read through this thread and I'm still unclear as to what we're actually talking about here. Is this butter in the cooking process or butter served alongside steak?

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#24 Posted by rh51 (27 posts) -

I usually cook my steaks in a cast iron. Oil in the pan, steaks in, flip the steaks and melt some butter in the pan and baste while it finishes the second side. Then take it out to rest and drizzle some of the juices from the pan over top. Not a healthy way to do it, but it's delicious. I'll never stick a slab of butter on the top after cooking, though.

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#25 Posted by WillyOD (301 posts) -

Only garlic butter.

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#26 Edited by SpookyWaffles (6 posts) -

It can be a great medium to season your steak, like garlic butter or something similar. It helps make the steak really rich, but there is a fine line of how much you can add before you overdo it.

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#27 Posted by Mike (17913 posts) -

@imhungry said:

I read through this thread and I'm still unclear as to what we're actually talking about here. Is this butter in the cooking process or butter served alongside steak?

Yeah I'm not sure either because the user who created the poll later posted a picture of a steak with what looks like a slab of butter laid on top after cooking. Who knows.

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#28 Posted by coaxmetal (1831 posts) -

when im cooking steaks at home I generally sous-vide them and then finish in cast iron with butter (and also oil) and that is very good. Not sure if ive had steak served with butter though. I don't think that would be bad tbh. In the 2 pics the OP posted the one with butter on it does look a lot better. Not even just from the butter it just looks like a better cooked steak, but butter is tasty

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#29 Posted by RetroMetal (817 posts) -

Butter on steak is supposed to have bone marrow in it for flavor, that's the only way I've ever had it on a steak and if you have never tried this, you are missing out.

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#30 Posted by isomeri (3043 posts) -

I mean it depends. A steak with a lot of marbling and fat in it doesn't need added butter. But a lean piece of meat like a tenderloin for sure needs a bit of butter to keep it moist.

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#31 Posted by Fezrock (567 posts) -

@acidbrandon18: That second steak looks far more delicious than the first. Its not even just the butter, the first also doesn't look properly seared at all.

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#32 Posted by burncoat (450 posts) -

If you haven't had compound butter served on a perfectly cooked steak, you're missing out.

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#33 Edited by berniesbc (234 posts) -

@retrometal: Supposed to is a weird way of putting that. Herb butters are pretty good too.

Folks that think steak should be just thrown in a hot pan and anything else is sacrelige probably havn't eaten a whole lot of truly good food.

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#34 Posted by OpusOfTheMagnum (647 posts) -

Oh hell yes. I use a good oil with a high smoke point and then bring it down and throw some butter on the steak before wrapping it in foil to finish.

Butter is delicious.

@berniesbc: I dunno I can understand that perspective. If cooked properly that is one of my favorite ways to prepare a nice blue steak.

I’ll more likely rub some salt and pepper on there and melt some butter on it but that’s about as far as I take a steak. Not everyone wants that extra stuff and just a steak in oil when done right and with good meat is amazing all in its own.

If you use butter instead of oil you’re doing it wrong, unless you cooked the meat some other way and are just searing the surface, and even then. Butter has a low smoke point and will burn unless you want to slow cook it.

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#35 Posted by berniesbc (234 posts) -

@opusofthemagnum: Oh, don't get me wrong. I love a simply seasoned nicely cooked steak as much as the next person. All I'm saying is that people who hear about a preparation method they haven't heard of and have the immediate reaction of "oh that's gross" probably don't eat a lot of good food, because they aren't willing to try things that mom didn't make.

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#36 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (1367 posts) -

@imhungry said:

I read through this thread and I'm still unclear as to what we're actually talking about here. Is this butter in the cooking process or butter served alongside steak?

Sorry. To clarify I meant actual butter on top of a finished steak. I have no quarrel with using butter during the cooking process.

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#37 Posted by CreepingDeath0 (372 posts) -

Is this an american thing? The only thing that goes on my steak is a bit of salt and pepper rubbed in before it goes in the pan :/

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#38 Posted by Nux (2874 posts) -

I like seasoned salt on my steak but I will not say no to butter.

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#39 Posted by SethMode (1271 posts) -

It's weird to me that people are acting like a) butter is some kind of crazy extreme flavor similar to a steak sauce or ketchup; or b) that it would in any way detract from the flavor when used in the correct amount (just like any flavor enhancer). So yes, I eat butter on steak. If you put too much butter on it, it will suck, just like it you put too much salt or pepper on something it will suck. Otherwise, who doesn't like butter?

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#41 Posted by ZombiePie (7222 posts) -

@efesell said:

What else am I gonna sear it in.

Ranch and ketchup work fine.

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#42 Edited by Rorie (5036 posts) -

I've found that butter in the bag when we sous vide steaks makes it a lot tastier. That's during the cook and not after, though.

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#43 Posted by halim51 (91 posts) -

It's always seemed like a delicious idea, but keeping kosher has always kept me from trying it. I generally just use salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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#44 Posted by UnrealDP (1280 posts) -

As a lot of people are saying, butter while cooking is huge, the best steaks are probably being seared with butter and possibly left to rest with butter. That being said, using butter as like a condiment is abhorrent. Steak is not bread.

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#45 Posted by mikewhy (238 posts) -

@sethmode said:

Otherwise, who doesn't like butter?

Right? This thread is crazy to me. It's like asking "salt on steak?". Duders, this is basic seasoning.

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#46 Posted by Efesell (3614 posts) -

As a lot of people are saying, butter while cooking is huge, the best steaks are probably being seared with butter and possibly left to rest with butter. That being said, using butter as like a condiment is abhorrent. Steak is not bread.

You ain't slathering the thing down you just tastefully apply delicious butter.

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#47 Posted by n00bs7ay3r (279 posts) -

@imhungry: people seem to be interpreting it either way. Since I am not familiar with steaks being served with butter I am assuming cooked with butter. In my experience, if you are eating steak at a restaurant, it has been cooked using butter.

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#48 Edited by korwin (3912 posts) -

Use butter while grilling/searing the outside.

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#49 Posted by wardcleaver (258 posts) -

No. A well cooked steak doesn't need much in the way of seasoning, especially not butter. If a "steak house" is preparing steaks in butter as a general rule of thumb, I would not eat at that establishment. To me, this would indicate they are trying to make-up for lesser grades of beef. You ordering with butter, or them offering it as an option, is fine.

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#50 Posted by Ravelle (3132 posts) -

The only thing I do on a steak is a bit of garlic butter.