Porterhouse with Jalapeno Butter

Dress up steak with compound -- meaning flavored -- butter, which is surprisingly simple to make.

  • Servings: 2
Porterhouse with Jalapeno Butter

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 porterhouse steak (2 1/2 pounds, 1 1/2 inches thick), room temperature
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (if you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds). Stir butter, jalapeno, and garlic in a bowl; set aside.

  2. Season both sides of steak with salt and pepper. Grill over hotter part of grill, covered, flipping once, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Slide to cooler part of grill; grill, covered, flipping once, until medium-rare, 7 to 8 minutes more per side. Remove from grill, and let rest 10 minutes. Serve with jalapeno butter.

Cook's Notes

Filet mignon can be prepared this way as well. Sear two 8-ounce steaks over direct heat for three minutes per side; grill over indirect heat until medium-rare, five to six minutes more per side.


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