Grilled Chipotle-Rubbed Steaks with Lime Butter

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Grilled Chipotle-Rubbed Steaks with Lime Butter
  • Yield:makes 4 servings
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes
  • Rated: 5.0
This recipe appears in:
The Best Inexpensive Steak for the Grill, Part 1: Hanger Steak Dinner Tonight: Grilled Chipotle-Rubbed Steaks with Lime Butter

Adapted from Food & Wine.

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Compound butter is one of the easiest, yet most impressive ways to make a meal more delicious. Even though it's nothing more than softened butter with herbs or spices or other flavorings whipped into it, somehow it achieves a level of refinement that comes across as very impressive (for a barbecue, having a couple varieties to slather on everything makes for a fantastic party).

About the author: Blake Royer is a food writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Chicago; he has been writing for Serious Eats since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter @blakeroyer.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated zest from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lime
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • Four thick, boneless steaks, such as ribeye or hanger, 10- to 12-ounces each
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine the butter, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, and a salt to taste. Set aside. Combine the paprika, cumin, and chipotle powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle the steaks with plenty of kosher salt, then evenly sprinkle the spice mixture over them and rub into the meat.

  2. 2.

    Oil the grates of the grill (or grill pan) and preheat over high heat until smoking. Reduce heat to medium high and add steaks. Cook without moving until well-charred, about 4 minutes. Flip steaks and continue to cook until center of steaks register 125°F on an instant-read thermometer for medium-rare, 135°F for medium, or 145°F for well done. Transfer to a platter and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes, adding the lime butter after a few minutes to melt from the residual heat.

  3. 3.

    Slice the steaks and serve immediately.

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