Pan-fried Ribeye Steak with Tarragon Butter

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Whenever I go out to a restaurant and order steak, I always, always order a side of BĂ©arnaise sauce. I love the way the rich sauce and the aniseedy tarragon mingles with the savoury, charred outside of the steak and the juicy red meat within. But I most often cook steaks at home, and I don't usually whip up a batch of BĂ©arnaise just for myself. But by placing a couple of slices of this flavoured butter on top, I get that buttery, tarragon kick in seconds. I hope you enjoy.

Pan-fried Ribeye Steak with Tarragon Butter

Ribeye steak with tarragon butter


  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • handful of tarragon leaves, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Rib-eye steak
  • olive oil


  1. Lay out a square of cling film, about the size of an A4 piece of paper. On it, dab on the butter and sprinkle over the salt and the chopped tarragon. Using the cling film, press and knead the herbs into the butter until they are pretty much combined evenly through the butter. Push the butter into a small log-shape and wrap in the cling film. You can chill this for an hours or so until firm before using, or pop it in the freezer (as I do) and slice chunks off just before you put your steaks in the pan. 
  2. To cook the steak, rub the steak with a little olive oil and heat up a dry, non-stick frying pan. Lay the steak into the hot, dry pan and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. This will give you medium-rare steak. 
  3. Rest the meat in a warm place for at least 5-10 minutes and then arrange the slices of herbed butter over the top. 
Other uses for tarragon butter: 
  • Try arranging slices of the butter over roasted chicken portions
  • Toss through fish or chicken pasta dishes
  • Add to parcels of fish before putting into the oven