Saturday, January 19, 2013

Smokey Grilled Steak with Chipotle Butter


It's time again, what time is it? It's steak time and I am about to cook and eat a real good smokey steak with some homemade chipotle butter. 

The key to turning a steak into a STEAK, is these little smokey, red babies. A chipotle pepper is a smoked jalapeno but it's not really spicy (at least to me, it's not).

I am a spice addict, so if you don't like spice, don't take my word for it! If I say something is not spicy, believe me, to the average human, it's spicy!

I would say chipotle peppers take jalapenos and tone them down and up at the same time. The spicy heat is replaced by smokey flavor and it is so good.

I plan well in advance for cooking steak. The reason being, is because I like my steak to marinate overnight.

I do this by using extra virgin olive oil, creole seasoning, black pepper, garlic and onion powder and to further the smoke theme, I added smoked paprika and chili powder. 

I grilled my steak in a cast iron grill pan. I would normally cook this steak on a charcoal grill but it's just so cold, I refuse to stand outside and watch my steak, so indoors we go. Let's Eat!

Smokey Grilled Steak with Chipotle Butter

Prep Time: Overnight
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes not including marinating time
Servings: 4


4 strip steaks
8 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tbsp. paprika
1/2 tbsp. creole seasoning
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. onion powder
chiptole butter (recipe below)
lemon to squeeze on hot steak if desired


Rinse steaks and pat dry, rub 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over all the steaks and season with the spices. Marinate overnight if possible.

In a hot skillet over medium high heat, add remaining olive oil and butter, cook steaks approximately 7-10 minutes on each side depending on your preferred cooking method.

Allow steaks to rest 5 minutes then top with chiptole butter and allow steaks to rest 5 more minutes before serving.

Chipotle Butter

1 1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
1-2 chipotle peppers
2 stalks of green onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. hot sauce

In a blender add all the ingredients and blend well. Place butter in saran wrap and roll into a log. Refrigerate 30 minutes before cutting.


  1. I prefer my steaks on an outdoor grill myself, but hey, we can’t control the weather. Though I’ve had more experience with flame grills rather than charcoal grills, I still manage to get the smoky flavor by indirect heat grilling and putting down the lid. The marinade, rub or sauce takes care of the rest.

    1. Sounds good Dominic, There is nothing better than steak cooked on an outside grill...


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