Pepper Rubbed Porterhouse Steaks with Chive Butter

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom


For the butter:   

6 tablespoons of unsalted butter softened
2 tablespoons of minced fresh chives
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt divided

For the steaks:   

2 (1-pound) of porterhouse steaks about 1-inch thick
1 1/2 teaspoons of coarse ground black pepper


  1. Combine the 4 tablespoons of the butter, chives, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl. Transfer butter to sheet of plastic wrap. Roll the butter into 1 1/4-inch-diameter log, wrapping tightly in the plastic. Chill in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.
  2. Rub the steaks with the pepper and sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the steaks and cook, turning 3 times, until browned and medium-rare, about 6-7 minutes. Transfer steaks to a serving platter and top with chive butter.