Cowboy Butter

If you’ve never checked out, it’s worth a peek. It’s a food website with recipes, but with interesting, I guess supposedly catchy headlines, like “86 Most Delish Baked Chicken Dinners,” and “135 Most Delish Holiday Desserts.”

Personally I wouldn’t be tempted to look through 86 chicken recipes, or 135 desserts, but somebody must! The website seems popular, and there is a tab for Delish Kids as well, which is smart. Although, “21 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Making Breakfast?” Just put them in the kitchen!

Nevertheless, I came across, in some random way, a recipe for Cowboy Butter from the website.

According to the website, the idea of “Cowboy Butter” came from a little restaurant in New York City called Mr. Donahue’s.

My world changed after I dunked a piece of prime rib into the herb-speckled butter, and the wheels really started turning once I realized everything on my plate — crispy potatoes, Parker house roll, and even mac and cheese — tasted good with it.

Well it certainly appealed to me as well, and I knew the next time I grilled steaks, I’d have to make this magic butter.

Cowboy Butter
Printable recipe below

1 cup butter, melted
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
2 teaspoons minced thyme
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic, shallot, mustard, horseradish, cayenne and paprika. Whisk to combine.

Stir in the parsley, chives and thyme.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve warmed.

Whoever came up with this stuff was right. I started not only dipping the steak into the butter, but also the green beans.

Good stuff. That’s all I can say.

I can see it drizzled over grilled meats of any kind, plus seafood like shrimp, crab, and scallops.

Or, over grilled vegetables or baked potatoes. The possibilities are endless.

Make some – you’ll love it!


By Published On: January 8th, 201865 Comments on Cowboy Butter

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Jodi January 8, 2018 at 6:50 AM - Reply

    sounds “delish!” will try!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 6:56 AM - Reply

      It’s pretty amazing!

  2. Nadia January 8, 2018 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    Sounds delicious!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 8:20 AM - Reply

      It’s similar to a persillade, but better!

  3. anotherfoodieblogger January 8, 2018 at 8:37 AM - Reply

    Oh wow, I would dip everything on my plate in that butter too! I’ll have to make this next time we grill up a steak!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 8:47 AM - Reply

      Do! You won’t regret it!

  4. chefkreso January 8, 2018 at 8:52 AM - Reply

    OMG the steak looks incredible, but with this butter it’s pure perfection and I bet it tastes so as well :D

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Reply

      It really enhances the steak flavor and is pure decadence! I could put it on just about everything!

  5. Michelle January 8, 2018 at 10:02 AM - Reply

    Wowww, that steak! Looks so juicy with that butter! Will have to try that one day!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 10:05 AM - Reply

      You won’t regret it! It’s addicting!

  6. Jean January 8, 2018 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    Mimi, this does sound “delish.” I always make a pan sauce with my steaks, but I could train my husband in the art of cooking steak in a pan (without the added task of making a pan sauce), make this ahead of time, ready for him to warm up, and have a night off! :-)

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      Definitely. I only cook steaks in a pan. Pan sauce is wonderful, but a pain if you’re only cooking for two, so I do it rarely. I can’t imagine anyone being unhappy with this butter instead of a reduction!

  7. okiewinegirl2015 January 8, 2018 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    You realize you’ve just ruined my “diet” goals for 2018, right?! Butter. I’d be happily buried in it!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM - Reply

      Well join the group! I’d be okay if I didn’t blog! It’s good stuff. Love your new photo! Did you have a blast in London?

      • okiewinegirl2015 January 8, 2018 at 2:33 PM

        Yes thank you! It was a big beautiful blur and I neeeeeeeeeed to go back! I tried the mulled wine (yum) and had hot wine in Paris. (Double yum).

  8. Jovina Coughlin January 8, 2018 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    Thank you for following my blog. I enjoy reading yours.

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 6:41 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much!

  9. Susan (@savoringtime) January 8, 2018 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    Can’t wait to try Cowboy Butter the next time we grill steaks! The ingredients sound amazing.

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 6:41 PM - Reply

      It’s decadent perfection!

  10. Mary January 8, 2018 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    I don’t know about just dipping, I think a great big spoon’s the answer!! Yum!!

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 6:57 PM - Reply

      Hahahahahahaha! It’s tempting!

  11. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons January 8, 2018 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    You had me with simply the butter and garlic, the rest just makes it amazing. I wonder why they call it Cowboy Butter? I was expecting something like refried beans, creamed into a buttery consistency.

    • chef mimi January 8, 2018 at 6:42 PM - Reply

      No idea. The restaurant named it that but there was no explanation. It’s a revelation!

  12. Aria January 9, 2018 at 12:12 AM - Reply

    This recipe sounds especially yummy,Thanks for sharing!!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2018 at 5:58 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome!

  13. Tandy | Lavender and Lime January 9, 2018 at 1:15 AM - Reply

    Oh yum! Anything with horseradish is a winner for me :)

    • chef mimi January 9, 2018 at 5:57 AM - Reply

      And just the right amount!

  14. StefanGourmet January 9, 2018 at 1:23 AM - Reply

    The only thing missing is bacon, LOL

    • chef mimi January 9, 2018 at 5:57 AM - Reply

      Well bacon would be good dipped in it!

  15. Sumith January 9, 2018 at 5:28 AM - Reply

    An absolute delish!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2018 at 8:07 AM - Reply

      Thank you!

  16. Our Growing Paynes January 9, 2018 at 12:46 PM - Reply

    I saw your post on Instagram and was intrigued. This sounds amazing. Definitely will be trying this. How do you set up a printable recipe? I was thinking I need to start incorporating that into my posts but no idea how to do that.

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 5:46 PM - Reply

      oh brother. well it’s not set up how I’d like it to be but it’s a start. I looked in widgets and this was one of two that I found – the other didn’t work! it’s very awkward but i’m stuck with it until I hook up online with a WP tech helper! Wish I could help!

      • Our Growing Paynes January 16, 2018 at 4:44 PM

        I’ll have to do some digging then. If not I’ll bug the support group. Thanks. 😊

      • chef mimi January 17, 2018 at 12:09 PM

        I will be happy to tell you exactly what mine is called, but it’s quite tedious to use.

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  18. canelakitchen January 9, 2018 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    this sounds really delicious!

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 5:47 PM - Reply

      It truly is, in all its decadence!

  19. Greedyeats -Neha January 9, 2018 at 7:11 PM - Reply

    Omg! I can’t wait for another second to try these out. An absolute delish. Where there is garlic and butter, there is a way. ;) Thanks for sharing.

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 5:47 PM - Reply

      Exactly! Thanks!

  20. Fran @ G'day Souffle' January 9, 2018 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    Sounds like a recipe that cowboys would like to have one of their cattle drives to spice up their food- I could see this served with lobster- yum!

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM - Reply

      Oh yes! Try it Fran! Nothing gourmet, but definitely delicious!

  21. Gerlinde January 9, 2018 at 11:57 PM - Reply

    Without a sauce I don’t have a meal. I will try this one, it looks delicious,

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 10:18 AM - Reply

      I know what you mean. My meals are all about condiments!

  22. Culinary Flavors January 10, 2018 at 1:57 AM - Reply

    Every Sunday I make chops in the BBQ. This butter is just the perfect thing to accompany them!

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 10:18 AM - Reply

      You will seriously start dipping everything in this sauce when you make it!

  23. Jeff the Chef January 10, 2018 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    Sounds fantastic!

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 10:14 AM - Reply

      Um, it is!

  24. kitchenriffs January 10, 2018 at 10:33 AM - Reply

    Wow! That looks really flavorful. Delish, even. :-) This does look like something I should try — thanks!

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 3:02 PM - Reply


  25. Karen January 10, 2018 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    Oh dear…this could really start trouble. How you going to get people to leave the kitchen table, once they have tasted this butter. :D

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 5:48 PM - Reply

      I tupperware’d the leftover butter after trying it, and sent it over to my friends’ house for them!!!

  26. heather (delicious not gorgeous) January 10, 2018 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    oooh love how flavorful this sounds! i’d put this on everything – bread, pasta, chicken, potatoes… mmm.

    • chef mimi January 10, 2018 at 3:02 PM - Reply

      Uh huh. It belongs on everything!

  27. Frank Fariello January 14, 2018 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    I really does sound delicious, but I wonder why they call it Cowboy Butter. Cowboys were into chopped shallots… ?

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 6:44 AM - Reply

      You, me, and everyone else!! No idea.

  28. allysonmeyler January 14, 2018 at 8:19 AM - Reply

    Holy cow this looks DELISH!!

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 9:33 AM - Reply

      I know! It’s crazy delicious!

  29. Rhonda Sittig January 14, 2018 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    This does look “delish” Mimi!! such a great blend of flavors– and I’m of a mind that butter makes everything better! thanks!

    • chef mimi January 14, 2018 at 5:37 PM - Reply

      Oh, it definitely does! Thank you!

  30. Julie is Hostess At Heart January 15, 2018 at 10:13 PM - Reply

    I think I would eat my arm dipped in cowboy butter! I wouldn’t have ever put something like this together but it sounds amazing!

    • chef mimi January 15, 2018 at 10:15 PM - Reply

      Hahahaha Hahahaha! I know, it’s brilliant!

  31. Jack & Barbra Donachy January 26, 2018 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    And so the lid is removed from butter. Yum! Inspiring.

    • chef mimi January 26, 2018 at 2:46 PM - Reply

      It’s crazy delicious!!

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