Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter is a scrumptious gourmet-style Italian flavored steak made indoors or on the barbecue grill.

Mom used to make this back in the 1960s in Central Utica New York, indoors all year long in a cast-iron skillet or broiled.

We didn't have great weather all year round but she would always come up with an indoor barbecue idea all winter long when we couldn't use the charcoal grill we had.

Back then we money was tight and she would turn inexpensive cuts of meats into a banquet of flavors.

You can use any of your favorite piece of beef you prefer, we have made this with ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse, they are all spectacular in flavor.

The recipe is simple you will need a good Chianti red wine and several herbs and spices.

If you love steak this will one to keep in your recipe collection.

We also love other stovetop steaks mom made, Italian Sauce Steak, Steak Marsala, and Salisbury Steak all favorites as a kid and now.

Scroll down to my step by step easy instructions for this printable recipe.

this is a seared steak topped with garlic cloves and chianti butter

this is a grilled steak using a le creuset grill pan with sirloin topped with garlic and chianti butter

Steak and Chianti

Any kind of steak and wine go famously together but this really melts in your mouth and so tender in every bite.

I even will give you a chart to follow to cook the steak from rare to well done below.

Just pick a steak you like and if you haven't invested in a grided grill pan that's cast iron, it's a must-have for this steak.

I use a Le Creuset pan that I am a big fan of.

If you are lucky to be able to grill all year long, I still use the gridded pan outdoors because I don't want to lose any of the delicious juices and sauce this steak makes.

For more flavored butter do check out the many kinds I make.

this is a seasoned sirloin steak with garlic and Italian herbs

Ingredients Need for Chianti Steak

Chianti Butter

  • unsalted butter
  • Chianti or red wine
  • kosher salt

Steak Seasoning

  • any steak you prefer
  • olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • coarsely ground black pepper
  • garlic sliced lengthwise
  • a few sprinkles of dried oregano
  • top the steak with freshly chopped Italian parsley randomly
  • granulated garlic powder
  • Optional: red pepper flakes

this is a seared sirloin steak on both sides in a grill pan made by Le Creuset

Tool Needed:

  1. Grided Grill Pan preferably cast-iron
  2. Tongs to turn the steak
  3. Knife
  4. Spoons
  5. Bowl for the butter
  6. Cutting board 
  7. Meat Thermometer is optional

this is Chianti butter mixed in a ramekin bowl


  • Meat can be marinated the day before with seasoning but add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on it and store in a plastic locked bag
  • Sear each side on high heat first to seal in the juices for at least 2 minutes on each side
  • Use tongs to flip the meat
  • I prefer to use boneless steak, but use whatever you like bone-in is tastier
  • Let meat rest 5 to 7 minutes before serving

this is a raw sirloin steak getting ready to be grilled

Meats To Use:

  1. Sirloin
  2. Burgers
  3. Chuck Steak
  4. Ribeye
  5. Porterhouse
  6. T-bone
  7. Veal Steaks
  8. Pork Chops
  9. Note: I don't use chicken as it turns pink but you can try it!

this is raw sirloin with parsely garlic and fresh parsley on top olive oil and on a cutting board

Temperature Chart:

this is a steak and meat temperature chart to show from medium rare to well done heats for cooking the steaks

Try More Recipes We Love:

Flavored Herb Butter

Chicken Fried T-Bone

Italian Fried Steak

this is a red seasoned Le Creuset pan with grill grids for indoor or outdoor grill cooking

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Gourmet Flavors

Just a few more thoughts, you can turn any ordinary inexpensive meats into a gourmet meal including burgers with this delicious seasoning and Chianti butter.

Try stuffing your burgers also with slivers of garlic and mix it with the seasonings inside the meat.

One other substitute if you prefer non-alcohol, use a good grade aged balsamic vinegar.

Let me know how you like mom's recipe.

Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter

Grilled Steak with Chianti Butter

Yield: 1
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min
Grilling steaks are a favorite summer and barbecued meal. This regular steak turned into a gourmet flavor using a compound butter made with Chianti red Italian wine. It's an unforgettable delicious steak grilled to perfection.


  • Chianti Butter:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Chianti or red wine
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Steak Seasoning:
  • 1  2-1/2- to 3-pound steak 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced lengthwise
  • a few sprinkles of dried oregano
  • top the steak with freshly chopped Italian parsley randomly 
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • Optional: red pepper flakes


  1. First, make the butter spread:
  2. Use a spatula, mix softened butter in a mixing bowl until it's spreadable.
  3. Add wine and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Place compound butter on a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape into a log and twist the ends to seal. Place butter in the refrigerator to harden.
  5. Brush steak with olive oil, season well with salt and pepper, make slits into the steak, and fill with garlic slices.
  6. Sprinkle with garlic powder lightly, parsley and oregano.
  7. Stovetop Cast Iron Grill Pan:
  8. Sear the steak on high heat on each side 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Top with a few slices of Chianti Butter.
  10. Lower heat and cook either using an internal thermometer or see my chart below.
  11. For Outdoor Gas Grills: 
  12. Heat the grill on high heat. ( I still place the steak in a heated cast iron skillet)
  13. Sear steaks on each side.
  14. Then lower to medium-low heat, cook to desired taste, rare, medium, or well done see chart below.
  15. Top with a few slices of Chianti Butter.
  16. For more compound butter recipes visit at Flavored Butter Recipes
  17. Thickness and Times for Rare (120-130)
  18. 1 inch 8 minutes;.
  19. 1 1/4 inches 10 minutes
  20. 1 3/4 inches 12 minutes
  21. Thickness and Times for Medium Rare (130-140)
  22. 1 inch 10 minutes
  23. 1 1/4 inches 12 minutes
  24. 1 3/4 inches 14 minutes
  25. Thickness and Times for Medium (140-150)
  26. 1 inch 13 minutes
  27. 1 1/4 inches 15 minutes
  28. 1 3/4 inches 17 minutes
  29. Thickness and Times for Medium Well (150-160)
  30. 1 inch 18 minutes
  31. 1 1/4 inches 20 minutes
  32. 1 3/4 inches 22 minutes
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. Claudia, are you tempting with your steaks?? Hahaha! Send some to me pleeeeeeeese!

  2. What an original idea "Chianti butter"! I'm sure it makes steak very appetizing and tasty. Bye, have a great day

  3. Great idea,dear Claudia!Kisses from Greece:)

  4. This sounds delicious. Porterhouse is my favorite steak as well. The filet side is my favorite as well.

  5. Yes when I have a big hunger I throw that on a barbie.I always joek when people phone me while it is cooking and ask me what's for dinner I answer:Half a cow:)
    Than they know iti is Porter Steak:)

  6. you are one smart cookie - going for the fillet... great wine sauce, just can't get enough grilling time in myself... I am working on a wine recipe too for a future post but with port.... hope u have a great week

  7. Do visit for the most remarkable technique for preparing a steak. I used it for pork yesterday and I am a convert.

  8. I'm not a big red meat eater Claudia, but I like the spices on the steak. The Chianti butter takes it over the top!

  9. Superb the addition of the Chianti butter!!!

    BTW-I have an award for you to claim on my blog.
    Congratulations, well deserved:DDD

  10. This recipe is even better for me since my guy doesn't like steak and I'd get it all to myself. Haha! This sounds so delicious and now I'm craving this. Yummy!

  11. This is very similar to the marinade I use for steaks. Well done!

  12. I've had compound butters before, but Chianti butter is new to me! Red wine goes so well with steak, so I can see how this would be such a great touch for your porterhouse :) Yum!

  13. I can eat like three bites of steak and be completely satisfied - it doesn't take much. But this Chianti butter would definitely make me eat more! Incredible!

  14. Loving the idea of chianti butter, how great to compliment the steak!

  15. I think this is my fave kind of steak. So good. I am going to have to try your chianti butter. Sounds lovely. Sounds lovely!

  16. CHIANTI?? Cool! It goes great with steak any day!

  17. I just ate dinner, but this is making me hungry all over again! Looks so good =)

  18. Claudia...I can smell this on the grill now! The addition of the chianti butter just puts it over the top! : )

  19. Chianti butter! wow I love it. And the steak must be very delicious!

  20. I love wine sauce Claudia. I never eat a whole steak either and my hubby has the same reaction :)

    Sorry I've been mia the last week. Too much stuff at one.

  21. This sounds really tempting with the chianti butter. My uncle always prepared his steak with butter, I will definitely pass this along. Great way to add a zing to grilled steak.

  22. What a fantastic idea! I am a Ribeye person myself and this is definitely how I am making my next steak!! :)

  23. Nice touch with that Chianti butter.

  24. Looks like a nice change of flavors for a steak.

  25. Wow! Do I know when to grab a free hour? Yes! I love steaks on the grill - perfectly seasoned as yours is. But that Chianti butter? Wonderfully rich! The perfect addition.

  26. Wow, Claudia, that Chianti butter sounds really amazing. I'll definitely put it on my list of to-try recipes.

  27. Is this dinner?! I'll be right over! (I WISH!)

  28. Love the idea of chianti butter..steak looks great and flavorful..

  29. This steak sounds wonderful!

  30. Chianti butter? Yes, please! That has to taste absolutely fantastic!

  31. We are overdue for a steak dinner! Lovely recipe, Claudia~

  32. The Silver Fox will follow you where ever you go :-). This sounds decadently delicious and demands to be tried. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  33. My husband would approve. He puts butter on everything! Actually butter on steak is awesome! Nice recipe.

  34. I'd fly to your Florida home to have one of these steaks! Showing this recipe to my husband when I get home!!!!

  35. Mmmmmmm...fabulous recipe! Excellent idea to make a good steak into a superb steak~

  36. I like the idea of the wine in the butter rather than just a steak sauce, great looking steaks!

  37. I would eat BOTH your portion and your husband's portion of this steak. Love the chianti butter! Thanks for sharing on Fresh Food Friday last week too, Claudia. Now following you on 'blogluvin'!

  38. I noticed that I have already commented on this years ago, but the steak looks really GREAT and worth of 2nd comment :-) I seriously can eat steak every day with lots of butter and suet or tallow!

  39. Nothing better than a great steak and your Grilled STeak with Chianti Butter looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,501!
    Miz Helen


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