Garlic buttered steaks with piri piri fries

  • serves 2
  • A little effort

What could be better than garlic buttered steaks and piri piri fries? This'll make enough butter for 6-8 steaks, so invite a crowd, or freeze any left-over


*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards


  • salted butter 100g, softened
  • garlic 3 cloves, crushed
  • spring onion 1, sliced
  • lemon 1, zested plus 1 tbsp juice
  • flat-leaf parsley 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • rump or sirloin or hanger steaks 2
  • sunflower oil
  • green salad or mashed avocado to serve
  • potatoes 500g, skin-on
  • crushed dried chillies ¼ tsp
  • cayenne pepper ¼ tsp
  • sweet smoked paprika 1 tsp
  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • ground black pepper ¼ tsp
  • dried oregano ½ tsp


  • Step 1

    To make the flavoured butter, put the softened butter, garlic, spring onion, lemon zest and juice in a small food processor or blender and pulse to a finely chopped mix. Mash in the chopped parsley, then lay out a sheet of baking paper and spoon the butter into a log shape on it. Roll up the paper around the butter into a smooth cylinder. Put in the fridge if you’re not using it for a few hours to become hard again, if not, put it in the freezer to firm it up quickly.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spread the fries on a large baking sheet (or two). Mix together all the fry spices, then stir in 11/2 tbsp sunflower oil. Drizzle the spiced oil all over the fries and toss to make sure everything is coated. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway to crisp all sides.

  • Step 3

    When the fries are almost done, heat a frying pan over a high heat, and rub the steaks with 1 tbsp sunflower oil and some salt and pepper. Fry the steaks for 1-3 minutes on each side, turning only once, to cook to your liking. When the steaks are almost done, add a heaped teaspoon of the flavoured butter to the pan, and, as it melts, use it to baste the steaks. Lift the steaks onto a plate to rest for a few minutes, basting with the butter again.

  • Step 4

    Season the fries with salt and divide between two plates. Add a steak to each, top with more flavoured butter, and serve with salad leaves, mashed avocado and more lemon juice to dress.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1043
  • Fat 54.6g
  • Saturates 20.6g
  • Carbs 79.2g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Fibre 9.8g
  • Protein 53.8g
  • Salt 0.6g