Recipe Box, Serious Steak with Caramelized Onion Herb Butter

I think they thought it was Father’s Day…


HH and HHjr went to do some errands and this is what they brought home…


2 “GIANORMOUS”, you know giantly enormous,  bone-in rib eye steaks…


“I thought I’d make some Caramelized Onion Herb Butter to top these grilled steaks,”  HHjr said as he was putting a rub and a little steak marinade on them.

Excuse me, really?   Wow, ok!   He loves to cook and often cooks for us on the weekends.  I saw him looking through the May Southern Living earlier so I had a feeling something would arise from that~


While the diced onion was caramelizing low and slow in a skillet, he added minced garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to a stick of softened butter.  Then he headed out to the garden and picked chives and flat leaf parsley.

onion herb butter

Once it spent some time in the fridge, it set back up and looked like this

caramelized onion herb butter

Oh, yeah, he also decided to top the steaks with Crispy Fried Sweet Onion Rings~ whoa…

So he went ahead and marinated the onion rings in buttermilk.   I do so appreciate an organized chef!  No photos, but I’m sure you can picture onion rings bathing in a white bath of buttermilk.  He fried the onion rings just before grilling the steaks and kept them warm in a low {200} oven.


Hot off the grill, the steaks were topped with the Caramelized Onion Herb butter and Crispy Fried Sweet Onion Rings

steak house steak

I know, right, …………..really?

onion topped steak

Are you serious…

steak dinner

Good grief it was amazing!

serious steak

See the butter starting to melt into the hot steak under that perfect pile of crispy onions?

steak dinner 1

Oh, I forgot to mention that he made our favorite Magic Potatoes too…as if we didn’t have enough decadence going on here

The potato recipe is one of those love/hate situations…you are going to love me for it because it is so good, but hate me for showing you how easy it is because you will want to make it all the time…for the potato recipe click here

The Caramelized Onion Herb butter and Crispy Sweet Fried Onion Rings came from the May 2013 issue of Southern Living. 

Caramelized Onion Herb Butter

Prep Time 30 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 small sweet onion such as Vidalia, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 T chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 T chopped fresh chives


  • Place onion in a dry skillet with 1 tsp of salt.
  • Cook over medium low heat, stirring often, for about 30 minutes, adding more salt half way through.
  • Onions are done when they are caramel colored.
  • Combine with all other ingredients and place in a bowl or roll into a log and chill. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.
  • Place a generous slice on top of a hot steak when serving and it will melt into the meat adding more flavor
Keyword caramelized onion butter, flavored butter, herb butter, steak butter

Crispy Sweet Onion Rings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Buttermilk Soak 2 hours
Course Appetizer, condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 large sweet onion cut into 3/8 inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper


  • Separate rings and place in a mixing bowl and cover with buttermilk. Cover bowl and refrigerate 2-24 hours.
  • Pour oil to a 2 inch depth in a deep pan and heat to 360.
  • Stir flour with cornmeal, salt and cayenne.
  • Dredge onion rings in flour mix and lay out on to a baking sheet.
  • Fry in batches and drain on paper towels. Salt immediately after frying. Keep warm in a 200 oven until serving.
  • Serves 3-4 as a garnish, double the recipe to serve as a side dish.
Keyword buttermilk onion rings, crispy onions, onion rings, steak and onions, steak garnish

Are you full?  Ha, we are going to eat nothing but vegetables for the rest of the week!  If you’d like to see more of these plates and a tablescape click here


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY


A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY




13 Responses to “Recipe Box, Serious Steak with Caramelized Onion Herb Butter”
  1. Joyce says:

    This looks incredible – in our family the men do this steak business as well and they know how to it very well. I love what the two of you created and I know it was a fab meal. I like the looks of those onion rings too-yum, yum!
    Happy Hugs,

  2. memoriesbythemile says:

    My husband would love, love, love this meal!!! Pinning 🙂
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  3. micupoftea says:

    The potatoes and onion rings sound divine…awesome with a steamed artichoke! I enjoy the creativity of cooking- Happy 4th of July 🙂

  4. Shawna says:

    You were so lucky to be served by such a great meal. Wow! Oh and your potato recipe, to die for.

  5. Pinning this as fast as my little fingers can do it!!! Wow…this looks SO good!!! I have had more than my quota of red meat for the month, but the next chance I get, I am going for this!!! Ramon LOVES a good ribeye, and he will be SO happy!!! Since we didn’t get to celebrate our birthdays in proper fashion a couple of weeks ago, I think I’ll surprise him with this meal next month!

    You’ve changed your blog since I’ve been gone! I like the new format! Very nice!

  6. Ann Drake says:

    Oh my gosh. Rib eyes are my all time favorite steak. I got them last year for my husband’s birthday and it nearly sent me to the poor house! Ha…just kidding. I think the bone -in might be even tastier than the boneless. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Great photos too!

  7. Kim Hood says:

    OK, this looks so delicious, I can’t stand it! Now, for more torture, I’m headed over to check out those potatoes. 🙂

  8. FABBY says:

    Wow, this rib eye look amazing, I just love it! I eat meats as I don’t hardly eat carbs cause they make me fat, so I’m copying this. Thanks for sharing and for your sweet visit and I’m sorry I’m so late dropping by you, as I was away for the funeral of my beloved aunt. Big hugs,

  9. Mary says:

    Jenna~ I’m drooling this morning imagining this meal with the Caramelized Onion Herb butter and Crispy Sweet Fried Onion Rings…I need a generous glass of red wine to wash it down with instead of coffee! How fun your son loves to cook, he must enjoyed spending time with you in the kitchen growing up 🙂

  10. Wow!! I am drooling over your Steak and Butter:) Think I just found what I will be making for the 4th of July !!

  11. Shawna says:

    The herb butter is such a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing it on our BBQ Block Party.

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