“Oh My!” Steak Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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This insanely flavorful, buttery Steak Sauce turns even the simplest bite of steak into an irresistible morsel. Packed with garlic, dijon mustard & fresh herbs it’s ready in only 5 minutes and is so good it will make you say “Oh My!”

Irresistible Homemade Steak Sauce

Are you ready to make the easiest, most insanely flavorful steak sauce?! You are probably rolling your eyes at the name: “Oh My!” Steak Sauce. I tried really hard, but with the range of ingredients, I couldn’t come up with a better name to describe how explosive the flavors are together. The bottom line is this: this steak sauce is so good you’ll want to put it on everything. Seriously. Everything.

This steak sauce is a butter-based sauce loaded with ingredients like garlic, horseradish, dijon mustard, shallot, fresh herbs, and more. You melt the butter and quickly whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl and THAT’S IT. It seriously couldn’t be any easier and I swear to you the flavor is phenomenal.

Watch How To Make It

Want to see how to make this easy steak sauce from start to finish? Here’s a step-by-step video:

What Makes This The Best Steak Sauce?

Aside from its incredible flavor, here are even more reasons why this simple recipe truly makes the best steak sauce ever:

  • Ready in minutes. Unlike a lot of homemade sauces, this one couldn’t be any easier. Just whisk it all together and serve!
  • Flexible: This recipe can be changed by altering just one or two ingredients to fit your tastes. You can leave out an ingredient (or swap for an alternative) without compromising the sauce.
  • Can Be Made Ahead: I shared directions for making it ahead below, but this makes it a great recipe for cookouts. Prepare it the day before and it’s ready whenever your steaks come off the grill for your guests.
  • Versatile: While I call this a steak sauce, it really is an “everything” sauce. There isn’t much that we haven’t tried it on!
A glass jar with steak sauce and a mini whisk in it on a cutting board.

What You’ll Need

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make steak sauce from scratch. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts:

  • Butter: I use unsalted butter so I can be in control of the salt. However, if you have salted butter, just wait to add any extra salt till the end and then add it to taste.
  • Shallot: A fresh shallot adds a ton of flavor, make sure to finely mince it so you don’t have any large pieces. This also helps to disperse the flavor more in the sauce.
  • Chives: Again, finely minced. Fresh chives will give your sauce a lot more flavor, but dried can be used in a pinch.
  • Garlic: I can’t beg you enough, please use fresh garlic that you mince yourself or press through a garlic press (yay for no stinky fingers!). Jarred garlic (or the refrigerated paste kind) lacks the bite of real fresh garlic.
  • Horseradish: You will want to use prepared horseradish, the fresh kind found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store usually sold next to the sauerkraut and hot dogs.
  • Dijon Mustard: If you don’t have dijon mustard, you could add a little ground mustard instead.
  • Fresh Thyme: Rosemary works too. Fresh is always preferred, but you could do a couple of pinches of dried thyme if that’s all you have on hand. If using fresh thyme, make sure to pull the leaves off the stems before you mince them. This will ensure you don’t get any pieces of hard stem in your sauce.
  • Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, and a little pinch of Cayenne Pepper. If you don’t have cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes would be a good substitute. You can also skip the cayenne pepper completely if you aren’t a fan of a little mild heat.

Do I have to use horseradish?

If you aren’t a fan of horseradish, many readers have commented over the years that they have skipped the horseradish and still love this steak sauce. So while the answer is yes, I recommend everyone who like horseradish (or those who aren’t sure) just to try it. The horseradish adds a perfect bite and a little hint of heat to the sauce that makes it really stand out.

If you aren’t sure how you will feel about the horseradish, you can also make the sauce without and then add just a little horseradish to a bite of sauce and see how you feel!

Ingredients in bowls on a cutting board with a steak next to it.

How To Make Steak Sauce

Making a sauce from scratch may sound intimidating, but wait till you see how easy it really is! Here’s how to do it:

  • Whisk: Whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined.
  • Rest: Let the sauce sit for 5 minutes and then whisk again to combine. This will allow the butter to cool and thicken just a little.
  • Serve: Serve immediately with your favorite steak, chicken, seafood or vegetables!

Told ya it was EASY!

A bowl with butter and herbs being whisked together.

Tips for Success

While this recipe is incredibly easy, it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are my top tips for the best steak sauce:

  • Use fresh garlic. I cannot stress this enough, which is why I’m mentioning it again. :) Fresh garlic just has so much flavor compared to jarred garlic or the kind of paste you can find in a tube.
  • Don’t skip the rest time. Once you have combined all your ingredients the sauce needs to sit for 5 minutes. This is an important step because it allows all the flavors to meld together. It also gives the butter a chance to cool and thicken a bit.
A jar of homemade steak sauce with a whisk sitting on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Steak Sauce the Same as Cowboy Butter?

Steak sauce is similar to traditional cowboy butter, which is melted butter mixed with lemon, red pepper flakes, garlic, dijon, herbs, and Worcestershire sauce. However, this steak sauce doesn’t have Worcestershire sauce and includes horseradish, so the end result has a different flavor profile.

What gives steak sauce its flavor?

Fresh herbs and pungent ingredients like garlic and horseradish are what give this butter-based steak sauce so much flavor.

A steak on parchment paper surrounded by bowls of ingredients, fresh herbs and a shallot.

Ways to Use Steak Sauce

This is where it gets exciting friends because there are so many ways to use steak sauce. While I call this a steak sauce, we honestly will dip just about anything in it…once you try that first bite, I promise you will understand our obsession! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy it:

A bowl of steak sauce with fresh herbs on a cutting board.

How to Store & Reheat Extras

  • Store in the fridge. Place any leftover sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat the leftovers in the microwave in 15-second bursts. Whisk in between each cooking time. The sauce may separate a little while microwaving but should come back together once whisked again.

Can I Freeze Steak Sauce?

Yes! The best way to do this is to portion it out into small individual portions, like in an ice cube tray with a lid. That way you can just pop out just the right amount of sauce for you.

To thaw, microwave the sauce in 15 to 30-second bursts (small ice cube tray sizes melt quicker), whisking in between each cooking time.

Can I Make Steak Sauce Ahead?

Absolutely! You have two options, I personally prefer option 2:

  1. The day before: Make the sauce as directed in the recipe up to 24 hours before you want to serve it. Allow the sauce to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to serve, microwave the sauce in 15-second intervals, whisking often, until melted and smooth. Let rest for a couple of minutes, stir again, and serve immediately!
  2. In a mason jar up to 48 hours ahead: In a large mason jar, add the stick of butter (not melted) and all the other ingredients. Seal the mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When ready to serve the sauce, microwave the mason jar (with the lid removed!) in 30-second intervals, whisking often, until melted and smooth. Let rest for a couple of minutes, stir again, and serve immediately!
A fork with a piece of steak dipping it into homemade steak sauce in a bowl.

More Homemade Sauces

If you are a mushroom fan, make sure to also check out my recipe for this creamy mushroom sauce for steak. More of a traditionalist? You may also enjoy this classic béarnaise sauce.

A bowl of steak sauce with a piece of steak on a fork being dunked in the sauce.
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Yield: 1 cup sauce – 6 servings

“Oh My!” Steak Sauce

Sharing my secret family recipe for this insanely flavorful, buttery Steak Sauce that is ready in 5 minutes. Packed with garlic, horseradish, fresh herbs and more, you will want to put this sauce on everything, not just steak!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 5 chives, finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons prepared horseradish, the fresh kind in refrigerated section
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk all ingredients till well combined.
  • Let the sauce sit for 5 minutes and whisk again. This will allow the butter to cool and thicken just a little.
  • Serve with your favorite steak, chicken, fish, or vegetables! It's delicious on just about everything!

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave in 15 second bursts, whisking in-between each cooking time. The sauce may separate a little while microwaving, but should come back together once whisked again.
Make Ahead: There are two different ways you can prepare this steak sauce ahead of time.
  1. Make the sauce as directed in the recipe (located at the bottom of the post) up to 24 hours before you want to serve it. Allow the sauce to cool completely and then store it in an air tight container in the fridge. When ready to serve, microwave the sauce in 15 second intervals, whisking often, until melted and smooth. Let rest for a couple of minutes, stir again and serve immediately!
  2. In a large mason jar, add the stick of butter (not melted) and all the other ingredients. Seal the mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When ready to serve the sauce, microwave the mason jar (with the lid removed!) in 30 second intervals, whisking often, until melted and smooth. Let rest for a couple of minutes, stir again and serve immediately!
Freeze: The best way to freeze this sauce is to portion it out into small individual portions, like in an ice cube tray with a lid. That way you can just pop out just the right amount of sauce for you. To thaw, microwave the sauce in 15 to 30 second bursts (depending on how large your frozen sauce is – small ice cube tray sizes melt quicker), whisking in-between each cooking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 386mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

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