Rib-eye steaks with chilli butter & homemade chips

Rib-eye steaks with chilli butter & homemade chips

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 2

James Martin shows how to make your loved one a Valentine's Day feast with fail-safe steak and homemade chunky chips

Nutrition and extra info

  • Chilli butter can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal772
  • fat47g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein51g
  • salt0.63g


  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 50g butter, softened, plus a little extra



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • juice and zest ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 x 200g rib-eye steaks, seasoned
    Rib-eye steak

    Rib-eye steak

    Rib-aye stayk

    Considered one of the tastiest and most elegantly flavoured of steaks, rib-eye steaks are cut…

  • 2 handfuls mixed salad leaves

For the chips

  • 450g floury potatoes, such as Estima, King Edward or Maris Piper, peeled and cut into chunky chips



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


  1. For the chilli butter, mash the parsley into the butter with the chilli, a squeeze of lemon juice, the zest and some seasoning. Chill until firm.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. For the chips, toss all the ingredients on a baking tray, then season. Roast for 35-45 mins until golden and crisp.

  3. Heat a good glug of oil in a frying pan. Add the extra butter and the seasoned steaks, fry for 2-4 mins on each side, then transfer to plates. Toss the leaves with olive oil and lemon juice. Divide between the plates, add the chips and top each steak with a piece of chilli butter.

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19th May, 2019
I created an account just to review this! Mainly because I'm generally useless at making chips, but these came out great. I chose a thick cut steak (Morrison) for this recipe, which worked well. With chips, I cut them as instructed, but because I was using an ordinary baking potato I part boil them until slightly soft first, which I think helped. Then as instructed toss them in the mix, and added a little plain flour just to help with coating. In the oven with them for 20 minutes, then gave them a turnover and started on the steaks. I seasons the steak with garlic granules, salt and pepper, and cooked as instructed. Very tasty For the chilli butter, I actually used Chiu Chow Chilli Oil (Tesco world foods section), which is chopped chillies in oil, rather than just an ordinary chili. FYI, I use this stuff in so many recipes and it brings so much flavour to whatever your cooking. Would highly recommend having this in your cupboard. I will definitely be making this meal again. Very simple and easy to do, and doesn't take long at all.
17th Jul, 2014
Loved it, even a struggling cook like myself could make it! Delicious and i used LIDL steak.
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Michael Toivonen
27th Sep, 2018
Shop local or kill the High Street.
17th Feb, 2013
Made this tonight for Sunday tea, but added a little chilli oil to pan instead of making chilli butter. It was delicious and everyone enjoyed!!!
24th Jan, 2013
Didn't do the butter as we didn't have any chilli in but the steak and the chips were truly superb! Better than a lot of meals we have had in restaurants and so much cheaper. We shared a ribeye as they tend to be big anyway. Also, we served this with the spring greens with lemon and garlic as a side and it went perfectly with the dish. A definite favourite and will be using this again.
13th Feb, 2012
Pirate Harri, use a bit of Garlic instead then. I have a block of garlic butter made this way in the freezer all the time and it works very well.
12th Feb, 2012
My boyfriend doesnt like chilli, any suggestions on what to use instead?
6th Oct, 2011
Splodgemeister- u can freeze the chilli butter and use it anytime!
19th Feb, 2011
I know it's past valentines, but I might try this still, but is it ok to add in a bit more chilli in the butter since my partner loves spicy food, or would it just overpower the flavor?
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15th Feb, 2011
made this for tea last night and it tasted great,used sirloin steak instead but the whole meal went down great.


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