Minute steak with chipotle butter and lime

Neil Perry
Minute-steak with chipotle butter and lime.
Minute-steak with chipotle butter and lime. Photo: William Meppem

Head south of the border with this spicy, quick dinner that delivers maximum flavour for minimum effort. The chipotle butter can be used on fish, poultry and even pork. Just pop any remaining butter in your freezer for another time.


400g beef eye fillet, preferably centre cut

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

olive oil

4 fresh lime cheeks

For the butter

250g unsalted butter, very soft

1 chipotle chilli in adobo sauce, chopped

1 tsp sea salt

¾ tsp smoky paprika

1 tsp freshly ground toasted cumin

freshly ground black pepper



1. For the butter, put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine with a wooden spoon until smooth. Spoon onto some cling film, then roll into a log about 5cm in diameter. Place in fridge until firm, then cut into 1/2cm slices. Put aside enough sliced butter for 4 slices, placing each slice on a square of baking paper. The butter needs to be at room temperature so it melts easily on the steak.

2. Return the remaining butter to the fridge or freezer for later use. If freezing, place a small piece of baking paper in between each slice so you can use it, slice by slice, as and when you need it.

3. Cut beef crosswise into four steaks. Place each slice between 2 sheets of cling film and pound, one by one, until very thin (about 5mm). Remove cling film and season beef with sea salt and black pepper, then drizzle lightly with oil.

4. Preheat a chargrill or frying pan on a high heat. Cook each piece of beef for about 1 minute on one side (until browned), then turn and cook for another 10 seconds - they should still be juicy and pink in the middle. Remove from heat, cover with foil and rest for a minute.

5. Place a slice of softened butter onto the cooked minute steak and serve immediately with fresh lime.

Tip: I like to serve a raw cabbage and cucumber salad with this dish, wrapping it all up in a tortilla.