Steak Frites with Herbed Compound Butter

One of my favorite bistro dinners, any time we are in France, is steak frites. It's a pretty easy French Recipe to master at home if you follow of few of my basic tips. Served with spicy Dijon mustard and a pile of crispy fries this is comfort food at its best.

It's a great recipe for a special occasion like Valentine's Day or a Birthday Dinner and is always sure to impress someone special! For more romantic dinner ideas see my 7 Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas post.

Steak Frites Recipe on a white plate

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Step# 1: Season your Steak

A few hours before grilling, season your steaks with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence. This will help flavor the steak and the salt will help to tenderize it too.  Keep the steaks covered and refrigerated until ready to grill.

salting 2 Rib Eye Steaks on a plate

Step #2: Prepare your Potatoes

You'll want to use Russet potatoes for your fries, Russets are non-waxy potatoes that are ideal for creating a crisp exterior and fluffy interior. Peel them on all sides and then cut them in half.

peeling a russet potato with a potato peeler over a cutting board

Create Pomme Frites Like a Pro

  • To create the match stick fries you'll need a mandolin.
  • My favorite model is the OXO Mandoline because it has a lot of great settings that work for Scalloped Potatoes, Cucumber Salads, or Shaved Brussels Sprout Salads.
  • It also has some nice safety features like a stable base, a locking blade, and a large safety guard too.
  • Set it to the julienne setting at ⅛ of an inch.

A person setting the thickness of a mandoline slicer

Removing the Starch

  • The ⅛" setting will create beautiful match stick potatoes. Rinse them in cold water, until the water runs clear, to remove the starch.
  • This will help your potatoes fry up to a nice crispy texture

Close up of match stick potatoes ready to fry into french fries

Step#3: Grill your Steak

Grill your steaks on each side for 5-7 minutes depending upon how you like them cooked. You're looking for an internal temperature of 145F for Medium Rare 160F for Medium.

A close up of a ribeye steak grilling on a grill pan

Allow Your Steaks Time To Rest

  • Allow your steaks to rest for at least 15 minutes. This will preserve their juicy interior.
  • Cut into it too soon, and all those lovely juices will spill out and you'll have a dried-out piece of meat.
  • While they are resting, top with the compound butter (recipe included below!)

adding a dollop of Herb butter to a ribeye steak on a blue plate

Step#4: Fry the Fries

  • Fry the match stick potatoes in vegetable oil until golden brown and crispy. Then season them with sea salt.
  • This is best done while the steaks are resting so that you can serve them piping hot and crispy
  • Alternatively you could fry them, let them rest on a paper towel at room temperature and then crisp them back up in an air fryer.

A spider strainer placing fried French Fries on a plate lined with paper towels

Place your steaks on a plate and pile high with the fries! Don't forget to serve this meal with some nice spicy Dion Mustard like Amora, my favorite! 

a hand placing a mound of fried french fries on a plate next to a rib-eye steak topped with herb butter

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Steak Frites Recipe on a white plate

Steak Frites with Herbed Compound Butter

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Steak frites are wonderful bistro classic that is pure comfort food.


For Steak:

  • (2) Ribeye Steaks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Herbs de Provence, to taste

For Fries:

  • 2 Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • vegetable oil for frying

For Compound Butter:

  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Dijon mustard


  1. Season both sides of steak with salt, pepper and herbs de Provence. Place on a plate and keep covered and refrigerated until ready to grill.
  2. Then you can prepare the compound butter. In a small bowl add all the ingredients and mash together with a fork until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. An hour before serving prep the fries.
  4. Set a mandolin to the julienne setting and set the thickness to ⅛” thick.
  5. Run 1 potato half through the mandolin to create the matchstick fries. Separate the pieces and place in a bowl of cold water. Repeat the process until all the fries are cut.
  6. Then take the bowl to the sink and pour out water and refill the water until the water runs clear of any starch. Then drain water completely.
  7. Transfer the fries to a baking sheet, lined with clean kitchen towels. Pat the fries dry with paper towel, and cover with clean paper towel and keep in fridge until ready to fry.
  8. 30 minutes before serving, lightly grease an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat.
  9. Place steaks horizontally on grill at first. Then after a few minutes rotate the steaks vertically and continue to grill. This will create a nice cross hatch pattern.
  10. Grill the steaks on each side 4-7 minutes each side for medium or 5-8 minutes for medium. Then flip and repeat the same process for the cross-hatch pattern.
  11. Grilling times may need to be adjusted depending upon the thickness of your steaks. Thinner steaks will take less time, thicker steaks will take more time. The best way to really know when your steaks are done is with a meat thermometer 145F for medium rare and 160F for medium.
  12. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the fries.
  13. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven until it registers at 375F with a candy thermometer. Line a plate with paper towel to drain the fries after they come out of the oil. Best to have this all ready to go.
  14. Fry the French fries in 2 batches, turning gently with a spider strainer to cook on all sides. Once golden-brown remove from oil and transfer to the plate lined with paper towel.
  15. Season fries with salt. And serve with the steaks. Serve steaks with Dijon mustard.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g


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