Anchovy Butter

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Anchovies make great appetizers, as the seventeenth-century English writer Thomas Flatman observed: To quicken appetite it will behoove ye To feed courageously on good Anchovie. Anchovy butter is particularly good on grilled sword-fish, tuna, and steak.


  • 6 to 8 canned anchovy fillets, rinsed and drained
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Place the anchovies in a mortar and mash to a paste with a pestle. Or mash them in a small bowl using the back of a wooden spoon. Add the butter and pepper and beat until smooth.

  2. Place the butter at the bottom edge of a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll it into a compact cylinder. Store the butter in the refrigerator or freezer. Cut of