Tri-Tip or Flank Steak with Caper-Anchovy Butter

Jar of Capers

Jar of Capers

By Cat, June 2010 (photo, right, from Wimimedia Commons)

See also: 1. Green Beans and Broccolini, seared with Finely Minced Garlic; 2. Beef, Venison, Buffalo Menu

Tri-Tip is a cut from the hind quarter, from the bottom of the sirloin area, just above the belly area from which the flank steaks is cut. I find this cut to have some gristle and is fairly fatty. I would prefer to make this recipe with flank steak, but I have not yet tested this.

Capers are the bud of a shrub growing throughout the Mediterranean, that are then treated similarly to olives – either lactofermented in a salt brine, or pickled in vinegar. They can usually be found in glass jars in the olive section, as pictured, right.

Tri-Tip or Flank Steak with Caper-Anchovy Butter 

This recipe is adapted from Fine Cooking (2). You can really use any steak cut, but the thicker the better. According to Fine Cooking, Tri-Tip is a fairly well-marbled cut that is excellent for grilling, but I have not been happy with some tri-tip cuts, and prefer to use flank steak.

Serves 2

Ingredients & Equipment:

  • 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed and chopped (or 1/2 tsp anchovy paste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • capers, rinsed & finely chopped to make ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • two 6- to 8- oz tri-tip steaks (or flank steaks)


  • small bowl
  • knife with flat blade
  • fork
  • grill, cast iron skillet or grill pan


  1. Rinse & chop anchovy fillet, then mash to a paste with flat side of knife blade. Mince garlic and sprinkle over anchovy, followed by a pinch of salt. Mash again with side of knife blade.
  2. Chop parsley fine; rinse and chop capers fine. Grate zest of lemon.
  3. Warm butter until it just begins to melt, in small bowl. Add anchovy/garlic paste, parsley, capers, lemon zest and a few grinds of black pepper and mash with fork.
  4. If using a grill, brush steaks with the oil and grill to desired doneness (rare to medium-rare is best). Or heat oil in skillet and grill steak to desired doneness
  5. Serve each steak with a dollop of the caper-anchovy butter.

Assembly or Serving ideas


  1. Wikipedia on Tri-Tip (
  2. Fine Cooking Tri-Tip recipe (
  3. Fine Cooking Green Bean recipe (

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