A perfect, dry aged steak off the grill needs nothing more than a little salt and pepper...but for most of us, most of the steaks we eat don’t quite fall into the dry aged, ultra premium, breaking the bank, category - Which is perfectly all right, as you can do far worse than a nicely grilled sirloin on a hot summer night, right?

Here are some steak topping ideas for summer nights when you're serving steak that’s gonna’ be pretty darn tasty, but that wouldn’t be harmed by a little something complementary gracing the top.

It’s the little things that make the difference between great cooks and good cooks – little things like serving a nice steak plain Jane, or serving that same steak topped with a little blue cheese butter!

Steak Topping Ideas

Mushrooms, sautéed in butter

Worchester sauce, it’s an oldie but still a goodie…for those of you feeling inspired, try making you own Worcester sauce!

Butter, you can’t go wrong with butter. A simple pat of plain butter adds an appealing richness to just about any grilled steak, but compound butters are even better. Try a mixture of half butter and half gorgonzola, melting slowly over a thick rib eye as it comes to the table. Heaven on a plate.

Crumbled blue cheese

A drizzle of really good extra virgin olive oil, some freshly squeezed lemon juice and some crunchy sea salt

A chimichurri sauce, or any other green sauce of based on extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs (salsa verde)

Béarnaise, béarnaise, béarnaise….if you can spare the calories, this is as good as it gets

A sprinkling of crumbled feta

Herb or garlic butters

Caramelized onions, on the top

Sliced steak with an arugula or spinach salad on top

Truffle butter, butter mixed with a little truffle oil (or for those with BIGGER WALLETS, use real truffles!)

Shavings of real parmesan cheese

Horseradish – freshly grated to knock their socks off!

Topped with slices of bacon…it’s a bit indulgent, but you can’t argue with the taste that bacon adds to pretty much everything

Dijon mustard

A tart tomato, radish, cilantro and lemon juice salsa

Guacamole (good with sliced skirt or flank steak)

Roasted tomato salsa

Soy sauce

Hot sauce

A fried egg - Yes, a fried egg improves just about anything…