1Combine 1/2 pound softened unsalted butter with 1 cup each lemon verbena and Italian parsley leaves in a food processor and blend until a green paste forms. Pour in the juice of 2 lemons, the zest of 1 lemon, and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and process again until creamy and smooth.
2Scrape the butter out of the processor, wrap in plastic, and form into a log. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
3Slice and use to top grilled or steamed shrimp or mild-tasting fish like red snapper, sea bass, or grouper just before serving.
Chefs Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto have had a big year, thanks in part to their restaurant Konbi being named Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant in America. In this episode of Kitchen Essentials, we visit the sandwich shop in Echo Park, Los Angeles to talk to Nick and Akira about their favorite kitchen tools, which include: a German egg slicer, a Japanese chef knife, a Thermapen, and a rubber spatula. Shop Nick and Akira's Kitchen Essential Picks.