Steak au Poivre
This restaurant classic can easily be made at home.
Preparation Time10 min
Preparation Time - Text10 mins
Cooking Time12 min
Cooking Time - Text12
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Equipmentmortar and pestle
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturehot & spicy, meaty
- 4 sirloin steaks or filet mignons, about 8oz (225g) each
- ½ tsp dry mustard
- 1–2 tsp black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup sherry or brandy
- 2/3 cup creme fraiche
Trim any excess fat from the steaks. If using filet mignons, flatten slightly with a meat mallet. Sprinkle with the mustard.
Crush the peppercorns in a mortar or under a saucepan and press on both sides of the steaks.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the steaks and cook, 2–3 minutes each side for a rare steak, 4 minutes each side for medium, and 5–6 minutes each side for well done. Transfer to a platter and tent with aluminum foil.
Add the sherry to the pan and stir up the browned bits. Add the créme fraîche and cook for 3 minutes, until slightly thickened. Place the steaks on individual plates and top with the sauce. Serve hot.
2008 Dorling Kindersley