Filet of Beef Au Poivre

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 11 mins

There are many different recipes on this site but none as delicious as this one in "Barefoot in Paris" cookbook by Ina Garten, 2004. Inactive prep time 15 minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Plce the filets on a board and pat them dry with paper towels; sprinkle with salt and then press the black pepper evenly on both sides.
  2. Allow to rest at room temperature for 15 minute.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter or margarine and the oil in large saute pan over med-high heat until it almost smokes. Place the steaks in pan and lower the heat to medium.
  4. Saute steaks for 4 minutes on one side and then 3 minutes on other side, for medium rare. Remove to a serving platter and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  5. Meanwhile, pour all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the saute pan; add the shallots and cook over med heat for 2 minutes. Add the beef broth and cook over high heat for 4-6 minutes, until reduced by half, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the Cognac and cook for 2 more minutes. Off the heat, swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  7. Serve the steaks hot with the sauce poured on top; sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
  8. These would be wonderful with a side of mushrooms, a baked potato, asparagus, freshly baked bread and a lovely wine!


Most Helpful

This was delicious! I am not a big fan of brandy, so I reduced the brandy by half and upped the amount of beef stock. I served this with ratatouille and roasted red bliss potatoes.

Scarlett516 August 05, 2010

Excellent recipe. The steak had a rich, spicy flavor and was melt in your mouth tender. Served with Nippy carrots Stuffed mushrooms and a baked potato with Cottage cheese instead of sour cream & chives - Great Sunday Dinner

Bergy November 02, 2009

Fantastic recipe. The steaks were so good and tender.

Yourrose99 December 16, 2007

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