Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

A classic in every French cookbook, Steak au Poivre is the perfect main course for a romantic meal. A recipe I found on for French food. This is one that I would probably grill the steaks, as I love the added flavor they get from the grill, and then make the recipe for the sauce on the stove top or side burner. Note: You can use coarsely ground peppercorns in place of the black pepper stated for the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season both sides of each steak with the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat, and then sauté the steaks, 2 at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer the steaks to a heatproof dish and keep them warm in a 175-degree oven.
  4. Pour any leftover liquid from the skillet and lower the heat to medium.
  5. Add the shallots and 1 piece of butter; sauté for 5 minutes, until cooked.
  6. Carefully add Cognac (it may flame) and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  7. Stir in cream and other piece of butter; heat through, stirring constantly.
  8. Serve over steaks immediately.
Most Helpful

love the sauce! i grilled my steaks so i could not use the pans scrapings, i did however cut off some of the fat before i cooked the steak and sauted it in the butter and shallots, i also added a teaspon or so of dijon mustard along with the cream. this sauce was amazing, great flavor did not over power the steak at all, a must try

melicious meals June 08, 2009

This was delicious! The sauce was very flavorful and a perfect complement to the beef. I served it with # 482036, and it was a great combination.
Made for ZWT8.

Marcasite Queen July 22, 2012

Yum, yum, yummiest! We grilled the steaks...a cow sized porterhouse for DH and a dainty filet mignon for me. I did however make the full sauce recipe. It is so darn good I could eat it with a spoon. Ok, I did eat it with a spoon. What you see in the picture is the largest portion of the sauce left after my 'tastings'. There was less than 1/4 of a cup left & I should be ashamed. lol. I think this would aslo be a fabulous base for other dishes. Mushrooms would be good in it too. Did I tell you I love this sauce :) Made for ZWT5 - Ali Baba's Babes

K9 Owned May 30, 2009