Beef Tenderloin Steak With Mushrooms and Madeira

READY IN: 55mins




  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat (I make this on my electric frypan).
  • Add in the mushrooms; saute until tender (about 10 minutes).
  • Add in shallots with HALF the minced garlic; saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Add in thyme and season with salt and pepper; transfer the mushrooms to a bowl.
  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season steaks with salt and pepper, and add to skillet.
  • Cook the steaks to desired doneness (I cook them about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare).
  • Transfer the steaks to a plate.
  • Add in remaining 1/4 cup shallots and garlic to the same skillet; sate for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in Madeira and boil until reduced by half (this should take about 3 minutes).
  • Add in broth and boil until the mixture is reduced to about 2/3 cup (this should take about 6 minutes).
  • Add in cream and boil for about 2 minutes.
  • This is optional, do this only for a thicker sauce: in a small cup using a small whisk, mix together melted butter with 1 tablespoon flour; add to the simmering cream sauce; stir until thickened.
  • Stir in the mushroom mixture, and then season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Return the steaks to skillet and cook until heated through (about 1 minute).
  • Transfer to plates and spoon the sauce over.