Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre

Main Course

  • 4

    Number of People

  • Expensive


  • Hard


  • Prep time

  • Cook time


  • 4 x 150g filet mignon or ribeye steaks
  • 1/3 cup clarified butter or oil
  • 1/4 cups beef stock
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Small sprigs of fresh parsley, to garnish


Season the steaks with salt.

In a shallow skillet big enough to fit the four steaks, heat the clarified butter or oil until hazing.

Add the steaks and brown for about 3-4 minutes on each side for medium rare, and a little longer for medium.

Remove from the pan, cover with aluminum foil to keep warm and set aside.

For well-done steak, brown on each side for 3 minutes, then transfer to a baking dish and take in a 200°C oven for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil.

Add the stock to a medium saucepan and reduce down to about 1/2 cups.

Add the shallots to the skillet and lightly color for 3-4 minutes before adding the peppercorns.

Add the wine and half the brandy, stir with a wooden spoon to scrape the sticky meat juices from the base of the pan, mix them in and bubble for 1 minute until syrupy.

Stir in the reduced stock and bring to a boil. Cook the sauce for 7 minutes, or until syrupy, then add the remaining brandy.

Return the steaks to the sauce in the pan and reheat for 3-4 minutes, without allowing the sauce to boil.

Serve on individual warm plates or on one large plate.

Garnish with parsley and serve with some French fries or roasted potatoes.

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