Steak au Poivre Recipe With Cognac Cream Sauce: A French Dinner in Under 30 Minutes by 30Seconds Food

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Steak au Poivre Recipe With Cognac Cream Sauce: A French Dinner in Under 30 Minutes

Steak au Poivre is a French dish that's made with steak – usually filet mignon – and cracked peppercorns. The steaks are coated with the peppercorns, pan seared and then served with a creamy pan sauce.

This steak au poivre recipe is super simple to make. It can be served at an elegant dinner party with side dishes or on a Monday night with french fries

Always be careful when cooking with alcohol. Never pour the alcohol into the pan when it's on a flame.

Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 filet mignons ( about 6 to 8 ounces each)
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon Cognac (you could substitute brandy)
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. Season all sides of the steaks with sea salt. 
  2. Put the crushed peppercorns onto a plate. Press the steaks into the peppercorns on both sides. 
  3. Melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the butter begins to just smoke, add the steaks. Cook for 4 minutes per side for medium-rare or longer for desired doneness. Remove steaks to a plate to rest. 
  4. Pour off the drippings. Off the heat, add the 1/3 cup of Cognac. Carefully ignite the alcohol to flambé.  When the flames go out, return the pan to medium heat. 
  5. Whisk in the cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining Cognac. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the sauce over the steaks. 

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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! Have enjoyed this dish at restaurants but never made it at home. So excited!
Fancy fancy but doable. Love it. 😍

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