Main Meal Recipes > Peppered Steak (Steak au poivre)

How to make peppered steak (steak au poivre):
A classic way of serving steak.


4 sirloin steaks, seasoned with salt and 2 tablespoons crushed peppercorns
4 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons brandy (or more if preferred)
1/4 pint beef stock
1/4 pint cream
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Heat the butter and oil in a pan.
- Cook the steaks according to preference (i.e. rare, medium, well done etc.)
- Remove the cooked steaks from the pan.
- Pour off any excess oil from the pan retaining the meat juices in the pan.
- Add the brandy.
- Mix the brandy with all the meat juices and meat residue on the bottom of the pan.
- Add the stock and boil until reduced.
- Add the cream.
- Simmer gently until thickened.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Serve poured over the steaks.