Steak Au Poivre Recipe

Steak au poivre
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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A classic in every French cookbook, Steak au Poivre is the perfect main course for a romantic meal.

What You'll Need

  • 4 1-inch thick strip steaks
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into 2 pieces
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

How to Make It

  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 to 4 minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer the steaks to a heatproof dish and keep them warm in a 175 F 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.
  1. Carefully add Cognac (it may flame) and bring to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  2. Stir in cream and other piece of butter; heat through, stirring constantly.
  3. Serve over steaks immediately.