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The BEST Valentine's or Date Night Dinner: Steak au Poivre (Pepper Steak)

Updated: Feb 14

Steak au Poivre (Pepper Steak)

This classic French dish is sure to impress your Valentine this year! Our Steak au Poivre recipe is a sophisticated and indulgent dish that combines the richness of a perfectly cooked steak with a luxurious Brandy cream sauce.


1 steak, cut of your choice (ribeye, filet mignon, etc.)

¼ cup Brandy (optional)

¾ cup beef broth

¾ cup heavy cream

½ tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

splash of dark soy sauce (optional)

salt and pepper, to taste


Step 1: Searing the Perfect Steak

Begin by seasoning your steak generously with salt and black pepper (we used a peppercorn medley). Heat a pan over medium-high heat and sear the steak to your desired level of doneness. Once cooked, set the steak aside to rest.

Step 2: Preparing the Pan Sauce

In the same pan where the steak was cooked, take advantage of the flavorful bits left behind. If the pan is too dry, add a little avocado oil or butter.

Step 3: Deglaze with Brandy (Optional)

For an extra layer of complex flavor, add the optional ¼ cup of Brandy to the pan. Be cautious of any flames that may arise during this step (if using a gas stove) – simply tilt the pan away from you to avoid accidents.

Step 4: Preparing the Sauce

Pour in the beef broth, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and, if desired, a splash of dark soy sauce. Allow the mixture to simmer, stirring gently to combine the ingredients and scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. This will create a velvety and rich sauce that complements the steak beautifully.

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning to your preference. You can add more salt, pepper, or any other preferred seasoning to tailor the sauce to your liking.

Step 5: Serving the Steak au Poivre

Place the rested steak on a serving plate and generously ladle the brandy cream sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley for a touch of brightness.

Steak au Poivre (Pepper Steak) is an easy yet impressive masterpiece that transforms a simple steak into a gourmet delight. Serve on a bed of cauliflower rice and your favorite low-carb side dish. This is the perfect meal for Valentine’s Day, date night, or any special occasion when you want to treat your guests to an indulgent dining experience.

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