Steak Diane

Steak Diane

Valentines Day is less than a week away and it was about time that I got to trying some recipes out to make sure that it is perfect. On a special day like Valentines day it is nice to splurge and to be a bit decadent and I had had the idea of doing a steak with a nice cut of beef for a while. In addition to getting some nice ingredients for your special meal you can be adventurous with the cooking techniques like in this recipe for steak diane where the brandy in the pan sauce is ignited!

I decided to go with filet mignon for the cut of beef for this special occasion but you can easily go with your favourite cut for steaks. The trick to cooking a perfectly medium-rare steak in a pan of to cook it at a higher temperature and only give it one to two minutes per side. The beef is going to stick to the pan when you add it but it will release once it has gotten that nice crispy seared bottom and that is when you know that it is ready to flip. Once you have removed the steaks form the pan you start making the tasty pan sauce with shallots, garlic, thyme and mushrooms which are quickly cooked before adding a healthy dose of brandy. The brandy is then ignited and when the flames die out you build up the sauce with stock and cream, all the while making sure to deglaze the pan, scraping up all of those flavour packed brown bits that have collected on the bottom of the pan.

The steak and mushroom combo is one of my favourites and with this super tasty creamy mustard and brandy sauce this dish is definitely a winner that can confidently be served for any special occasion! I served the steak diane simply on a bed of peas that soaked up any of the sauce that spilled over, along with a side of fennel gratin.

Steak Diane

Steak Diane

Perfectly cooked medium-rare filet mignon in a mustard and brandy pan sauce with mushrooms.

Servings: makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon medallions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy or cognac
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup veal or beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the beef and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side and set aside.
  4. Add the shallots, garlic and thyme and saute for 20 seconds.
  5. Add the mushrooms and saute until tender, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the brandy and carefully ignite.
  7. Add the mustard and cream and mix while cooking for a minute.
  8. Add the veal broth, deglaze the pan and simmer for another minute.
  9. Add the Worcestershire sauce, parsley and any juices that collected under the beef to the pan and remove from heat.
  10. Divide the beef and sauce between two plates and enjoy.

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Johan Edstrom said...

For valentines, I'd go with the same steak, broiled asparagus and a sauce béarnaise.

safire said...

This looks delicious. I plan on cooking a whole meal for Valentine's day because I hate eating out on special occasions (because of the crowds)

Tommy S. Chaiya said...

That looks yummy. You're making my mouth watering really bad.

Twin Tables said...

And you are making this for me right? I can make it to Toronto by then. :) Alas, I fear I will be making this for myself...alone. :( I must finish the meal with some chocolate to cheer me up! :)

divabroker said...

This sounds delicious and great for the big day. That asparagus with bernaise sauce would, also, be my preference.

Girlie Blogger said...

I've just started to appreciate steak. This looks juicy.

Girlie Blog Seattle - Beauty Tips, Makeup How To, Seattle Lifestyle said...

I love the taste of food with mushrooms... this will be in my must cook list on Valentine's Day =)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Awesome! That steak is cooked to perfection.



Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Definitely is a romantic meal. I absolutely love steak dianne! mmm

Valérie (France) said...

Cette assiette est divine
Je te souhaite une bonne fin de semaine sous des températures plus clémentes

Chipo said...

Wow - you got some amazing dishes on here. And this Valentines one made so hungry, i am definitely going to try it out. Might not do it on Valentines Day but definitely will

elly said...

I've heard of Steak Diane but never actually tried it. Thanks for the recipe, definitely saving this one for a special occasion.

Jennifer | Mother Thyme said...

This looks delicious! I just picked up some steaks at the store last night and I would love to try this recipe. A perfect dish for Valentine's Day!

Shrazzi @ Getting Fresh in the Kitchen said...

Mmmm, right off the bat you've won my heart! I'm definitely trying this steak.

The Cookinglady said...

Kevin this dish looks fantastic. Job well done. This goes on my must try list. Thanks for sharing.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Great idea for love day....


marthameetslucy said...

I love steak Diane, and I haven't had it in years. Looks delicious!

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healthy cooking oil said...

I really love to cook. This could be first valentine recipe, which I will going to prepare for my wife. Thanks buddy you have made my valentine day Anxious.

Emma said...

Wow all your meals look delicious. I use to come here and take inspiration. I would like to ask-do you plan some Valentine´s dessert? need some idea :)

Kevin said...

Emma: This year I am going to be trying a new recipe and if everything works out, I will be posting about it on Sunday. Here are some other ideas for Valentines Day desserts:

Chocolate Cheesecake
Molten Chocolate Cakes
Chocolate Pots de Creme

folija said...

so good... thanks.. bring more plz...

melonpan said...

mhh that looks soooooooo good, yummy, You're making my mouth watering

Chris said...

Very colorful plated dish, Kevin. I don't do enough pan cooking of steaks since grilling is my thing.

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WoW! Looks definitely delicious.=D

Kevin said...

Chris: I am always torn between grilling and pan frying as pan sauces can be really tasty.

Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog said...

A great post. It highlights the health recipes in one shot! Totally bursting with flavors.

Shelley said...

Made this tonight and it was unbelievable!!! So delicious - thanks for sharing this recipe!

Natural Cheese said...

It is so yummy in looking. From your recipe I can make out your attraction towards sharing the recipes. Thanks for your recipe always be active on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing!!!

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