Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Steak au Poivre

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 21 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 11 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons black peppercorns

2 teaspoons white peppercorns

2 teaspoons dried green peppercorns

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

4 boneless shell steaks (3/4 pound each, about 1 1/4 inches thick)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 cup Cognac or brandy

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a heavy-duty seal-able plastic bag or between 2 sheets of waxed paper, crush all peppercorns and fennel seeds coarsely, using the bottom of a heavy skillet. Pat steaks dry and coat both sides with peppercorn mixture.
  2. In a 10-inch heavy skillet, heat butter and oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook steaks for 4 to 5 minutes on each side for medium rare. Season steaks with salt and transfer to plates.
  3. Pour off excess fat from skillet and add cream and Cognac. Boil mixture, scraping up browned bits, until sauce thickens and coats back of spoon, about 1 minute. Season sauce with salt and spoon over steaks.