steak au poivre

Easy Steak au Poivre

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for easy steak au poivre – otherwise known as steak with pepper – has a creamy, boozy sauce that will have them wanting seconds!


  • 4 filet mignon steaks, 4-6 ounces each, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Sprinkle the steaks on both sides with the pepper and press it firmly into the steak.
  2. Heat a skillet over high heat (if you have a cast iron skillet this is the time to use it!) for 5 minutes.  Add one tablespoon of butter, swirl it around, and then add the steaks.
  3. Let the steaks cook for 2-3 minutes without moving them so they get a nice sear. Turn them over with tongs and cook for another 2-3 minutes for medium rare.  Remove to a plate and cover with foil.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the rest of the butter.  Stir in the shallots for 2 minutes, and then add the chicken broth.
  5. When the broth is simmering, add the bourbon and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cream and simmer for another couple of minutes.
  6. Spoon a puddle of sauce onto each plate, place the steak on top, and ladle on a generous amount of sauce.  Serve at once.