Savor the Richness: Pepper Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Welcome to my kitchen, dear friend! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe creation that is sure to tantalize your taste buds: Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce.

Imagine this – juicy beef tenderloin steaks cooked to perfection, smothered in a luscious and velvety port wine mushroom sauce. The aroma alone will make your mouth water, and once you take a bite, you’ll be captivated by the explosion of flavors. Trust me; it’s an experience like no other.

This dish is perfect for any occasion – date night with your significant other or entertaining guests for dinner. It’s a sophisticated meal but incredibly easy to make at home from scratch. And if you’re like me and always looking for ways to eat healthily without sacrificing taste, then you’ll love this recipe even more because it’s keto-friendly!

So, why not put on your apron, grab that cutting board, and let’s get started on making a delicious homemade pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce that will surely become a family favorite?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pepper Steak With Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce
Pepper Steak With Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce

Do you want to indulge in a hearty and flavorful meal that’s easy to make? Look no further than this recipe for Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce. It’s a delectable mix of succulent beef tenderloin steaks paired with a delicious mushroom sauce, enhanced with the rich taste of port wine.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a romantic dinner or a weekend gathering with friends and family. The combination of ingredients creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth that you won’t be able to resist.

The black peppercorns and dried rosemary provide a bold flavor profile that pairs well with the savory beef broth and shallot-infused port wine sauce. The sliced mushrooms add a nice texture, while the tangy tomato paste, Dijon mustard, and savory Worcestershire sauce create a depth of umami flavor.

And let me tell you about the beef tenderloin steaks – they’re so tender that they practically melt in your mouth. They’re perfectly seasoned with kosher salt and pepper, seared on high heat until crisp on the outside and medium-rare on the inside. This dish is so satisfying, it’ll quickly become one of your go-to recipes.

Not only is this dish delicious, but it’s also easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients to whip up this wonderful meal at home – saving you time and money in the long run. And with my tips on how to store and reheat leftovers, you can enjoy another round of this amazing dish the next day!

So why not try this incredible Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce recipe? Delight your senses and treat yourself to a meal that’s easy, delicious, and unforgettable.

Ingredient List

 A sizzling hot plate of pepper steak with a mouth-watering port-wine mushroom sauce.
A sizzling hot plate of pepper steak with a mouth-watering port-wine mushroom sauce.

The Key Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the must-have ingredients for this fabulous Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce recipe:

  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inch-thick (about 2 pounds)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dried rosemary
  • Tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Beef broth
  • Shallot, sliced (1)
  • Port wine (1 cup)
  • Sweet red wine (1/4 cup)
  • All-purpose flour (2 tbsp)
  • Butter (2 tbsp)

And for the mushroom sauce, you will need:
– Butter (heavy 2 tbsp)
– Shallot, sliced (1)
– (2 pounds) Mushrooms, thickly sliced (about 8 cups mushrooms)
– Salt and pepper
– Port wine (1/2 cup)
– Beef broth (3/4 cup)

Now that you have all the needed ingredients, let’s start whipping up this steak port wine mushroom sauce recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Let the flavors dance in your mouth with this delicious pepper steak recipe.
Let the flavors dance in your mouth with this delicious pepper steak recipe.

Now that we know the ingredients to make this Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe, let’s get cooking!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin steaks, cut into thick 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and black peppercorns (freshly ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

For the Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, thickly sliced (around 5 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup port wine
  • Sweet red wine (optional)
  • Additional beef broth or water
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

## Directions:

Step One: Prepare the Steak and Seasoning

  1. Pat the beef tenderloin steaks with paper towels to dry off any excess moisture. This will help them brown better later on.
  2. Season the steak with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Use your fingers to press the seasoning into the meat.
  3. Preheat a heavy large nonstick skillet over high heat.
  4. Once heated, add the seasoned steaks. Don’t overcrowd the pan, cook in batches if needed. Cook for about one minute on each side, or until you achieve your desired level of doneness.
  5. Remove steaks from pan and put them onto a plate.

Step Two: Prepare the Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce

  1. Reduce heat to medium and add butter to the same pan.
  2. Once melted, add the minced shallot and sliced mushrooms to the pan. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and have released their juices.
  3. Add a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Stir it in with the mushrooms.
  4. Pour in the 1 cup of port wine to deglaze the pan. Use a wood spoon or spatula to scrape off any stuck bits from the bottom of the skillet. This will add extra flavor to your sauce.
  5. If desired, add a splash of sweet red wine (around ¼ cup) for more sweetness.
  6. Turn heat up slightly and bring this mixture to boil, then reduce heat again and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. This will allow some of the alcohol to evaporate.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together your beef broth and all-purpose flour until it comes together into a

Substitutions and Variations

 This perfect dinner recipe will have you feeling like you're dining in a five-star restaurant.
This perfect dinner recipe will have you feeling like you’re dining in a five-star restaurant.

For those who love to experiment in the kitchen, this section is perfect for you! Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Meat: Instead of beef tenderloin steaks, you can swap it with filet mignon, ribeye or even a flank steak. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

– Spice level: If you prefer your pepper steak sauce to be less spicy, simply reduce the amount of black peppercorns or omit the hot sauce altogether. On the other hand, if you want to ramp up the heat, add some cayenne pepper or chili flakes.

– Wine: You can use any kind of red wine that you like for this recipe such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Zinfandel. If you’re not fond of red wine or want a lighter flavor, try using a dry Riesling or white wine instead.

– Mushroom: The recipe calls for sliced portobello mushrooms but feel free to use any kind of mushroom that you like such as cremini, shiitake or button mushrooms.

– Sauce consistency: If you prefer a thicker sauce, add a little bit more all-purpose flour to the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency. Conversely, if you like a thinner consistency, just reduce the amount of flour used.

With these substitutions and variations, you’ll be able to create your own unique version of this dish that will surely satisfy your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your friends and family with this award-winning pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce.
Impress your friends and family with this award-winning pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce.

Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce is a classy dinner dish that requires an equally suitable pairing. This recipe’s intense flavor profile deserves a wine that may offer a multi-dimensional taste profile, complimenting the recipe’s richness without compromising its distinct flavor. A glass of red wine with dark fruit flavors like Cabernet Franc or Malbec – will be perfect for bringing out the sweet, complex flavors of the dish.

For those prefer a sweeter wine with their steak, an excellent option would be Port Wine. The luxurious sweetness and fruity taste of the port will provide a beautiful balance to the recipe’s savory flavor.

For sides, we suggest something hearty, like mashed potatoes or rice, that can absorb the delightful sauce flavors or complement baked or roasted vegetables to lighten up your plate.

Overall, this dish is perfect for formal dinners as it exudes elegance and sophistication. Don’t hold back in selecting a rich Cabernet Sauvignon or an elegant Bordeaux for fine occasions. Pepper Steak with Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce will make an excellent addition to any meal, and any sophisticated gathering is bound to succeed when served with this elegant and flavorful dish.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of red wine and mushrooms in this dish will tantalize your taste buds.
The combination of red wine and mushrooms in this dish will tantalize your taste buds.

If you’re planning on having dinner guests over and want to get as much done ahead of time as possible, you can make the sauce for this pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce recipe a day or two in advance. The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. To reheat, simply warm it up in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

The steaks should be prepared fresh as they are best eaten right after cooking. However, if you have leftovers of the cooked steak, let them cool then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3 days.

When reheating the steak, it is important not to overcook it so it doesn’t become tough and dry. You can reheat in the oven or microwave, but it’s recommended to reheat them using a skillet with a little bit of butter or oil over medium-high heat just until they’re warmed through.

If you have leftover sauce but no steak, don’t worry! The mushroom sauce is so versatile that it can be used on top of other proteins such as chicken or fish. The sauce can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Once thawed, reheat following the same instructions mentioned above.

For best results, make sure to store the sauce and steak separately to prevent moisture from ruining their texture while stored. Remember that proper handling and storage is key to ensure food safety and freshness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your taste buds will thank you when you try this pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce.
Your taste buds will thank you when you try this pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce.

Cooking the perfect steak can be a challenging task even for the most experienced chefs. Therefore, to help you in your quest to making the best pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce recipe, here are some tips you can follow.

Firstly, make sure to season your beef tenderloin steaks generously with kosher salt and cracked black peppercorns. This not only enhances its flavor but also gives it a fantastic crust when searing.

Secondly, when cooking the steaks, ensure that your skillet or pan is preheated to high heat. A well-heated pan helps in creating a nice crusty outer layer while retaining the juicy interior.

Thirdly, do not overcrowd your skillet with too many steaks at once – this can cause a steam effect instead of a searing effect which can cause overcooking and loss of flavor.

Fourthly, when making the port-wine mushroom sauce, use high-quality ingredients. The sauce is what elevates this recipe to another level. If you want a more velvety texture, use heavy cream in place of flour as a thickener.

Fifthly, let your steak rest for a few minutes before slicing into them. This helps retain their flavors and juices in them and prevents them from drying out.

Lastly, pair this dish with an equally robust red wine such as a dry Riesling or hot sauce or even steak-port wine for added depth of flavor. Remember always having fun while sharing recipe pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce with your friends and family!


Now that you have completed cooking the delicious and savory pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce recipe, you might have a few questions in your mind. To help you out, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will answer all your doubts and queries regarding the recipe. Read on to find out more!

What wine is best for cooking mushroom sauce?

When it comes to pairing wine with dishes that have a fruity flavor, options like Pinot Noir from the New World or a young Tempranillo work really well. A Merlot can also do the trick. For dishes that are on the lighter side, I suggest going for a dry Riesling. However, if soy sauce is part of the dish, a semi-dry Riesling would be ideal.

What is pepper steak sauce made of?

As a sommelier, I have come across a flavorful pepper steak sauce that blends the richness of beef and chicken broths. The sauce boasts a complex taste profile enhanced by the addition of soy sauce and just a hint of hot sauce for that little extra kick. Despite the presence of hot sauce, it is not overly spicy, making it an excellent accompaniment for almost any dish.

What is port sauce made of?

In a sizeable saucepan, I would suggest heating some oil over high flame. Then, proceed to add shallots, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. After quick sautéing for about a minute, include a small amount of sugar and some tasteful port in the mix, bringing it to a rolling boil. Allow it to cook for about 3 minutes. Finally, stir in some flavorful stock and let it simmer on high heat for roughly 20 minutes until it’s reduced and thick enough to evenly coat the back of a spoon.

Bottom Line

With its blend of savory steak and rich, flavorful mushroom sauce, this pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce recipe is sure to impress even the most discerning palates. Whether you’re cooking for a romantic dinner or hosting a dinner party, this recipe will surely leave your guests in awe.

So why not give it a try? With easy-to-find ingredients and straightforward instructions, this recipe is accessible to anyone – no matter their skill level in the kitchen. Plus, with so many possible substitutions and variations, it’s easy to make this dish truly your own.

And if you’re still not sold on this recipe, just consider the classic pairing of beef and red wine. The combination is a timeless one for a reason – it simply works! The complexity of the steak is perfectly complemented by the sweetness and tanginess of the port wine mushroom sauce.

In short, if you want to impress your guests (or simply treat yourself to an indulgent meal), this pepper steak with port-wine mushroom sauce recipe can’t be beaten. So go ahead – give it a try today!

Pepper Steak With Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce

Pepper Steak With Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 373.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup port wine or 1/3 cup other sweet red wine
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 (4 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • To make Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce combine mushrooms and flour in a bowl and toss well.
  • Combine wine, shallots, and vinegar in a medium skillet.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until thick.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add broth, Worcestershire, tomato paste, and rosemary and cook 1 minute.
  • Add mushroom mixture and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in mustard.
  • Keep sauce warm.
  • Sprinkle steaks with peppercorns and salt.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add steaks and cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
  • Serve Port-Wine Mushroom Sauce over steaks.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 271gCalories: 373.5kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6gProtein: 24.6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8.5gCholesterol: 96.6mgSodium: 550mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 4.7g
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