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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff, or Stroganov, as the name suggests, is originally a Russian dish. A traditional beef stroganoff recipe includes sour cream and sautéed strips of beef. There are many variations to this recipe, but I believe this one is a fairly classic beef stroganoff recipe.

I make beef stroganoff with cream instead of sour cream as it gives better flavour and consistency to the sauce.

traditional beef stroganoff

I have had too many experiences in the UK where the cook has used the wrong cut of meat or they have overcooked the meat. This dish is dreadful if you have chewy meat that is not tender.

Perhaps there is a crockpot beef stroganoff recipe around that could solve this problem? But because I do not have a crock pot I can’t try that yet. 

sirloin steaks

I have a different solution, which is to use perfect tender meat for beef stroganoff, and not overcook it.

In this recipe, I used some 30 day aged Black Angus sirloin from Aldi, which is really very good value meat.

It is tender and does not need to be tenderized much with the rolling pin. I think this is the best steak for beef stroganoff.

tenderise meat

The trick is really to cook the meat at a high temperature very quickly, and re-heat in the sauce at the end.


It is funny that the word ‘stroganoff’ is used in different places to mean different things. My Brazilian wife makes a ‘Brazilian chicken stroganoff’ which is chicken in a type of tomato sauce with olives and served up with rice.

It is something completely different to this dish, but then often dishes vary across the world (and I am pretty sure she is the only one that adds olives!)

I am sure they have a Brazilian beef stroganoff there as well – as they do love their beef in Brazil.

I also have an Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff recipe on the site if you want to try something different.

best beef stroganoff recipe

In some recipes for this dish in the UK, people use white wine in the preparation. For me, in this recipe, I think it is optional.

Although it is good to use alcohol in sauces, sometimes it is just as good not to (and then you can drink the wine!). Well, that is my theory, and I am sticking to it!

best beef stroganoff recipe
Beef Stroganoff

I hope you enjoy this beef stroganoff recipe. Let me know how you get on!

How to make the best Traditional Beef Stroganoff

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious beef, onion and mushroom mix in a creamy sauce is delicious served with pasta.


  • 450g sirloin steak
  • 1 large onion
  • Vegetable oil (to fry meat)
  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 25g salted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 120ml double cream
  • Some Tagliatelli or Fettucine pasta
  • Chopper Parsley to garnish
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Let the steaks acclimatise to room temperature for about 30 minutes before preparing them.
  2. Cut all fat off the steaks.
  3. Place the steaks between some baking paper and use a rolling pin to flatten them to about 1 cm thick. Then slice into strips, halving if necessary. Season the meat after slicing with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. I use a wok to brown the meat. Heat the vegetable oil until it is hot. Then stir fry the meat for about one minute on a high heat in batches. The meat should be browned all around, but not fully cooked. So not overcook it or it will become chewy.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan and put on a plate to rest.
  6. Now add the onions to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and the butter and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring all the time. 
  7. Add the flour and stir together for about a minute. Then add the beef stock and mustard to the pan. Slowly bring to a simmer. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and the cider vinegar. Simmer slowly until the sauce has begun to thicken, for about 5 minutes.
  8. Then add the cream and add the meat back into the pan. Sample the sauce and season to taste. 
  9. Cook for a further minute before removing from the heat and serving up immediately. Garnish with some chopped parsley.


Serve up with some tagliatelle or fettucine pasta.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 741Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 709mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 49g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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If you are a steak lover and liked this recipe, you may be interested in: 

Steak and Onion Sandwich
Steak in Black Pepper Sauce
Steak and ale pie with mushrooms
Steak Diane Recipe
Blue Cheese Sauce, for steak

Or another stroganoff made in the Instant Pot?

Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff

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