Steak Diane Recipe

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Sauce Diane

Steak Diane

This famous Steak Diane recipe is basically a tasty tender steak served in a brandy cream sauce. It is the type of steak dish you may get in a top restaurant and a delicious way to serve a nice piece of steak.

It is one of my best steak recipes as it is such a tasty and easy steak sauce to make.

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Origins

There seems to be some discussion about the origins of this recipe. Some say it was developed in the US in the 50/60’s.

Contrary to this, there is also evidence of a ‘sauce Diane’ from the beginning of the 20th century. It is thought it may have come originally from an old pepper steak recipe (steak au poivre).

Diane was the ancient Roman goddess of hunting – but whether she has anything to do with it is just speculation.

I will not delve into the origins any further, but it is certainly a classic dish that you should try at home.

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A bit of saucy Brandy 

The fun part of the steak Diane sauce recipe is the flambé bit when the alcohol in the sauce gets burned off.

You can see in this picture below what happens if you go a bit too mad on the Brandy. (I should have drunk more of it!)

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Bit of a waste really and never mind the fire hazard!

But seriously, make sure you know what you are doing before you try this!

Some say the brandy is optional, but I think it is an essential part of the meal as it imparts a super flavour to the sauce.

Cognac or Armagnac can also be used I suppose to the same effect.

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I have used Sirloin steaks with this steak Diane sauce recipe, but I suppose this can also be served together with a nice piece of tender rump or fillet steak. These ones were cooked fairly rare and were super tender.

Serve up Steak Diane with any vegetables you like – it is of course up to you to decide when you are cooking for yourself.

I served this easy steak Diane recipe up with some lovely roast potatoes and some roasted green beans with almonds. The Diane sauce goes great with the potatoes as well.

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How to cook Steak Diane

Steak Diane Recipe

Steak Diane Recipe

This recipe describes how to cook Steak Diane. This famous meal is steak in a creamy mushroom and shallots brandy sauce. Yummy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 x Sirloin steaks
  • 3 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 125ml cream
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have some good tender steaks. We always choose the 30 day aged Black Angus sirloin steaks from Aldi as they are consistent quality and always very tender. Excellent value.
  2. First cover your steaks with some baking paper and roll them a bit flatter.
  3. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the steaks when the oil is hot enough. Brown the steaks on both sides for about 2,5 minutes per side (to give a medium rare steak). The steak cooking times will be dependent on the size and thickness of the steak so follow any instructions on the steak packaging.
  5. Then remove the steaks from the pan and place on a plate.
  6. Using the same pan, add the shallots and the mushrooms and cook in the butter for about 2 minutes. Then add the garlic, the Worcestershire sauce and the mustard to the pan and cook for a further minute.
  7. Then, being very careful, add the brandy to the pan and allow it to ignite. Do this by holding the pan away from you at an angle over the hob (if you are cooking with gas). When the flame dies out, stir the contents around the pan.
  8. Then pour the cream into the pan and some parsley, and keeping the pan on the heat, allow the sauce to thicken, stirring constantly. 
  9. Then put the steaks back into the sauce with any juice from the meat, and cook further until they are done as you want them.

Notes

Serve up with vegetables of your choice. Pour the sauce over the steak and garnish with some extra parsley.

In the pictures here I served together with some roast potatoes and some roasted green beans with almonds.

 

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