Steak Diane Sauce is one of the classic sauces for steak which will amaze your friends and make you feel like a professional chef. This recipe is inspired by a recipe made by Gordon Ramsay, but you don’t have to swear at everyone in the kitchen while you are making it!

A steak Diane sauce os one of those recipes which brings a real theatrical feel to the kitchen and you know that you will have fun both making it and eating it.

You can use any type of steak with this sauce. Fillet steak is always nice for a special occasion, but obviously it is expensive. The tenderness of a fillet steak (if cooked carefully) will always mean that it is popular. Rib eye, sirloin steak or rump steak can work equally well with a steak Diane sauce.
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You will need:

  • Steak
  • Vegetable oil or butter for frying
  • Handful of chopped mushrooms
  • Half a chopped onion
  • Tablespoon of mustard (English or French)
  • Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 50ml brandy
  • 100ml double cream

How to make Steak Diane Sauce

Place your chosen steak into a hot frying pan with vegetable oil or butter (already heated) and cook for about 2 minutes on each side for rare, 4 minutes on each side for medium and 6 minutes on each side for well done. Turn down the heat a bit after the first 4-6 minutes to make sure that the outside doesn’t become too burned.

steak being cooked for steak dianeThen set the steak aside on a warm plate and let them rest. This is a really important step to take and many people overlook it in the rush to eat their tasty steak meal. Resting the steak (any meat in fact) means that the fibres in the meat can relax and become more tender to eat after the intensity of the cooking process.

You can make your steak Diane sauce while the steak is resting.

First of all, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a knob of butter to the already hot frying pan and keep it on a medium heat.

Once the butter has melted, add a handful of chopped mushrooms and some half a chopped onion. You can use any type of mushrooms that you have available. They should be chopped quite small, so the variety is not all that important. Button mushrooms are inexpensive and work as well as anything else. Add a spoonful of mustard and Worcestershire sauce and mix it all together. Let this cook for a couple of minutes so that the onions soften nicely.

Then for the exciting bit! Turn up the heat and add 50ml of brandy to the pan and watch the flames rise – be careful and stand back. This allows the sauce to get the flavour of the brandy without the alcohol.

brandy on fire for steak diane

When the flames disappear, you can add 100ml of double cream cream and heat it through, stirring well. It is important at this point that the heat on the frying pan is turned down a little it, because otherwise there is a risk that the cream will curdle and spoil the sauce is it is too hot.

Once it has thickened, add the steaks to the sauce for a minute or so and then serve it onto your plates all together.

This will go well with some fries and a peppery salad like rocket or radish and some fried tomatoes or any other vegetable.

Steak Diane is a very spectacular meal which will wow anyone that you serve it to. It is not one of the simple sauces for steak so make sure that you are careful not to burn it – just concentrate as you are making the meal and all will be well.

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