Steak with Brandy and Mustard Sauce

Steak with Brandy and Mustard Sauce
Wini Moranville


  •   Four 6-ounce, 1-inch-thick top loin or tenderloin steaks
  •   Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup  finely chopped shallot
  • 1/2 cup  low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup  brandy
  • 1 tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh parsley leaves

This classic French dish reminds me of something one might have ordered in the sort of elegant, old-school French restaurant of generations past. Consider it retro-romantic, but like many great French classics, it is so worth revisiting. While I don't see a lot of Worcestershire in France, their grocery stores do stock it, and I've found that this touch adds much depth to the sauce.


Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper, to taste. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook, turning as needed, to the desired doneness (10-12 minutes for medium-rare).

Reduce heat as necessary if the meat browns too quickly. Transfer the steaks to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the shallot to the skillet and sauté briefly until translucent. Remove the pan from heat and add the broth and brandy, taking care not to let the liquid splatter.

Return the pan to the stove and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring with a whisk to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Boil until the liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 2-3 minutes depending on the stove and the pan size.

Whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Then, whisk in the remaining butter. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the steaks on 4 dinner plates, spoon the sauce over the steaks, top with the parsley, and serve.


Calories per serving:

549 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 145g 224%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 64g 319%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 58g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 139g 279%
  • Cholesterol 639mg 213%
  • Sodium 814mg 34%
  • Calcium 229mg 23%
  • Magnesium 166mg 41%
  • Potassium 2,540mg 73%
  • Iron 12mg 65%
  • Zinc 24mg 163%
  • Phosphorus 1,301mg 186%
  • Vitamin A 227µg 25%
  • Vitamin C 14mg 23%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 31%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 45mg 224%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 193%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 105µg 26%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 126%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 139µg 173%
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