Dairy Farmers of Canada

Sirloin Steak With Creamy Peppercorn Sauce

Elevate your steak night with this 1995 Milk Calendar classic—Sirloin Steak with Peppercorn Sauce. Learn how to craft a steakhouse-quality meal featuring a succulent sirloin drizzled with a boldly flavoured peppercorn sauce, enriched with a touch of cream for a luxurious finish.

  • Prep: 10 min - 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 6 - 8 servings
Juicy sirloin steak topped with a rich peppercorn sauce, ready to be served


  • 2 1/4 lb (1 Kg) sirloin steak about 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) thick, trimmed of fat
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) coarsely crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) brandy - optional
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35 % cream
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Pat steak dry. Rub with Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with pepper and salt.

Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add steak and cook approx 4 to 6 min per side on medium-high heat for medium rare. Remove steak to a serving platter. Discard all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of fat from pan. Return pan to heat. Add shallot and garlic. Cook 1 to 2 min until fragrant. Add wine and brandy. Cook, scraping bottom of pan with a wooden spoon, on high heat until sauce is reduced to a few tablespoons. Add cream and continue to cook until sauce is thick.

Slice steak thinly on the diagonal and drizzle sauce over the top. Serve immediately.


If you prefer, you can use tenderloin steak (filet mignon) instead of the sirloin.

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