Peppercorn-crusted steak on a plate.
Entrées,  Recipes

Balsamic Steak au Poivre

This steak recipe is really good, but the sirloin steaks that I bought for it ended up being tough. It was sad, because it had really good flavor, but it was pretty tough to chew. The sauce is really flavorful, and the peppercorn mix adds a nice spicy crust. I’d be willing to try this again with another steak, because it really did taste good. Dino loved it!

Peppercorn-crusted steak on a plate.

Balsamic Steak au Poivre
Cooking Light June 2010

Crack the peppercorns with the back of a heavy skillet or in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder (don’t grind too finely). Serve with a side of steamed haricots verts.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 (8-ounce) New York strip steaks (about 1 inch thick), trimmed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons cracked mixed peppercorns
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon butter

1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Pat steaks dry with paper towels; sprinkle steaks evenly with salt. Press peppercorns onto both sides of steaks. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut each steak in half.

2. While steaks rest, add shallots to pan; cook 1 minute or until almost tender. Stir in broth and vinegar, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat; stir in butter.
Nutritional Information

Calories: 236
Fat: 12.7g (sat 4.8g,mono 5.9g,poly 0.7g)
Protein: 25g
Carbohydrate: 3.6g
Fiber: 0.1g
Cholesterol: 57mg
Iron: 1.8mg
Sodium: 246mg
Calcium: 26mg

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Mary

    Ashley, this looks wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog. I found you by chance and had planned to stop in and say hello and then move on. I was lured by your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I intended. I really like what you are doing here and will be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary.

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