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Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and home made Chips

I have been making this meal for Katie from time to time and is one of our fave’s. I can’t own up to the recipe as my own as I originally got it from the BBC food website, but can no longer find it online or even the tatty bit of paper I had, so decided to write it down somewhere I knew I could find it and share it.

The Ingredients are based one person


  • Sirloin Steak (or steak you prefer)
  • One Large Potato (or two small?)
  • Rosemary
  • Vegetables? (we have mange tout and baby sweetcorn)

Peppercorn Sauce

  • 85ml Double Cream
  • 1tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 beef oxo cube
  • Splash of white wine
  • Splash of hot water
  • 1tsp of crushed peppercorns



  1. Fill the saucepan of oil to about 2/3 full and heat until hot
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into chunky chips
  3. Put the potatoes into the hot oil and fry for about 15/20mins until golden and crispy
  4. Once finished, drain and serve

Peppercorn Sauce

  1. Add the cream to a small saucepan and heat gently.
  2. Crumble the oxo cube into the cream
  3. Add Dijon mustard, and most of the peppercorns leaving some for the steak
  4. Add wine and water stirring all together
  5. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper
  6. keep stirring until quite hot


  1. Chop one or two sprigs of rosemary
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the steak
  3. Season with salt, pepper, crushed peppercorns and chopped rosemary
  4. Heat Olive oil in a pan until very hot, cook the steak in for desired length of time (see below taken from how to cook a steak)

Guide to steak cooking times

The times given here are a guide only and refer to a steak that is approximately 2.5cm or 1” thick. Thicker steaks may require a longer cooking time, and vice versa for thinner steaks.

Rare: 1-2 minutes per side – rest for 6-8 minutes

Medium rare: 2-2.5 minutes per side – rest for 5 minutes

Medium: 3 minutes per side – rest for 4 minutes

Well done: 4.5 minutes per side – rest for 1 minute

Serve with cooked vegetables

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  1. # louise jones 2106 days ago

    really great!easy to follow and i’ll be making it now.my husbands favourite and i usually buy peppercorn sauce in a packet but maybe no more

  2. # Lorraine 2105 days ago

    excellent sauce recipe, absolutely delicious!!
    Thank you.

  3. # Mary 2104 days ago

    Loved it – great sauce, goes well with eye fillet steak.

  4. # Avi 2092 days ago

    Going to be making a variation of your sauce tonight. Thanks for the inspiration. Check out my blog tomorrow and you’ll see the fruition of my endeavour. http://61perry.typepad.com/from_suq_to_shuk/

  5. # Vince 2088 days ago

    So easy yet so very tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe

  6. # Term Papers 2070 days ago

    Sounds delicious. But it serves for only one person.

  7. # Brian 2068 days ago

    Term Papers – for 2 people double everything, 3 triple etc. That’s the way professional cooks and chefs do it

  8. # Franchesco Alberto Garjulo 2061 days ago

    Great recipe, so simple
    I added some brandy to the sauce for a bit of extra kick
    Added mushrooms, tomotoes and green beans
    Cooked it for the Mrs and my boys, they all loved it so much, everyone licked their plates clean
    The Mrs was so impressed she tipped me in kind, wink wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!!!
    Will be cooking it again tonight

  9. # Sam Hardacre 2061 days ago

    @Franchesco Get in there mate : D

  10. # Deanna Thomas 2059 days ago

    Delicious. Don’t forget to pour the juices from the rested steak back into the peppercorn sauce. I served it with some stuffed baked mushrooms and poured the ‘mushroom juice’ into the peppercorn sauce too. Took it to another dimention x

  11. # Brenda Sutcliffe 2058 days ago

    Absolutely delicious, served with sirlion steak, medium rare, used juices from meat for extra flavour. Had to copy recipe for daughters, so another 2 satisfied fans, Great!!

  12. # Sumi Glass 2051 days ago

    Many thanks for helping to make my husband’s Birthday meal such a success.
    Peppercorn sauce was the ‘icing’ on the steak!

  13. # Ryan Buchanan 2044 days ago

    excellent recipe, added crushed garlic and sautee’d mushrooms(incl. brine) to it though. gave it an extra welcome kick.MAGIC

  14. # Zoe 2021 days ago

    Desperate for summat moist to go with our steak and chips – quick, easy and totally delicious – thank you!

  15. # Paul 2019 days ago

    Outstanding, thank you it was so easy and full of flavour.

  16. # ann 2011 days ago

    forgot to get a packet of peppercorn sauce searched internet and found your recipe won’t be buying packets anymore. Delicious

  17. # Gurminder 2010 days ago

    Such a simple yet delicious recipe! As I didn’t have double cream, and had to make do with single, I decided to add a little butter which made also gave it a real velvelty texture. Thanks

  18. # Nicky T 2007 days ago

    Brilliant – Thanks very much, every one loved it and said it’s better than the sauce they get in the restaurants!!

  19. # kev henderson 2007 days ago

    my kids tara and chloe loved it they gave me 9/10 my son missed out ha

  20. # Kate 1996 days ago

    Made this reciepe tonight, absolutely gorgeous! Definately will make it again

  21. # Bev 1990 days ago

    Made this sauce last night my husband and son really enjoyed it i would definately do it again it gave the steak a real kick

  22. # Chris 1978 days ago

    Used your recipe for the first meal cooked in my new place… Flat mate loved too! Thanks!

  23. # Term paper help 1953 days ago

    I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else!

  24. # Laura 1935 days ago

    I just tried this sauce and it worked brilliantly – so easy and so tasty. Thanks!

  25. # wicks 1925 days ago

    great sauce mate. going to use it at college where im a chef

  26. # Brad Smith 1906 days ago

    Tried this last night – it was delicious, thank you! I didn’t have any white wine, so I added a bit of Southern Comfort. Just the job. Delicious!

    I would suggest this quantity of sauce could stretch to two if it had to.

  27. # Sally Davies 1902 days ago

    That was an amazing sauce, so delicious, better than most pubs!! When my husband said he wanted steak with peppercorn sauce I thought I should try to make it. This was the first recipe I found and I will never look back, so easy, what a gem of cooking wisdom!

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