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Does your Valentine love beef? Then this simple, elegant recipe for Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak for Two is the perfect entree for your Valentine’s Day celebration.Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak | An easy, elegant stove top recipe!

Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak for Two

Early February isn’t exactly grilling weather in Indiana. Yet, I feel somewhat obligated to make a fabulous steak dinner for Valentine’s Day. With only 3 of us at home, and one who rarely eats meat, a big rare roast beef was out. I turned to Dorie Greenspan’s stove top cooked Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak and added a few twists. The results were nothing short of phenomenal! Just look at that perfectly cooked rare beef. Bill says he likes it “Just short of mooing.”

Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak | An easy, elegant stove top recipe!

Perfect Celebratory Entree

Two steaks coated with coarsely ground peppercorns, sauteed in a cast iron skillet, then topped with mushrooms and a creamy Cognac sauce made for a fabulous celebratory entree. I also dry brined the steaks by sprinkling them with kosher salt then parking them in the refrigerator, uncovered, overnight. This helped infuse some salt into the meat for deeper seasoning, tenderized and helped dry the surface for better browning.  It’s definitely worth the couple minutes it takes to do this extra step. I also added sauteed mushrooms to the mix. Meaty mushrooms, tender steak and a luscious cream sauce make for one unforgettable dinner!Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak | An easy, elegant stove top recipe!

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Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak for Two #SundaySupper

Perfectly made pepper steak cooked on the stove top and served with sauteed mushrooms and a Cognac cream sauce!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 filet mignon steaks (beef tenderloin), 2 inches thick*
  • Kosher salt


  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced or cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons white wine

To make steaks::

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup Cognac
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Kosher salt, to taste (I used a pinch)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper


  1. The night before, season the filets with kosher salt and leave them uncovered in the refrigerator.
  2. An hour before cooking, remove the meat from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Make the mushrooms. Melt the butter in a skillet, add mushrooms, then season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook until soft, then add white wine and cook until the wine evaporates. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. To make steaks, add oil and butter to the saucepan (I use a cast iron pan).Heat pan to medium-high. Sprinkle steaks with coarse pepper and gently press into meat. Add steaks and cook 3 minutes or more per side until internal temperature reaches desired doneness (I remove at 120º for very rare). Remove from pan and cover loosely with foil.
  4. To make sauce, pour off excess oil, add Cognac to pan and allow to reduce over medium heat. Add cream and cook for a couple minutes. Taste the sauce and add a pinch of salt if desired.
  5. To serve, place a steak on each plate, mound with mushrooms and drizzle with the Cognac cream sauce.


There is enough sauce to serve 4 if you’d like to serve more guests.
*I recommend Certified Angus Beef tenderloin.
Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak | An easy, elegant stove top recipe!

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27 comments on “Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak for Two #SundaySupper”

  1. That’s a dream meal for any beef lover!

  2. I was planning our traditional pot of Chili for the Super Bowl today… Now you have me thinking about the steak in the freezer:@)

  3. what a fabulous meal!

  4. Yum! What time is dinner! This looks wonderful and perfectly cooked!

  5. A perfect steak dinner, Liz! better than you would get in many restaurants!

  6. Sounds like a delicious sauce, and I always like mushrooms for a steak topping!

  7. This would be much loved in our house!

  8. This is gorgeous! Steve loves steak and will be so happy when I make him this dish!!!!

  9. Oooh, perfectly cooked filets! My husband just passed behind me and saw your photo. I think this will be his next dinner request 🙂

  10. I have a similar recipe that we used to make all the time that we loved! Will have to revisit it perhaps for V-day!

  11. You cooked that filet to perfection! I never grill, even in nice weather. I have two stainless steel all clad skillets that do all the heavy lifting – steak, fritattas, fish – everything.

  12. Your steak is perfectly cooked. I started salivating the moment I saw the photo.

  13. This looks picture perfect and ideal for our Sunday night dinner!

  14. LOL. You and Bill are very special people indeed….I’m on the same page as your husband when it comes to sweets…But just short of mooing…Mmm, a little different. Anyway, looks like you’ve got the perfect present for your beloved…P.s. Read your reply on Pies and Plots and am so inspired by your good heart <3 (And always your gourmet made easy recipes!)

  15. Mmmm … that looks so good! A perfect dinner for 2 for Valentine’s Day, or any other day.

  16. Looks beautiful and sure that sauce is wonderful.

  17. This is the perfect Valentine’s meal, Liz! Love that mushroom topping!

  18. This is just faboulous Liz! I think my love will love this recipe.

  19. Oh yum! Do you mind making a room for 1 more person? I promise to bring wine 🙂 And mushrooms? You really read your mind.

  20. Your steaks are absolute perfection, Liz! But you really got me with the Cognac cream sauce. Swooning over here!

  21. Deelicious!! Mushrooms make it even better. Looks good, Liz.

  22. Great minds! Our recipes this week are similar, yet different! I always feel you can never go wrong with a good steak with some sort of boozy sauce for a special dinner!

  23. You certainly know how to cook a beautiful steak! Love the mushrooms as a complementary topping.

  24. Fantastic idea Liz! The Cognac cream sounds fantastic! Now we get why you didn’t use the mushrooms for Madeira;) Exceptional dish, bravo!

  25. Dear hubby loves his steak cooked this way and I would certainly earn brownie points for this one!

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