Classic Steak au Poivre Recipe

Classic Steak Au Poivre | Cracked Pepper Crusted Steak with Cognac Sauce is a French classic. It is an elegant and delicious dish perfect for any special occasion.

This was one of the first dishes I learned to make.  It was my favorite dish from my favorite 80’s restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida — The Flambe Room.  

My mom wasn’t a great cook and I never really learned to cook.  So while I was still in college Maria and Nunzio taught me to cook – not your typical everyday fare, but French and Italian classics, like steak au poivre, steak Diane, fettucini alfredo and other flambéed favorites.

If it could be flambéed I learned to cook it.  Today I use a lot less butter and cream when I cook but I still love to dust off these classic recipes and make them for special occasions.

Serve with potatoes au gratin and a simple green salad.

Bon Appetit!

Steak Au Poivre | Cracked Pepper Crusted Steak with Cognac Sauce

Course: dinner, entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, French
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 707 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

This is one of my favorite preparations for filet mignon. Succulent filet mignon coated in cracked pepper and topped with a cognac cream sauce.



  • 24 oz Filet Mignon (4) 6 oz filets
  • 3 T mixed peppercorns whole
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cognac
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 T Dijon mustard


  1. Wrap peppercorns in a clean tea towel and crush with a meat mallet or flat bottom skillet or other heavy object that will crack the peppercorns. (Don't grind the pepper it needs to be cracked).

  2. Liberally salt both sides of the filets.

  3. Put 1/2 the pepper on a plate in a single layer. Place filets on top of pepper and press filets into the pepper to crust. Remove filets and add remaining pepper and repeat the process on the other side of the steaks.

  4. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, increase temperature to medium-high and add the filets and sear. Cook 3 minutes for medium rare or 4 minutes for medium.

  5. Remove from heat. Add cognac to hot pan, then carefully ignite with a long-handled match. (DO NOT ignite the cognac near the open flame of your gas stove top. Keep a lid handy in the event you need to extinguish the flame.)

  6. Allow alcohol to burn off, about 1 minute. Return to medium-high heat, then add beef stock. Cook 1 minute.

  7. Remove filets and place on a warm plate then cover with foil.

  8. Continue cooking until reduced by half, about 4 minutes.

  9. Add cream and Dijon mustard. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thick, 3–5 minutes.

  10. Add Steaks to cognac sauce and heat for 1 minute.

  11. Plate, spooning sauce over filet and serve hot.

Recipe Notes



Serve this classic French dish with potatoes Dauphinoise and a simple green salad.

Serve french bread or croissants to soak up the yummy sauce.



Nutrition Facts
Steak Au Poivre | Cracked Pepper Crusted Steak with Cognac Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 650mg19%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More Recipe(

 < Eat  < Drink < Party <

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is the perfect dip for a veggie tray or as an accompinament to chicken Souvlaki (chicken skewers). This lemony cucumber and greek yogurt sauce is so easy to make and very tasty.  Try it as a side...


DIY + Create

Food Philosophy

I love serving homemade meals and entertaining, but I don’t love spending all my time in the kitchen… Sound familiar?  I’ll share my shortcuts for getting delicious, healthy food on the table – easy, fast & stress-free. All of my recipes have been tested on family and friends.  We love them and I hope you will too.



Chief Mermaid & Mojito Maker

This is me hangin’ out on the boat – it’s an absolutely gorgeous day in the Florida Keys – doing what wannabe mermaids do best…splashing in the waves + soaking up the sun. Life’s amazing.  Want to learn more?  

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share the Love.

Tell your friends!