Brandy Flamed Peppercorn Steak Recipe -
Brandy Flamed Peppercorn Steak Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Brandy Flamed Peppercorn Steak

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"A five-star recipe for sirloin steak cooked in butter, garlic and wine, and then set on fire! Crushed peppercorns, brandy, and a cream sauce give this an extra classy taste."

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Original recipe makes 2 steaks Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Press crushed peppercorns into both sides of each steak. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and salt.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and wine, and cook for 1 minute. Arrange steaks in pan, and cook until desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Pour brandy onto steaks, and carefully light with a match. Let the flames burn off. Sprinkle green onion and shallot around the steaks, and circle the steaks with cream. Cook, stirring sauce, until hot. Transfer steaks to plates. Stir sugar into sauce, and then spoon over meat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 09, 2007

This is a classic French method for cooking steak, and really, REALLY delicious! Adding mushrooms to the sauce is an excellent plan. I'm amused by the people who make vast changes to this recipe, and then complain that it didn't turn out the way they expected. Ummm...try following the recipe! And if you don't like pepper, maybe something called "peppercorn steak" won't please you...If you like classic French peppercorn steak, this is the recipe for you. Cook it EXACTLY as described in the recipe. Cooking this sort of steak in a frying pan is a wonderful change from the grill! The sauce is fabulous.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2011

Easy to prepare, the brandy was just a little too strong of a flavor for me. The DH thought it needed something. I'll try tweaking a bit to see how it comes out.

Oct 30, 2008

Awesome. Simply awesome. I cooked the steak as directed until they were as desired (medium), did the brandy trick, then removed steaks and continued from there, instead of removing later. The one gripe I have: all the comments about 3 foot high flames. What proof and how much extra brandy are you using?? There is no *poof* and maybe a 4 inch flame. I got my buddy to come check out what I was doing, only to sorely disappoint him with lame pyrotechnics. You guys sure you didn't mistakenly drink all your brandy and drunkenly add grain alcohol as a substitute??? EDIT: lol... Ok, I was a little harsh with the flame effects. However, I have found the trick: The liquid needs to reduce to very minimal levels compared to the amount of brandy added. With a higher ratio of brandy to wine sauce, you have a MUCH better flame, which not only adds to the effect of cooking the meal, but also singes the fat and adds a great flavor.

Feb 05, 2005

As a personal preference I grilled the steaks on the BBQ and made the sauce separately. I softened the onion & garlic before adding the liquid's to the sauce and cooking it for about 15 mins. The sauce got nice and thick and the flavour was delicate but beautiful. It worked tremendously well with the peppery steak. I think I will add some mushrooms to the sauce next time to soak up more of the yummy flavour. Thanks for a great recipe!

Nov 13, 2005

We tried this last night and loved it. The only complaint that we had was that there are no FIRE restriction heights to the brandy part for things above the stove. The recipe was prepared as writen and could not ask for a better way to prepare steak. It was so good that we will be making it again and again. Thanks for this one. Oh yeah, This recipe will turn the worst cook into a five star chef.

Apr 24, 2006

I found it easier to make the sauce if I removed the steaks after flaming them. This way the sauce can thicken and the steaks won't get overdone. I used 2 ribeyes and added 1 cup sliced mushrooms to the sauce.

Feb 12, 2008

This was EXCELLENT!!! This is the best steak recipe I have tried so far! I loved the sauce; I simply added some mushrooms, and let the sauce simmer a while longer. I also used coarse ground pepper instead of the crushed peppercorns. I used bourbon instead of brandy, which worked just fine. Make sure you use a household lighter (the torch kind) to light the steaks, or else you'll set your hand on fire. I served this with boiled spinach and balsamic red potatoes to absorb the extra yummy sauce. My husband was very impressed! A+++! Thank you so much!

Feb 19, 2006

I made this today and as it was cooking, the aromas in the kitchen were wonderful! My fiance' and I took one bite of the delicious steak and sauce and are now hooked on this wonderful dish. He said it is definitely a "keeper", and I couldn't agree more! The only thing I changed in the recipe was to add mushrooms and I also doubled the yummy sauce. I served it with mashed potatoes and we put some of the sauce on top of them. Perfecto!


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  • Calories
  • 490 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 139 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 35.8 g
  • 55%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 1089 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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