Classic Steak Diane Recipe

Sliced steak diane on plate.

Steak Diane is a classic recipe that tops your favorite steak with a sauce made with cream, cognac, shallots, beef stock, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. It’s perfect for special occasions but also quick & easy enough for weeknight dinners.

I’m all about a great steak dinner – give me sous vide filet mignon, ribeye steak or even these steak bites and I’m a very happy girl.

But how do you take your steak dinner to the next level?

Top it with a delicious steak sauce. Rick’s favorite is this classic Bearnaise sauce. And I’ve always loved Bordelaise sauce. But lately, I’ve become more and more hooked on “Diane” sauce.

It’s a creamy, lick your plate clean kind of sauce and it’s insanely good.

Why do they call it Steak Diane?

  • Although it’s not for certain, most likely the name Steak “Diane” came to be named from Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. In the past, “a la Diane” sauces were typically served with game meats like vension.

What is Diane sauce made of?

  • Diane sauce is typically made with cream, cognac, shallots, beef stock, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Occasionally, mushrooms are also added.
Ingredients for steak diane on tray.

How to make Steak Diane sauce:

  • Saute shallots.
  • Add cognac and cook until almost evaporated.
  • Add broth and cook until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in cream.
  • Add dijon and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Serve with steak.

What can you substitute for cognac?

If you don’t have cognac on hand, brandy, red wine, sherry or marsala would all work in its place.

Can you make it without alcohol?

You can definitely skip the cognac in this recipe. Simply skip over that step and go straight to adding in the broth.

Close up of steak in diane sauce.

Which kind of steak is used in Steak Diane?

Normally, thin cut tenderloin steaks or filet medallions are used. However, you can use any steak you prefer in this recipe. NY strip steaks, ribeye and top sirloin all work well in this recipe. Just keep in mind that the cook time may increase the thicker your steaks are.

I used a couple top sirloin steaks from Aspen Ridge® in this recipe. Aspen Ridge offers naturally raised Angus beef that is Certified Humane® with no added hormones. It’s also source-verified back to the family ranch, and is raised without antibiotics.

Look for Aspen Ridge Prime Beef at Safeway and Albertsons locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Steak sliced on plate served with diane sauce.

Wine pairings for Steak Diane:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

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Close up of sliced steak diane.

What to serve with Steak Diane:

Steak with diane sauce on round grey plate.

Steak Diane

Steak Diane is a classic recipe that tops your favorite steak with a sauce made with cream, cognac, shallots, beef stock, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. It’s perfect for special occasions but also quick & easy enough for weeknight dinners.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 8-ounce Aspen Ridge top sirloin steaks ((or other favorite cut) )
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1/4 cup cognac ( or brandy)
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon minced chives
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly season steaks with salt and pepper, and add to skillet; cook, about 4-5 minutes per side, until browned and cooked to desired doneness. When the steaks are done, move to a plate and tent with foil.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat and sauté the shallots for 1-2 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the cognac and cook until the cognac is almost evaporated, about 2 minutes, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Stir in the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in dijon mustard and Worcestershire, and then return steaks and any accumulated juices to skillet; cook, turning in sauce, until warmed through, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer steak to serving plates and stir parsley and chives into sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over steaks and serve.
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Equipment

Large Skillet

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 761IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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