Return to listing

Entrecote Steak with Creme Fraiche and Cracked Pepper Sauce

This is a special supper dish for two people celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who just want a treat. It needs a good bottle of red wine, and jacket potatoes with a leafy salad would be good accompaniments. I usually make this with a tub of fresh beef stock from the supermarket.


This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book Two.


First of all, you need to reduce the stock to half its original volume, so put it in a small saucepan and boil rapidly for about 10 minutes, then taste and add some salt if it needs it. Now measure the Cognac into a jug.

When the steaks are at room temperature, season them well with salt, then place the frying pan over a high heat and, when it's really hot, add the butter and oil, which should start to foam immediately. Now drop the steaks into the hot pan and, keeping the heat high, give them 3 minutes on one side for medium or 2 minutes for rare. 

Use a timer and try to leave them alone – no prodding!

Now turn them over and give them another 2 minutes on the other side for medium or 1 minute for rare. 

After that, pour in the Cognac, let it splutter and reduce, and follow it first with the reduced stock and finally the crème fraîche and crushed pepper. Give it all a good stir, then let everything bubble, reduce and amalgamate for about 1 more minute, then serve the steaks on warmed plates with the sauce spooned over.


Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to

Related recipes

Jacket Potatoes Serves 2

Jacket Potatoes

Could there possibly be anyone in the wide world who doesn't drool at the thought of jacket potatoes with really crisp, crunchy skins and fluffy, floury insides with something lovely melted into them?

Entrecote Marchand de Vin Serves 2:

Entrecote Marchand de Vin

Even if you're a beginner cook, you can't fail to succeed with this wonderful steak recipe: the red wine simply reduces into a superb sauce that perfectly complements the meat.

Entrecote Hongroise Serves 2

Entrecote Hongroise

If you've been looking for a quick and easy sauce to make with steak, this has to be it...




Popular topic
Latest post
Ask Lindsey... Concetta
01 Oct 2014 14:59
Coffee Break Eggs ~ Fridge or Not
01 Oct 2014 17:34
Food and travel Short break ideas
13 Jul 2014 08:31
Ingredients Naina ~ Gateaux de Yaourt
13 Aug 2014 15:12
Can Anyone Help? Fussy eater
01 Oct 2014 08:53
Books The Rainbow King
19 Sep 2014 08:29
Equipment Delia Online Salt and Pepper mills
05 Sep 2014 12:30
Gardening Indian Summer
12 Sep 2014 00:01
CMS solutions by