Beef Medallions with Caramelized Pan Sauce


This is one of those dishes that unless someone watched you make it, they'd never believe how fast and simple it is to prepare. By the way, this wonderful sauce would work just as well with pork, veal, or chicken.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed, cut into 8 (4-ounce) medallions

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 8 sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • cup Marsala wine

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes


  1. Season beef medallions with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook beef until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove beef to a warm plate.

  3. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir mushrooms, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in the skillet until mushrooms are very well browned, about 10 minutes.

  4. Mix in tomato sauce; cook and stir until tomato sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

  5. Pour in Marsala wine and increase heat to high. Cook, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet. Once most of the wine has evaporated, stir in broth and bring to a boil; cook and stir until broth mixture has reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

  6. Reduce heat to low and return beef to broth mixture; simmer until beef is cooked to medium-rare, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer beef to serving plates.

  7. Remove skillet from heat. Cook and stir 1 1/2 tablespoons butter and oregano into the sauce until butter melts. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

  8. Spoon sauce over beef and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

567 Calories
42g Fat
6g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 734mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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