Beef Medallions with Fresh Horseradish Sauce


This quick and easy dish is dedicated to that little mini-season between summer and fall, that time of year when I crave hearty, comforting dishes that are still light and simple to make.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated raw horseradish, or to taste

  • cup creme fraiche

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 (3 ounce) beef top sirloin steaks

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated raw horseradish, divided

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, divided


  1. Place cherry tomatoes into a bowl and season with black pepper, salt, and sugar. Stir in rice wine vinegar. Let stand about 15 minutes to let flavors blend.

  2. Stir 2 tablespoons horseradish into creme fraiche in a small bowl; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate until needed.

  3. Cut steaks in half across the grain and pound each piece to about 3/8 inch thick. Season each side generously with salt, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Lay steaks onto a work surface and sprinkle each piece lightly with flour. Pat the flour into the meat. Repeat on other side. Let meat rest for 10 minutes to let flour adhere.

  4. Place a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, pour in vegetable oil, and heat until small wisps of smoke are visible rising off the oil. Lay steaks into the hot oil (meat should sizzle) and sear until browned, about 2 minutes per side. When you see beef juices accumulate on the surface of the meat, flip and brown the other side, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and let rest for about 2 minutes.

  5. Pour excess oil from the skillet and pour water into the skillet. Scrape up and dissolve any browned meat juices from the bottom of the skillet; continue to cook until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Pour pan juices over tomatoes and stir to combine.

  6. Divide about half the tomato mixture with juice per serving into the bottom of 2 large soup plates. Top each with 2 beef medallions and a spoonful of horseradish cream. Grate about 1/2 teaspoon horseradish over each serving and top with about 1 teaspoon of chives.

Cook's Notes:

Fresh horseradish isn't really that hot, but it does have a beautiful, fresh flavor. Grate it with a Microplane(R) for best results.

You can substitute sour cream for creme fraiche if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

431 Calories
34g Fat
16g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 431
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 41mg 203%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 584mg 12%

* 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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