Boozy Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


Peppered steaks seared in cast iron, with a quick, creamy pan mushroom sauce. Simple, elegant dinner for 2. This recipe works with most steaks, but I prefer a nice fillet or chuck eye. A small, thick cut of steak is best.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 steaks with sauce


  • 2 (6 ounce) steaks

  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns, ground

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 6 mushrooms, sliced, or more to taste

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 fluid ounce bourbon (such as Maker's Mark®)

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Coat steaks with ground peppercorns, olive oil, and soy sauce. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet and allow it to melt completely and begin to foam. Cook steaks in the hot skillet until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place mushrooms around steaks and stir to coat with pan drippings.

  4. Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and cook until steaks are firm and reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C). Remove steaks from the skillet and allow to rest.

  5. Return skillet to medium heat and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour in bourbon carefully, away from any heat source, and cream. Allow to simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Serve sauce over steaks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

704 Calories
62g Fat
8g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 704
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g 80%
Saturated Fat 32g 160%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 563mg 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.