We all need to broaden our horizons every once in awhile – although a humble pepper sauce will always have a place in our heart, sometimes it pays to try something a little different. We have listed seven steak sauces you can make at home with minimum fuss, guaranteed to add new flavour to a trusted old standard.
A foolproof and popular option, mushroom gravy can be made in minutes. Simply heat two tablespoons of oil in a saucepan, before adding 100g of sliced button mushrooms and a clove of crushed garlic. Once browned, simply stir in 310ml of beef stock, adding it a quarter cup at a time to prevent lumps. Once you’re happy with the consistency, add salt and pepper to taste. Done.
Elegant and rich, bearnaise sauce is a classy option. You can whip up a bearnaise sauce in half an hour, using white wine, vinegar, butter, egg yolks, tarragon, shallots and peppercorns. Bearnaise can be a little tricky for beginners, but Serious Eats have a step-by-step guide to get it right the first time.
Simple and delicious – mix four tablespoons of butter with a minced garlic clove, a teaspoon of parsley, a tablespoon of oregano, 1 ½ tablespoons of basil and half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Use cooking paper to roll the mixture into a log shape and place it in the freezer as you cook your steak. Once the butter is set, cut a slice and watch it melt over your freshly cooked steak.
Ginger Peanut Sauce
Ginger peanut sauce gives a bit of zing that complements all types of steak. All you need to do is simmer five tablespoons of water, four tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, two teaspoons of soy sauce, two crushed garlic cloves and a tablespoon of rice vinegar. Get the mixture to simmer, but don’t let it boil.
Chimichurri is an uncooked sauce or marinade bursting with flavour. Mix together half a cup of red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of salt, three minced garlic cloves and a chopped shallot in a mixing bowl. Let it stand for 10 minutes before adding half a cup of minced cilantro, a quarter cup of parsley and two tablespoons of oregano. Finally, use a fork to mix in ¾ of a cup of olive oil before serving.
Diane sauce is a classic winter option that can be whipped up with ease. Simply mix a tablespoon of olive oil, a crushed garlic clove and a chopped brown onion in a frying pan over medium heat. Once the onion has softened, add two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, two tablespoons of tomato sauce and 160ml of cream to the mixture. Let it simmer for three minutes or until you’re happy with the consistency.
Tomatoes, oregano and garlic – these are the basic components of pizzaiola sauce. Garlic, basil and mushrooms can all be added to up the flavour of this vibrant Neapolitan sauce. It only takes ten minutes to simmer the ingredients, but make sure you add the basil after you’ve taken your pizzaiola off the heat.