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Pan-Seared Steak with Cognac Sauce - Perfectly pan seared Top Sirloin Steaks topped with a deliciously creamy cognac sauce.

Pan-Seared Steak with Cognac Sauce

Katerina | Diethood
Perfectly pan seared Top Sirloin Steaks topped with a deliciously creamy cognac sauce.
Servings : 2 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 2 (6 to 8 ounces each) top sirloin steaks, room temperature
  • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • sprig of rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves , smashed
  • 1/3 cup cognac , plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Balsamic Caramelized Onions , for garnish


  • Prepare steaks by seasoning with salt and pepper. Liberally salt the steaks on all sides. Set aside.
  • Add butter, olive oil, rosemary and garlic cloves to a cast iron skillet and melt over medium-high heat.
  • Add steak to skillet and cook until brown and cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per each side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks and garlic to cutting board and let steak rest for a few minutes. Discard rosemary sprig.
  • Remove skillet from heat and gently pour the cognac into the hot pan and ignite with a lighter. Shake the pan until the flames die out. DO NOT stand above the pan when lighting up the cognac. Stand back as far as possible, while holding on to the handle.
  • Return the skillet over medium heat and add the cream to the cognac.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  • Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cut up the steaks (optional) and pour about 2 tablespoons cognac sauce over each steak.
  • Serve.
  • Optionally, you can serve the steaks with a side of caramelized onions and/or mashed potatoes.


Guide for Steak Doneness:
(please use a meat thermometer)
140F internal temperature for RARE
145F internal temperature for MEDIUM RARE
160F internal temperature for MEDIUM
170F internal temperature for WELL DONE


Calories: 783 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 62 g | Saturated Fat: 36 g | Cholesterol: 262 mg | Sodium: 211 mg | Potassium: 501 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Vitamin A: 2100 IU | Vitamin C: 2.6 mg | Calcium: 120 mg | Iron: 1.9 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best steak recipe, easy dinner recipe, steak dinner ideas