Friday , 19 January 2018

Pan Seared Steaks with a Shallot and Mushroom Sauce

My husband and I have been trying to save money by reducing our spending especially with the cash outflow that happens every holiday season.

And hello, I run a food blog which means we’re big fans of eating out and trying new foods and restaurants which isn’t exactly conducive to saving money.

So I decided I wanted to make us a nice steak dinner to replace what we would normally go out to get.

It’s definitely not the cheapest meal grocery wise, but at my market I managed to get New York Strip at $8.99 a lb, which considering I ended up buying about 1.4 lb wasn’t bad (I think it totaled $12 something).  Throw in a head of broccoli, some mushrooms and shallots, plus a loaf of bread and the total ends up being a little above $20 for four meals (assuming you have sherry, balsamic vinegar and beef stock on hand).

Compare that to the $37 – $45 we’ve paid for a quality steak at a steakhouse and I think I’m getting a steal while giving us a bit of a treat.

There is one caveat.  I actually ended up making this meal twice.  The first time I only made enough for two servings in an effort at money conservation and when I was almost done cooking disaster struck. 

I was trying to explain to my husband how to slice the loaf of bread (I know, right?) and wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been.  My tongs either released or hit something or who knows what but my beautifully cooked medium rare steak fell to the floor!

Heart sinking as I stared at it, we ended up throwing it out.  Now technically, I could have followed the 5 second rule and washed it off but it was definitely one of those argh frustration moments.  As my husband ate his portion (although he did offer to split it with me, but seriously, it was like a 4 oz steak after cooking) he assured me that it was fantastic and he was loving every bite.

Which means I ended up making this meal again so I could actually get to eat it too, and this time I made sure to make 4 portions worth!

As for my sides I wanted to keep them pretty simple.  A thin slice of bread worked to soak up any leftover mushroom and shallot sauce.  I had picked up this gorgeous head of broccoli at the grocery store so ended up tossing the florets with a bit of olive oil, then roasted at 425 for about 22 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Then I just seasoned it simply with salt, pepper and a bit of lemon juice.  With the bread and broccoli this definitely felt like an indulgent steak dinner.

Pan Seared Steaks with Shallot and Mushroom Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Pan Seared Steaks with Shallot and Mushroom Sauce


  • 1 1/4 lb New York Strip, cut into 4 steaks
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp canola oil
  • 6 shallots, thinly sliced into half moon shapes
  • 16 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning or Thyme
  • 2 cup beef stock
  • 4 tsp sherry
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat 1 tsp canola oil in pan over medium high heat. Saute shallots for 5 - 6 minutes, or until extremely soft and tender (if you have time/are super patient, feel free to also caramelize the shallots over low heat for an extra delicious twist).
  2. Add garlic and mushrooms to pan. Season with Italian seasoning and continue to cook for another 8 - 10 minutes until mushrooms have released their liquid and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Mix beef stock, sherry, balsamic vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl until cornstarch is well incorporated and dissolved. Pour beef stock mix over mushroom/shallot mix in pan.
  4. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, stirring every other minute until most of the liquid has completely reduced to form a thick sauce of mushrooms and shallots. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Sprinkle both sides of steaks with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and a dash of salt.
  6. Heat ½ tsp canola oil over medium heat until pan is hot. Sear steaks on each side for about 3 minutes per side. Let rest.
  7. Serve steaks with shallot mushroom sauce over top. Feel free to serve with a slice of bread to sop up any remaining topping.

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  1. There was a segment on our local news recently about that 5 second rule. Seems that even under the most sterile circumstances, it’s not a good thing to eat food that falls on the floor, counter or tabletop. You did the right thing, but darn! Great idea to make your favorite restaurant meal at home. Not only does it same money, you save yourself a load of fat and sodium. Restaurants are notorious for adding too much to their food. Have a good Sunday!
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  2. You sure gave the restaurants a run for their money! LOVE the steaks – look ahmazing 🙂 And yah, I say the 5 second rule rocks!

    Also I know about ALL about saving money and budgeting – it’s called living within our means and opting for a debt free life! I’ll drink to that anyday 🙂

    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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  3. Absolutely perfect. Steak and mushrooms is in my top 3 all time favourite meals – simple, satisfying and delicious. What a great looking sear you got too! Love the addition of shallot here… craving!!
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    • I’m definitely on a mushroom kick – they’re among my favorite foods. The only thing is that I hate touching them and they kind of freak me out but I make myself do it since I love eating them so much!

  4. Oh, I’m sorry you dropped the steak – I probably would have followed the five second rule on that one and taken pics of his steak….but it looks delicious enough to make twice!
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  5. Look at that sauce poured over that perfectly cooked meat
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  6. New York Strips are my favorite steak. What a shame about the steak falling to the floor! I think my instinct would have retrieve it, give it a good rinse under the faucet and put it back in the pan. The sauce sounds amazing!
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  7. Girl, I’d have just washed that steak off and gone to town. I can’t believe you threw it away! You need some puppies to help you out in situations like that, at least. At least you got to have some yourself though, cause it looks REALLY yummy!
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  8. New York Strips with Mushroom Sauce, be still my heart! Fantastic!
    I have three dogs so that steak never would have even made it to the floor 🙂
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