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Green Peppercorn Steak Sauce

How to Make Green Peppercorn Pan Steak Sauce

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  • Author: Olivia Mesquita
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x


Green peppercorn sauce recipe is a luxurious accompaniment to any steak, offering a perfect balance of sharpness from the peppercorns and richness from the butter.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green peppercorns, slightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional (but recommended): pan scraps from cooking steak


Prepare Ingredients:

  • If using pan scraps, reserve them.
  • Slightly crush the green peppercorns with the back of a spoon or a mortar and pestle to release their flavor.

Simmer the Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the crushed green peppercorns, whole grain Dijon mustard, and broth (instead of water for added flavor).
  • If you’re incorporating pan scraps, now is the time to add them.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.

Reduce the Sauce:

  • Cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until the liquid has slightly reduced in volume.
  • The sauce should start to thicken slightly, indicating it’s nearing completion.

Finish with Butter:

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Add the unsalted butter to the pan, stirring constantly until the butter is thoroughly melted and combined with the sauce. This step will give the sauce a glossy finish and rich flavor.

Season the Sauce:

  • Taste the sauce and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.


  • Serve the sauce hot, poured over the steak or on the side as a dipping sauce.


  • For a deeper flavor, consider using the pan in which you cooked a steak, utilizing the fond (browned bits) left in the pan as the base for the sauce.
  • If you prefer a thinner sauce, adjust the amount of broth slightly.
  • This sauce pairs well not only with steak but also with roasted chicken or grilled pork chops.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: French American
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