Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a quick and easy weeknight meal and a comfort food that brings back a lot of childhood memories for a lot of people.

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Beef Stroganoff

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 pound tenderloin or sirloin
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ small onion or shallot finely chopped
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup brandy or cognac
  • ¼ cup beef stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • paprika for garnish
  • fresh dill chopped (optional)


  1. Slice the beef into thin strips (freezing the beef for 30 minutes ahead of time makes slicing much easier).
  2. Pre-heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the sauté pan and brown the beef in batches, setting it aside when it is nicely browned.
  3. Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and sauté the onion for a couple minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme and continue to sauté until nicely browned – another 5 minutes or so. Be careful not to burn the butter. Add the brandy and using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits that have formed on the bottom of the pan and bring to a simmer. Add the beef stock and simmer for a minute or two. Return the beef to the pan, along with any resting juices. Simmer for a minute or two, just to reheat the beef and then remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Stir in the sour cream and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over egg noodles and sprinkle with a little paprika and chopped fresh dill, if desired.
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  1. 5 stars
    Beef stroganoff is my husband’s favorite dish. I made this recipe today for our anniversary. He ate 2 helpings. I watched the video and realized I had been browning the meat wrong. Now I know better. I did it correctly today. Thanks for the recipe with video.

  2. 5 stars
    I had previously eye balled this recipe; I like to study recipes, think about expectations, skill level, etc. because I am a disabled person. I enjoy cooking however, since my disability can be extremely painful, sometimes I have to make decisions on what to make when I feel I am physically up to the task. Since my father in law is staying for 10 more days I wanted to make something different I hadn’t tried yet so I chose this recipe!
    Meredith, viewing your video clips is so user friendly, and the ability to freeze, rewind, etc. the video is appreciated. My beef stroganoff dinner was such a hit! I served the beef stroganoff on a bed of egg noodles, and fresh picked corn on the cob. FIL ate THREE full plates!! 😀 He was very impressed with me because I told him it was my first time making it.

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe & so easy. I have made many Beef Stroganoff recipes – this is the easiest and most tasty. Fresh Thyme – a must and the added mustard puts it over the top! Great job Chef….as always!

  4. 5 stars
    Full disclosure, beef stroganoff always sounded better than it tasted when I made it in the past. However, staring at a large and strangely shaped piece of tenderloin in the freezer that wasn’t going to be easy to grill along with a bunch of leftover sour cream in the fridge from Cinco de Mayo – I thought, maybe beef stroganoff?, and that same day, Meredith’s recipe arrived in my inbox. Coincidence? I think not.

    Fast forward, made it tonight and I LOVED it this time – I will never ever make it with anything but tenderloin again. The brandy did something wonderful to the sauce, and the only alteration made was using dried instead of fresh herbs. I served it over egg noodles with a couple of spears of just-picked grilled asparagus on the side. Heaven.

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