Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Beef stroganoff is a family favourite.

Beef Stroganoff

Rich and delicious, Beef Stroganoff is equally good for casual family suppers or dinner parties. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s one of my staple dishes for easy entertaining. This recipe has lots of full, bold flavours but it’s mild enough to please just about any palate. It’s also classic comfort food, the kind of dish your guests will remember from when they were kids.

Beef Stroganoff is easy to prepare and perfect when you need something you can finish off just before serving. While you need to cook the majority of this dish at the last minute to keep the steak tender, you can sauté the onions and mushrooms a bit ahead of time. Set them aside and then prepare the rest of the dish when you are ready to eat.

I love to make this dish all year round. It makes for a cozy supper in the winter and because I can prepare it quickly on the stovetop I like it in the warmer weather too.

Onions and Mushrooms

Tips for Making Beef Stroganoff

To keep things stress-free, I like to have all the ingredients ready before I start.

While it is important to use a tender cut of beef for this recipe, I don’t use beef fillet as some people do. I find that New York Strip (striploin) or sirloin steak works really well and if money is tight, flank steak sliced across the grain and cooked very lightly is a great alternative.

You can definitely use low fat sour cream for this recipe. In fact, I almost always do as there is quite a lot of fat from the oil and butter in this recipe already.  I draw the line at fat free however, as I can’t understand how anything with ‘cream’ in its name can be completely free of fat and still be natural. (It goes without saying that the full fat varieties will work just fine.)When I couldn’t buy sour cream here in the UK years ago, I used half fat crème fraîche and it worked very well too.

Beef Stroganoff can be served on noodles or rice, but I prefer the latter. Basmati rice is my favourite choice.

One more thing, adding nutmeg to this dish may seem strange but seriously, don’t leave it out. Nutmeg really shines in savoury dishes and it makes this Beef Stroganoff really special.

Beef Stroganoff served

Beef Stroganoff
Serves: Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled, halved and finely sliced in half moons
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups of sliced white or chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 pound sirloin, strip loin or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 generous teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ to ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • generous pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground if possible
  • 1 cup Basmati rice, cooked according to package directions
  1. Heat the oil and one tablespoon of the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and a pinch of salt.
  3. Sauté until the onions begin to soften.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove the onions and mushrooms from the pan. Cover and keep warm.
  7. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
  8. When it is warm, add the slices of steak and stir fry until nearly cooked.
  9. Add half a cup of the sour cream, the mustard, pepper and paprika.
  10. Return the onions and mushrooms to the pan, adding a bit more sour cream if necessary. Stir and warm through.
  11. When everything is warmed through, add the nutmeg.
  12. Serve over the rice.
Adapted from 'How to Eat' by Nigella Lawson

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  1. Beef stroganoff is one of those dishes that reminds me of my childhood – pure comfort food. And yet, I rarely make it!? I need to change that, because now I’m craving it. I love that your son wants to learn to make it! (and great photos!)

  2. I haven’t ever put nutmeg in my stroganoff, but I simply must try it! Your recipe looks delicious, April, and is just the type of meal our kids need to learn when starting out on their own. 🙂

  3. We often make a similar recipe, but we never thought to add nutmeg. We must try that.
    It is good our young people learn to cook.

  4. I am not a big beef person but I love beef stroganoff… the flavor is just sooooo yummy. Never served it over rice will have to try it. thanks so much April for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

  5. Hi April,
    Your Beef Stroganoff looks delicious, we would just love it. The gravy looks so rich and a beautiful color. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. April, you beat Julia child, your Beef stroganoff looks delicious.

  7. I haven’t made beef stroganoff in years–which is strange because for the longest time, I made it often. The recipe I use doesn’t have nutmeg or Dijon, but I think these are fabulous additions. Will try them next time! Thank you for linking w/ See Ya in the Gumbo this week, April.

  8. Wonderful tip about the mustard! I added that to my regular recipe. Mine has Worcestershire sauce and is served over egg noodles rather than rice, but the mustard was a great add!

  9. Nutmeg-must try that!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Those mushrooms sauteeing the the pan are making my mouth water. What a yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday, April.

  11. Just had this for dinner and everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for this recipe. I’d never have tried it if it wasn’t so easy. Well done!

    • Thank you so much for letting me know you tried the recipe, Valerie! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. It’s so rewarding when folks try my recipes and let me know they like them 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment!

  12. April, it’s been too long since I’ve made stroganoff. Yours looks wonderful! I think the New York steak works well and I love that you use plenty of mushrooms. I usually serve it with flat noodles.

  13. Nutmeg in beef stroganoff? I’ve never of that! I’ll have to give it a try?

  14. Beef stogonoff is one of my favorite dishes, and yours looks so good, April!!

  15. Sounds wonderful, April! And I so agree with you about the nutmeg.

  16. This sounds so delicious! YUMMY! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Crafts, Recipes, and Tips and Tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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