Sirloin Steaks with Port Sauce

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”30 min” cook_time=”min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] In this robust dish, the juices left in the pan after cooking the

Sirloin Steaks with Port Sauce
Sirloin Steaks with Port Sauce

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”30 min” cook_time=”min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

In this robust dish, the juices left in the pan after cooking the steaks turn into an instant sauce with the help of a little port. A colorful stir-fry of tiny new potatoes, mushrooms, red pepper, and sugar snap peas is a perfect accompaniment.

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  • 1 pound small new potatoes, scrubbed and any larger ones halved
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup large mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2/3 cup low-fat, reduced-sodium beef or vegetable stock, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 4 (5 ounce) thin sirloin steaks, trimmed of fat
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons port
  • Salt and pepper


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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Meanwhile, heat the oil in a nonstick wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, peas, and pepper strips, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Mix 1/2 of the broth with the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and sugar, and stir into the vegetables. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender, stirring frequently.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Season the steaks on both sides with coarsely ground black pepper and set aside. Heat a ridged cast-iron grill pan. Meanwhile, drain the cooked potatoes and add to the vegetables. Stir gently, then cover, and leave over a very low heat until ready to serve.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Add the butter to the hot grill pan and turn up the heat to high. As soon as the butter sizzles and starts to foam, add
the steaks. The cooking time depends on the thickness of the meat and whether you like your steaks rare, medium, or well done. Remove the steaks onto warmed dinner plates. Keep warm while making the sauce.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add the shallot and garlic to the cooking juices in the pan and cook, stirring, over low heat for 1 minute. Pour in the port and increase the heat so the sauce is bubbling. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring. Pour in the remaining broth and boil 1 minute. Correct the seasoning. Spoon the sauce over the steaks and serve immediately with the vegetables.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Some More Ideas
You can substitute a full-bodied red wine for the port. For a quick and fresh vegetable stir-fry, omit the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and sugar, and just toss the vegetables with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives just before serving.

Plus Points
New potatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps the absorption of iron from the beef in this dish. When dealing with potatoes, the preparation method makes a big difference in the amount of dietary fiber provided. Unpeeled potatoes offer one-third more fiber than peeled potatoes. Leaving potatoes unpeeled also preserves the nutrients found just under the skin.

[nutrition-info calories=”343″ calories_fat=”77″ fat=”9g” sat_fat=”3g” choles=”83mg” sodium=”235mg” carbs=”32g” sugars=”7g” protein=”32g” fiber=”4g”]

Exchanges: starch 1 ½, vegetable 2, meat (lean) 3

Excellent source of iron, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin,
thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C. Good source of copper, folate, magnesium.


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Originally Published in Reader's Digest