Mushroom Sauce for Steak

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  • After you’ve tried this amazing mushroom sauce, you will never go back to a store bought steak sauce again!

    Close up of mushroom sauce with fresh thyme

    Mushroom Sauce

    A good mushroom sauce can complement so many meals and all types of protein, but this particular red wine sauce is perfect for beef. On a steak or even a burger, it takes your meal to the next level.

    It is also tastes great on other things like mashed potatoes and pork chops or this cube steak recipe and even steak frites.

    pan fried steak with mushroom sauce

    Serve it as part of a steak sauce trio including my creamy horseradish sauce and copycat Peter Luger’s steak sauce.

    Type of Mushrooms

    For my simple mushroom sauce, I keep it open on which type of mushrooms to use. White button mushrooms are the easiest and cheapest to find, but you can also get a little fancy and use a more expensive shroom like chanterelle.

    Fresh mushrooms lices in a bowl

    Here are the most common mushrooms in the states:

    • White button mushroom (most common)
    • Champignon mushroom
    • Crimini mushroom
    • Maitake mushroom
    • Portobello mushroom (also spelled portabella)
    • Shiitake mushroom
    • Oyster mushroom
    • Beech mushroom
    • Enoki mushroom
    • King trumpet mushroom
    • Chanterelle mushroom
    • Porcini mushroom

    Each will have a distinct taste, texture and shape. For a more interesting mushroom sauce, use a blend of two or three types.

    Clean them by gently washing with a damp paper towel or rinsing in a colander. Dirt gets stuck in all sorts of places, so I find that the paper towel method works best. Do not soak them- they will get all mushy.

    Freshly sliced mushrooms

    Red Wine Alternatives

    Using different types of red wine will also change the flavor profile slightly. A dry red wine will in turn give you a rich, luxurious sauce.

    PRO TIP: Use a variety of mushrooms for texture and flavor sophistication.

    Something a little fruitier or with sweet undertones, a fun and flirty sauce. While woody or oak aged wines, an earthy flavor. If you don’t like to cook with wine, sub it out for additional beef broth.

    Mushroom sauce in a skillet

    How to Make Mushroom Sauce for Steak

    To start, melt unsalted butter with mushrooms in a medium saucepan, tossing to coat. Cook the mushrooms down until they are about half of their original size. Mushrooms are mostly water, so they will reduce greatly. Try to use mushrooms cut in similar sizes so they cook evenly.

    Next, add red wine, beef broth, fresh thyme and garlic powder. Simmer all of these ingredients for 15 minutes, then remove the thyme sprigs.

    Then in a small mixing bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Once fully combined, whisk that mixture into the mushroom sauce.

    Sliced mushrooms in a rich savory sauce with fresh thyme

    Heat this for an additional two minutes, then remove from the heat. Season this with fine sea salt and pepper to taste.

    Make Ahead & Freezing

    To make this sauce ahead of time, simply make it all the way through, cool and store covered in refrigerator until ready to use. Up to 48 hours.

    To reheat, place back into a saucepan and thin with a little water or beef stock, stirring until hot and back to the same consistency. Make sure to correct seasoning, as sauces often become muted after chilling.

    bowl of mushroom sauce

    I don’t recommend freezing this particular sauce. Mushrooms don’t thaw well.

    Tips for Making Steak Sauce:

    • Salt at the End Broths and bouillons have different salt amounts, so I like to have more control over mine by adding it at the end. Sometimes I don’t need any at all, other times I need a bunch.
    • Can I use salted butter? This is kind of the same answer as about the beef broth. I like to have more control over the saltiness. There are varying degrees of salt in butter, so by using unsalted, I give myself the most control.
    • Creamy Mushroom Sauce If you are looking for a creamy mushroom sauce, you can add 1/3 cup heavy cream to the sauce as it cools. Adding it too hot or before it reduces enough can curdle or seperate the sauce.
    Close up of mushroom sauce with fresh thyme


    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!

    Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range. 

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    Mushroom Sauce for Steak

    Homemade steak sauces don't get any better than this Mushroom Sauce! Not only does it taste great on steak, but you can add it to many other things, too!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time30 mins
    Course: Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: mushroom sauce for steak, red wine mushroom sauce
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 120kcal



    • In a medium saucepan, melt unsalted butter with mushrooms, tossing to coat.
    • Cook mushrooms down until they are half their original size.
    • Add red wine, beef broth, fresh thyme and garlic powder.
    • Simmer for 15 minutes.
    • Remove thyme sprigs.
    • In a small mixing bowl, whisk cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water, whisk into mushroom sauce.
    • Heat for an additional 2 minutes, then remove. Season with fine sea salt and pepper to taste.
    • Serve immediately.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


    Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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