Brian McDermott's perfect steak

Chef Brian McDermott shares his tips for the perfect steak on the Today Show.


  • 4 steaks sirloin, rump or rib eye
  • 40 ml brandy
  • 0.50 chopped onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 150 ml crème fraiche or cream
  • drop worchester sauce
  • 12 green peppercorns or cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • freshly ground pepper to season steak
  • 100 ml beef stock
  • drizzle rapeseed oil


  1. Allow Steak to sit at room tempreture.
  2. Pre heat frying pan. Drizzle pan with oil and place steaks in pan. Do not agitate steaks leave for approx 3 mins then turn. Season with ground black pepper. Cook for further 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer steaks to hot tray and finish in over if required between Med – Well Done. If you require Med – Rare just let steak rest.
  4. In same pan as steak was in add choped onion, garlic and mushroom followed by peppercorns. Cook for few minutes then add brandy and flambe.
  5. Straight away add beef stock and crème fraiche or cream. Reduce heat and allow to reduce until suace thickens . Add drop of worchester sauce.
  6. Serve sauce beside steak not over it!


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