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Beef fillet steaks drizzled with a decadent Merlot wine sauce made with butter, herbs, shallots and garlic. Simple and elegant main for a simple and elegant meal.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 750ml Merlot wine
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • 425ml beef stock
  • 30g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 (170g) beef fillet steaks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr30min ›Ready in:1hr45min

  1. In a heavy saucepan over high heat combine wine, chicken stock and beef stock. Bring to the boil and cook until mixture is reduced to 480ml, about an hour. Season with salt to taste. (This can be prepared a day ahead - cover and refrigerate).
  2. In a small bowl, mix butter and flour. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper, and cook until medium-rare, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a plate.
  3. Stir shallots, garlic and thyme into frying pan. Add 480ml reduced wine mixture to frying pan. Bring mixture to the boil, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in butter mixture until smooth. Boil sauce until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 2 to 3 minutes.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(86)

Reviews in English (71)


This is absolute divine. The main key to having this turn out great is using an excellent red wine that you want to drink. If you don't want to drink it out of the bottle, you won't love the sauce. Take the time to find a good wine, splurge a little if you have to. I add sliced mushrooms to the pan sauce.-13 Sep 2007

by I'm nuts too...

WOW! This sauce has a beautiful presentation, not to mention a wonderful flavor! I scaled it down to 2 & used a small (187ml) bottle of Merlot. I can't wait to serve it to guests. Thanks Melody!!-12 Oct 2002

by NMChef1

I'm still a newish cook, and this recipe entailed several firsts for me: the first time I've cooked with either filet mignon or shallots, and the first time I've ever reduced a sauce.With those caveats, I found the results to be a little disappointing, flavor-wise. But I had very high expectations, so this just resulted in this being "pretty good" in my book. The filets with the shallots and garlic were very tasty, but I found my wine sauce to be fairly bland.Step 1 wasn't too clear (to this beginner) about what heat (low, medium, high, boil) to reduce the sauce on. I had it too low, then cranked it up, and it still took me 1.5 hours to get 3 cups of sauce.And I don't think the 2-3 minutes in step 3 was enough to thicken the sauce, either.I may try this recipe again, though - it has a lot of potential, but I've got to get the hang of making sauces like this.-17 May 2005

Steak with Mushroom-Merlot Sauce

Steak with mushroom-Merlot sauce.Cooked beef steak served with mushroom-wine sauce.


  • 1 cup (250 ml) Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds (960 g) beef steak,boneless
  • 3 shallots,minced
  • 3-5 cloves garlic,peeled and crushed
  • 8 oz (240 g) mushrooms,sliced
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


Step 1

Prepare marinade:In a small mixing bowl,combine wine,1 tablespoon olive oil and thyme. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2

Rinse steak and pat dry. Place steak in shallow glass dish.

Step 3

Pour marinade over steak and turn it to coat well both sides. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours,turning once or twice.

Step 4

Remove steak from marinade.

Step 5

In a heavy saucepan,heat the remaining olive oil. Sauté shallots and minced garlic for 3 minutes over low heat,stirring. Pour in the wine marinade and bring it to a boil. Boil until it is slightly reduced,about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Add sliced mushrooms,then reduce heat to low and cook them until soft(about 5 minutes). Add whipped cream,salt,black pepper and tomato pastesimmer for 3 minutes.

Step 7

Step 8

Cook steak 3 inches(7.5 cm) from heat,about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Slice cooked steak thinly on the diagonal(against the grain).

Step 9

Arrange on a serving platter. Cover with wine sauce and serve immediately.

How to cook ribeye steaks

  • Selection: There are different quality grades of beef, the most commonly found in the market are USDA prime, choice, select, or standard (the store brand meat). I recommend USDA prime if the budget allows, as it has the most abundant marbling. Otherwise, USDA choice will have a pleasant taste as well.
  • Thickness: Buy ribeye steaks that are at least 1 1/2 to 2-inches thick for the best cooking results using the reverse searing method. This will ensure the right doneness in the center and prevent overcooking.
  • Cooking: Traditional methods use a pan-frying technique, however after being introduced to the reverse searing method and testing it out, it’s my preferred way to cook a high-quality piece of steak.
  • Temperature: Using a digital meat thermometer after baking, target an internal temperature of 90 to 95ºF (32 to 35ºC) for medium-rare or 100 to 105ºF (38 to 41ºC) for medium. After searing the steaks, target 120 to 125ºF (49 to 52ºC) for medium-rare, or 130 (50ºC) for medium.
  • Resting: After about 10 minutes, the meat temperature should increase by about 5 degrees after resting from carryover cooking. This process allows the juices to redistribute inside the steak evenly.


To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic, onion, carrot and celery saute over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onion is lightly browned. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes.

Deglaze the pan with the wine and then stir in the bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce by half. Add the stock and return to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the sauce, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, until reduced to about 2 cups of liquid. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan and keep warm.

Season steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a saute pan, add the steaks to the hot pan, and sear over medium-high heat for about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare or about 7 minutes per side for medium. Remove the steaks from the pan and keep warm.

Add the shallots and mushrooms to the same pan and saute over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until lightly brown. Add the Merlot sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce the liquid by half and stir in the butter until throughly incorporated. Add the parsley before serving.

Place the steaks in the center of warm serving plate and spoon the mushroom sauce over and around the filets.

Merlot Sauce Recipe


  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Merlot wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup demi glace
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


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Filet Mignon with Merlot Cream Sauce

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in a saute pan. When the butter begins to foam, add the filets and cook until browned, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Use tongs to turn the meat so you won't pierce holes in the filets. Cook on as high a temperature as possible without the butter becoming dark.

When you have cooked the filets to the desired doneness, remove filets from pan and place on a plate.

While the butter and olive oil are still very hot, deglaze the pan by pouring in the wine and loosening the steak bits.

Continue to cook the wine, stirring occasionally, until the wine reduces to about 1/4 cup. Stir in the cream and bring just to a boil and remove from heat.

Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and pour entire sauce through a strainer into a cup.

Place the filet in the center of serving plate and pour the Merlot cream sauce on top.

Optional Ingredients: You may add 1 tablespoon chopped shallots and 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon to the saute pan just before adding the wine.

Cooking tips: To reduce the sauce, keep the liquid to a boil, stirring occasionally. If you like your meat well done, simply place the filets in an ovenproof pan and bake them at 350 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes more.

Extra virgin olive oil is the best and fruitiest of the olive oils. Tree-ripened olives are pressed to extract oils of varying flavors, acidity and colors. Various, flavored, olive oils are widening the range of flavors and are used frequently in this cookbook.

Filet Mignon is a boneless cut from the small end of beef tenderloin. It is extremely tender and is best sauteed, broiled or grilled quickly by searing the outside to retain the hearty juices inside. Never overcook the filet.

Merlot is a full bodied, red wine grape similar to, but more mellow than Cabernet Sauvignon. It does not overpower the filet mignon, but rather enhances the rich, beef juices.

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Ready in… 20 mins
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Chimichurri is a South American steak sauce similar to salsa verde – but with a little kick.

Put 1 garlic clove, 1 red chilli, a small bunch each of coriander and parsley and 3 tbsp red wine vinegar in a small food processor. Blitz until finely chopped, then add 2 tbsp olive oil and blitz again. Season and refrigerate until serving. We also have a 10-minute version, made with green chilli.

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Opt for a bistro classic by making a rich, boozy jus.

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Ready in… 20 mins
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Allow the steaks to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pat the steaks dry and season generously on all sides with the salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, add the oil and heat over medium-high heat it is hot but not smoking.

Carefully place the steaks in the skillet and sear until a dark brown crust forms, about 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Using tongs, transfer the steak to a cutting board with a well and tent loosely with foil. Allow the steaks to rest at least 10 minutes.

Pour off and discard the oil from the skillet used to cook the steaks. Place the skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and heat until the butter foams. When the foaming subsides, add the garlic and shallots and cook, stirring constantly, until softened and lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the wine, stock, thyme sprigs and mustard, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the browned bits. Continue cooking until the liquid is reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs, taste the sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the butter, if using. Keep the sauce warm over low heat.

To serve, cut the steaks into 1/2-inch thick slices across the grain using a sharp slicing knife. Divide the slices between four warmed dinner plates, drizzle with a few ounces of the pan sauce, and garnish with chopped thyme. Serve immediately with additional pan sauce in a gravy boat on the side.

New York Steaks with Boursin and Merlot Sauce

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in each of 2 heavy large skillets over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add 3 steaks to each skillet cook about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to platter top each with 1 cheese wedge. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Step 2

Pour off drippings from 1 skillet add wine to skillet and boil over high heat until reduced to generous 1/2 cup, scraping up browned bits, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat add butter and stir until melted. Mix in parsley and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over steaks. Garnish with whole chives.

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