How to make Peppercorn Sauce? 5 Easy Steps

How to make peppercorn sauce
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If you want to know how to make peppercorn sauce, then you are at the right place because Creamy and delicious is the only word to describe the tasty of the easy peppercorn sauce recipe, which is mainly served with steak and is a trendy sauce for steak. Mostly the sauce is famous in France people love this creamy peppercorn sauce in France; they do love to make or eat the sauce with steak in restaurants and cafes or cook it at home.

You will find many recipes for peppercorn sauce, but the must-try recipe is vegan peppercorn sauce.

However, some people get perplexed because they think the recipe is complicated, but that’s not accurate. Let’s go and find out a suitable and tasty peppercorn sauce recipe.

The peppercorn sauce recipe is much easier than it looks; in the following paragraphs, you will find about peppercorns and the ingredients required to prepare.

How to Make Peppercorn Sauce in these Easy Steps

Ingredients and Preparation

Suppose you ask someone about the ingredients of peppercorn sauce. In that case, they will state the common ingredients, which are peppercorn, butter, wine, brandy, shallots, garlic, cream, and seasonings that are acceptable. Still, these ingredients are not always the same for everyone, which is why we have many recipes for peppercorn sauce.

One can make peppercorn sauce with green, white, pink, red, and black peppercorns. It all depends on what you choose. Most people use green peppercorns in place of black peppercorns.

Everyone has a different taste, so that they can prepare the sauce according to their taste and preference. Some people like the sauce thicker and creamier, and some like it without cream. The same goes for vegetarian or vegan people, who can remove all the meat and its related ingredients while indulging in the recipe. For different tastes, below we have different recipes.

Creamy peppercorn sauce

The above recipe video is one of the delicious recipes, and to make it more precise, you can find the recipe below with a detailed recipe method. So,

Let’s make the creamy peppercorn sauce for steak-


  • Oil- 3 to 4 tbs

  • butter- 50 gms

  • Shallots- 2 to 3 finely chopped

  • Brandy- 50 ml

  • Peppercorn- 2 tablespoon

  • Double cream or heavy cream- for richness, 1 cup

  • Beef stock- 1 and 1/2 cup

  • Steak- 1 medium size

  • Salt- as per taste/seasoning


  1. In the initial step, take a small saucepan and some oil and right after adding the oil, put the chunky steak in the pan and cook it until it’s medium-rare, then set it aside.

  2. Put 50 gms of butter in the same pan on medium heat so that the steak’s juices can be combined with the sauce and enhance the sauce’s flavor.

  3. When the butter is melted, add on those chopped shallots and cook it for a few minutes till it’s soft.

  4. Put freshly crushed peppercorns but do not make crush it hard just enough to have a bite, then add the crushed peppercorn to the pan and cook it for a minute.

  5. Now it’s time to add cream and beef stock and mix all the ingredients in the pan; now it’s time to add brandy, mix them with sauteed shallots and peppercorns, and give it a good stir boil rapidly for some time until the sauce thickens.

  6. Next, you have to put the steak we cooked earlier on a plate, pour the delicious, creamy finished sauce on the steak, serve it with some vegetables like peas, green beans, and mashed potato and enjoy the easy peppercorn sauce recipe.

Only with Steak

The creamy peppercorn sauce becomes tastier with a perfectly cooked steak, but not everyone can eat steak; there are people with different tastes and diets, specifically vegetarians and vegans. Well, we have our vegetarian steak instead of meat steak. Tofu and cotton cheese are some alternatives to meat steak. They can be served with creamy peppercorn sauce. Now vegetarians can also enjoy peppercorn sauce with their non-meat steak.

There are more ways to serve steak, and we got one dish that can make you crave it. To learn about the dish, check out how to cook fillet steak?.

Vegan Peppercorn Sauce

Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between vegan and the original peppercorn sauce because they look and taste the same. A steak cannot control its love for peppercorn sauce, which is why we have a vegan pepper sauce. However, vegan people can not eat steak but tofu, cotton cheese, and mushroom, which are suitable substitutes. Now let’s find out the recipe for vegan peppercorn sauce.


  • Butter- 40 to 50 gms

  • Sunflower oil- 2 to 3 tbs

  • Shallots- 2 or 3

  • Peppercorn- 1 tablespoon

  • Vegetable stock- 1 cup

  • Coconut milk- half cup

  • Salt- as per taste

  • Tofu/Cotton cheese- 200 gms


  1. The first step is the same: taking a frying pan and spreading some sunflower oil on medium heat, then putting the tofu in the pan and cooking it from both sides to have a little crisp and a golden color of tofu.

  2. Now for the main sauce, you need to put a small saucepan on the stove and add all pan juices from the pan you cooked tofu earlier, then drop the finely chopped shallots in the saucepan and cook it for some minutes.

  3. Later you need to add the remaining ingredients, which are vegetable stock, coconut milk, and freshly crushed peppercorns but make sure do not put whole peppercorns.

  4. Let them all cook on high heat for a minute or two and then on low heat and simmer until they become thick and creamy for serving. Put the piping hot sauce on tofu and enjoy the delicious flavor of the sauce.

  5. Nutritional information is essential to know here. The creamy peppercorn sauce amount per serving contains 352 calories and 4 to 5 grams of saturated fat and some trans fat.

  6. In this vegan recipe, you can use vegetables to serve the sauce, just like mushrooms and tofu.

Which recipe to Choose?

Tofu or steak, vegan or non-vegetarian, which recipe to choose? This question can make you doubt your skills because all these recipes for peppercorn sauce are mouth-watering and delicious. However, vegans do not have many choices but to add beef stock or chicken stock, but still, they can add brandy and their flavor according to their taste.

Non-vegetarians have more recipes with vast ingredients to add or less so, in terms of choosing a better recipe of peppercorn sauce for themselves, it is customary to get perplexed. Many people like the peppercorn sauce without cream and like to add brand, so the choice is yours.

History of peppercorn Sauce

So, without any further a due, let’s dig into the history of peppercorn sauce.

The sauce was invented in 1930 by chef Albert Blazer in his restaurant called Albert in the mid 19s. In Magzine, he also reveals the creation and reason behind the invention of peppercorn sauce.

It all started when he found his restaurant full of Americans who were more into drinks before dinner to erase the hangover and serving a good dinner dish. Some co-incident happed, and he remembers the frozen steak in his kitchen, which was lack of flavors, so he needed something to compliment the steak and enhance its flavor. The rest we know that he has invented the peppercorn sauce recipe and now standing with juicy steak topping with creamy peppercorn sauce on a plate to serve the Americans.

However, Albert was not only the one claiming the peppercorn sauce recipe, but many other chefs and people came forward to claim the recipe because everyone knew that the sauce was a keeper. After the interview with chef Albert, the peppercorn sauce became more famous. People started visiting his restaurants from around the world and trying the recipe at their homes. 

History of Peppercorns

Just like the peppercorn sauce recipe, the peppercorns also have a great history. The peppercorns originated thousands of years ago in South Asia and India. At that conventional time, people in India used peppers in cooking. Soon after peppers became famous and were traded worldwide, we also got the pepper sauce for steak.

There was a time when black pepper was called ‘black gold’ because they were expensive and famous. The process of making peppers is by drying the fruit produced by a specific flower.

If you look back now will realize that people back then used to cherish black peppercorns. There was a time when only wealthy and middle-class people could afford black peppercorns in their cooking, and those poor people could only look at them.

There is a story in the era of black peppercorns about fish curry. In Indian cooking, peppers play a prominent role and are a significant ingredient in fish curry. Back then, peppers were expensive, so if people found someone was adding peppers to their fish curry, that person became the center of gossip overnight.

How to make peppercorn sauce
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The Popularity of peppercorn Sauce

Other than in France, this creamy peppercorn sauce has gained popularity in countries around the world. There are some reasons to define its popularity. Let’s talk about them one by one: –

  • Easy recipe-

    One of the main reasons this sauce is famous is how easy the peppercorn sauce is. You don’t need to put much effort or 4 to 5 hours to prepare the sauce.

  • Few ingredients-

    people may think this recipe is admired because it includes many ingredients, but that’s not true. Only some ingredients above are not expensive and readily available to cook an easy peppercorn sauce recipe.

  • Very flexible-

    The flexibility word here defines that one can add or less only ingredient according to his taste and availability. Vegetarian people can remove shallots from the recipe, and people who eat meat can add beef or chicken stock to the recipe, even though one can use green peppercorns instead of black peppercorns.

  • Sauce for steak-

Believe it or not, the peppercorn sauce and steak are made in heaven to be together for the rest of their existence. It’s not like you can’t have the peppercorn sauce with any other dish, but I can not think of peppercorn sauce without a cooked, juicy steak.

  • Peppercorn sauce without cream-

As we know, not everyone has the same taste, and when it comes to creamy peppercorn sauce, some people like it without double cream, so they can remove the cream from the recipe and make it how they want it.

Packed peppercorn Sauce

The peppercorn sauce is tasty when cooked at home in your kitchen with all your love and effort where you can add or remove ingredients as per your wish but do you know that you can buy a packet of peppercorns sauce in a store?

Yes, one can buy packet sauce for steak from a store. A few packets of sauce are good,d but you can not have the great flavor of the home-cooked sauce.

There are tons of peppercorn sauces in the market with different ingredients and tastes. You will find a suitable sauce for your steak, but these packet sauces lack in some areas when it comes to the home-cooked sauce because the packed sauce may contain some preservatives, anti-oxides, food coloring, and allergic substances which can be harmful to you.

But it does not mean that all the sauces in the store are not suitable to eat. All you have to do is check the sauce container carefully before buying.


A perfectly cooked steak with creamy peppercorn sauce is everything for a perfect meal. From the history of peppercorn sauce to its ingredients and recipes, everything is a reminder of all the great dishes and sauces created by chefs and home cooks. It also reminds us that the world is full of great flavors, and people have opted for that flavor and ingredients to create yet innovate many recipes.


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