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Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff Quick & Easy

Beef and mushroom stroganoff, a rare Russian classic recipe, big chunks of succulent sirloin steak in a sour cream & mustard rich sauce.

A recipe that cooks in well under 30 minutes this dish is definitely a regular on the midweek menu for me!

Beef and mushroom stroganoff served with fried potatoes and pickles.

Sirloin Steak Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a dish that has undergone many transformations since its inception in the late 19th century in Tsarist Russia.

Much like Borscht, stroganoff has many faces, with many stroganoff sauces now being much closer to the sauce in a Hungarian Chicken Paprikash.

I myself have three stroganoff recipes, this beef one a vegetarian mushroom stroganoff recipe and a pork stroganoff all of which have subtly different sauces.

I’m a food pluralist and definitely do not believe that there is only one way to cook anything!

The original dish that gained popularity early on contained no sour cream or indeed paprika.

Instead, it would have been reduced beef stock thickened with a roux. That flavour would have been all mustard, and this recipe plays with some of those ideas.

I omit beef stock, I do like the luxurious mouthfeel of the sour cream, so that stays, we reduce beef stock to amp up the flavour. Finally, we go big and bold with mustard!

Overhead beef and mushroom stroganoff served with fried potatoes and pickles.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Why do you use sirloin steak?

For me, it has a much bolder flavour than the much more expensive fillet steak that is so often used in beef stroganoff. I also love it, it features in my surf & turf recipe.

You could also use a skirt or flank steak and save a few quid. But these cuts will need to be cut differently as they are tougher. Make sure that you slive them to be around 1cm thick and cut them across the grain.

A direct alternative would be some rump steak, which you can cook identically.

Why do you sear the steak whole?

This helps keep the beef super tender and succulent and also a little bit pink. It is easier to get a nice colour on a big slab of beef than smaller pieces of meat.

searing off bite-sized pieces risks overcooking them and a chewy stroganoff.

Can I use reduced-fat sour cream?

I advise against using low-fat sour cream. It is simply less stable and has a higher chance of splitting. The dish will still be edible, but it will not look as nice.

If you really must use low-fat sour cream, mix through a teaspoon of sour cream. This will help stabilise the sauce.

Close up beef and mushroom stroganoff served with fried potatoes and pickles.

Serving Suggestions.

Beef stroganoff is quite often served with buttered noodles or pasta.

But for me I love it with potatoes, that thick rich and creamy stroganoff sauce begs to be cleaned up with crispy potatoes.

Who doesn’t like fried potatoes right? I’m British, so Chippy chips… drool!

I usually serve it with my pan-fried potatoes or straw potato chips. Although if I can’t be bothered with frying I will throw some potato wedges in the air fryer.

Rice is another nice option,l personally prefer nutty brown rice.

One final tip, grab some cornichons and sprinkle them over the top. They offer a great contrast to the rich and bold sauce.

Beef and mushroom stroganoff served with fried potatoes and cornichons.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • 28cm or 11″ heavy-based skillet or frying pan, not nonstick if possible.
  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring jug, cups and spoons.
Beef and mushroom stroganoff served with fried potatoes and cornichons.
Yield: 2 Servings

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Beef and mushroom stroganoff, a super quick and easy midweek meal with a glorious sour cream and mustard sauce.


  • 350g (12 oz) Sirloin Steak
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 150g (1½ Cups) Mushrooms
  • 150g (1 Cup) Onion
  • 125g (½ Cup) Full Fat Sour Cream
  • 250ml (~1 Cup) Beef Stock
  • 1-2 Tbsp English Mustard
  • 30g (2 Tbsp) Butter
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • ¾ Tsp Pepper


  1. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Slice the onion into 5-6mm (¼") thick half-moon shapes.
  3. Rub your steak with the cooking oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a heavy-based 28cm or 11" skillet or frying pan (not nonstick) over a high heat and when it is hot sear the steak for 90 seconds on each side.
  5. Set the beef aside and reduce the heat under the pan to medium high.
  6. Add the butter to the pan and when it begins to foam add the onions and mushrooms.
  7. Cook until the mushrooms and onion are golden which should take between 5 and 8 minutes depending on cooking temperature.
  8. Turn up the heat to high and pour in the beef stock and boil until reduced by half.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add in your sour cream and mustard and give it a stir until well combined.
  10. Cut the beef into chunks about 1.5-2cm (½-¾") thick.
  11. Add the beef along with the resting juices to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  12. Now is a good time to check for seasoning adding more salt and pepper if required.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 793Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 230mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 54g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!


Friday 3rd of November 2017

goona put this one on a pasta

Brian Jones

Monday 6th of November 2017

Enjoy :)

Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes

Friday 3rd of November 2017

Well, you have certainly done your homework on this recipe Brian. It's a rendition that I've not come across before but it sounds utterly brilliant.

Brian Jones

Monday 6th of November 2017

Thanks Lucy, it really is jolly good!

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Friday 3rd of November 2017

I love the addition of the cornichons. Thanks for the history lesson. Fascinating! And so yummy too!

Brian Jones

Monday 6th of November 2017

Yam welcome :D

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Friday 3rd of November 2017

You can't beat a stroganoff - they're so tasty and full of flavour. This looks absolutely delicious!

Brian Jones

Monday 6th of November 2017

Thanks Bintu.


Friday 3rd of November 2017

This is my absolute fav and this version looks DELISH! And only 30 mins in total to make!? I'm sold.

Brian Jones

Monday 6th of November 2017


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