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Traditional Beef Stroganoff with Creamy Brandy Sauce

We are sharing our recipe for a Traditional Beef Stroganoff. Tender flash-fried sirloin in a silky smooth, creamy and rich sauce flavoured with brandy, paprika and a hint of cinnamon is just perfect! The traditional Russian beef dish tastes luxurious but isn't difficult to make. Believe it or not, you can make it in just 20 minutes!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Russian
Servings 2 portions


  • 200 g sirloin steak cut against the grain into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 20 g butter
  • 100 g button mushrooms halved
  • 1 small brown onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ stock cube + 4 tbsp of water
  • 70 g creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • fries, mashed potato, rice or vegetables to serve


  • Place your beef strips in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp of plain flour and mix to coat.
  • In a large frying pan, melt the butter. Add onions and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat. Then add mushrooms and carry on cooking for another 3 minutes, until both the onions and mushrooms have softened.
  • Gather the mushrooms and onions to one side of the pan. Increase the heat to high and tip in the beef to the other side of the frying pan. Stirring, flash-fry the beef for 1-2 minutes until just browned all over.
  • Add the brandy and let most of it evaporate, stirring the beef, mushrooms and onions together (this shouldn't take longer than 20 seconds). Crumble in half a stock cube. Add paprika and cinnamon. Then pour 4 tbsp of water in. Add creme fraiche and mix together. Only cook until it's warmed through, then take off the heat before the beef has time to overcook.
  • Just before serving, stir in a tbsp of lemon juice.
  • We served our Traditional Beef Stroganoff with french fries and boiled broccoli.
Keyword Authentic Beef Stroganoff, Beef in Cream Sauce, Beef Russian Style, Beef Stroganoff, Beef with Mushrooms, Classic Beef Stroganoff, Russian Beef Stroganoff, Traditional Beef Stroganoff
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