Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy

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Classic, comforting Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy is simple yet satisfying, a fully-flavored meal going from stove-to-table in under an hour. It’s absolutely delicious served offer soft buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice.

Three bowlls of steak tips with mushroom gravy in white bowls.


 

Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy is a classic recipe featured on diner menus and supper clubs across the Midwest. This is one of those delicious, stick-to-your-ribs dinners especially if it comes with a pile of buttered pasta, mashed potatoes, or hot rice.

Some versions use cream of mushroom soup, but this version has a from-scratch mushroom gravy made with both dried porcini mushrooms and plenty of fresh mushrooms. It’s little bit lighter than canned soup and certainly has more flavor.

To make this recipe at home, quick-cooking sirloin tips are perfect when you’re cooking on the stove. But if you’re interested in using the slow cooker or Instant Pot, you can certainly make this recipe with a tougher cut, like boneless beef chuck roast.

Recipe ingredients

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Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Sirloin steak tips: This recipe is made with beef tips or steak tips. These tender pieces are cut from beef tenderloin or sirloin, and they cook quickly on your stove top. If you use beef chuck or beef stew meat, those cuts need considerable cooking time (or an Instant Pot) to turn tender.
  • Dried mushrooms: Dried porcini mushrooms add tremendous umami (savory) flavor (substitute shiitakes if that’s all you can find). Find dried mushrooms in grocery stores or online (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
  • Fresh mushrooms: Choose your favorite white mushrooms such as button, cremini, or shiitake mushrooms. Baby bella mushrooms (portobellos) can make a darker, muddier-looking sauce, though, because of their dark gills. But they taste good!

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Mix together the sugar and the soy sauce in a medium bowl, then add the beef and toss everything together until coated. Let the beef marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, then drain the beef and lightly pat the pieces dry with a paper towel. Season the steak tips with salt and pepper.
Uncooked steak tips in a clear bowl.
  1. Meanwhile, to rehydrate the dried porcini mushrooms, add them to a small bowl and cover with a little beef broth. Wrap the top of the bowl with some plastic wrap, poking a few slits in the plastic for steam to escape. Microwave the mushrooms and broth for 30 seconds, then let the mushrooms soften in the hot broth for about 5 minutes.
Porcini mushrooms in a clear bowl.
  1. When cool, take the mushrooms out of the broth and mince them up. Pour the leftover broth through a strainer lined with a coffee filter or paper towel (this gets rid of any leftover grit) and reserve the broth.
Strained porcini mushrooms on a wood cutting board.
  1. In a large skillet and heat a little olive oil over medium heat until just smoking. Add the meat to the skillet in a single layer, without crowding, and brown it on all sides, turning with tongs. Depending on how much you have, you might have to do this in batches, adding more olive oil if needed. As the beef browns, move it to a large plate or tray.
Steak tips cooking in a black skillet.
  1. To the empty skillet, add another tablespoon of oil or butter and the button mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, and a sprinkle of salt. Sauté the mushrooms until then start to brown and the skillet has very little moisture, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the yellow onion to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to brown and the bottom of the pan forms dark bits. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and flour.
Steak tips with mushroom gravy ingredients cooking in a black skillet.
  1. Once the flour is blended, pour in the mushroom liquid and the remaining beef broth. Then scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring the liquid to a boil. Using tongs, return the beef (and any juices from the meat) to the skillet, gently pushing each piece down into the mushrooms and onions.
Steak tips with mushroom gravy in a black skillet.
  1. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with buttered noodles.
Steak tips with mushroom gravy in a white bowl.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 4 generous servings.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The beef can be cut into pieces, the dried mushrooms rehydrated and chopped, and the fresh mushrooms and onions sliced the day before. Store everything separately in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: Cool completely and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw the beef and mushroom mixture overnight in the refrigerator. When ready, reheat it on the stove top or in the microwave. Thin with water if needed.
  • Serving suggestions: Steak tips are delicious over buttered noodles, white rice, or mashed potatoes. I love roasted broccoli on the side.
  • No soy sauce: Substitute Worcestershire sauce for the soy sauce if needed.
  • Instant Pot Beef Tips:The stove-top version is faster, but you can use tougher cuts of meet in your pressure cooker.
    • Using the Sauté function, brown the beef, mushrooms, and onions according to the regular recipe. At the end of step 5, after you add the beef tips back to the pot, close the lid, set the steam release to the seal position, and cook on manual HIGH pressure for 35 minutes.
    • Allow a natural pressure release for 10 to 15 minutes. Open the pot and click the Sauté function again. Adjust for seasoning and consistency with a little (¼ cup) water, if necessary. If the gravy is too thin, mix together a tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water, and stir it into the pot. Let cook for 2 more minutes, until thickened.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you thicken gravy?

You can thicken gravy with a roux (fat + flour) or with a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with hot liquid).

What is the best way to cook steak tips?

Steak tips are delicious cooked on the stove, in the oven, or in a pressure cooker; just choose the right steak for the method you choose. Beef tips or steak tips are the tender pieces cut from beef tenderloin or sirloin that can cook quickly on the stove. If you use beef chuck or beef stew meat, those cuts need considerable cooking time (or an Instant Pot) to turn tender.

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Steak tips with mushroom gravy in white bowls.

Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy

Classic, comforting Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy is simple yet satisfying, a fully-flavored meal going from stove-to-table in under an hour. It's absolutely delicious served offer soft buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice.
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinate time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 488
5 from 33 votes

Ingredients 

For the beef:

For the mushrooms:

For the gravy:

Instructions 

To marinate the beef:

  • In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce and sugar. Add beef, toss well, and marinate between 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once. Drain well, pat dry with paper towels, and season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper).

To soften the dried mushrooms:

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, cover porcini mushrooms with ¼ cup broth. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic, and microwave for 30 seconds. Let stand until mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer mushrooms to a cutting board and mince. Using a fine-mesh strainer lined with paper towel, or a coffee filter, strain liquid into a medium bowl. Set minced mushrooms and mushroom liquid aside.

To cook the steak tips and gravy:

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until smoking. Working in batches if necessary, add meat in a single layer and cook until well-browned on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with remaining beef if applicable.
  • Return skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining tablespoon oil, white mushrooms, minced porcini mushrooms, and salt to taste (I like ¼ teaspoon). Cook, stirring frequently until all liquid has evaporated and mushrooms start to brown, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Add onion and sprinkle with salt (I like ¼ teaspoon). Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until onion begins to brown and dark bits form on pan bottom, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, thyme, and flour until vegetables are coated with flour, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 ½ cups beef broth and porcini soaking liquid, scraping bottom of pan with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits and bring to boil.
  • Nestle steak pieces into mushroom and onion mixture and add any accumulated juices to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until steak registers 130 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper) and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with noodles if desired.

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Notes

  1. Sirloin steak tips: This recipe is made with beef tips or steak tips. These tender pieces are cut from beef tenderloin or sirloin, and they cook quickly on your stovetop. If you use beef chuck or beef stew meat, those cuts need considerable cooking time (or an Instant Pot) to turn tender.
  2. Dried mushrooms: Dried porcini mushrooms add tremendous umami (savory) flavor (substitute shiitakes if that’s all you can find). 
  3. Fresh mushrooms: Choose your favorite white mushrooms such as button, cremini, or shiitake mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms can make a darker, muddier-looking sauce, though, because of their dark gills. But they taste good!
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 4 generous servings.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 40gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1029mgPotassium: 942mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 4mg
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  1. This was so delish!!! Made as directed with one exception. I did not have dried porcinis so subbed with small dried Shitake. Served with some egg noodles. My husband said definitely a “do over” !5 stars

  2. Hi, great tips. I will definitley use these. I tried subscribing to your blog to get your future posts recieve to my email but it didn’t work. Could you please fix it for me. Thanks

    1. Hi Robert, we are between email programs right now so once we’re in the new one we will get you added to the list. Sorry about that! – Meggan

  3. I made this last night for my family and it was a huge hit. Absolutely delicious. Tip if you feel like you accidentally overcooked your sirloin tips, just let them sit in the sauce while it cools for about 10 minutes and it will reabsorb all of that moisture. Also at some point in this recipe I added a few shakes of worchestshire sauce and it amped up the flavor just a bit more. Really loved this recipe and it will be my go to.5 stars