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Steak tips with mushroom gravy in a white bowl.
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Steak Tips with Mushroom Gravy

Steak Tips are a simple yet hearty meal going from stove-to-table in under an hour. This comforting classic is made with tender beef and a luscious mushroom onion gravy, and it's absolutely delicious.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinate time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 488kcal

Ingredients

For the beef:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak tips trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks (see note 1)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mushrooms:

  • 1/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms rinsed well (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup beef broth divided

For the gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound white mushroom stems trimmed, caps wiped clean and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced thin (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium garlic clove minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves fresh, minced
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves fresh, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Buttered egg noodles for serving, optional

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 1/2 teaspoon pepper).

To soften the dried mushrooms:

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, cover porcini mushrooms with 1/4 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 1/4 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 1/4 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 1/2 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 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper) and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with noodles if desired.

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Notes

  1. Sirloin steak tips: Beef tips or steak tips are the tender pieces cut from beef tenderloin or sirloin. It’s a broad term that applies to many different cuts of beef, including the not-so-tender cuts like chuck or stew meat. If you use beef chuck or beef stew meat those cuts need considerable cooking time (or an Instant Pot) to turn tender.
  2. Porcini mushrooms: A dried mushroom that adds tremendous umami (savory) mushroom flavor. You can find them at some grocery stores or online (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
  3. More mushrooms: Cremini, button, or fragrant shiitake mushrooms are all good choices. Portobello mushrooms can make a darker, muddier-looking sauce, though, because of their dark gills.
  4. Instant pot: The stove-top version is faster, but you can use tougher cuts of meet in your IP. 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. Then adjust for seasoning and consistency with a little (1/4 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.
  5. Leftovers: Cooked steak tips can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  6. 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 942mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 4mg