Madeira and Mushroom Steak Sauce

Madeira and mushroom steak sauce served with rib-eye steak

I’ve published a few ways of cooking some delicious steak, especially rib-eye. Time to look at how to augment the dishes even further, starting with this tasty Madeira and mushroom steak sauce. It’s perfect with many cuts of steak, including filet mignon.

Enhance your steak experience today with this simple sauce recipe.

Madeira and Mushroom Steak Sauce

5 mins prep
8-10 mins cook
4 servings
Serve with
Reverse seared rib-eye steak
Steak with smoked garlic
Wine match
2004 Grand Puy Lacoste


  • Frying or saute pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small bowl


  • 170ml sweet (Doce) Madeira
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms
  • 30g butter
  • 2 white onion
  • 4 tbsp thick double cream
  • 2-3 tsp Dizzy Pig Red-Eye Express (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp black and red pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Rapeseed oil for frying

It’s important to get proper white onions, i.e. onions with white skins. They work better than onions with tanned skins. For the pepper, you can also use ground black peppercorns … or small whole ones, whatever you prefer.

The Dizzy Pig Red-Eye Express is used to give the sauce a slight heat kick. I add it when doing this sauce for rib-eye steak cooked reverse sear with a BBQ rub.

Adding Madeira into the mushrooms and onions
Madeira and mushroom steak sauce reducing


  1. Dice the white onions into small chunks. Slice the mushroom into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of Madeira to a small mixing bowl with the cornflour. Mix and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, fry the onions until soft. Add mushrooms and butter and cook for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are soft.
  4. Add the remaining Madeira and let the sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then add double cream, sour cream and stir it up. Season to your personal taste with salt and pepper, a pinch salt and a couple of pepper are good for me.
  5. Stir for another 1-2 mins, if the sauce isn’t thick enough add in some of the reserved Madeira and cornflour mixture to thicken. If necessary add a little more cream or Madeira to balance the taste.

Hints, Tips and Pictures

  1. Dizzy Pig Red-Eye Express rub is available in the UK from (affiliate link), BBQ Gourmet and Riverside Garden Centre.
  2. The sauce goes superbly with a steak cooked using the reverse sear technique with Dizzy Pig Cow Lick steak rub.
  3. As a side dish, sweet potato cooked in rub Dizzy Pig Pineapple Head rub (affiliate link) with butter is a truly outstanding match for this dish.
  4. This also works very well with filet mignon.
    Sauce served with fillet mignon, triple cooked chips and green veg


7 thoughts on “Madeira and Mushroom Steak Sauce

        1. Yep, it’s a real thing here. It has a subtle flavour and is pretty healthy, I use an extra-virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil from Hillfarm. Hope you get your drool under control. 😀


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