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Easy creamy pepper sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a juicy grilled steak and takes only a few minutes to knock together.

 

Easy creamy pepper sauce

How do I like my steak, you ask (ok maybe you didn’t but just humour me..)? Rare to medium rare and covered with sauce, is the answer. I LOVE steak. Juicy, a little charred and *just* cooked. But if there’s not a sauce on my steak, forget about it. I need a little lick of seasoned butter, a reduction of sorts or a creamy sauce to pull it all together for me. And this pepper sauce is my absolute favourite.

Easy creamy pepper sauce

The joy about this sauce is that it literally takes no more than 20 minutes to make. I don’t add any flour/corn starch to the sauce and allow the sauce to reduce to thicken simply because it’s less faff and makes it gluten free/low carb as well. The key to getting the most “pepperiness” from your pepper sauce is to toast the pepper gently with the onion and garlic before adding the cream. Just don’t take a deep whiff because you will sneeze for days (believe me, I learned the hard way).

Fresh thyme, bay and a squeeze of lemon add all the right flavours and you’re done. It’s the kind of sauce I could eat by the spoon, and I do. Often. It’s just SO good!

Easy creamy pepper sauce

5 from 3 votes
Easy creamy pepper sauce
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Easy creamy pepper sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Easy creamy pepper sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a juicy grilled steak and takes only a few minutes to knock together.
Course: Gluten free, Sauce, Side Dish
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter separated
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups whipping/heavy cream
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan then add the onion and saute until soft.

  2. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds before adding the pepper and herbs.
  3. Gently toast the pepper until fragrant then pour in the cream.
  4. Season with lemon juice and salt and allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened to your preference. 

  5. Serve.

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  • Mark
    Reply

    When do I add the 2nd tbsp of butter?

  • Jenni
    Reply

    I love that this recipe is gluten free. All the good recipes for steak sauce always include flour to thicken. Can’t wait to try yours.

  • Genevieve
    Reply

    We made this sauce for Braai day today and all of our guests loved it. So much pepper flavour and such an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you and your guests loved it.

  • Sam
    Reply

    We LOVE pepper sauce over our steak but my usual sauce takes so much longer. Love your shorter version Alida.

  • Reply

    My husband Tom could eat this sauce right out of the pan by the spoonful Alida! It looks delicious!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Mary Ann. As always, if Tom approves, I know I’m on the right track. 😉

  • 2pots2cook
    Reply

    Thank you so very much. Pinning. So great photos ! Will be back for more !

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