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The Secrets of Sauces_Pepper Sauce

The Secrets of Sauces: Pepper Sauce

How do you like your steak? If, like chef Mark Moriarty, you like yours topped with a rich pepper sauce, heady with cognac and cream, here's the perfect recipe.

15 December, 2021
Average: 4.6 (7 votes)

serves for



Beef steak
1x 400g well-aged ribeye steak
Black pepper
2 tbsp cracked black pepper
200ml cognac
Crème fraîche
1 tbsp. crème fraiche
Lemon juice

Watch and learn as Moriarty makes the perfect punchy pepper sauce in the video and see the step-by-step recipe below:

Step 01

Pepper Sauce_Step one

Season the steak and place on a cast-iron pan, cook on both sides until medium rare. 

Step 02

Pepper Sauce_Step two

Remove the steak and allow it to rest on a plate.

Step 03

Pepper Sauce_Step three

Add the peppercorns to the pan and caramelise, then add the cognac and allow it to flambé.

Step 04

Pepper Sauce_Step four

Now add the cream and allow to reduce to sauce consistency. Finish with the resting juices from the steak, crème fraîche and some lemon juice.

Step 05

Pepper Sauce_step five

Add the steak back into the sauce and glaze.

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Chef Mark Moriarty.

Mark Moriarty

Mark Moriarty is an Irish chef whose star has been on the rise since very early in his career, winning the Euro-Toques Irish Young Chef of the Year in 2013.