Beef Stroganoff

An easy beef stroganoff recipe with tender strips of beef and mushrooms cooked in sour cream and served over noodles. Made with the best beef stroganoff sauce.

how to make beef stroganoff
Elise Bauer

Oh Beef Stroganoff—the ultimate comfort food! To make it, we sauté tender strips of beef and mushrooms in butter, then swirl with sour cream to make a creamy sauce, and serve over noodles, rice, or fries.

It's not diet food, but it will put a smile on everyone's face.

Video: How to Make Beef Stroganoff

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Beef Stroganoff

Best Beef for Stroganoff

You will want to make stroganoff with a tender cut of beef, such as tenderloin or top sirloin. For a quick version you can use ground beef instead of beef strips.

It's not particularly fussy, the bulk of the prep time comes from slicing the beef and mushrooms.

use tenderloin or top sirloin strips for beef stroganoff
Elise Bauer

Origins of Beef Stroganoff

According to the Wikipedia, Beef Stroganoff first appeared in Russian cookbooks in the mid 1800s, presumably named for a prominent member of the Stroganoff family.

The dish became popular in the U.S. in the 1950s from servicemen returning from Europe and China after WWII.

Stroganoff Sauce

Some versions of stroganoff use mustard, stock, and a little sour cream. Our version includes shallots, no mustard (though you could easily add some), and plenty of sour cream. If you want, you can substitute (full fat) yogurt for sour cream and leave out the mushrooms entirely.

Plate of easy beef strognaoff with a bite being lifted on a fork

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More Stroganoff Recipes

Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

It helps to cut thin strips of the beef by putting the meat into the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes first.

If you substitute yogurt for the sour cream, use full fat yogurt, and make sure to take the pan off the heat before stirring it in or it may curdle.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound top sirloin or tenderloin, cut thinly into 1-inch by 2 1/2-inch strips

  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots or onions

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • Salt to taste

  • Pepper to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry tarragon or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 cup sour cream (full fat), at room temperature

Method

  1. Brown the strips of beef in butter:

    Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Increase the heat to high/med-high. Add the strips of beef in a single layer with space between the strips. You want to cook the beef quickly, browning on each side, so the temp needs to be high enough to brown the beef, but not so high as to burn the butter. You may need to work in batches.

    While cooking the beef, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. When both sides are browned, remove the beef to a bowl and set aside.

    Browning beef for stroganoff
    Elise Bauer
    use tenderloin or top sirloin strips for beef stroganoff
    Elise Bauer
  2. Sauté the shallots:

    In the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add the shallots. Cook the shallots for a minute or two, allowing them to soak up any meat drippings. Remove the shallots to the same bowl as the meat and set aside.

    sauteed shallots for beef stroganoff
    Elise Bauer
  3. Sauté the mushrooms:

    In the same pan, melt another 2 Tbsp of butter. Increase heat to medium high and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.

    While cooking, sprinkle the nutmeg and the tarragon on the mushrooms.

    mushrooms cooking beef stroganoff ingredients
    Elise Bauer
    sauteed mushrooms
    Elise Bauer
  4. Add sour cream, beef, shallots:

    Reduce the heat to low and add the sour cream to the mushrooms. You may want to add a tablespoon or two of water or stock to thin the sauce (or not).

    Mix in the sour cream thoroughly. Do not let it come to a simmer or boil or the sour cream may curdle. Stir in the beef and shallots.

    Add salt and pepper to taste. Note that you will likely need more salt than you expect. Taste, and if it needs salt, add 1/2 teaspoon or more.

    making beef stroganoff sauce
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    mixing ingredients into beef stroganoff sauce
    Elise Bauer
  5. Serve:

    Serve immediately over egg noodles, fettuccine, mashed potatoes, or rice. (Potatoes, rice, and gluten-free pasta are gluten-free options.)

Links:

Hamburger Stroganoff - from here on Simply Recipes

Chicken Stroganoff - from No Recipes

Venison Stroganoff - from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

How To Serve Beef Stroganoff
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
634 Calories
54g Fat
8g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 634
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 69%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 769mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.