Sauces for Steak That Will Take Your Meal Over the Top

Mustard-Cream Sauce
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

We know, we know. Meat enthusiasts will say, "A truly good steak shouldn't need sauce." And don't worry—we agree. A well-seasoned steak, when cooked properly, is perfection on its own. But there are times and places for steak sauces, and we have 20 delicious ways to back that up. Dress up your holiday beef tenderloin with a luxurious Burgundy-Mushroom or Mustard-Cream Sauce. Make the neighbors think they're at a five-star restaurant when you offer them a dollop of homemade garlic-herb compound butter with their steak dinner. Add some spice to grilled steak tacos with Roasted Garlic Salsa Verde or finish off a smoky flat iron steak with photo-worthy Charred Tomato Relish. Our Spiced Plum Chutney is the perfect savory-sweet way to top off an at-home date night, and tangy Vidalia Onion-and-Vinegar Sauce will impress any guest. These steak sauce recipes just might convince you that sauce does deserve a spot on the menu—every now and then at least.

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Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce

We paired this luxurious sauce with an elegant stuffed beef tenderloin made for a dressy holiday meal, but you can prepare the sauce for any special supper. The recipe is a buttery blend of burgundy, beef broth, Dijon mustard, and cremini mushrooms. This would be just as divine on your favorite cut of steak.

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Compound Butter

Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

There's nothing better than a wickedly easy sheet pan supper, but a side of homemade, herby compound butter makes this simple meal feel special. Blend softened butter with thyme, lemon zest, mustard, and black pepper. Spoon onto your steak and watch it melt into deliciousness.

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Italian-Style Salsa Verde

Italian-Style Salsa Verde
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Italian-Style Salsa Verde

This all-purpose condiment is vibrant and packed with herbs like flat-leaf parsley, chives, and oregano. Spicy peppers and garlic give it some heat. Make some extra salsa verde—you'll want to pour it over everything.

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Vidalia Onion-and-Vinegar Sauce

Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling; Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Vidalia Onion-and-Vinegar Sauce

This recipe comes from the classic cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert. Sweet Georgia onions, dry white wine, and tangy red wine vinegar offset rich steak in a lovely way. Pair this homemade sauce with our Roasted Beef Tenderloin recipe or any cut you have at home.

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Garlic-Herb Butter

Air Fryer Steak
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Air Fryer Steak

Blend softened butter with parsley, garlic, rosemary, zest, and black pepper. Serve it alongside Air Fryer Steak, a super easy recipe that results in tender steak that melts in your mouth. Serve leftovers along with your fried eggs in the morning.

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Red Wine Sauce

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

If you really want to wow your holiday crowd, this is the year to try prime rib. A combination of butter, shallots, red wine, beef broth, and Dijon mustard make a lavish sauce to pair with fresh herbs on top. Serve the sauce in your best gravy boat.

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Milk Gravy

Country Fried Steak
Southern Living

Recipe: Country-Fried Steak

Southerners know the only way to enjoy country-fried steak is with a hearty serving of gravy on top. This creamy white sauce uses a little bit of your steak-infused cooking oil, a few simple seasonings, and milk – all ingredients you've already got in the pantry or fridge. Don't forget a slice of cornbread to sop up the any extra.

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Summer Sauce

Summer Sauce
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Summer Sauce

For years, this fresh sauce has been our go-to condiment from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It tastes delicious on salads, sandwiches, tacos, or steak. This loose basil-and-mint pesto can be served straight, diluted with oil for a viniagrette on your steak salad, or whisked with mayo for an aioli steak sandwich.

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Soy and Sherry Marinade

Pepper Steak
Southern Living

Recipe: Pepper Steak

This dish is an easy recipe to serve throughout the week and warm your insides when the weather is cold. Olive oil, soy sauce, dry sherry, and ground ginger make a flavorful marinade in this Pepper Steak recipe. The beef is sauteed with vegetables and served over rice, polenta, or gnocchi.

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Romesco Sauce

Romesco Sauce
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Romesco Sauce

Toasted pecans add a Southern twist to our version of romesco sauce. This rustic puree is delicious over grilled meats. Be sure to serve dinner with warm baguette for sopping up leftover sauce.

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Whipped Horseradish Cream

Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Whipped Horseradish Cream
Jim Franco

Recipe: Whipped Horseradish Cream

Up the presentation of your holiday main dish by wrapping it in pancetta and serving with Whipped Horseradish Cream. This sauce adds zing to every bite in our Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Whipped Horseradish Cream recipe, but is just as good with steak sandwiches or prime rib.

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Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata

Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata

Our gremolata is another version of horseradish sauce, brightened with fresh parsley and lemon juice. You can buy prepared horseradish or grate your own for the freshest flavor. We served this light, bright condiment over brisket, but it would be delicious with any cut of steak.

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Balsamic Marinade

Seared Steak-and-Field Pea Salad
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Seared Steak-and-Field-Pea Salad

Flank steak can be a slightly tougher cut of meat, so this marinade—composed of brown sugar, white balsamic, and olive oil—helps to tenderize the meat. Make sure to let your steak come to room temperature after marinating so that it cooks evenly. This recipe uses a cast-iron skillet, which does double-duty to sear the steak and char the vegetables.

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Texas BBQ Sauce

Texas BBQ Sauce
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Texas BBQ Sauce

While this recipe was developed to serve alongside our Brisket Sandwiches with Texas BBQ Sauce, you can slather it right onto a T-bone or other cuts of beef. The sweet-and-sour mix of ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar complements the smoky flavor of grilled meat. Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and cayenne pepper kick up the flavor.

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Mustard-Cream Sauce

Mustard-Cream Sauce
Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Mustard-Cream Sauce

Creole mustard adds just the right amount of zing to a classic cream sauce. We like to serve it over our Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin with Mustard-Cream Sauce. This recipe is a reader favorite for the holidays.

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