Looking to add a 5-star finish to your usual steak? This post is for you! Keep reading to learn how to cook this rich and decadent, Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce. Along with how to grill a perfect steak!
This amazingly delicious recipe came out of nowhere a couple of years back. Dustin and I were looking for a quick and tasty way to liven up our grilled ribeye steaks.
Now, I love sauteed mushrooms on pretty much anything – so this wasn’t a real stretch of the imagination for me.
What was so awesome, though, was just HOW MUCH this topping added to the steak. It turned ordinary steak into a luscious 5-star meal.
Plus, it was so easy to prepare and looked like it came straight out of a fancy hotel restaurant. Winner!
While the mushroom sauce can pretty much go on any protein (steak, chicken, pork, etc.), I prefer it on New York strip or ribeye steaks, especially when grilled. It is just divine. y’all!
If you’re looking to add a little oomph to your meal, this recipe is for you. And you’re like me at all; you’ll never want your steak plain again.
Read on further to see how to whip up this insanely easy and impressive dish.
What Is In The Mushroom Sauce?
This mushroom sauce is straightforward to make, but it sure doesn’t taste like it! There’s a depth of bold flavors (that still don’t overpower your steak). It adds just the right amount of richness to your grilled masterpiece.
Here are the ingredients to this unbelievably delicious sauce:
If you’re want to stay away from dairy and/or carbs, you can add a 1/4 cup more chicken stock and leave out the cream and butter at the end. Simple, delish, awesome sauce.
Benefits Of Mushrooms?
Mushroom is a fantastic staple to cook with! Not only does it add depth and flavor to your dishes but a load of nutritional value. It is a highly versatile kitchen staple (found in everything from veggie burgers to truffle mushroom sauces and an excellent risotto).
Low-calorie, rich in fiber, protein, and antioxidants — mushrooms are packed with benefits!
Here are some:
- They may help prevent cancer: According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants found in mushrooms may help prevent lung, breast, prostate, and other types of cancer.
- They can lower the risk of diabetes: Mushrooms are rich in fiber! (One cup = 1g of fiber) Consuming lots of fiber has been shown to help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and lower blood glucose levels.
- Mushrooms may prevent heart disease: Mushrooms are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber which can all help in improving your heart health.
- They may boost immunity: They are a great source of the antioxidant selenium, which can help delay aging and boost your immune system.
- Mushrooms may improve brain health and memory: Ergothioneine and glutathione (antioxidants in mushrooms) are linked to preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. A 2019 study shows these compounds may also lower the risk of mild cognitive decline.
- They help boost energy: Need an energy boost? B vitamins and other essential nutrients can help your body produce red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your whole body! This helps prevent you from feeling tired.
What Is The Best Way To Cook Steak?
If you’re looking to cut down on fat and stick to your weight loss goals without having to sacrifice a good piece of steak, then grilling it would be the better option.
This method helps excess fat drip off the grates while it cooks since pan-frying seals it in with the extra oil.
And just to give you more reasons, here are other benefits to consider grilling instead:
- It helps add a unique flavor to your food
- It is a nutritious way to cook your dishes
- It’s a fun outdoor activity for the whole fam
- You won’t need to use as much oil when you grill
How Long Do I Cook Steak On The Grill?
First of all, it depends on how well done you’d like your steak to be. You can stick a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the steak to check its temperature.
See this chart and see where your preference falls:
|Cook Level||Internal Temperature °F||Notes|
|Extra Rare||115-120 °F||Also known as "blue steak" this is as rare as it gets. Seared on the outside with a totally red interior, cold and soft center.|
|Rare Steak||125-130 °F||Seared on the outside with a 70% red interior|
|Medium-Rare Steak||130-140 °F||Seared on the outside with a 50% red interior|
|Medium Steak||140-150 °F||Seared on the outside with a pink interior|
|Medium-Well Steak||150-155 °F||Seared on the outside with a mostly brown (some pink) interior|
|Well-Done Steak||160+ °F||Fully cooked through with a brown interior|
To get a perfect medium-rare on your ribeye steak, here’s how long you should cook it (roughly):
- For Steaks Under 1 and 1/2 Inches Thick: Grilling it for 9-12 minutes does the trick. I suggest starting with 5 minutes on one side, flip, then grill another 3-6 minutes.
- For Steaks 1 and 1/2 Inches Thick Or Above: you will want to give it 12-15 minutes, turning it about 1 minute before the halfway point.
For this recipe, because we’re using a thinner cut of steak, you can place it on the grill for a total of 10 minutes. Cook your steak for 5 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes on the next. Easy!
While cooking the steak, you can already start the mushroom sauce as well. Check my recipe down below for more details on this.
Do You Close The Grill When Cooking Steak?
Here’s a simple tip: if you’re grilling food that’s ¾ inch thick or less, keep the lid up.
If it’s beyond ¾ inches, you can put that cover down.
And here’s why:
- Keeping your lid up helps your grill sear the meat: Cooking with the grill open provides that crispy caramelization on your steak while keeping it juicy and just right in the center.
Thicker meat or foods that go over ¾ of an inch will need more time to cook in the middle. The lid down helps thicker cuts of meat or veggies cook more evenly. You will be able to avoid *gasp* an overcooked exterior with an undercooked center.
- Keeping your lid down makes your grill act like an oven: The closed lid helps trap the hot air from the gas or charcoal. Which makes the hot air circulate inside your grill, just like it does in an oven.
How To Store Leftovers?
I suggest either storing your leftover steak in shallow airtight containers or wrapping them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps maximize the flavor and quality of your cooked steak for up to 3 to 4 days in your fridge.
More Healthy Entree Recipes
Looking to revamp some of your weekly dinners? Here are some of my fave healthy dishes! Whether it’s date night or for the whole fam, these are sure to impress at the table:
- Tandoori Chicken | Healthy, Spicy, and Very Tender
- Healthy Meatloaf | With A Tasty Glaze | A Sweet Pea Chef
- Flank Steak With Chimichurri Sauce | Fresh Herbs And Flavor
- Stuffed Pork Chops | With Rye, Apple, & Fresh Thyme
- Baked Sea Bass Sheet Pan Recipe | With Zucchini & Mushrooms
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Looking to add a 5-star finish to your usual steak? This post is for you! Keep reading to learn how to cook up this rich, creamy, and decadent Balsamic Mushroom Sauce you’ll wonder why you’ve only tried now.
- 2-4 New York strip or boneless ribeye steaks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb cremini mushrooms quartered quartered
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt plus more to season steak
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper plus more to season steak
- 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup organic, grass-fed half and half
- 1 tbsp unsalted organic grass-fed butter
Depending on how slathered you want your steak in mushroom goodness, this recipe will serve 2-4 people.
Heat an outdoor grill over medium heat (alternately, you can cook the steak on the stove top if you prefer). Coat each steak evenly with sea salt and pepper.
Place steak on grill and cook for 5 minutes. Then, flip and cook an additional 5 minutes. While the steak is cooking, start on the sauce (step #5).
Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the steak. For medium-well, remove from heat once the internal temperature of the meat is at 160 degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for 8-10 minutes, until most of the juices have released and the mushrooms start to brown.
Add the garlic and cook an additional minute, allowing the garlic to become fragrant. Add the salt and pepper.
Add the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar and cook 8-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
Add the half and half and stir well. Cook until heated through and then remove from heat. Add the butter and stir to combine until melted.
Serve hot over steak.