If you are cooking at home for Valentines Day you want less time at the stove and more time staring into your significant other’s eyes. That’s why our posh steak with peppercorn sauce and cumin & tumeric fries are just the ticket to spice up your evening. We’ve used fillet steak but this would work equally well with t-bone, sirloin or your choice of cut.

What You’ll Need

  • Two fillet steaks
  • 3 large potatoes (we used Maris Piper)
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • green beans
  • 120ml beef stock
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • handful chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • peppercorns
  • Olive oil
  • Handful of almond flakes lightly toasted (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 190C.
  2. Ensure your steaks are at room temperature (allows for more even cooking). Pat them dry with kitchen paper then season well with sea salt and crushed peppercorns. Set aside.
  3. Cut potatoes into wedges (can leave skin on if you would prefer) and place in a bowl. Add enough olive oil to coat all the wedges. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and the spices and mix thoroughly.  The spice quantities are perfect for a milder taste but feel free to add more.
  4. Place wedges on a pre heated baking tray in the centre of the oven and cook for approx 25 mins @ 190 C.
  5. Meanwhile heat a pan with some oil (Gordon Ramsey suggests using ground nut oil as it has a mild flavour and can be heated to high temperatures) but there’s no right or wrong. Just make sure that your pan is piping hot before you add your steak. For timings see our guide below. Once cooked, remove from heat and leave to rest under tin foil.
  6. Now you should get your sauce going. Add the stock to the frying pan and bring to the boil. Let it simmer until it has reduced by half. Now add the garlic, mushrooms, cream, mustard & peppercorns (we ground ours a little).  Bring this to the boil and keep stirring. Season to taste. Leave to simmer on a low temperature as you are plating up.
  7. Add green beans to a pot of boiling water and simmer for 3-4 mins or until al dente. Add a knob of butter to the pan and mix in the toasted almonds.
  8. To serve cut steak diagonally and either pour sauce over steak or serve in individual jugs.
  9. See this months wine choices the Perfect Wines for Valentines feature.


If you like this you may like our Decadent Chocolate Mousse recipe