This easy Beef Stroganoff recipe is made with tender top sirloin, onions, garlic, and mushrooms simmered in a rich sour cream sauce and served over egg noodles. It’s quick to make, delicious, and the ultimate comfort food.
Every year Google compiles a list of their most popular searches in different categories, including recipes. Do you know what the most searched for recipe was in the United States for 2017? My very favorite food in all the world, beef stroganoff.
And I had a *ridiculous* reaction when I heard that: How does everyone know what stroganoff is? I haven’t shared it with them yet.
That’s right, my first reaction upon hearing that millions of people had searched for stroganoff recipes in 2017 was disbelief because I hadn’t personally introduced each and every one of them to the recipe first.
Like I said, ridiculous.
In my defense, while beef stroganoff may be incredibly popular around the US, it really wasn’t where I’m from. Growing up, my mom was the only person I knew who made it, and all of my friends tried stroganoff for the first time at our house. When I grew up and moved away, I made stroganoff for friends all the time and none of them had ever eaten it before. Most of them had never even heard of it.
So when I started this blog, I always assumed that I’d post it here someday and get to introduce this obscure little Russian dish to a wider audience. LOL, okay so clearly not the case.
Beef stroganoff doesn’t need my help, and the rest of the internet got there first.
Turns out that there are about a trillion other stroganoff recipes out there, but that’s okay, because those recipes are not my mom’s recipe, and my mom’s recipe is the best. (Fight me 😉 )
What is beef stroganoff?
If you weren’t one of the millions of people searching for stroganoff recipes in 2017, and are reading this going what the heck is stroganoff, friend, you’re in for such a treat, because stroganoff is only the best food known to man.
It is tender slices of beef, mushrooms, onions, plenty of garlic and a splash of wine (we’ll be using sherry) in a rich, creamy, tangy sour cream sauce. It’s served over egg noodles, and I love it so much.
It’s rich, delicious comfort food, and your life will never be the same after you’ve tried it.
- Button/white mushrooms: I typically use sliced button/white mushrooms for stroganoff, but use whatever mushroom you prefer.
- Top sirloin: For the most tender meat, slice the top sirloin against the grain. If you don’t know how to do this, here’s a good tutorial.
- Flour: Just a couple tablespoons of flour in the recipe help thicken the stroganoff sauce.
- Beef consommé: Beef consommé is clarified beef broth, a little richer and more gelatinous than straight broth. You can usually find it in the canned soup aisle, but if your store doesn’t sell it, replace the consomme with 2 cups of beef broth.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps brighten up the sauce. Fresh or bottled works just fine.
- Egg noodles: Egg noodles are the classic stroganoff pairing, but you can also serve stroganoff over mashed potatoes.
What kind of meat do you use for beef stroganoff?
People use lots of different cuts of meat for stroganoff: beef tenderloin, chuck, ground beef. My personal favorite is top sirloin. It has a great beefy flavor and it cooks up nice and tender with a short cooking time.
The one thing to watch out for is that top sirloin tends to fluctuate hugely in price (at least here in Southern California) from quite cheap to insultingly pricey. If you’re planning on making stroganoff in the near future, keep an eye on the prices and buy and freeze the top sirloin when you see it at a reasonable one.
P.s. If you’re having trouble finding top sirloin at a good price, you can also grab some cheap pork tenderloin and make pork stroganoff.
How to Make Beef Stroganoff
Stroganoff is one of the first dishes I learned to cook for myself as a kid. It’s incredibly easy and surprisingly fast to make.
- Make your kitchen smell amazing by cooking the mushrooms, onions, and garlic in a large pan until tender.
- Add the top sirloin and cook until just browned.
- Stir in the rest of your ingredients minus the sour cream, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Temper the sour cream by stirring spoonfuls of the hot cooking liquid into sour cream until it’s warm and then stir it into the sauce.
- Serve over egg noodles and enjoy!
If you’re efficient with your prep, you can be eating within about 40 minutes.
What to serve with beef stroganoff?
Stroganoff is incredibly rich comfort food and served over noodles, so I recommend steering clear of more carbs (you really don’t need bread with this dish) and sticking with a really simple side salad or something like garlic green beans or roasted zucchini.
Can you freeze beef stroganoff?
Yes! Stroganoff freezes extremely well. Freeze the sauce (without the noodles) in airtight containers or freezer bags and store for up 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or on the stove. Serve each individual serving over 2-3 ounces of egg noodles.
Can I make stroganoff without alcohol?
You can, but I don’t recommend it. The sherry adds a really delicious extra flavor dimension that you’d definitely miss if it were omitted.
More Comfort Food Recipes
Easy Beef Stroganoff
- 2 tablespoons (1oz) butter salted or unsalted is fine
- 8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 pound top sirloin sliced across the grain into 3 x 1/4-inch strips
- 2 tablespoons (15g) all-purpose flour
- 1 10.5-ounce can beef consommé *
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces (4 cups) egg noodles
- 1 cup (8oz) sour cream
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onions, and garlic, and cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Turn heat up to medium-high and add sliced sirloin. Cook until browned. Stir in flour, followed by consommé, sherry, lemon juice, and pepper, and stir until well-combined.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Start Egg Noodles
- While your sauce simmers, bring a lightly salted pot of water to a boil and cook egg noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Measure sour cream out into a medium bowl. Ladle about ¼ cup of the hot cooking liquid into the sour cream and whisk until well-combined. Repeat this process until sour cream is very warm to the touch.*
- Stir the warmed sour cream into your beef mixture and add salt to taste.
- Serve over egg noodles and ENJOY!
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Recipe from Southern Living Five-Star Recipe Collection (appears to be out of print) via my mom 😉