Pan Seared Garlic Butter Steak and Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe

A little butter adds richness and keeps your steaks juicy, with the added flavours of garlic and your choice of herbs adding something special to your beef! PLUS being smothered in that creamy mushroom sauce with a hint of balsamic and garlic? YES! Pan Seared Garlic Butter Steak & Mushroom Cream Sauce on your table in less than 20 minutes!”

Treat your family to a dinner around the table tonight that is fit for a king. We all need a cozy night in now and again. This recipe will fill you up and make family time a real treat. What will you choose for sides? Mashed potatoes perhaps? Or some steamed cheesy broccoli? Either one would go well with this delicious steak recipe. Enjoy.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Karina

Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

Seared Garlic Butter Steak & Mushroom Cream Sauce is a perfect dinner! A little butter adds something special to your steak in less than 10 minutes!


For Steaks:

  • 4 7-ounce (200 gram) 1-inch thick New York strip steaks (Australian Porterhouse steaks)
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves lightly crushed with the back of a knife, divided
  • 6-8 thyme sprigs, divided (or rosemary or parsley)

For Mushroom Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (OR balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 cup sliced brown mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup light cream or reduced fat cream, (or heavy cream)


  1. Before cooking, allow steaks stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Then season all sides with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil in and swirl to coat. When pan begins smoking, lay the steaks into the pan away from you, in batches of two and cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; add 2 tablespoons of butter, 3-4 sprigs of thyme, and 3 garlic cloves to the pan. Allow the butter to foam a little and baste the steaks (use an oven mitt, hold pan handle and very carefully tilt pan toward you so butter pools in the pan, and baste steaks with a large spoon). Baste constantly while cooking for a further 1-2 minutes, or until the steaks are done to your liking. (For well done steaks, flip them a couple more times while cooking until done to your preference.)

  4. Discard the thyme and garlic from the pan and transfer steaks to a plate. Pour the pan juices over the steaks and let rest for 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining steaks, then remove them and let rest. (Discard the thyme and garlic, but leave the second lot of pan juices in the pan.)

  5. While steaks are resting, add the crushed garlic to the buttery juices in the pan. Sauté on medium heat for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the vinegar and mushrooms and cook until soft, then add the cream. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

  6. Serve steak with the mushrooms sauce and garlic roasted potatoes

Recipe Notes

Optional add-ins for the creamy sauce:  1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1-2 teaspoons brandy or bourbon, 1/4 cup of white wine (reduce first before adding the cream), peppercorns, finely chopped thyme or finely chopped rosemary)