Beef Stroganoff

My version of beef stroganoff has lots of onions, smoked paprika, some sherry and full fat sour cream. I don’t believe in anything fat free – if sour cream is called “fat free” then it’s not sour cream because cream is called cream due to its high butterfat content. For this recipe the secret ingredients are mushrooms, full fat sour cream and sherry (a fortified wine). The addition of fortified wine really makes a huge difference. I always have a few bottles of fortified wine in my pantry for cooking. Have a lovely evening!

Beef Stroganoff

Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 45-50 minutes; Serves: 4


  • 2-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g (1 pound) beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, sliced into half moons
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 227g (8oz) sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 fresh sprigs of thyme, leaves removed and chopped or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked or Spanish paprika 
  • 3 tablespoons dry or medium sherry
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable stock (broth)
  • ¾ cup full fat sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Brown the beef: mix the all purpose flour with salt and freshly ground pepper on a plate. Toss in the beef until fully coated. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauce pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Cook the onions: In the same pan, heat another tablespoon olive oil and cook the onions and chilli flakes over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until light golden. Add the garlic in the last 1 minute. Remove the onions and set aside.
  3. Cook the mushrooms: add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the same pan and cook the mushrooms over medium high heat until lightly golden. Season with some salt and pepper as they cook.
  4. Add back the beef and onion, the thyme and the stock: add back the beef and onion to the mushrooms together with the thyme and paprika and stir to combine. Cook for one minute then add the sherry and let cook until absorbed. Now add the stock and bring to the boil and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the beef is tender.
  5. Stir in the sour cream. when ready to serve, stir in the sour cream and nutmeg. Heat until piping hot (do not boil). Adjust seasoning and serve immediately over a bed of rice or pasta or egg noodles (please your palate). I always have mine with white rice. 

Step by Step Photos

Sear the beef and set aside, then cook the onions and set aside. Cook the mushrooms, then bring back everything to the pot, and the paprika. Cook for 1 minute, then add the sherry and cook until absorbed, then finally add the stock. Cook until meat is tender. Adjust seasoning and add cream before serving. Don’t boil the sour cream.

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

11 thoughts

  1. this was absolutely delicious!!! i loved it so much i almost didn’t let the rest of the family have any. Thanks so much for the best Stroganoff ever

    1. Thank you so much, Alex for the feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed the beef stroganoff. I hope the rest of the family felt the same way too! You have made my day. Stay safe!

  2. Liz,
    I like mushrooms so much that if you decided to just make it “Mushroom Stroganoff” without the meat, i bet it’d still be really good!! 😉 Have a great day, and Happy Holidays!

    1. Dave, we used to make “Mushroom Stroganoff” all the time in Russia, only we didn’t call it that! I do make it here as well, but i add curry leaves, cumin, and curry powder and call it curried mushrooms.

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