Tender Beef Tips in Red Wine Sauce is a wonderful French inspired comfort food meal. Sirloin beef tips are pan seared and browned while a quick pan sauce is made with butter, shallots, wine and herbs.
Something this delicious needs to be spooned over something like mashed potatoes, but I had polenta on my mind instead. Creamy and cheesy, I made a batch of polenta in my Instant Pot as the beef tips cooked. Easy enough and it all finished at the same time!
- 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak tips, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup red wine (such as a Cotes due Rhone or Pinot Noir)
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- Pat steak tips dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add steak tips and cook until well browned all over and meat registers 125° (for medium-rare), 5 to 7 minutes.
- Transfer to plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to now-empty skillet and melt over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add wine and sugar and simmer until nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add broth and any accumulated steak juice from plate and simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 3 minutes.
- Off heat, whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons butter and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return steak tips to skillet and toss with sauce. Serve.