Easy Traditional Beef Stroganoff Recipe (2024)

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This traditional Beef Stroganoff recipe features beef cubes slowly cooked in a rich gravy spiked with red wine and brandy, and given a healthy dose of sour cream. Served over buttered noodles it’s the ultimate comfort food dish.

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Growing up beef stroganoff was always one of my favorite meals. Granted it was Hamburger Helper and it probably took a total of 20 minutes to cook up. Ihad very undiscriminating tastes at that age.

I’m cooking up a more “adult” version of stroganoff today. It is slow cooked and spiked with brandy and wine. It develops itself into a rich dish with a creamy mushroom sauce that is just… so… good!

But if you don’t have red wine or brandy on hand, you can definitely swap it out… Use all red wine (no brandy). Or use sherry in place of the red wine and brandy.

If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can leave it out entirely. In its place, you could add a few glugs of Worcestershire sauce to add a hint of acidity, which will balance out the rich, creamy sauce.

I like to serve it the authentic beef stroganoff way, over buttered egg noodles, with an extra helping of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives.

Ingredients needed

  • Chuck Roast– Chuck roast becomes fall-apart tender when it’s slow cooked, liked this stroganoff. You can also use sirloin steak, beef tenderloin, or beef stew meat.
  • All Purpose Flour – This helps to brown the meat and thicken the sauce.
  • Garlic Powder + Nutmeg
  • Olive Oil + Butter
  • Onion
  • Brandy
  • Red Wine – Use a dry red wine like zinfandel, syrah or pinot noir.
  • Beef Broth – I like to use low-sodium beef broth or bone broth so that I can control the salt in the finished recipe.
  • Cremini Mushrooms – These are baby portobello mushrooms. You can also use white mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, or any other mushrooms you love.
  • Sour Cream – You can also use Greek yogurt.
  • Chives – To garnish. This is optional. You can also use chopped parsley.
  • Salt + Pepper
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How to make it

Once coated in flour and spices, the meat is browned, adding even further to that great rich flavor. Tip: Don’t crowd your pan during this step. Doing so causes your meat to steam rather that brown. We’re looking for that browned bit goodness here.

After browning the meat, it’s tossed together with some sauteed onions, doused with brandy and wine (this makes me smile)and given a beef broth bath.

Let it simmer away for an hour an half until the meat is just about tender. At this point, we’ll add some sauteed mushrooms to the mix and let them join the party for 30 minutes, just to get those flavors really meshing together.

Taste for seasoning and add additional salt, pepper, nutmeg and you’re ready to serve.

Recipe variations

  • Mustard: Stir in a bit of yellow or dijon mustard to your finished dish.
  • Alcohol Free: You can leave out the brandy and wine in this dish. Simply add a few glugs of Worcestershire sauce to add a hint of acidity, which will balance out the rich, creamy sauce.
  • Ground Beef or Ground Turkey: You can swap out the chuck roast for some ground beef or ground turkey. You won’t need to simmer for the extended time. Simply combined the browned meat with the creamy mushroom sauce and enjoy!
  • Instant Pot: Try my Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff for a quicker version of this dish.

How to make ahead & store

It’s best to store the noodles separately from the stroganoff, since the noodles can become mushy when reheated. Store the leftover stroganoff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to three months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. Reheat over moderate heat on the stove, or in the microwave.

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Recipe FAQs

What cut of beef is best for beef stroganoff?

For this Traditional Beef Stroganoff recipe I’m using a chuck roast. This cut of beef, when cooked low and slow, ends up being super tender and flavorful. You can also use sirloin steak, beef tenderloin, or beef stew meat.

How do you make beef stroganoff tender?

A low, slow cook time makes this beef stroganoff extra tender. I simmer this stroganoff for 1 1/2 hours on low heat.

Where is beef stroganoff from?

Beef Stroganoff is a populardish that originated in Russia in the 19th century. It was named after Count Alexander Grigorievich Stroganoff, who lived in Odessa. It’s said that it was created for him by a French chef.

Wine pairings

  • To balance the rich flavors of the dish, try a rich, fruity wine such as a Grenache or a Shiraz.
  • Dry Rosé is another great match. The acidity balances out the richness of the dish.

What to serve with it

I serve this Traditional Beef Stroganoff with buttered egg noodles. You could also serve it with rice pilaf, mashed potatoes or crispy smashed potatoes.

For other options, try pairing this rich beef stroganoff with a light, crispy side dish that has a bit of acidity to it. Here are some great options:

  • Apple Slaw with Celery Root
  • Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard and Parmesan
  • MORE → 20+ great sides for Beef Stroganoff

Here’s a sample Beef Stroganoff dinner party menu:

  • Arugula Salad
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Buttered Egg Noodles
  • Beef Stroganoff
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Traditional Beef Stroganoff

This traditional Beef Stroganoff recipe features beef cubes slowly cooked in a rich, creamy sauce flavored with wine, brandy and sour cream.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours hours

Total Time: 2 hours hours 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 8 servings

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  • In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup flour, garlic powder, nutmeg, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and add to the flour mixture in the bowl; toss to coat.

  • In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches (don’t crowd the pan), add the beef and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the brandy and wine and cook, scraping the pan with a spoon, about 1 minute. Return the meat to the pot and add the beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Transfer one cup of broth to a small bowl; add the remaining 3 tbsp. flour and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the pot. Season to taste.

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the meat mixture. Simmer 30 minutes longer.

  • Stir in the sour cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Serve stroganoff over buttered noodles. Garnish with additional sour cream, plus chopped chives.


Store leftover stroganoff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to three months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. Reheat over moderate heat on the stove, or in the microwave.

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Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg

This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2023 to revise the photographs and content. The traditional beef stroganoff recipe remains the same.

Easy Traditional Beef Stroganoff Recipe (2024)


What is the sauce in beef stroganoff made of? ›

What is stroganoff sauce made of? Stroganoff sauce is a sour cream gravy made with beef broth that's thickened with flour. It's flavoured with mustard and has mushrooms in it.

What is best cut of meat for beef stroganoff? ›

Traditionally, tenderloin is the meat of choice for Stroganoff, and after testing out a few alternatives—strip steak and ribeye along with more inexpensive cuts like flap meat, hanger, flank, and skirt—I decided to stick with tradition (flap meat and hanger came in a close second).

How to add more flavor to beef stroganoff? ›

My secret ingredient in beef stroganoff is just a touch of nutmeg. This aromatic spice works so well with the rich, creamy sauce and is a nod to the dish's origins. You don't need much, just a little more than half a teaspoon.

How do you make stroganoff less bland? ›

I suggest using a very flavorful broth or else your stroganoff will end up being bland. We use Better Than Bouillon to make our beef broth. Worcestershire Sauce & Dijon Mustard: Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard are added to the broth to add more dimension to the flavor.


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