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Different Types of Steak Sauce to Pair With Your Next Steak

Over the years, I’ve tried various types of steak sauce, each with its unique taste and texture. 

Grilled beef Steak filet Mignon medium rare pour demi-glace sauce

As a steak lover, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of a good steak sauce to enhance the flavor and add a new dimension to the dish.

From creamy and tangy to spicy and smoky, there is a steak sauce for every palate. In this article, I’ll share my experience with different types of steak sauce and why they’re worth trying out.

Types of Steak Sauce

So, let’s dive in and explore the world of all kinds of steak sauce!

Bearnaise Sauce

Ah, Bearnaise sauce, the rich and velvety steak sauce that’s a staple in any French kitchen.

Steak with bearnaise sauce made with tarragon

I’ve had the pleasure of trying this classic sauce on several occasions, and let me tell you, it’s an experience like no other. 

The sauce has a base of butter, egg yolks, shallots, tarragon, white wine vinegar, and a touch of black pepper. 

The result is a sauce that’s creamy, tangy, and herbaceous all at once.

The tarragon sets this sauce apart, giving it a distinct anise-like flavor that pairs exceptionally well with beef.

Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is an aromatic and bold steak sauce, not for the faint of heart.

Grilled beef tenderloin steak blue cheese sauce

This sauce has crumbled blue cheese, heavy cream, and Worcestershire sauce.

The result is a sauce that’s creamy, tangy, and salty all at once. 

This type of cheese has a robust, distinct flavor that’s an acquired taste for some, but incomparable and irresistible for those who love it. 

That said, blue cheese sauce as a steak sauce isn’t for everyone, but for those who appreciate a strong and bold flavor, it’s a must-try.

It goes best with a juicy, well-marbled steak, as the creaminess of the sauce pairs perfectly with the rich, beefy flavor. 


Chimichurri is one of my favorite sauces for grilled meats, and it’s a bold and zesty steak sauce staple in Argentinian cuisine.

Homemade Cooked Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This sauce is made with fresh parsley, cilantro, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of red pepper flakes. 

The result is a bright, tangy, dynamic, and herbaceous sauce with a hint of heat from red pepper flakes. 

I love the combination of herbs and garlic that gives this sauce a burst of fresh flavors that awaken your taste buds.

Ultimately, chimichurri sauce is fantastic for those who appreciate bold and vibrant flavors. 

Mushroom Sauce

The mushrooms in this sauce give it a deep, umami flavor that pairs perfectly with a juicy, tender steak.

cap mushroom over grilled tenderloin and mustard sauce

Mushroom sauce is quite rich, with a velvety texture that coats the steak perfectly. Mushroom sauce is perfect for those who appreciate a rich and hearty flavor. 

It goes best with a medium-rare or medium steak, allowing the sauce flavors to complement the red beef. 

Try the mushroom sauce if you want a classic steak sauce to impress your dinner guests.

Of all the steak sauces on this list, mushroom sauce is certainly in my top three.

There is something about the combination of steak and mushrooms that brings a smile to my face. 

Red Wine Sauce

This sauce has reduced red wine, beef stock, shallots, garlic, and a touch of butter.

fillet mignon in red wine sauce

The result is a rich, savory sauce and slightly tart from the wine.

Reducing the wine gives the sauce a deep, concentrated flavor that can take your steak to the next level. 

If you want to impress your dinner guests with a steak sauce that’s a cut above the rest, try red wine sauce.

Just be sure to use good-quality red wine for the best results!

Steak Diane

Steak Diane is perfect for those who appreciate a classic, old-school steakhouse flavor profile.

Boneless rib eye steak topped with Steak Diane sauce

I love Steak Diane because it’s a timeless classic that consistently delivers on flavor. 

The combination of mushrooms, shallots, and brandy gives the sauce a unique flavor that will impress any steak lover. 

If you want to take your steak to the next level, try Steak Diane and transport yourself to a classic steakhouse in New York City.


I love the ingredients in this steak topping. All you need is chopped parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.

Grilled meat, mutton, lamb rack with fresh salad and sauce gremolata

The result is a topping that’s fresh, bright, and bursting with flavor. 

The zesty flavor of the gremolata perfectly complements the richness of a perfectly cooked steak. 

It’s perfect for those who appreciate a bright and tangy flavor profile.

The bright flavors of the parsley and lemon zest perfectly balance out the richness of the beef, creating a harmonious flavor profile. 

Peppercorn Sauce

Peppercorn sauce is a killer steak sauce that’s guaranteed to knock your taste buds into a whole different dimension! 

Peppercorn Sauce steak

This sauce is for the bold and daring who aren’t afraid to add heat to their meal.

It goes best with a juicy, well-marbled steak, as the creaminess of the sauce balances out the bold flavors of the peppercorns. 

I personally love peppercorn sauce because it’s a unique and flavorful way to spice up any steak.

The combination of the heat from the peppercorns and the sauce’s creaminess creates a mouthwatering experience that’s hard to resist. 

Salsa Verde

I love Salsa Verde. It goes great on chips, but it goes even better on steak!

Medium rare fillet steak with salsa verde

You make this zesty topping with fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and mint mixed with capers, anchovies, garlic, and olive oil. 

I love salsa verde because it’s a refreshing and unique way to spice up a classic steak

Combining fresh herbs and tangy flavors creates a flavor with your taste buds dancing.

So, if you want to add spice and excitement to your steak game, grab some salsa verde and prepare for a flavor explosion!

Creamy Whisky Sauce

This sauce is smooth, creamy, and packs a punch. You make it from the heavenly combination of butter, garlic, heavy cream, and a splash of whisky that kicks it up a notch.

The flavor is rich and decadent, with a subtle smokey undertone from the whisky.

If you’re a fan of creamy sauces, you’ll love this one, and if you’re a fan of whisky, you’ll love it! 

Compound Butter

If you haven’t heard of it, I’m excited to tell you about this buttery goodness called Compound Butter! 

Steak & Compound Butter

Compound butter blend is not your ordinary butter. It’s jazzed up with herbs, spices, and some citrus zest. The ingredients may vary, but the taste is always fantastic. 

This buttery sauce is creamy, savory, and mouthwatering, and the beauty of compound butter is that you can mix and match it with any steak and experiment with different flavors. 

I like to use it with my ribeye, and it’s a match made in heaven!

The butter melts over the steak, adding an extra layer of flavor to the meat. If you want to kick it up a notch, try it with garlic and Parmesan.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.