Beef Stroganoff is a delicious classic dish, featuring tender strips of beef in seasoned beef/mushroom/onion/sour cream sauce, and served over egg noodles.Beef Stroganoff is a delicious classic dish, featuring tender strips of beef in seasoned beef/mushroom/onion/sour cream sauce, and served over egg noodles.

Do you enjoy Beef Stroganoff? We sure do. This classic dish, which originated over a hundred years ago, features tender strips of beef in a delicious beef/mushroom/onion/sour cream sauce, and is served over egg noodles. It really hits the spot on a cold winter’s day!

It’s really not too difficult to make beef stroganoff.  This classic meal is sure to please even the pickiest eater! IF you are looking for another way to cook this dish (easier), be sure to check out my recipe for Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff. Both of thee recipes will give you the delicious flavor of a traditional stroganoff.

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How To Make Classic Beef Stroganoff

Slice the beef into 1/2 inch thick strips. Coat the beef with flour, salt and pepper. You can use a large resealable bag and shake it up or mix it all up in a large bowl. I used a large bowl and stirred it to combine. Make sure all sides of the meat are coated with flour mixture.

Beef cubes coated with flour and spices

Melt a Tablespoon of butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the meat (will need to do this in batches, adding butter for each batch). Cook and stir until the beef stroganoff meat is browned on all sides, BUT DO NOT OVERCOOK THE MEAT.

Remove browned meat to bowl. Repeat process until all meat strips are browned on the outside. Set meat aside.

Browning stew meat in skillet

Use the same skillet (without cleaning it out). Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and mushrooms. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms are tender.

Mushrooms and onions cooking in skillet

Now stir in the beef broth, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring this liquid to a boil. Be sure to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of pan as you go. They add flavor!

Mushrooms and onions cooking in beef broth in skillet

Add the meat (and any juices) back into the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit, and the dish is fully heated through.

Beef stroganoff cubes added to skillet with sauce.

Here’s An Important Note About The Cooking Process

If using beef tenderloin tips or tenderloin, you can go straight to the next step (adding the sour cream). Sometimes I like to use beef stew meat (it’s less expensive, but a little “tougher”) for this recipe. It helps to tenderize the meat if I put it into a crock pot at this point.

I prepare the recipe up to this point, then transfer it all to a crock pot and let it cook on low for 5-6 hours. This way you can do the prep work early in the day, then let it cook in your crock pot until about ready to serve.  It really helps to tenderize the meat, and smells incredible. 

**For purposes of the photos (below), I returned all meat and sauce from my crock pot back into the original skillet to finish.

Finishing The Beef Stroganoff For Serving

Once the meat has cooked and heated through (either on stove top or in crock pot), add a cup of sour cream to the dish.  Continue heating, but do not let the mixture come to a boil once sour cream has been added.

Sour cream added to beef and sauce in metal skillet

Stir well, to fully combine the sour cream. Heat through (but don’t let it boil), and serve.

Heating sauce and meat for beef stroganoff in large skillet

Beef Stroganoff is at it’s very best when served over cooked egg noodles or rice. Here, it is shown over cooked egg noodles.

Garnish the beef stroganoff with a bit of parsley. We enjoyed this dish, served with some of the green beans from our garden that I canned last summer. YUM!

Beef stroganoff served on noodles, with green beans on plate

Beef Stroganoff (with noodles or rice) is a delicious, filling meal. Yes, it takes a little bit of prep time (browning the meat pieces), but I think you will find it worth every minute when you taste how delicious this meal is!

Sure hope you will consider making this recipe for beef stroganoff. I’ve made it countless times over the past 10 years. It tastes wonderful!

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Recipe Source:  Cookbook titled “Favorite Brand Name Old-Fashioned Holiday Recipes”, published in 2003 by Publications International, Ltd., page 168.

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Beef Stroganoff
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Beef Stroganoff is a delicious classic dish, featuring tender strips of beef in seasoned beef/mushroom/onion/sour cream sauce, and served over egg noodles.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stroganoff
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 762 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 8 ounces egg noodles , uncooked
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds beef tenderloin tips or tenderloin (I used 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat)
  • 1/4 cup butter (4 Tablespoons), divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped brown onion
  • 12 ounces fresh button mushrooms , sliced
  • 1 10.5 ounce condensed beef broth , can
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream , at room temperature
  • Dried parsley or chopped fresh chives , for garnish (optional)
  1. Cook egg noodles (or rice) while preparing the stroganoff. Drain noodles, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
To Prepare Stroganoff:
  1. Mix together flour, salt and pepper in large bowl or resealable bag. Slice the beef into thin 1/2 inch wide strips (this works best if meat is partially frozen-easier to slice). Combine meat and flour mixture. Toss, to coat all sides of beef.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, melt a Tablespoon of the butter on medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the beef strips and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned on all sides. Do not overcook the beef! Remove beef to bowl. Add another Tablespoon of butter to skillet, and repeat process with rest of beef. Remove beef to bowl; do NOT clean skillet.
  3. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in skillet. Add chopped onions and mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat, until onions and mushrooms have softened. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add beef broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce to onions and mushrooms. Stir well to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet as it heats.
  5. Return the beef strips to skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened a bit, and it is heated through. (**If you are using a crock pot, at this point, transfer all the meat and sauce to crock pot, and cook on low for 5-6 hours, then proceed with the rest of the recipe).
  6. Once meat has finished cooking, add one cup of sour cream to skillet. Stir well, to combine. Heat through, BUT DO NOT LET SAUCE BOIL AFTER ADDING SOUR CREAM.
  7. Serve beef stroganoff over cooked, drained egg noodles, or cooked rice. Garnish with parsley or chopped chives, if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The "Cook Time" indicated does NOT include the time necessary if a crock pot is used to tenderize the beef. I like to do the prep work early in the morning, throw it all (minus the sour cream) into the crock pot later in the day, then at dinner time, all I have to do is cook noodles and add sour cream to the dish! Easy peasy, but it does mean more "Cook Time".

Nutrition Facts
Beef Stroganoff
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 762 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 218mg73%
Sodium 612mg27%
Potassium 963mg28%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 870IU17%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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