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Creamy Beef Stroganoff is an old-fashioned comfort food that never goes out of style! This homemade, easy beef stroganoff recipe ditches the cream of mushroom can for a simple, from-scratch version, tossed with seasoned sirloin steak, and served over egg noodles.

a pan of creamy beef stroganoff made without cream of mushroom

Why You’ll Love This Stroganoff Recipe

  • Comforting. With tender mushrooms, sirloin steak, and a creamy sauce made with beef broth and Greek yogurt (my swap for sour cream) over pasta noodles, beef stroganoff is a nostalgic dish that fills the tummy and warms the heart.
  • Budget-Minded. Stroganoff stretches beef to more servings, so you can feed a larger crowd for less.
  • One-Pot. Like my other one-pot recipes, everything cooks in the same vessel, even the noodles for easy clean up.
  • A Timeless Classic. Stroganoff exists in various forms, from stroganoff with sour cream, to Ground Beef Stroganoff, to versions with or without mushrooms, but this classic stove top version is my favorite of them all.
  • Grandma-Approved. I have so many wonderful memories of my Grandma Dorothy cooking beef stroganoff for my sisters and me. To this day, I can taste the love. You will too!

Your whole family will love this simple stroganoff tonight, and for years to come!

no cream of mushroom needed to make this pan of beef stroganoff

About Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a creamy, hearty dish with Eastern European origins.

Legend has it that beef stroganoff gets its name from the well-to-do Russian Stroganov family, whose French chef created this dish for a cooking contest in the late 1800s.

You’ll find many variations, including in the ingredients of the stroganoff sauce itself.

  • In the version of the recipe that appears in the classic Russian cookbook A Gift to Young Housewives, the beef stroganoff sauce is made with lightly floured beef cubes, bouillon, and mustard, then finished with a sour cream sauce. No cremini mushrooms, no onions.
  • In the versions of beef stroganoff you’ll find most often in the United States, the beef stroganoff sauce also includes onion powder and mushrooms.
  • Some recipes call for white wine (this one does not, though you can add it if you like) and others even use cream cheese.
a large pot of easy Beef Stroganoff

How to Make the Best Beef Stroganoff

Forget beef stroganoff with cream of mushroom soup, Hamburger Helper, or other processed ingredients.

Beef stroganoff from scratch is easy to make!

This is a one-pot, easy beef stroganoff that offers classic flavor without the fuss.

Creamy, beefy sauce and tender noodles never go out of style.


The Ingredients

  • Steak. While beef (I prefer sirloin) is traditional for stroganoff, you can also try Chicken Stroganoff or use pork tenderloin.

Choosing Your Stroganoff Beef

I prefer sirloin for beef stroganoff, because it balances tenderness with affordability. While you can also use another tender cut like tenderloin or ribeye instead, these cuts are expensive, so I prefer to save them for enjoying on their own, like Air Fryer Steak.

  • Seasoning. Season up the beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Simple and perfect.
  • Olive Oil. For searing the beef. This step adds important flavor.
  • Butter. For sautéing the mushrooms and making the sauce’s roux. 
  • Mushrooms. Save the wild mushrooms for Mushroom Risotto or Mushroom Pasta. For a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs stroganoff, baby bella (cremini) mushrooms have good flavor and are more affordable and easy to find.
  • Beef Stock. Use unsalted so it doesn’t get too salty.
  • Greek Yogurt. This beef stroganoff recipe is made without sour cream and without heavy cream. Greek yogurt is my forever-favorite substitution. It adds protein to the dish and a nice tang.

Tip!

Use full-fat Greek yogurt, as nonfat will curdle.

  • Worcestershire. Oomphs up the savory factor.
  • Dijon. Paired with the Worcestershire, this dish is unstoppable.
  • Cornstarch. Mixed with water to make a slurry, cornstarch thickens stroganoff sauce.
  • Thyme. Fresh thyme adds a final earthy flavor and additionally garnish the dish.

The Directions

beef being sliced for easy beef stroganoff recipe
  1. Cut the Steak into Strips. Pat it dry first.
seasoning beef for beef stroganoff from scratch
  1. Season. Salt and pepper bring out the flavors in the meat.
browning meat for beef stroganoff on the stove
  1. Sear the Meat. Get the sides brown, cooking the beef in even layers.
mushrooms browning for beef stroganoff
  1. Saute the Mushrooms. Do this in butter for the best flavor.
adding flour for creamy and thick beef stroganoff
  1. Add Flour. This will thicken the stroganoff.
adding broth to a pan of browning mushrooms for traditional beef stroganoff
  1. Add the Broth. Do this slowly while stirring.
egg noodles added to a pan for beef stroganoff
  1. Simmer the Noodles. The cook right in the pot! EASY.
greek yogurt for creamy and thick beef stroganoff
  1. Temper the Greek Yogurt. Stirring it with some of the hot liquid will make sure the sauce doesn’t curdle.
thick beef stroganoff in a pan
  1. Cornstarch Slurry. This makes the stroganoff thicker.
beef stroganoff from scratch
  1. Stir It All Together. Serve hot with additional fresh thyme. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

To make gluten-free, swap the all-purpose flour 1:1 for gluten-free flour, and serve beef stroganoff over your favorite gluten-free pasta, Instant Pot Brown Rice, or zoodles.

Stroganoff Variations

  • Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff. All of the classic flavor, made easy in the crockpot. This recipe also works with chuck roast, a much tougher cut that needs low and slow cooking.
  • Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff. Makes tough cuts of beef tender in a fraction of the time.
  • Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. For vegans and non-vegans alike, this pasta dish is a healthy and filling dinner.
  • Instant Pot Beef and Noodles. Beef and noodles is similar to beef stroganoff and every bit as comforting, but it is made with a broth-based sauce (great for those who are dairy free!).
the best beef stroganoff in a bowl with creamy sauce

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover beef stroganoff in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm beef stroganoff in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or gently in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. I do not recommend freezing beef stroganoff as the texture of the mushrooms will be come mushy after reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Buy pre-sliced mushrooms for faster meal prep time. You can also slice your steak the day before cooking and save in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator.

What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff

A true stick-to-your-ribs comfort, stroganoff is usually served with a carb that’s designed to soak up that savory sauce, like noodles, potatoes, or rice.

For a greener option, try it with a salad or roasted vegetables.

  • Dutch Oven. This is an amazing and high-quality Dutch oven for all your one pot meals. This one is also great and easier on the wallet.
  • Non-Slip Cutting Board. Essential kitchen tool for all your meal prep. These are great because the grooves will catch any of the steak’s juices while you slice.
  • Nesting Mixing Bowls. A 10-piece set, there is a bowl for every mixing need.
beef stroganoff made of mushrooms, no heavy cream, and steak

Pass along the comfort and nostalgia of grandma’s house with this beef stroganoff.

It’s sure to please a crowd and be a forever-requested recipe you will want to pass down.

Beef Stroganoff

4.78 from 58 votes
This traditional beef stroganoff is creamy and made from scratch without cream of mushroom soup and cooks in one-pot! An easy family favorite.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Servings: 5

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless sirloin steak
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 16 ounces cremini mushrooms (baby bella), sliced
  • 4 cups unsalted beef stock divided
  • 8 ounces whole wheat egg noodles or penne, rotini, or similar short noodle
  • 2/3 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt do not use nonfat or it will curdle
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water to create a slurry
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme plus additional for serving

Instructions
 

  • Pat the steak dry. Cut against the grain into thin strips. Cut the strips crosswise so you have 1-inch x 2-inch pieces the beef (they will look rather large, but this size stays more tender). Place in a bowl and top with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to evenly coat.
  • In a Dutch oven or similar large, deep pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the beef in a single layer. Let cook undisturbed for 3 minutes. Stir and spread back into an even layer. Turn the pieces as needed so that they cook on both sides. Let cook on the other side until the beef is browned all over, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. To the pot, add the butter and mushrooms. Stir to melt the butter and coat the mushrooms. Continue to cook the mushrooms, stirring periodically, until they brown nicely but have not yet given up their liquid, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the top of the mushrooms. Stir continually, until all of the white bits of the flour disappear. Splash in about one-third of the broth. Stir to scrape off any bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the rest of the beef broth and increase the heat to a simmer. Add the egg noodles and cover the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil, then immediately remove the lid and stir the pan. Re-cover, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Let simmer until the noodles are al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 7 minutes, stirring the noodles and recovering the pot every few minutes. If at any point the liquid drops below a gentle simmer, increase the heat slightly.
  • While the noodles cook, place the Greek yogurt in a medium bowl. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of the simmering broth and stir it in with the Greek yogurt. Stir in the Worcestershire and mustard. Set aside (this step deters curdling).
  • Once the noodles are cooked, uncover the pot and add the cornstarch slurry. Stir and let simmer until the broth at the bottom of the pot thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool 1 minute.
  • Stir in the beef along with any juices that have collected on the plate, thyme, and the Greek yogurt mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired (we usually add a pinch or two of additional pepper). Let rest a few minutes, then serve hot with additional fresh thyme sprinkled on top.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover beef stroganoff in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm beef stroganoff in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or gently in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4Calories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 45gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 134mgPotassium: 1474mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 5mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Cut of Meat for Beef Stroganoff?

Beef stroganoff can be made with sliced steak or ground beef. While you could make beef stroganoff with stew meat, I don’t recommend it because this highly-marbled meat needs to cook low and slow for hours to tenderize. I recommend sirloin because it is tender yet still a leaner cut of beef.

What Should I Serve My Beef Stroganoff Over?

Beef stroganoff is classically served over egg noodles, but feel free to change it up with any of your favorite grains or starches (see specific recipe ideas above). You could make beef stroganoff with rice, whole wheat pasta (such as rotini or penne), zoodles, mashed potatoes, or polenta.

How Can I Keep Beef Stroganoff Sauce from Curdling?

Beef stroganoff’s sauce is made of sautéed mushrooms, built with a roux, beef broth, and then mixed with Greek yogurt (my substitution for sour cream). The dairy can curdle if added directly to the hot liquid. Be sure to first temper the Greek yogurt (as you would for eggs when making custard) before adding it to the hot stroganoff sauce. This is done by adding some of the hot broth base into the yogurt in a separate bowl before adding it to the rest of the dish.

Can I Substitute Chicken Broth for Beef Broth in Beef Stroganoff?

If you are in a pinch and do not have beef broth, you can use chicken broth; however, the flavor of chicken broth is not as rich and savory as beef broth.

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  1. This was relatively easy and super yummy! The family loved it and it will definitely be in the meal planning rotation from now on. I also plan to vary it up with extra veggies and different types of protein.5 stars

  2. Thank you for this amazing, healthy beef stroganoff! I am not a big red meat eater, so my husband was overjoyed when I told him we were having beef stroganoff! We both loved it, and I love the fact that this a healthy version and a perfect weekday meal!5 stars

  3. Tried this last night and it was a hit with my husband and I. Due to his diet restrictions he doesn’t get red meat very often. Needless to say he was very happy with this dinner. The only thing I would change is the amount of Worcestershire sauce. For my tastes it was a little on the heavy side. I will try it next time with a little less, 2 TBSP instead. Used london broil for our choice of meat and didn’t cook it through so that it was tender in this dish. This is a keeper! Thanks!5 stars

  4. I made this dish tonight, a couple of hours after your post was published. It was absolutely amazing! My hubby, three years old and 15 months old loooved it too!!5 stars

  5. I was looking forward to trying this recipe as I had fond memories of my Mom’s stroganoff when I was growing up. That being said, my first bite was a disappointment. In my opinion, the Greek yogurt was too strong of a flavor, making the sauce too sour. I actually debated replacing the yogurt with sour cream while preparing it, but decided i wanted to follow the recipe for the purpose of submitting a review. The meat was well seasoned and had a good flavor. I liked the idea of a one pot meal. Would I make this again? Maybe with sour cream!!!
    Keep up the great work! I love your cookbook and have a number of favorites that I’ve made more than once!3 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t to your taste, Pam. The flavorings have worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would of been a hit for you too! I know how disappointing it can be to try a new recipe and not have it come out as you would like.

  6. I was excited to participate in the march cooking challenge and decided to make this for my husband, kids, and parents for a family dinner tonight. I paired it with a kale salad, garlic bread, and red vino. We all loved it! Our favorite part was the mushrooms! Next time we think we could even omit the meat and enjoy this as a lovely mushroom stroganoff!5 stars

  7. This recipe was phenomenal. My husband and I both loved it. The sauce was so flavorful and the beef was nice and tender. Definitely going to be in our dinner rotation!5 stars

  8. Sublime. The flavors here hit way better than ye olde stroganoff. It’s a classed-up, powerful dish. I could make this weekly…5 stars

  9. This was a huge hit! Hubby was traveling for work for a few days so I wanted a special meal for him when he returned this was exactly IT! Hearty and comforting with a nostalgic feel. I appreciate the fact that it came together quickly and it has healthy swaps! Pasta is, and always will be, my love language.5 stars

  10. I just have to say this will be my go to Beef Stroganoff recipe going forward! Very easy to follow and I love how it used simple ingredients while being so flavorful! I couldn’t find whole-wheat egg noodles but Banza Chickpea rotini worked perfect in this dish. This will definitely be in the meal rotation.5 stars

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