Spice-Crusted Steaks with Cherry Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 45 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 26, 2023
If you’re hosting meat lovers, these impressive cast-iron skillet steaks are guaranteed to please. They’re perfect for a special-occasion dinner without too much fuss. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Spice-Crusted Steaks with Cherry Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup port wine, warmed
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks (1-1/4 inches thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Crumbled blue cheese, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine cherries and wine; set aside. In a shallow dish, combine pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, coffee, salt, cinnamon, cumin and mustard. Add steak, 1 at a time, and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Place oil in a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet; tilt to coat bottom. Heat oil over medium-high heat; sear steaks, 2 minutes on each side. Bake, uncovered, until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium well, 145°), about 15 minutes. Remove steaks and keep warm.
  3. For sauce, wipe skillet clean; saute shallot in butter until crisp-tender. Add broth and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in cream; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the reserved cherry mixture. Serve sauce with steaks. If desired, sprinkle with blue cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 steak with 3 tablespoons sauce: 506 calories, 28g fat (13g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.