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Peppercorn Sauce Without Cream. How to make the best creamy peppercorn sauce in the soup maker without cream and without brandy. This healthier version of the classic steak sauce is loaded with hidden veggies and a steak dinner winner.

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We originally showed you how to make peppercorn sauce without cream back in summer 2016. We thought it was due a facelift and a chance for a binge on tender steak and diane sauce.

Peppercorn Sauce Without Cream

Many, many years ago, me and Dominic would have a steak dinner on a Saturday night. We hardly had any money, but thankfully Dominic worked in a meat factory and we got steak for a fraction of the cost.

I would cook the sides, which was usually homemade fries in the deep fat fryer (where was air fryer fries back in 2002) and then make a homemade steak diane sauce that was loaded with single cream.

All whilst Dominic is frying me some delicious sirloin steak in the frying pan.

Many years later, we still love a Saturday night steak dinner. But we now have kitchen gadgets to make it amazing, make it healthier and make it quicker.

We can cook air fryer steak and chips together in the air fryer. Much lower in calories thanks to the little oil used, then using the soup maker or a hot and cold blender to make a delicious creamy peppercorn sauce.

You can use any steak you want, whether it is air fryer sirloin steak, air fryer ribeye steak, or air fryer rump steak. Any of them work well, or you can mix up with other gadgets such as instant pot frozen steak or sous vide steak.  

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What Is Peppercorn Sauce?

Peppercorn sauce is a favourite on the Australian and the UK pub menu. It is a sauce often served in a gravy boat that you can pour over your steak.

Peppercorn sauce is a creamy sauce often made with brandy and cream and is also known as a steak diane sauce.

It is delicious and perfect paired with a perfectly cooked steak. I consider it to be the best steak sauce and there is no other steak sauce I want on my steak.

Can You Make Peppercorn Sauce With Milk?

I understand that you might want to drop the calories and make a peppercorn sauce with milk instead of cream.

The problem there is that peppercorn sauce is creamy, and milk isn’t going to cut it.

Instead to make peppercorn sauce with milk, you would combine milk with soft cheese, such as Philadelphia and the two ingredients together make a wonderful creamy sauce.

But of course, today, I have an even better option that is cream free and milk free.

Is Peppercorn Sauce Healthy?

A traditional steak diane sauce is loaded with cream and brandy, which I would not consider to be healthy. Especially, if you are eating a lot of steaks with creamy sauces.

But today, we are stepping a little away from a traditional steak sauce and instead providing a low calorie peppercorn sauce recipe, that you will fall in love with.

Healthy Peppercorn Sauce

You probably want to know what makes this a healthy peppercorn sauce and if such a thing even exists.

Well, its all about the ingredients that are in our peppercorn sauce as you will be surprised to learn that it is:

  • Peppercorn sauce without brandy – Subbing the brandy for red wine, though you can go alcohol free if you prefer.
  • Peppercorn sauce without cream – We are using butternut squash for the sauce and it makes the creamiest steak sauce you have ever tried.
  • Peppercorn sauce without dairy – Even though we use soft cheese to make the pepper sauce complete, you can swap this for coconut milk to keep it dairy free.

And all of this is happening in our Ninja Soup Maker. Its like the Ninja Foodi hot and cold blender they have in the US and makes amazing sauces.

You simply dump the ingredients into the soup maker and let it work its magic.

Even better, it makes an excellent batch of steak sauce and you can freeze the leftovers for the next time you have a steak dinner.

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How To Make Peppercorn Sauce For Steak?

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If you are wondering how to make peppercorn sauce from scratch the healthy way, then this is how it is done:

  1. Load main ingredients into the soup maker.
  2. Set the sauce setting.
  3. When it beeps add cheese.
  4. Blend.
  5. Serve.

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Plus, if you are having a steak dinner with your partner or kids and they hate vegetables, then this has hidden butternut squash in it for your veggie kick.

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How To Make Peppercorn Sauce Without Cream

Peppercorn Sauce Without Cream. How to make the best creamy peppercorn sauce in the soup maker without cream and without brandy. This healthier version of the classic steak sauce is loaded with hidden veggies and a steak dinner winner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
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Kitchen Gadgets:

Peppercorn Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Butternut Squash
  • 480 ml Beef Stock
  • 270 g Soft Cheese
  • 2 Tsp Parsley
  • ½ Tsp Black Peppercorns
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 120 ml Red Wine, optional
  • Leftover Beef, optional


  • Peel and dice your butternut squash into cubes and load into the soup maker.
    Healthy Peppercorn Sauce
  • Add everything but the cheese into the soup maker and press sauce and cook for 30 minutes.
    Healthy Peppercorn Sauce
  • When it beeps add in the soft cheese and blend until smooth. Then let it sit for 10 minutes and it will naturally thicken up.
    Healthy Peppercorn Sauce


Spare. I had cooked some rump steak the day before and I had some spare from the end of the rump steak that wouldn’t fit in the air fryer. I cut it up into tiny chunks and cooked it and then added it to the soup maker. It made it more flavoursome but this is totally optional.
Quantities. When I originally made my steak sauce, I added way too many peppercorns and it was too spicy. I have found that half a teaspoon is a great amount. You can also add them in at the end of cooking rather than having them blended into the sauce.
Thanks for reading our peppercorn sauce without cream recipe on Recipe This. We have many more soup maker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love healthy sauce, then I recommend you try our soup maker slimming world cheese sauce which is another butternut squash hidden veggies yummy sauce.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 13897IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. 5 stars
    Never thought about using my soup maker for a sauce before, thanks going to make this next time i do a steak.