Homemade Steak Sauce Recipe (Peter Luger Sauce)

Written by Mike Futia | Updated October 18, 2023

This homemade steak sauce—inspired by the famous Peter Luger sauce—goes ah-mazing on your favorite steaks!

Yes, it's true that a great steak doesn't need sauce. But after you've tried this steak sauce, you may have to change your mind!

homemade steak sauce

We love this high-end steak sauce because of its bold, savory, and tangy flavors, which come together to make a rich and well-balanced flavor.

We're inspired by the renowned Peter Luger's sauce here, and our twist uses ingredients like Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce for a nice umami and tang.

The horseradish and hot sauce adds a subtle heat, while the brown sugar lends a hint of sweetness.

You can put this sauce on all kinds of steaks, from smoked filet mignon to smoked New York Strip and smoked tri-tip.

How To Make Homemade Steak Sauce (Peter Luger Style)

Ok, we've got a fair amount of ingredients here, we can't lie. But they all work so perfectly together, that it's worth the effort. 

Feel free to only go to the effort to make this Peter Luger steak sauce recipe on special "steak night" dates or other special occasions. 

steak sauce ingredients

The Ingredients

  • Ketchup (1/2 cup). Adds a tangy, sweet tomato base to the sauce.
  • Dijon mustard (1/2 cup). Provides a sharp, pungent kick and creaminess.
  • Worcestershire sauce (1/4 cup). Contributes a savory, umami depth with a touch of acidity.
  • Soy sauce (1/4 cup). Enhances the sauce with umami and salty flavors.
  • Apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup). Imparts a fruity acidity for balance.
  • Brown sugar (1/4 cup). Lends a rich, molasses-like sweetness.
  • Prepared horseradish (1/4 cup). Delivers a spicy, earthy heat.
  • Garlic (2 cloves, minced). Infuses the sauce with an aromatic and slightly pungent flavor.
  • White onion (1, minced). Contributes a subtle sweetness and a mild, savory backbone.
  • Hot sauce (1 tsp). Introduces an additional layer of spicy heat.
  • Black pepper (1 tsp). Offers a warm, slightly biting spice.
  • Paprika (1 tsp). Imparts a mild, smoky sweetness to the sauce.
  • Salt (to taste). Enhances and balances the flavors of the sauce.
  • Olive oil (2 tbsp). Provides a smooth, silky texture and a hint of fruity, peppery notes.

The Directions

onions and garlic in saucepan

1. Heat the olive oil over low-medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.

homemade steak sauce

2. Stir in the ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Mix well until smooth and combined.

homemade steak sauce

3. Add the prepared horseradish, hot sauce, black pepper, paprika, and salt to the saucepan. Stir to combine.

homemade steak sauce

4. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help thicken the sauce.

5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature. Serve with some yummy steak and ENJOY!

smoked filet mignon

Storage Tips

  • Transfer the sauce to a glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. You can store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

What To Serve With Homemade Peter Luger Steak Sauce

  • Steak, of course! Filet mignon, New York Strip, ribeye, you name it!

Recommended Tools

  • Mason Jars. Store your leftovers in one of these jars, either a 12-ounce jar or a 1-pint jar.
  • Small Glass Bowls. If you're like me and like to lay out all of your ingredients in front of you, these small glass bowls are great for staying organized when you're cooking.
homemade steak sauce

Homemade Steak Sauce (Peter Luger Sauce)

Savor our high-end steak sauce recipe, inspired by Peter Luger's famous blend! Elevate your steak game with this rich, tangy, & flavorful sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 16 ounces
Calories 40 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 white onion minced
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil over low-medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Mix well until smooth and combined.
  • Add the prepared horseradish, hot sauce, black pepper, paprika, and salt to the saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help thicken the sauce.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature. Serve with some yummy steak and ENJOY!

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 508mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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