Hearty stripes of steak, browned mushrooms, filling egg noodles, and creamy sauce, this one pot Beef Stroganoff has been specifically developed to be made at a campsite. All you need is a cast-iron skillet to get started.
It’s a well known among backpackers that beef stroganoff is one of the best tasting dehydrated “meals in a bag” on the market. It’s warming, filling, and loaded with big savory, umami flavors. When we go backpacking and don’t feel like cooking, nine times out of ten we’ll pick up a bag of stroganoff. We’ve even done a few multi-day hikes where we ate stroganoff every other night. It’s just that good.
But what about car campers? Eating a dehydrated meal seems a little silly in the front country, but making traditional beef stroganoff is too much of a project at a campground. What if there was a streamlined, simplified beef stroganoff that had all the flavor of fresh ingredients, but also wasn’t a total hassle? Is there a way to make it into a one pot dish? We endeavored to find out.
We did a lot of research beforehand and tested different versions, both in a kitchen as well as out in the field. Our goal was to keep the flavors while removing any non-essential elements. We tried a couple different cuts of meat, tinkered with the egg noodle to broth ratio, and tested to find just the right amount of sour cream. It was one of our more extensive (and delicious) recipe development processes.
In the end, we came up with a one pot beef stroganoff that’s worth every single second it takes to prepare! While it definitely takes more time and energy to prepare than pouring hot water into a dehydrated packet, we guarantee you that the flavors you get are so so so worth it.
What We Love About It:
↠ Unbelievably hearty, perfect camping comfort food
↠ Builds layers upon layers of flavor in the same skillet.
↠ No water big pot of water to strain for the noodles
↠ Get a lot of mileage out of that one cast iron skillet
How to make one pot beef stroganoff
Before you start, take a moment to quarter the mushrooms, dice the onion, and mince the garlic.
Begin by warming up your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. While that’s going, liberally salt your steak on both sides. Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil into the skillet, then crank the heat all the way up to high. Once the oil starts to smoke, place the steak in the center of the skillet, and don’t touch it (1).
Let it sear on one side for 3-4 minutes, flip it, and sear on the opposite side for another 3-4 minutes (2). Remove from the skillet, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest on a cutting board.
Meanwhile, reduce the heat down to medium and add in your mushrooms and onions. If the pan feels a little dry, feel free to add some more oil. Toss occasionally with your tongs, until mushrooms and onions start to pick up a nice brown color (3). Then add in minced garlic and knock that around it becomes fragrant.
Now add the beef broth. The liquid will instantly boil once it hits the hot skillet, which will deglaze the fond stuck to the bottom of the skillet and release a ton of great flavor (4).
Add in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and egg noodles. Bring the broth to a simmer and stir the noodles frequently. As the noodles cook they will absorb most of the liquid (5).
Once the noodles are fully cooked, it’s time add in the sour cream. In a small container put half of the sour cream and a few spoons full of hot broth from the skillet (6). Mix thoroughly. This process tempers the sour cream so it doesn’t curdle once it hits the hot liquid in the skillet. Add this mixed sour cream to the skillet and mix thoroughly. Then add the rest of the sour cream directly to the skillet (7).
Uncover your steak, cutting against the grain, slice into thin strips or medallions (8). Add to the noodles.
Chop up some fresh parsley and sprinkle on top to garnish. Enjoy!
↠ Camp Stove: While you can cook this recipe with most standard camp stoves, if you were in the market for a new stove, we would recommend this Camp Chef stove. It has two 20,000 BTU burners, which are twice as hot as most camp stoves. This allows you to put a beautiful high heat sear on the steak, while being able to dial down a really controlled simmer for the noodles.
↠ Cast Iron Skillet: Cast iron puts an amazing sear on the steak and retains heat like no other cookware. We cooked this meal in our 10” Lodge cast iron skillet, which is perfect for two people. If you’re doubling the recipe, then a 12” Lodge skillet would be better.
↠ Heat Resistant Gloves: The cast iron is going to get screaming hot, so you’ll want to have some heat resistant gloves to move the skillet around.
↠ Tongs: You’ll need a good pair of tongs for flipping the steak, moving the mushrooms, and stirring up the egg noodles.
Other one pot meals
One Pot Beef Stroganoff
- ½ pound strip steak, sliced into bite sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 8 oz mushrooms, quartered
- 1 small brown onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ cups broth
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ¼ lb wide egg noodles
- ½ cup full fat sour cream, divided
- Quarter the mushrooms, dice the onion, and mince the garlic.
- Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed 10” skillet until smoking hot. Season the strip steak with salt & pepper. Add the steak to the skillet and cook, until browned on both sides and cooked through. Remove from the skillet, tent with foil, and allow it to rest while preparing the vegetables and noodles.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add the mushrooms and saute 5 minutes, stirring infrequently. Add the onions and continue to saute an additional 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
- Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and cook according to package instructions (this will depend on the noodles you buy - ours took 8 minutes), stirring occasionally to ensure the noodles cook evenly.
- Once the noodles are tender, remove skillet from heat. Temper half the sour cream with some of the sauce by adding a few spoonfuls of broth to the sour cream and stirring - this will raise the temperature of the sour cream and help prevent it from curdling when added to the pan. Mix the tempered sour cream to the pan, stir, then add the rest of the sour cream and stir to combine.
- Slice the cooked steak into bite-sized pieces, add to skillet, season to taste and serve!