Rare Beef Fillet

Every now and then when I am feeling nostalgic about a trip I did to the UK and Paris a few years ago, I make this simple rare beef with a gravy dipping sauce that reminds me of the fantastic time I had. It’s real pub food that takes only a few minutes to make and is very easy to double for a whole lot of people. There are a few variations like serving it with an Asian dipping sauce as a starter but the good old, rare roast beef, crunchy French loaves and dipping gravy is a real must do. It’s just as good on the braai as well. (4-6 people)

What you need

1.5 to 2kg beef fillet
Salt and black pepper


340ml can of beer
1 cup beef stock
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
salt and black pepper

The process

On a chopping board, grind salt and pepper to cover the surface. Take the fillet and roll it over the board to cover with the salt and pepper, real simple hey! (You van happily add herbs, chili flakes etc)

heat a frying pan to hot, add a thin layer of oil and sear the fillet to a nice beep brown all over. Remove the pan from the heat, leaving the fillet in it. (Turn it from time to time while you make the gravy)

In a pot, add the stock and beer, bring to the boil, add the mushrooms, then reduce heat and simmer until the amount of liquid has reduced by about 1/3, about 10-15 minutes. This will make about 1 1/2 cups of gravy dipping sauce which is enough for 4 people, If you are having more, make 2 batches.

Add the butter and whisk until melted, the gravy will begin to shine. Now taste and add salt and pepper if you need to.

That’s it, you family and friends will love you.

Slice the fillet into thin slices, serve with warm crispy French loaves and the gravy in a bowl.

For an Asian twist, serve the thinly sliced beef cold with finely sliced spring onions and this dipping sauce.

3 small chili’s finely chopped
1/2 cup of spring onions finely sliced
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup of soy sauce

Mix it all together and serve with the beef that is layered on a plate and covered with spring onions.

am a huge fan of Yorkshire puddings straight from the oven that go so perfectly with rare roast beef that you might want to make this Yorkshire Pudding recipe.