French Steak Tartare Recipe

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4Today I feel like showing you my take on another beloved classic: the French Steak Tartare. This dish doesn’t require cooking, just a bit of fine chopping. The only compulsory step is for you to shop for the freshest ingredients since all you are going to eat is raw: that’s why I urge you to buy higher welfare meat (fresh and not matured) and organic eggs. This show-stopper dish really deserves your best efforts and a bit of love: the perfect cut would be fillet but it’s fine to use a more budget-friendly cut as surloin as long as it hasn’t fat or nerves. Concerning the tools I prefer cutting the meat with a knife, au couteau, but some use a meat grinder: in my opinion it risks to make your tartare a bit too mushy. And for all my vegetarian or non-raw-meat-eater friends I have a nice, twisted version of this French staple that you can check here.


1 serving


  • 150-200 g of fresh meat
  • 3 small gerkins
  • 1 tbsp each of capers, parsley and fresh chives
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 anchovie
  • 1 organic egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp each of mustard and ketchup
  • a few dashes of Worchestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper, chili sauce
  • Grapeseed oil

You will need

  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 bowl
  • tablespoons
  • tin foil or a large cookie cutter

6Cut your meat into very thin slices of meat, trimming off the eventual fat or nerves. Stack your strips and cut them into a very small dice. Place it in a bowl and drizzle lightly with vegetable oil.


Chop three small pickled cucumbers and a shallot: try to replicate the same size of the meat dice. Chop as well a tablespoon of capers and a tablespoon worth each of fresh chives and parsley. Add one very thinly siced anchovie for a boost of flavours. Add the egg yolk, the mustard, the ketchup, the Worchestershire sauce and season with salt, pepper and – if you like – chili sauce. Mix everything untill well combined.

9To serve the dish (remember: you can’t make it in advance, it must be prepared on the spot right before serving it) you might need a large cookie cutter or, if you don’t have one, you can make your own ring mould with tin foil. Place the meat in the ring and gently pat it down. Serve with fresh chives and rocket on top with a side of roasted or french potatoes.

Best comments from You Tube on French Steak Tartare : Classic version + Vegetarian twist !

Ze Rubenator: “Don’t like raw meat? Just throw it in a pan for a couple of minutes and you got yourself one hell of a burger.”

Harry Upton: “Strawberry goes really well with beef in my opinion fresh strawberries are great with steak”

G00R00: “I like my strawberries medium rare, can’t eat them raw like that”

ngeliqueinhollywood: “Instead of egg, I would use chia seed gel…but love the veggie version!”

6 Comments on “French Steak Tartare Recipe”

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  4. Thanks Alex. Your recipe is a true representation of an absolute classic! I will make this today.
    Kind regards, Micha

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