Tender Steak Tartare Recipe (2024)

by Scott Groth 10 Comments

In this recipe we will work together to make a fantastic steak tartare. We will make it in the traditional French stylewith just a few twists tocrank up the flavor. Stick with me to learn the secrets to this delicious dish.

I ate my first steak tartare at the 21 Club in New York City. I remember feeling like I had no right dining at such aswanky restaurant at 20 years old without someone with white hair accompanying me. I also vividly remember my first verbal snubbing by the sommelier whoseemed to sense my insecurity like a shark swimming in chummed waters. The evening didn't get any better when I ordered the steak tartare as an appetizer.

At the time, I had no idea that this wonderful dish was composed of raw beef and a raw egg yolk. I'd never eaten either ingredient raw at that point in my life, much less on the same plate. Any steak not cooked to the consistency of boot leather was considered unsafe in our house. How could this restaurant not knowthey were endangering the public (obviously they were not actually endangering anyone)? The worst part was that there were no instructions on how to eat such a deconstructed appetizer.

All told, I suffered through my first beef tartare in silent agony. I'm sure that if I were to time travel back to that restaurant with my current palate it would have been a top notch appetizer. Beef tartare is one of my favorites now. After living in France for almost seven months now, tartare is almost always my first choice at any restaurant where it is served. There's something about the taste of an ingredient in its most pure form that I truly enjoy.

There is a wonderful Tuna Tartare at Chez Gilbert in Cassis, France that I am currently in love with. Theveal tartare at Les Terrasses Du Bassin in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is so tender and flavorful that nothing else on the menu holds my interest. In Paris at Le Coin, Chef Thierry makes a ground beef tartare that is second to none. My mother-in-law makes a particularly wonderful salmon tartare, which is saying something since salmon is a fish that almost never crosses my plate by choice.

In this recipe, we are going to make a traditional French style tartare. It is simple, pure and tastes delicious. You'll be able to taste the flavor of the beef, so be sure to get the best you can.


Very simply, steak tartare is lean raw beef which has either been finely chopped, minced or ground which is served with a raw egg yolk and seasonings. Originally, beef tartare was served with a side of tartar sauce which is where the name came from. Somewhere along the line, the tartar sauce went to the wayside being replaced by the more modern version.

When I say lean raw beef, that's really what you should be using. If you have ever tried a piece of raw beef fat then you know that it coats the tongue with a really off putting flavor and almost slimy mouthfeel. That's not what is going to make a yummy tartare. Choose cuts like the top round, tenderloin or sirloin. Trim any visible fat and discard.

Here are the three different styles of preparing tartare:

  1. Finely Chopped:My favorite of the three. When the beef is finely chopped, it provides a really nice texture and combines well with the other ingredients. I have found that often restaurants chop the beef too large which opens the door for some chewy pieces.
  2. Minced:Basically this is when the beef is super chopped. It is easy to tell the difference between hand minced and being lightly blitzed in a food processor. If the beef is hand minced, it tends to still have a nice texture. When it is hit in a food processor, once the beef mixes with the raw egg it tends to get a bit of a slick, gummy feeling to it which isn't my favorite.
  3. Ground:The beef is chopped first, then put into a meat grinder. The benefit is that you can use a cheaper cut of meat. As a diner, I'm not a huge fan for a couple reasons. First, ground beef can carry a lot more bacteria than chopped or minced beef if the grinder wasn't cleaned extremely well. Second, I find the texture to be a touch off putting, particularly if the chef has added in (or left on) some uncooked fat. Lastly, it just doesn't look as nice on the plate. Typically ground beef tartare is served prepared, with the egg and toppings already mixed in. It might just be me, but I like piercing the egg and mixing my own ingredients.

Now is a good time for me to put in my disclaimer: You have to remember that consuming raw or undercooked meats and eggs may increase your risk of food born illness. This recipe revolves around using raw ingredients, so you need to be careful when making this dish. Being careful starts at the butcher. Let your butcher know what you are making and have them cut you a fresh piece of beef. I don't recommend anything in a styrofoam tray covered in plastic for this recipe. The day you buy your beef from the butcher is the day you should plan on using it.


Just eating raw beef isn't all that interesting. A good steak tartare recipe needs to have delicious ingredients to mix with the beef to provide flavor, fat, acid and salt.

We're going to add salt into the recipe in three ways. First, we are going to add it with thecornichon(mini French dill pickles). Next, we will add more salt flavor with the minced capers. Lastly, we will add some kosher salt directly into the tartare. My suggestion is to add the salt sparingly at the end as you can easily overpower the beef if too much salt is added.

We will add fat with the addition of some good, high quality olive oil and the egg yolk. We'll balance the fat with the Dijon mustard and the acidity of the lemon juice. The lemon will both balance and provide brightness. Flavor is added with shallots, parsley and red pepper flakes.

I've seen some pretty awesome toppings to addinto this recipe. Here's a quick list of ideas: Black olives, green olives, picholene olives, red onion, white onion, pickled onion, fried onion, garlic, roasted garlic, anchovies, cooked bacon bits, Parmesan, arugula, mushrooms (cooked or raw), fresh rosemary, thyme or tarragon, scallions, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, cayenne, horseradish, black truffles, Worcestershire sauce, wasabi, chives, watercress.

QUICK COOKING TIP:The best way to be able to nicely chop your beef is to follow these simple steps:

  1. Rinse the beef and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Place on a plate and put in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Remove from the freezer and slice against the grain about ½ cm thick.
  4. Julienne the beef slices to about ½ cm thick as well.
  5. Dice the julienned beef to about ½ cm thick.
  6. Place the beef back into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Ok. I think we're ready to get into this wonderful steak tartare recipe. Let's do it!

Yield: 2 people

French Style Steak Tartare Recipe

Tender Steak Tartare Recipe (8)

A classic recipe year round... Steak tartare is best made with top quality beef, flavorful ingredients and a little bit of love. Speaking of love, you're going to love this recipe.

Prep Time15 minutes

Total Time15 minutes


  • 14 oz Prime Beef, Top round, tenderloin or other
  • 2 Egg Yolks, Just the yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cornichon, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Shallot, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Capers, Rinsed & Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Flat Leaf Parsley, Fresh. Minced.
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, Whole Grain or Normal
  • ½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, Optional (to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cracked Pepper
  • 1 squeese Lemon, To taste


  1. The best way to prepare the beef is for it to be very cold, but not frozen. This allows us to slice the beef evenly for a uniform dice. My suggestion is to add the beef to the freezer 30 minutes to 1 hour before use (depending on how cold your freezer is set).
  2. When the beef is chilled slice against the grain approx ½ cm thickness. Julienne the slices to ½ cm thickness again. Lastly, make your perfect ½cm cubes by dicing the julienned slices.
  3. Add the beef to a ring mould (only for presentation) or you can add to a bowl or a plate. Make an indentation on the top of the diced beef with the back of a spoon. Add the egg yolk.
  4. Pierce the egg yolk and mix well. Add in the remaining ingredients between the two dishes. Remember to taste as you are adding ingredients, particularly the salt!
  5. The last step should be the lemon. Taste and determine how much lemon is needed. A little lemon goes a long way.


For more ideas on toppings, please read through the toppings section of this blog post! One of my favorites is chopped arugula, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, high quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Yum.

Please note that consuming raw or undercooked meats or eggs (as suggested in this recipe) may increase your risk of food born illness.

Nutrition Information


Amount Per ServingCalories 500

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There are lots of ways to prepare steak. I love a goodPan Seared Steakor a seriously satisfyingSous Vide Porterhouse Steak. I'm working on a post for how to make a steak just like you get in a professional steakhouse. A good steak tartare recipe is just as much about the preparation and flavoring as any other way to make a steak. Tartare just takes out theelement of heating the beef and relies solely on the foundation of good, high-quality beef. Do yourself a favor and make sure you get a good piece of beef to start!

Do you have a favorite tartare recipe or is there a preparation from a restaurant that you love? Post up your ideas! I hope that you enjoy this recipe and happy eating!

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  1. Janet Dinsmore says

    Tender Steak Tartare Recipe (11)
    When I travel to France, this is one of my favorite dishes too! Thanks for posting. As soon as I get the courage, I'm going to make this!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hey Janet:
      What's stopping you from making it? Thanks for writing.
      Have a great day in the kitchen and happy eating!


  2. Claire \ Sprinkles and Sprouts says

    Tender Steak Tartare Recipe (12)
    I adore steak tartare!!!!! This and Italian Carne Cruda are two of my favourite ways to eat a good steak.
    And I am in complete agreement the beef needs to be hand chopped or the texture is just not right.
    Lovely recipe!!!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Claire:
      Thank you for sharing. Hand chopping is absolutely necessary.
      Take care,


  3. Mary says

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I am so looking forward to preparing my very first beef tartare for my family to try next weekend. I will post the outcome. My mouth is watering.


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Mary:
      How did it turn out for you? I made this again for my inlaws when they came to visit- everyone loved it.
      Take care and have a great day in the kitchen-


  4. Janet Milton says

    Tender Steak Tartare Recipe (13)
    love tartare. went and got some tenderloin from the farmer/butcher. it's waiting for me to get home.
    i've had it with small quail and duck eggs. love it with just sea salt and ground black pepper and capers. a little dijon mustard. -Janet


    • Janet Milton says

      Also Beef Carpaccio as well. But i cant slice it that thin!


    • Scott Groth says

      Hi Janet:
      Sounds delicious. I'm in the mood for some steak tartare now... Thank you for writing.
      Have a fantastic day in the kitchen!



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