Best ever beef recipes

32 of the very best beef recipes. Make an indulgent roast beef, beef shin macaroni, beef bourguignon, midweek stir fry, or speedy beef ramen

Rich beef pie with cheesy Marmite cobbler crust

A great big hug of a recipe, with an unctuous slow-cooked beef filling and a cheesy Marmite cobbler crust.

Beef Cobbler Pie Recipe With Cheese Marmite Crust

Macaronade sétoise

Originating from Southern France, this robust pasta dish is made by simmering steak and sausages in a rich, chilli powder-laced tomato sauce.

Macaronade sétoise

Beef chilli fry

Traditionally eaten with poi, a Goan bread, to mop up the masala, this beef chilli fry is cooked with cinnamon, pepper and ginger. The two-step cooking ensures that the spices add flavour to the beef.

Beef Chilli Fry Recipe

Stroganoff steak and sweet potato wedges

Slather your steak in a creamy, paprika-laced stroganoff sauce and serve with homemade sweet potato wedges for a quick midweek meal for two.

Steak Recipe with Stroganoff Steak Sauce and Sweet Potato Wedges

Balsamic braised beef with cheesy polenta

Take beef shin to the next level by braising in rich balsamic and slow cooking until meltingly tender. Serve with smooth, cheesy polenta for a comforting Sunday lunch.

Braised Beef Recipe with Balsamic and Cheesy Polenta

Mexican slow-cooked beef pasta bake

Slow cook beef shin in Mexican flavours until meltingly tender for the ultimate pasta bake to feed a crowd.

Diced Beef Pasta Bake Recipe with Beef Shin

Beef and red wine stew

Cook pieces of beef shin in herby red wine stock until meltingly tender, then serve with creamy mash for a crowd pleasing weekend meal.

Beef Stew Recipe with Red Wine

Brisket sandwiches with beer onions and blue cheese

Get your friends over and slow cook this beef brisket for a simple yet filling way to feed a crowd. Serve with sweet onions and creamy blue cheese for extra indulgence.

Brisket Sandwich Recipe

Pot-roast brisket with the best gravy

Check out our easy one-pot beef brisket with gravy. Slow cooking brisket in stock and aromatics produces tender meat and a rich gravy.

Beef Brisket Recipe with Gravy

Jjigae beef and kimchi stew

Check out our easy kimchi soup recipe with beef shin, gochugaru (Korean chilli flakes) and gochujang – a fermented Korean chilli paste. This easy one-pot may take some time, but it makes the perfect winter warming dish.

Kimchi Jjigae Soup with Beef

The perfect steak

Learn how to cook the best steak of your life with the help of olive cookery writer and ex-chef Adam Bush.

Perfect Steak Recipe

Cajun picanha with bean salad

Check out this epic beef recipe with punchy cajun spices and a fresh bean salad. Picanha is also known as the top sirloin cap or the rump cap. Popular in the US and Brazil, it’s a pointed cut, so is great for serving a crowd as you’ll get well done to rare from the same piece of beef.

Picanha Meat Recipe with Bean Salad

Short rib sandwich

Packed with meltingly tender short ribs and creamy blue cheese this epic crispy baguette sandwich takes lunch to a whole new level. This makes four quite hefty sandwiches so you could split one and share with fries if you like or, if you are having a party, cut into smaller bite-sized sections. Check out more of our best ever sandwich recipes here

Short Rib Sandwich Recipe

Beef bourguignon

Classic, easy beef bourguignon to eat now or freeze for later, this French inspired recipe serves 8 people

rich beef ragu with rosemary gremolata

You can make this ragu a day or two ahead and it feeds a lot of people. It’s also great with pappardelle or garlicky mash.

Grilled beef sirloin with charred hispi cabbage and romesco

This recipe for grilled beef sirloin with charred hispi cabbage and romeso sauce is really simple but packs in lots of big flavours. Served with the romesco, the hispi cabbage really takes centre-stage in this dish. Plus, it’s under 300 calories.

Roast beef and radish salad with sake dressing

This roast beef and radish salad is made smarter with a sake dressing. At under 300 calories per serving and ready in 30 minutes it’s a great way to use up left over roast beef.

Beef shin macaroni

This epic slow-cooked beef dish comes from legendary London steak house, Hawksmoor. Beef shin is cooked in red wine and stock until meltingly tender then macaroni and cheese is added and baked to golden, bubbly perfection.

Beef ramen

This recipe for beef ramen is comfort in a bowl. It doesn’t have to take hours to make, though. This version is ready in under 30 minutes and comes in at under 500 calories, making it achievable midweek. Try our other noodle soup recipes

Beef shin and red wine pie

This beef shin and red wine pie is an indulgent, comforting family classic. Using beef shin keeps the cost down as it’s a cheaper cut. You can easily freeze this ahead for a stress-free weekday meal.

Ginger garlic beef with sesame greens

Impress your guests and try something different with this classic Chinese dish, ready in just 20 minutes. At just 263 calories per serving you won’t be able to resist going back for more.

Short-rib beef carbonnade

This classic Belgian one-pot works really well with beef short-ribs, slow-cooked until meltingly tender and falling off the bone. Plus, it’s really easy to make.

Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot

We love Vietnamese-inspired flavours, and this Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot is a definite winner. It’s a one-pot, so there’s minimal washing up, and is under 300 calories but still packs a punch in terms of flavour.

Dan Doherty’s roast beef with bone marrow crostini and horseradish sauce

Duck and Waffle chef Dan Doherty gives classic roast beef a clever makeover. Serving with a side of bone marrow crostini makes this dish feel really special. Ask your butcher to prepare the marrow bones for roasting.

Chilli beef and radish noodle soup

This chilli beef and radish noodle soup is quick and easy to prepare and has under 500 calories but is packed full of fresh flavours – ideal for a midweek meal

Rib of beef with bone marrow butter

Cooking a huge rib roast can be quite daunting so we love this simplified method and the bone marrow butter takes it to the next level. Ask your butcher to split the bones for you.

Beef, stilton and Guinness pie

If you make just one recipe this month it’s got to be this rich, meaty pie with crisp, cheesy pastry from Chef Ben O’Donoghue. You can even make cheese straws from the scrap pastry!

Mustard roast beef

There’s nothing like proper roast beef, pink and juicy. Serve as a centrepiece and carve at the table for a real showstopper (listen out for the gasps as you carry the platter to the table). This mustard beef with a wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly gravy is a great Sunday roast recipe, or one for entertaining during the festive season.

Roast beef po’ boy

Po’ boy sandwiches come stuffed to the brim with all kinds of fillings; shrimp, oyster and in this case, slow-cooked beef in gravy. There is no polite way of eating these, so make sure there are plenty of napkins on hand.

Beef pho

Quick, healthy and packed with flavour, beef pho is easier to make than you think. The Vietnamese have this fragrant noodle soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Roast rib of beef with Yorkshire puddings

This rich rib of beef is the perfect Sunday lunch show stopping centrepiece. Serve with our best fluffy Yorkshire puddings, caramelised onion and horseradish sauce.


Shanghai fried beef noodles

Ready in just 30 minutes, these Shanghai fried beef noodles make a great, easy meal for two midweek