Try Maggie Beer's recipe to achieve perfect, evenly cooked, tender beef fillet at home.


  • 1 × 1-1.2 kg beef fillet (Coorong Angus beef), sinew trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns

  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, roughly chopped

  • 2 teaspoons thyme, roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 3-4 fresh bay leaves

  • ¼ cup vino cotto or balsamic vinegar

  • sea salt

  • extra virgin olive oil, for cooking


  • 1.

    Tuck the skinny tail end of the beef under the fillet, then secure with kitchen string. Tie the rest of the fillet at 4 cm intervals to create an even shape and width from one end of the fillet to the other. Place in a roasting pan.

  • 2.

    Mix pepper, rosemary and thyme and rub all over beef, then top with garlic and bay leaves.

  • 3.

    Carefully pour over vino cotto, cover with plastic film and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for a couple of hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

  • 4.

    Remove fillet from refrigerator and leave for 1 hour to come to room temperature.

  • 5.

    Preheat fan-forced oven to 70°C (158°F).

  • 6.

    Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towel, then place in a clean roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 4 hours.

  • 7.

    If you wish to sear the beef to give it a caramelised appearance, when you remove the beef from the oven rub it with a little salt, heat a splash of olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat then add beef and seal on all sides quickly until coloured. Remove from pan and leave to rest for 20–30 minutes. The beef will be beautifully pink all the way through.

  • 8.

    Cut into thick slices and serve.

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Posted by Jo16Report
I have 2 x 500 g beef fillets that I want to cook together, do I still cook for the same amount of time?
Posted by Report
if I triple the recipe to 6kilos of beef does that change the amount of time in the oven??
Posted by Emma52Report
Depending on the thickness of the fillet, 4 hours could be too long. I do this (Neil Perry's recipe) with a 3 bone rib of beef but I have also done it with 5 bone ribs. The key is the centre temperature of the meat which should be 53 degrees(celcius). Don't work on the time, work on the temperature of your oven and the meat and you'll have the perfect result every time!