Seared beef

This unusual beef dish from Elena Arzak involves marinading beef with mango and turmeric, and is served alongside a mango, turmeric and coconut water-infused gravy. Arzak actually brand their potato crisps with the name of their restaurant before frying them, which gives this dramatic dish even more flair.

First published in 2022




Beef and beef marinade


Mango chutney

Potato crisps

To plate



Lightly season the meat with salt and pepper


Blend all the ingredients for the beef marinade, and season with salt and pepper


For the gravy, in a heavy saucepan, sweat the onion in the olive oil until soft and translucent


Add the flour and cook out over a low heat

  • 7g of plain flour

Add the mango pulp, turmeric and coconut water. Season with salt and pepper and set aside


For the mango chutney, fry the onion, yellow pepper and garlic in a little olive oil over a low heat until soft, but not coloured


Add the coconut water, mango pulp, diced mango, curry powder, turmeric and fresh ginger and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes


Gently mash until thick, and season to taste with salt and pepper


Using the tip of a knife, hollow out the pickled onion and fill each one with the chutney. Set aside


Heat up the olive oil and fry the potato until crisp but not coloured. Season with salt and pepper and set aside


Coat the beef in the marinade and let it sit for 5 minutes - this will allow the bromelain enzymes from the pineapple tenderise the beef


Sear the beef on a very hot charcoal grill. Once cooked, allow the beef to rest


To plate, serve the beef on a thin layer of mango chutney


Thin out some of the sesame paste with a little chicken stock, and spread on the plate in two lines


Serve the chutney-topped pickled onions alongside the beef, and place the potato crisps on top of the beef

First published in 2022

The third generation of Arzaks to run the eponymous restaurant, Elena Arzak has maintained the three Michelin stars awarded to the restaurant back in 1989 and kept the Arzak name at the top table of the restaurant world.

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