Sous vide beef and prune tagine

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Victoria Glass's sous vide beef tagine recipe sees beef shin slow-cooked in a host of warming aromatics and sticky prunes for a comforting yet simple dish. Using ice cubes instead of water is a great way to introduce liquid to the bag in sous vide cooking without fear of sucking any into your bar sealer.

First published in 2017




Sous vide beef shin tagine

To serve


  • Large vacuum bags
  • Water bath
  • Bar sealer


Preheat a water bath to 75°C
Generously season the diced beef. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sear the beef in batches, for a couple of minutes, or until browned all over. Transfer the seared meat to a large dish and set aside
Reduce the heat under the pan, add the onions and stir intermittently over a low-medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until soft and golden – add a little more oil if necessary. Remove the pan from the heat
Tip away any meat juices that have collected in the dish that the beef has been resting in, or it will be sucked out during vacuum sealing
Add the onions, saffron, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, prunes and some salt and pepper to the beef and toss thoroughly to evenly distribute the aromatics
Transfer the meat into a vacuum bag and add the honey, butter and ice cubes
Vacuum seal the bag and place in the preheated water bath for 12–16 hours
10 minutes before you are ready to serve, put the couscous in a bowl and mix through a good pinch of fine sea salt. Add the extra virgin olive oil and add 450ml of hot water from the kettle. Cover and leave to stand while you garnish the tagine
Snip the bag open and pour the beef into a large, warmed bowl. Toss through half the toasted almonds and scatter the remaining half over the top, along with the sesame seeds and coriander
Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve with the tagine
First published in 2017

Victoria is a London-based food writer and recipe developer. She was the Roald Dahl Museum’s first ever Gastronomic Writer in Residence and has written six books, including her latest, Too Good To Waste.

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