Tartar Steak

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This way of serving it has convinced many people that raw meat can be thoroughly delicious.


Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCocktail Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, lactose-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free



Taste and Texturemeaty, rich, salty, savory, tangy


  • 2 pounds freshly ground lean beef put through the grinder twice-top or bottom round, or chuck with little fat, or top sirloin
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons or more Dijon mustard
  • 3 raw egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Cognac


  1. Spread the chopped meat on a chopping board in a rectangle. Chop the anchovies very fine. Blend them into the meat with two heavy-bladed knives, using a spreading stroke with one hand and a chopping stroke with the other. Fold the meat in from the edges to the center and then spread it out as before. Add the onion, mustard, and egg yolks and spread and chop. Fold in again from the edges to the center. Spread and chop until it is a rectangle once more. Add the salt and freshly ground pepper. You may add Tabasco and Worcestershire, if you like, but I feel it is not necessary. Spread and chop, this time very well, and again bring in the edges to form a large patty. Turn over, spread and chop again, and re-form a large patty. Place in a bowl and cover with chopped parsley and chives, or form a nice patty and arrange on a board or platter. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with rye or pumpernickel breads. Tartar steak may also be shaped into small balls and rolled in chopped parsley or chopped nuts. Serve with toothpicks.


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