Twice Fried Beef Fillet Steaks

    30 minutes

    This is a Portuguese style of cooking beef steaks where they are pan fried twice, then simmered in a marinade to make a sauce.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 175ml red wine
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon crushed red chilli flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 6 fillet steaks
    • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a medium bowl, combine red wine, water, garlic, chillies, white pepper and salt. Add beef, and turn to coat evenly.
    2. In a large, heavy frying pan over medium heat, fry 3 steaks at a time for 2 minutes on each side. Set steaks aside, and drain cooking juices into the red wine mixture.
    3. Pour oil into frying pan, and reduce heat to medium-low. Fry steaks for a second time, 2 minutes on each side. Drain oil, and return all steaks and marinade to the pan. Allow to simmer vigorously for 2 minutes so that sauce reduces slightly.

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    great!! will make again  -  09 Feb 2010


    Used different ingredients. This is a traditional portuguese dish. My mum makes it all the time and she serves it 2 ways-1 as a sandwhich with fresh french rolls and butter(called a bifana) which is my favourite, and 2 served with home made fries and a fried egg(this is the way they serve it in restaurants in Portugal). We marinade it a little diff, we don't use water and instead of the chilli and white pepper, we use 2 small red chillis. We marinade it over night also. This is my favourite!!!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. I thought this was fantastic! I actually just used cube steak in an effort to be frugal this week and it still tasted great! I can't wait to try it with a good cut of meat. Like another reviewer I used beef stock instead of water and added some pimientos on a whim. I should have remembered to reduce the salt, but it still tasted great! I will definitely make this again and again.  -  29 Sep 2008