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Learn the French language in immersion with a description in French, thanks to the discovery of the entrecote.

Hi friends 👋 Today, to practice the French language, help you improve your level 🇫🇷 and discover a little more about our culture, I want to share with you the recipe of a specialty made of beef and potatoes: Entrecôte frites.

The “entrecôte-frites” is a typical dish of the French gastronomy. The definition of the word “entrecôte” appears in the dictionary, in the 18th century.

This dish can be found in most French restaurants, “brasseries”, cafés and canteens. The entrecote is a piece of beef, which can be cooked rare or well done, according to the preferences of each. It is served with French fries and Bearnaise sauce.

This dish is so important for the French culture, that the philosopher Roland Barthes in his book “Mythologies”, studied the importance of this dish in the constitution of the social myth.

Here is the recipe for entrecote-frites, a classic that will please everyone, especially if the fries are home-made!

L'entrecôte frites
Ingredients for 4 people

  • 1 kg of potatoes
  • 4 entrecôtes
  • Frying oil
  • Salt

Key words

Peler : remove the skin.
Réserver : keep.
Fondre : to make liquid with temperature.
Faire revenir : to grill.

The recipe

  1. Start by peeling the potatoes, run them under clear water and then cut them into fries.
  2. Once the fries are dry, place them in the cooking oil, then take them out and set them aside.
  3. In a hot skillet, melt some butter and brown the entrecote on each side for 5 minutes.
  4. When the entrecote are done, set them aside and return the fries to the hot frying oil until golden.
  5. Before serving, season the ribs and fries with salt.

La recette

  1. Commencez par pelez les pommes de terre, passez-les sous l’eau claire puis coupez-les en frites.
  2. Une fois que les frites sont sèches, placez-les dans l’huile de cuisson puis sortez-les et réservez-les de côté.
  3. Dans une poêle bien chaude, faites fondre du beurre puis faites revenir pendant 5 min les entrecôtes de chaque côté.
  4. Quand les entrecôtes sont cuites, réservez-les et remettez les frites dans l’huile de friture bien chaude, jusqu’à ce qu’elles dorent.
  5. Avant de servir, salez les entrecôtes et les frites.


5 min for rare entrecote and 10 min for well done entrecotes.

Decorate the dish with a bit of parsley for color.

Bonne dégustation !


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Header image attribution. Entrecote beef. [Entrecote beef by ferortuno , CC BY NC-SA 2.0]