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Discover the specialty from Central Asia that can be found in (almost) every French restaurant.

Famous all over the world, steak tartare is a recipe based on raw beef, minced onions, capers, and gherkins. An egg yolk is usually added to this preparation. Steak tartare dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the Mongols and their Turkish allies, the Tatars (or Tartars), ate finely chopped raw horsemeat mixed with milk and eggs. Over the centuries, this recipe changed and traveled to Europe.

During the 19th century, many Germans emigrated from Hamburg to the USA. They brought this beloved recipe with them, and many restaurants in New York began serving raw meat preparations. The dish became very popular in the USA. It has been called the “Hamburg-style American filet”. In the American recipe, horsemeat was replaced by beef and mixed with onions and breadcrumbs.

In 20th-century France, the American recipe was often prepared. But a great chef, Auguste Escoffier, decided to reinvent the American recipe and called it “steak à la tartare”. One might think that the name “steak tartare” was given to the recipe because it was created by the “Tartar” people, but in reality, chef Escoffier gave the name because, in his recipe, the meat was accompanied by a sauce called “la sauce tartare”, a typically French sauce.

This recipe is now known the world over as “steak tartare”…

The recipe has evolved again, as there is no longer any tartar sauce in the steak tartare 😉

Steak Tartare recipe


To make a good steak tartare, you need :

  • 250 grammes de viande de bœuf hachée
  • 1 jaunes d’oeuf
  • 1 cuillère à café de moutarde de Dijon
  • 2 cuillère à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 cuillère à café de Persil
  • 1 cuillères à soupe de câpres
  • 1 oignon émincé
  • Cornichons en morceaux
  • 250 grams ground beef
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • Pickle pieces

  1. Mix, adding herbs such as parsley, tarragon, or chives. You can also add Worcester sauce, mayonnaise, or paprika to suit your taste.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, and add an egg yolk on top. For a little heat, add a few drops of Tabasco sauce.

Try it with mustard or ketchup, French fries, and green salad.


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