Celebrate Great British Beef Week with quick simple recipes for all the family

Celebrate Great British Beef Week with quick simple recipes for all the family
Celebrate Great British Beef Week with quick simple recipes for all the family
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From quick curries to fiery steaks and delicious pastas, beef remains one of the nation’s favourite meats.  In celebration of Great British Beef Week – which takes place between Monday 23rd April and Monday 30th April – we’re encouraging you to cook these delicious and nutritious recipes at home.

Organised by Ladies in Beef, this event is an annual weeklong homage to all things beef, and this year thin cut steaks are the true star of the show. These versatile cuts of meat can be used in a range of contemporary and delicious dishes including stir-fries, fajitas and steak sandwiches and are ideal for mid-week meals that can be created in a matter of minutes.

Jilly Greed, Co-Founder of Ladies in Beef, said: “Our aim is to encourage Brits to eat more red meat by reminding them of the equality and versatility that comes with assured British beef. Thin cuts in particular are ideal for busy working families because they are quick and easy to prepare, yet tasty and nutritious making them appeal to the whole family.

“With food trends constantly evolving, especially in younger Brits and their families, we’re excited to remind people that beef can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet and is a positive health choice for children and adults to enjoy at any time of the week.”

Try these three exclusive tasty recipes, perfect for time-poor families in need of delicious mealtime inspiration.

Fiery Steaks

Our fiery steaks recipe uses thin cut beefsteaks, are quick to cook and full of flavour. They are pan-fried and served with a spicy, piquant tomato sauce made with red onions, chopped tomatoes, chilli sauce, fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of sugar. A perfect mid-week meal option.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 4 thin cut beef steaks
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 x 227g can chopped tomatoes
  • 15ml/1tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 10ml/2tsp good hot chilli sauce
  • From the Store Cupboard:
  • 30ml/2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 5ml/1tsp white sugar
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper


  1. Heat the half the oil in a non-stick pan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar, thyme and chilli sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Season.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a clean non-stick frying pan.
  4. Place the steaks on a chopping board and season on both sides.
  5. Cook the steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve the steaks with the sauce, sauté potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


If preferred replace the thin cut steaks with sirloin, rump or rib-eye steaks and cook according to your preference using the timings below: (Based on a 2cm/¾-in thick steak): Rare: 2½ minutes on each side Medium: 4 minutes on each side Well done: 6 minutes on each side

Smoky Beef Wraps with Kale, Onion and Red Pepper

These wraps using thin cut beefsteaks, kale, onion and peppers are quick to prepare and cook.  Perfect for brunch or a light supper with a crisp salad.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 350g/12oz thin cut beef steaks
  • 15ml/3tsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 10ml/2tsp smoked paprika
  • 5ml1tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 50g/2oz kale or baby spinach leaves, rinsed and roughly shredded
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5ml/1tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and mashed
  • 4 -6 tortilla wraps, warmed
  • Greek yogurt, to serve
  • Freshly chopped coriander or flat-leaf parsley, to serve


  1. In a small bowl mix together 10ml/2tsp of the oil, smoked paprika, cumin and seasoning together.
  2. Combine the kale or spinach, peppers, onion and lemon or lime juice and remaining oil. Season, toss together and set aside for later.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan until hot. Put the steaks on a plate and brush with the seasoning mix on both sides and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, then slice thinly.
  4. To assemble the wraps, place the flour tortillas on a clean work surface and spread with the avocado, vegetables and beef. Top with a spoonful of yogurt and herbs.
  5. Fold up to make a neat roll, secure with a cocktail stick, if required, and serve immediately with a crisp salad.

Tips: If preferred, for extra heat, add 1 small chopped red chilli to the avocado, or use a prepared guacamole instead.

Speedy Beef Curry

Try this midweek beef curry using thin cut beefsteaks, prepared curry paste, coconut milk, stock, new potatoes and herbs.  All ready and on the table in under 40 minutes.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 450g/1lb thin cut beef steaks, cut into 2inch/5cm strips
  • 20ml/4tsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 30ml/2tbsp Thai Massaman curry paste or curry paste of your choice
  • 400ml/14 fl oz can reduced calorie coconut milk
  • 30ml/2tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 150ml/¼pint good hot beef or lamb stock
  • 450g/1lb small new potatoes, unpeeled and cut into quarters
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 25g/1oz roughly chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, to garnish (optional)
  • Large handful of freshly chopped coriander, to garnish


  1. Heat the half the oil in a large non-stick pan, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Stir in half the curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil. Add the potatoes, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked.
  4. In a separate non-stick pan heat the remaining oil, add the beef strips and the remaining curry paste. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes and add to the coconut and potato mixture.
  5. Garnish the curry with unsalted roasted peanuts (if used) and freshly chopped coriander (if used). Serve with boiled rice, naan or flatbread and a selection of Indian relishes and chutneys and seasonal vegetables or a side salad.

For more beef thin cut recipes and information on Great British Beef Week visit: www.ladiesinbeef.org.uk