Beef Fillet with Two Salsas

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Perfect for the barbecue!

This succulent beef fillet recipe is almost too good to be true, with not one but two fresh salsas to choose from. Classic tomato or pumpkin seed, which one will you pick?

Recipe Author:

Beef + Lamb NZ


  • 800g Quality Mark eye fillet of beef, silver skin trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
Pumpkin seed salsa
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, cored
  • 1 fresh red chilli, stem removed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Oil to thin
Tomato salsa
  • 2 very ripe tomatoes, cored and skinned
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 fresh red chilli, stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup picked coriander leaves, roughly chopped
To serve
  • Limes, cut into wedges
  • Corn tortilla or tortilla chips
View Method Beef Fillet with Two Salsas


Pumpkin seed salsa
  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add pumpkin seeds. Keep them moving around the pan, cooking until they are lightly toasted.
  2. Transfer to a food processor and process until just smooth.
  3. Return frying pan to the heat and add tomatoes and chilli.
  4. Cook until they are charred all over (remove chilli first and add to food processor). Place charred tomatoes in food processor with herbs and process until a thick purée. Thin with a little oil and season with salt, then place in a small serving bowl.
Tomato salsa
  1. Place tomatoes, garlic, onion and chilli in a small saucepan and cover with water by 2.5cm. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until ingredients are soft, about 10 -15 minutes.
  2. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Transfer to a food processor and process, but leaving the salsa still chunky. Add reserved liquid if necessary to thin. Stir through sugar and coriander and season to taste. Place in a small serving bowl.
  1. Heat a barbecue plate until hot. Cut beef into 2.5cm thick slices and rub each slice with a little oil and the oregano.
  2. Thread beef on to metal skewers, place on hot plate and barbecue for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare beef. Season.
  1. Place beef skewers on a sharing board or platter with the two salsas, lime wedges and corn tortilla or tortilla chips.
Tips & Tricks:
  1. Rather than skewering the beef you could cook as a whole piece on the barbecue.
  2. If you like your beef rare, remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. This prevents a grilled exterior and cold interior.
  3. Remove silver skin from the beef fillet if not already done by your butcher as it shrinks during cook.
  4. Suitable Cuts: Eye fillet, rump steaks, sirloin
View Ingredients Beef Fillet with Two Salsas
View Method Beef Fillet with Two Salsas
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