Beef Carbonnade

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 20m
Ready In

"Beef carbonnade recipe is based on the Belgian classic - a rich, comforting dish of slowly braised beef in an intense, reduced sauce. The IPA beer used in this meal brings an aromatic depth to the finished recipe. This recipe uses a rolled shin of beef, but a large beef shank or chuck piece of beef would work equally well."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (648.3 g)
  • Calories 855.9
  • Total Fat - 46.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 23.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 195.4 mg
  • Sodium - 604.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 12.3 g
  • Protein - 67.6 g
  • Calcium - 129.3 mg
  • Iron - 8.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 14.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 320°F/gas mark 3

Step 2

Season the rolled beef shin and roll in the flour to form a light coating. Place a large, ovenproof casserole dish over high heat and add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, sauté the beef until well-browned all over, then remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

Step 3

Reduce the heat and add the butter. Then, add the bacon and cook for 2 minutes. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and gently simmer for approximately 30 minutes, or until the onions have completely softened and taken on a light golden color, stirring every few minutes.

Step 4

Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds before adding the sugar, vinegar, thyme, and bay. Cook for a further minute, then pour in the IPA and bring it to a simmer.

Step 5

Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning if required. Return the beef to the pan, cover with a lid and place in the oven. Braise for approximately 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Step 6

Once tender, remove the beef from the sauce and keep warm for 30 minutes. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and taste - it often needs reducing a little to intensify the flavors. Add more salt and pepper as required.

Step 7

Remove the string from the meat, slice into portions and place onto plates along with some mashed potato and toasted bread. Stir the parsley into the sauce and ladle over the meat. Serve immediately.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.