Fillet of Beef with Asian Spice Rub and Creamy Sesame Dressing

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Sharon123

This recipe came from Gourmet Magazine and was shown on Sara's Secrets. All I can say is WoW!

Top Review by chia

this is excellents sharon. the spice rub is just a perfect blend and really wakes up the flavor of the steak. i used 1" steaks that the butcher cut for me but cooked them the same way, very very tasty. sauce was the finale, very good

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. To make the dressing: Put mayonnaise, sour cream, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and rice vinegar in a blender or food processor mix until combined.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the blender or work bowl with a rubber spatula, mix for another 15 seconds.
  4. Transfer to a bowl, add the cilantro and mix well with whisk.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Make the spice rub: Toast peppercorns and anise seeds in a dry large heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Finely grind toasted mixture in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle (I use my mini food processor).
  8. Sift mixture through a small strainer into a bowl and stir in salt, five-spice powder, and ginger.
  9. Halve beef crosswise and sprinkle rub all over both pieces, pressing so it will coat.
  10. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet that can be put in oven over moderately high heat until just smoking, then brown 1 piece of beef on all sides, about 1 minute.
  11. Transfer to a large plate.
  12. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and brown remaining beef in same manner.
  13. Arrange beef pieces, 2 inches apart, in the skillet.
  14. Roast in middle of oven 25 to 35 minutes.
  15. Let beef stand in pan on a rack for 25 minutes.
  16. Beef will continue to cook as it stands.
  17. Throw away string and slice beef.
  18. Serve with dressing at room temperature.

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