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TOTAL TIME: 55 Minutes



  • 1/4 cup (60ml) peanut oil

  • 2 long red chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 600g centre-cut beef eye fillet

  • 2 Asian (red) eschalots, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 1/3 cup (95g) crunchy peanut butter

  • 1 bunch watercress, leaves picked

  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved, sliced lengthways into thin wedges

  • Coriander leaves, to serve


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, half the chilli and one-third of the garlic in a bowl and brush over the beef. Season, then set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add eschalot and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add ginger and remaining garlic, and cook for a further 1 minute or until fragrant. Add soy sauce, coconut milk and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves, then bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute or until slightly reduced and thickened. Add peanut butter and stir until melted and combined. Set aside.

  3. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan to high. Cook beef, turning, for 10-12 minutes until lightly charred but rare in the centre, or until cooked to your liking. Rest, loosely covered with foil, for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, gently reheat peanut sauce over low heat. Thinly slice beef and arrange on a serving plate with watercress and cucumber wedges. Drizzle over spoonfuls of peanut sauce, and serve scattered with coriander leaves.

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