Slow cooked beef recipes

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Butcher Advice

Best cuts for slow cooked beef recipes

Beef chuck is inexpensive and readily available in both butchers and supermarkets. Slow cooking makes it succulent and very tender.

The 'Master' beef casserole

Thai beef stew


Boneless shin/gravy beef takes 2-2½ hours to cook to melt-in-the-mouth tenderness for casseroles or curries.

Beef casserole with capsicums and black olives

Indian style beef rogan josh curry


Osso bucco is traditionally veal, but beef osso bucco is also widely available, veal pieces are generally smaller and mild in flavour.

Osso bucco

Veal with anchovies and capers


Beef blade roasts are delicious when slow roasted at 160ºC.

Roast beef with balsamic onions and a red wine juice

Roast beef with mustard and thyme


Buying tips

  1. Consider the time you have when your choose your slow cooking cuts. Some cuts like beef topside or beef round take less time to cook than chuck or gravy beef. To find out more go to our page about why cuts are better suited to different cooking methods.
  2. Cut the beef into 2cm cubes to give your slow cooked dish consistency in texture and flavour.

Tips & Techniques

Essential steps for a slow cooked beef recipe

  1. Coat the meat with oil rather than adding oil to the pan so the meat browns well.
  2. Brown the meat in small batches. Keep the heat at medium-high. Remove meat from pan, add the liquid and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, so the liquid is at simmering point before returning the browned meat to the pan.
  4. Check that the dish simmers gently during cooking. Stir occasionally and adjust the heat if needed.

Do you know what ‘simmer’ is?

The gentle heat of simmering is used to draw the full flavour out of foods. A simmer is when small amounts of tiny bubbles rise to the surface of the cooking liquid.

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