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Marinated beef rolled in fresh herbs

June 10, 2022

Our Christmas Dinner since we came to Aus in 2011

This is the absolute dog’s bollocks alternative to a roast turkey for Christmas dinner. We’ve had it every year since we moved to Australia, where Christmas day falls in summer.

Serves 8
Cook time: 30 mins


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2kg piece eye fillet (centre cut) trimmed of all sinew
  • 1 tbs sunflower oil
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 cup coriander leaved, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaved, chopped


  1. Combine soy, honey, sesame, garlic and ginger in a shallow dish. Add beef and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in fridge for 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C. Remove beef from dish and pat dry with paper towel. Heat sunflower oil in a large roasting pan over medium high heat. Add the beef and sear on all sides. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 – 25 mins for medium. Leave to rest for 10 mins.
  3. Gently heat any remaining marinade to use as extra gravy.
  4. Spread chopped herbs on a large sheet of baking paper. Brush beef with sweet chilli and roll in herbs, pressing to coat. Serve thickly sliced.

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