Cold roast beef carpaccio with tuna mayonnaise

Adam Liaw
Cold roast beef carpaccio with tuna mayonnaise.
Cold roast beef carpaccio with tuna mayonnaise. Photo: William Meppem

This recipe makes an awful lot more than you'll need for a meal, but the parts keep well in the fridge and can also be combined later to make a wonderful sandwich.


• 1.5kg beef topside

• salt and pepper, to season

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• 185g can tuna in spring water, drained

• ½ cup good-quality mayonnaise

• juice of ½ lemon

• 1 tsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tbsp capers

• 1 cup baby rocket leaves

• ½ red onion, finely chopped

• sourdough slices, to serve


Remove the beef from the fridge one hour before you want to start cooking it. Season all over with salt and pepper and allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour. 

Heat your oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan-forced). Rub the beef with 1 tbsp of olive oil and place into a roasting tray. Roast for 45 minutes for rare (add an extra 15 minutes for medium-rare). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Cover the beef completely with foil and chill in the fridge overnight. 

For the mayonnaise, combine the tuna, the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and mustard in a food processor or blender and process to a smooth purée, adding a little water if necessary. If you prefer a chunkier mayonnaise, skip adding the water and just mix the ingredients together. With a very sharp knife, slice a portion of the chilled beef as thinly as you can and arrange it to cover a serving plate. Top with a little of the tuna mayonnaise, capers, rocket and red onion. Serve with slices of sourdough bread. 

Adam's tip Frying the capers for the carpaccio gives them a different texture. Heat a ¼ cup of olive oil in a small saucepan and add two or three tablespoons of capers that have been patted dry with a paper towel. Swirl the capers in the pan for about a minute and remove with a slotted spoon.

Also try: Adam Liaw's peach melba slushies

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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