a silver fork sliding under a pile of carne cruda on a small white plate
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Carne Cruda Appetizer - Italian Steak Tartare

Carne Cruda is a delicious and decadent restaurant quality Italian beef appetizer. Like Steak Tartare this dish revolves around raw beef. Here the finely chopped beef is lightly 'cooked' with lemon juice. Then it is dressed with herbs and extra virgin olive oil and served with crisp ciabatta slices. It makes a small amount of expensive beef go a long way and can be served as part of a charcuterie board or as an appetizer.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people as an appetizer or 6-8 if served as part of an antipasto platter
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
For more great recipes follow me on PinterestFollow @sprinklessprout
Need Metric Measurements?Use the options below to toggle between cups and grams (if relevant)


  • 9 oz beef fillet (see note 1)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 ciabatta loaf (to serve)


  • As soon as you get the meat home, remove it from the plastic/paper, trim it of any fat/sinew and then place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and chop into long slices against the grain, cut these steps into long thin strips. Rotate the strips and cut into small cubes. Place the meat in a non-metalic bowl, cover and leave in the coldest part of the fridge until you are ready to serve.
  • Squeeze the juice of the lemons into a jug and add in the olive oil.
  • Finely chop and squash the anchovy fillet against the chopping board until you have rough anchovy paste.
  • Mix this into the lemon oil mixture.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper and mix well.
  • When you are ready to serve, pour the lemon mixture over the meat and leave it to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Whilst the meat is marinating, thinly slice the ciabatta and crisp lightly under a hot grill.
  • Just before you serve it, stir the parsley through the beef.
  • Serve the beef with the crisp toasts.


  1. You can use a lean cut of round steak as an inexpensive alternative. Just cut the steak slightly finer.
Tried this recipe?Mention @sprinklesandsprouts or tag #sprinklesandsprouts