Marinated Fillet of Beef



I found this recipe in a Your Family Magazine probably five years ago or more. This marinated fillet of beef is probably one of my favourites.  The combination of the sweet chilli sauce and the fresh herbs, just adds such an amazing touch to the beef….something different.


I made my own home-made sweet chilli sauce last week, and that sauce is just absolutely perfect for this meal.  The two just go hand in hand with one another.

I know this recipe may look complicated, but it really isn’t.  I would strongly suggest having the fillet of beef marinate over night if possible, then once that is done it is plain sailing.


Marinated Fillet of Beef

Preparation time:  25 minutes

Marinating time:  Several hours or overnight

Total time:  35 minutes

Serves 4-6 people


1.2 kg fillet of beef

For the marinade:

3-4 medium sized garlic cloves

1/4 cup (80 ml) soy sauce

2 tablespoons (30 ml) raw honey *

Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

1/3 cup (80 ml) sweet chilli sauce

2 large handfuls of fresh herbs of your choice (for example thyme, parsley, chives, origanum)


Firstly place the fillet of beef in an oven-proof flat dish.

Then prepare the marinade by crushing and chopping the garlic cloves and setting aside in a separate bowl.

Then add the soy sauce and honey to the garlic .

Pour this mixture over the fillet of beef and turn the beef over on all sides so that the marinade coats the beef generously.

Using cling wrap, tightly cover the oven-proof dish with the fillet of beef and place in the refrigerator for several hours, turning the fillet of beef periodically.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius /375  degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, finely chop the herbs, removing the stems from the thyme and origanum.  The stalks of the parsley can be chopped and used. Once all chopped, set aside.

Then, take the fillet of beef out from the oven-proof dish and scrape any excess marinade off the fillet of beef.  Do not throw this away, instead return it to the balance of marinade in the oven-proof dish.

Season the fillet of beef with salt and pepper.

Sear the fillet of beef on all sides over a medium to high heat.

Once seared, return the fillet of beef to the oven-proof dish with the remaining marinade.

Top the fillet of beef with the olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Baste the fillet of beef occasionally throughout the cooking process to keep it moist at all times.

Once the fillet of beef is cooked, take it out of the oven and let it rest.

Then rub the sweet chilli sauce all over the fillet of beef.

Place the chopped herbs on a chopping board and roll the fillet of beef over the chopped herbs.

Slice the fillet of beef as desired, and serve with either mashed potato, baked potato, chips, salad or vegetables.

Enjoy 🙂

*  You can use any honey to your liking.

*  I prefer to marinate over-night.

*  Every oven is different, so that is a guide  for a medium/rare fillet of beef.

*  Remember that the fillet of beef will still cook whilst it is resting out of the oven until it cools.


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