Sliced beef wellington on a wooden board

Beef wellington

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(186 ratings)

Ready in 2 ½ hours

A challenge

Serves 6

Gordon Ramsay's version of the classic steak dish – a showstopping centrepiece on a special occasion

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal763
  • fat48g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein50g
  • salt2.46g
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  • a good beef fillet (preferably Aberdeen Angus) of around 1kg/2lb 4oz
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g/ 9oz chestnut mushroom, include some wild ones if you like
  • 50g/ 2oz butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 100ml/ 3½ fl oz dry white wine
  • 12 slices prosciutto



    Prosciutto is a sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is…

  • 500g/1lb 2oz pack puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • a little flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 2 egg yolks beaten with 1 tsp water


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  2. Sit the 1kg beef fillet on a roasting tray, brush with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with pepper, then roast for 15 mins for medium-rare or 20 mins for medium. When the beef is cooked to your liking, remove from the oven to cool, then chill in the fridge for about 20 mins.

  3. While the beef is cooling, chop 250g chestnut (and wild, if you like) mushrooms as finely as possible so they have the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. You can use a food processor to do this, but make sure you pulse-chop the mushrooms so they don’t become a slurry.

  4. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil and 50g butter in a large pan and fry the mushrooms on a medium heat, with 1 large sprig fresh thyme, for about 10 mins stirring often, until you have a softened mixture.

  5. Season the mushroom mixture, pour over 100ml dry white wine and cook for about 10 mins until all the wine has been absorbed. The mixture should hold its shape when stirred.

  6. Remove the mushroom duxelle from the pan to cool and discard the thyme.

  7. Overlap two pieces of cling film over a large chopping board. Lay 12 slices prosciutto on the cling film, slightly overlapping, in a double row.

  8. Spread half the duxelles over the prosciutto, then sit the fillet on it and spread the remaining duxelles over.

  9. Use the cling film’s edges to draw the prosciutto around the fillet, then roll it into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of cling film to tighten it as you go.

  10. Chill the fillet while you roll out the pastry.

  11. Dust your work surface with a little flour. Roll out a third of the 500g pack of puff pastry to a 18 x 30cm strip and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

  12. Roll out the remainder of the 500g pack of puff pastry to about 28 x 36cm.

  13. Unravel the fillet from the cling film and sit it in the centre of the smaller strip of pastry.

  14. Beat the 2 egg yolks with 1 tsp water and brush the pastry’s edges, and the top and sides of the wrapped fillet.

  15. Using a rolling pin, carefully lift and drape the larger piece of pastry over the fillet, pressing well into the sides.

  16. Trim the joins to about a 4cm rim. Seal the rim with the edge of a fork or spoon handle.

  17. Glaze all over with more egg yolk and, using the back of a knife, mark the beef Wellington with long diagonal lines taking care not to cut into the pastry.

  18. Chill for at least 30 mins and up to 24 hrs. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

  19. Brush the Wellington with a little more egg yolk and cook until golden and crisp – 20-25 mins for medium-rare beef, 30 mins for medium. Allow to stand for 10 mins before serving in thick slices.

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ade_in_the_kitchen's picture
12th Apr, 2020
I made this today as a change from the usual Easter Sunday lamb. I brought 500g of beef fillet as there’s just the two of us. I coated it in olive oil & freshly ground black pepper then seared it for about a minute on all sides. I roasted it for 18 minutes at 180 degrees then took it out to rest. I then followed the recipe step by step and the result was fantastic. It was a lengthy process but well worth it. The beef was beautifully pink and rated wonderful. Next time I think I will buy a couple of rolls of puff pastry sheets to save Rolling out the pastry blocks. Thanks Gordon, an inspirational recipe
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Lillian Palko
2nd Dec, 2019
I love Gordon Ramsey..went to Las Vegas and ate at Hell's Kitchen. But on another food site he shows cooking the Wellington differently; without "searing and cooking the filet to the temperature you like." So, do I cook it once on the stove and a second time? Or do I cook it once as in his other recipe? Confused.
Mistabert's picture
24th Aug, 2019
Have made this for Christmas Dinner. Great thing is you can prepare the day before and just put in the oven for the final 20/25 minutes on the day. Absolutely deeeelish!!
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Karen Jones
28th Jul, 2019
Cooked this for a birthday meal loved it will definitely be making again thank you Gordon Ramsey
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Lillian Siefken
15th Feb, 2019
I cooked this for hubby and I first time years back and he loved it... now cooking it again! Thanks Gordon!
1st Jan, 2019
I made this for a New Year's Day meal with the family. I like to cook, but I am by no means a culinary genius. But I followed the recipe to the letter, and it came out beautifully. My mother was more than impressed, and it gave 6 people a belt looseningly full tummy!
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S Landahl
30th Dec, 2018
I made the recipe for four people with 700g meat. I followed every step and it came out perfectly. I checked the meat temperature with a digital thermometer after 20 minutes roasting and realised I need the whole 30 min for medium at the lower end and medium rare at the higher end of the filet. Thank you !
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Deryk King
26th Dec, 2018
After reading all of the comments, this recipe needs to be removed from the web. The cooking times are patently ridiculous and lead to stress and disappointment, not least spending £60 on a poor meal.
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Deryk King
26th Dec, 2018
The problem with this recipe is that it takes no account of the diameter of the fillet. This results in the final product being undercooked to the point of being raw if the fillet is more than 8cm in diameter. In the fillet I used, after 30 minutes at 180 degC the centre temperature was just 50 degC, not much above room temperature. Thanks for spoiling what should have been a happy festive dinner!
22nd Dec, 2018
Made this for a pre- Christmas family gathering! Used pate with just a little of the mushroom duxelles to avoid too much moisture seeping into the pastry. Turned out fab! timing was perfect for medium rare - simply melt in your he mouth! Didn’t find the recipe challenging and will certainly use the basis of the recipe again, adding my own little twist.


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Rosanne Gaywood
19th Dec, 2019
I’m buying a 0.6kg fillet, how long would you suggest to cook it for, for the two cooking periods? I’m worried the pastry won’t cook if I adjust the cooking time too low. Would like it medium rare.
lulu_grimes's picture
23rd Dec, 2019
Hello, We haven't tested this recipe at that size so we can't be definitive about the timings but they shouldn't be dissimilar if your piece of fillet is shorter (rather than skinnier) as the meat will still cook through at the same rate. If you have a meat thermometer then use that to check. Medium rare meat should be 55-60C internally - when it is ready. Take it out 5C before it's ready as the temperature will still climb as the beef rests. I hope this helps
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Rosanne Gaywood
3rd Jan, 2020
Thank you, I can confirm for anyone else reading that I used the same cooking times on a 0.6 kg piece of beef and it took the same time.
lulu_grimes's picture
6th Jan, 2020
Thank you
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Lillian Palko
4th Dec, 2019
I love Gordon Ramsey..went to Las Vegas and ate at Hell's Kitchen. But on another food site he shows cooking the Wellington differently; without "searing and cooking the filet to the temperature you like." So, do I cook it to medium rare once on the stove, chill and cook a second time for the pastry?
lulu_grimes's picture
9th Dec, 2019
Hi Lillian, Yes you are correct, you cook it once on the stove and then again in the pastry. The second cooking time assumes you are cooking the beef after chilling it, this allows the pastry to cook through while the already cooked beef heats through. Gordon wrote this recipe for us in 2004 so he may well have re worked some recipes in the meantime. I hope this helps.
20th Nov, 2019
Your tips section says to cook this for 50-55 mins for rare, but the recipe page says 20-25. Why the discrepancy?
28th Oct, 2018
When you do the final cook when the beef is in the pastry- do you cook from chilled or bring up to room temperature? I’m making this for Xmas eve so any tips on how to get it perfect would be much appreciated! Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, these calculations are from chilled. Enjoy!
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Caroline Grove
28th Dec, 2017
I've tried this a couple of times & I must be doing something wrong. First time I went for medium rare cooking time, & it was still bloody in the middle. Even increasing the time up to 40 minutes it was still far more then just "nicely pink" in the middle - had to slice it & grill the meat to finish. My (gas) oven is only a few years old, & cooking times for other things seem to provide a successful result. Suggestions please?


14th Oct, 2019
Really delicious!! Only a couple of points to note: 250g of mushrooms is nowhere near enough to cover 1kg of fillet - double that was just enough to cover. A lot of water came out of the mushrooms so I had to drain the mushrooms. I didn't use the butter, oil or wine in the mushroom mixture as I imagine this would've made it even more watery. 30 mins would've been perfect in the oven. After reading the comments on timing, I did mines for around 40 and it was a little too 'done' for my liking.
8th Jul, 2014
It works best to sear the filet prior to cooling... roughly 11/2 to 2 minutes a side incluing the top and bottom of the log. This will ensure that it is not so soggy on the bottom once you bake it.
lisa thiru
26th Jul, 2015
Quick question - does searing the meat replace the first oven step in the original recipe? Or should we sear, oven, cool then finally oven with pastry too?
7th Jun, 2014
Cook the beef for longer than recommended first off to avoid a soggy bottom when cooking again later. Also ensure you rest for 10 minutes +.
19th Jan, 2014
I have cooked this receipe several times and it's never failed to impress. If, however, you are a little pressed for time, I've discovered that substituting Sainsbury's mushroom pate for the duxelle works just as well and saves a lot of kitchen time.
31st Dec, 2013
The Wellington was significantly underdone (still bloody) even after 35 mins+ in the oven. Probably connected to the meat being chilled before cooking. So, I'd advise 45 mins for a rare fillet.
29th Dec, 2013
Superb recipe and worth the effort - it has become a family special occasion classic. However, timing is an issue. My saviour has been a professional standard meat thermometer (thermapen). Relying on the temp rather than timing had given perfect results. Useful for lots of other stuff too so for keen cooks, a brilliant investment.
14th Dec, 2013
Although it's not a quick meal to prepare, this recipe is pretty straightforward and the result is definitely the best Beef Wellington version that I've tried! I also wonder if the timings are a little off - on both occasions that I've made this, it's turned out to be very rare, despite only cooling the meat for 20 minutes. Obviously things will vary from oven to oven, but on the first occasion I followed the timings for medium-rare but even the ends of the meat were barely rare, and I had to pan-fry the meat for a couple of my guests who preferred their meat a little less blue. Next time I followed the timings for medium, and the result was rare but not blue, which was what I'd been aiming for. I guess another 5 minutes on the first cooking and perhaps 5-10 minutes on the second would be required for medium, although I'm unsure what impact that might have on the pastry!
2nd Dec, 2013
I see a number of people have had trouble with the timing. If the meat has only been in the fridge for 30 minutes to relax the pastry and ready it for the oven then the timing is probably about right. However if the meat has been in the fridge for hours (up to 24 hours it says in the recipe) then it will need a lot longer to cook as the internal temperature will be far lower. You can either cook for longer but then you risk burning the pastry or you can let the meat come up to room temperature for say an hour. As well, meat will keep "cooking" while resting so if there is any doubt as to it being too rare just let it sit out of the oven in a warm non-drafty place for longer (the other day I let it sit a whole 45 minutes to an hour "just to be safe" as i didn't want to risk it not being the right doneness. It was PERFECT and the juices had equaled out when the Wellington was sliced.
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