What ingredients do you need for a tasty beef carpaccio?

Have you ever wondered what the secret ingredient is behind an irresistible beef carpaccio? Well, prepare yourself for a shocking fact: did you know that this iconic Italian dish is actually named after a famous Venetian painter? In this blog post we immerse you in the world of carpaccio and share all the secrets to prepare a tasty version at home. Let's get cooking!

Good quality tender beef

For a perfect carpaccio, the choice of beef is crucial. Choose thinly sliced, tender, good quality beef, such as Angus beef or Wagyu. This ensures the right texture and taste experience.

Fresh arugula

The fresh and slightly spicy taste of fresh arugula adds a delicious dimension to the carpaccio. Go for fresh arugula from the local market or supermarket, for example from Organic Farm De Groene Meadow.

Parmesan cheese

A good Parmesan cheese is indispensable in carpaccio. Choose one Parmigiano Reggiano from a renowned brand such as Grana Padano for the full flavor and creamy texture.

Extra virgin olive oil

High-quality extra virgin olive oil provides the right balance and enriches the taste of the carpaccio. For example, try the Olio di Oliva Extra Virgin by Carapelli for an authentic taste experience.


Fresh lemon juice not only adds a fresh touch to the carpaccio but also helps to balance the flavors. Squeeze a fresh lemon, for example the juicy one Lemon of Sicily, for the best taste.


Capers add a subtle salty flavor to the carpaccio and provide a delicious taste experience. Choose capers such as Capers Fiorilli for their delicate and distinct taste.

Sea salt

A pinch of sea salt completes the flavors of the carpaccio. Choose high-quality sea salt such as Maldon Sea Salt Flakes for the best taste experience.

With these essential ingredients you can create a tasty and irresistible carpaccio that your guests will love!

Thinness of the meat

To make a perfect carpaccio, the thinness of the meat is essential. Slice the beef extremely thinly, preferably using a meat grinder or a good sharp knife. The thinner the slices, the more delicate the taste and texture of the carpaccio will be.


  • Beef (sirloin steak or roast beef)
  • Olive oil (e.g. Extra Virgin olive oil from Filippo Berio)
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed for the best taste)
  • Sea salt (such as Maldon sea salt flakes)
  • Freshly ground pepper (for example from Le Creuset pepper mill)
  • Capers (Capote Capers work well)
  • Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano from Parmareggio)
  • Arugula (fresh arugula from a local greengrocer)


  1. Cut the beef into wafer-thin slices and place them on a nice plate.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the meat and sprinkle with lemon juice. Make sure the flavors are evenly distributed.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  4. Add capers for a surprising and salty twist.
  5. Grate some Parmesan cheese over the carpaccio for extra umami flavor.
  6. Garnish with a handful of fresh arugula for a spicy note and beautiful presentation.

Serving tips

  • Serve the carpaccio with thin slices of toasted bread or crispy crackers.
  • A glass of Italian red wine, such as Chianti Classico, goes perfectly with this dish.
  • Complete the carpaccio by drizzling some balsamic glaze over it for the finishing touch.

Whether you are a culinary novice or a seasoned chef, you will love this method of preparing carpaccio. Impress your guests with this tasty dish that is easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion. Enjoy your meal!

Truffle mayonnaise: Luxury and Refined

Truffle mayonnaise adds a delicious earthy flavor to your carpaccio. A brand known for their high-quality truffle products is Tartuflanghe. Try their truffle mayonnaise for a luxurious and refined twist to your dish.

Pine Nuts: Crunchy Texture

Pine nuts are a classic addition to carpaccio and give a delicious crunchy texture. The Nutshop offers high-quality pine nuts that fit perfectly with your dish.

Balsamic Glaze: Sweet and Sour Counterpart

Add a touch of sweetness and sourness to your carpaccio with balsamic glaze. The well-known brand Acetaia Leonardi guarantees high-quality balsamic glazes that take your dish to a higher level.

Ingredients comparison table

A handy overview of the ingredients for your carpaccio:

Ingredient Brand/supplier Feature
Truffle mayonnaise Tartuflanghe Luxurious, refined
Pine nuts The Nut Shop Crispy texture
Balsamic glaze Acetaia Leonardi Sweet Sour

Dare to experiment with these variation options and give your classic carpaccio dish a unique twist! Combine the ingredients to taste for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Freeze for Easy Cutting

A handy trick to make your carpaccio extra tasty is to freeze the meat briefly in advance. This helps to firm up the meat, making it easier to slice thinly. Try putting the meat in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before cutting it.

Cool All Ingredients Well

Make sure that all the ingredients you are going to use for your carpaccio are well chilled. This ensures a fresh and tasty experience. Think of the meat, the parmesan cheese, the arugula and the dressing. By keeping everything well chilled, you maintain the optimal taste and texture of the carpaccio.

Product recommendations

To make cutting the meat easier, we recommend the GEFU Carving Knives Set On. These knives are specially designed for precise cutting of thin slices of meat, perfect for carpaccio.

You can use the Coolblue Kühlbox 20L. With sufficient space and good insulation, this cool box keeps all your ingredients at the right temperature until serving.

Benefits of Freezing and Cooling

  • Easier to thinly slice the meat
  • Retention of optimal taste and texture
  • Refreshing taste experience with well-chilled ingredients

By applying these tips and tricks and using the recommended products, you are assured of a delicious and perfect carpaccio experience for you and your guests!

Essential elements for a perfect carpaccio

Enjoy making your own delicious beef carpaccio and surprise your guests with this tasty and refined dish. With the right ingredients and a little creativity, you're sure to impress! Enjoy your meal!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vegetables are usually added to a carpaccio dish?

A traditional carpaccio dish is often added with arugula, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Sometimes thin slices of mushrooms are also added for extra flavor and texture. Many people also add cherry tomatoes and capers for a fresh touch. It's all about the combination of flavors and textures that together create a delicious carpaccio. Enjoy your meal!

What dressing is often used to drizzle the carpaccio?

The dressing that is often used to drizzle carpaccio is a vinaigrette based on olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and possibly some Parmesan cheese. This dressing gives a delicious taste and ensures that the thinly sliced raw tenderloin comes into its own. Enjoy your meal!

Which herbs and spices are traditionally used in a carpaccio marinade?

A traditional carpaccio marinade often uses olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Some herbs and spices can also be added, such as fresh basil, thyme or arugula. These ingredients give the carpaccio its characteristic flavor profile.

Which bread is good to serve with beef carpaccio?

A delicious bread to serve with beef carpaccio is ciabatta. Ciabatta has a firm crust and a light texture, making it perfect to combine with the thin slices of beef, arugula, and Parmesan cheese in the carpaccio. The taste and structure of ciabatta complement the carpaccio well and provide a delicious combination. Enjoy it!

How thin should the meat be sliced for a classic carpaccio?

For a classic carpaccio, the meat should be sliced as thinly as possible, preferably 1-2 millimeters thick. This way the meat melts on your tongue and the taste is best achieved. The thinner the sliced, the better the texture and taste experience of the carpaccio will be. Good luck preparing your dish!

Which type of beef is best suited for carpaccio?

The most suitable beef for carpaccio is tender and lean meat, such as tenderloin or roast beef. These types of meat are ideal because of their fine structure and the ability to be sliced thinly. It is important that the meat is of good quality and that it is well chilled and fresh to prepare the best carpaccio. Good luck making your carpaccio!

Which type of cheese is often used as a topping for beef carpaccio?

That's right! The type of cheese that is often used as a topping for beef carpaccio is Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese is known for its salty, nutty flavor that combines well with the flavor of the beef and the other ingredients of the carpaccio. It is a classic choice that enhances the taste experience of the dish. Enjoy your meal!



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