Roast Beef with Madeira, Mustard and Orange Marinade Roast Beef with Madeira, Mustard and Orange Marinade

Roast Beef with Madeira, Mustard and Orange Marinade

Taking the time to marinde this topside or silverside joint in orange, mustard and maderia is worth the effort for the wonderful flavours

prep time
10 mins

cook time
1 hour 30 minutes

6 people

To Cook Rare: 20 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 20 minutes

To Cook Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes


  • 1 x 1.3kg/3lb lean topside or silverside joint
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • For the madeira, mustard and orange marinade

  • :Grated zest of ½ orange
  • 30ml/2tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 30ml/2tbsp Madeira or sweet sherry
  • 125ml/4floz fresh orange juice
  • 60ml/4tbsp mild olive oil
  • For the gravy

  • :15ml/1tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml/1 pint good hot beef stock


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  2. Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface of the joint. Transfer to a large shallow dish, season with salt and pepper and rub the marinade all over the joint. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Place on a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin, discard the marinade mixture and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices.
  4. Remove the joint from the oven. Cover and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the gravy: spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard. Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any rich, beefy sediment.
  5. Add the remaining stock, and any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Serve the beef with the gravy and seasonal vegetables.