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The boiled beef with roasted potatoes, apple horseradish and chive sauce. Ready to serve.

Tafelspitz - Austrian Prime Boiled Beef

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Tafelspitz - a national dish from Austria and an excellent pick for a Christmas menu main course. Boil high-quality beef, with vegetables and traditional flavoring in water, and serve Tafelspitz with roasted potatoes, apple horseradish, and chive sauce.
4.98 from 97 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 421 kcal


Large Soup Pot
Cutting Board
Kitchen knife


  • 1 Mirepoix
  • 600 g Tafelspitz Tafelspitz is part of the beef hindquarter. It forms the flat end of the beef rump, tapering to the tail.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 pcs peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon lovage
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ Onion


  • Fill a large soup pot ⅔ full with water.
  • Add all the other ingredients (except the meat) and bring the water to a boil.
  • Once the water boils, add the meat and let it cook for 2.5 hours. Put the lid of the pot at an angle during this process.
  • After 2.5 hours strain the soup to separate it from the greens. 
  • Place the cooked Tafelspitz on a cutting board and slice it into finger-thick slices. 


Use the cooked soup right away as an appetizer.

Now you can serve the soup with an addition of your choice. (I opted for a noodle soup here). You can also use frittatas, liver dumplings, semolina gnocchi, here. Whatever you fancy.

What to serve with Tafelspitz?

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Keyword Autrian Prime Boiled Beef, Beef Bouillon, Cooked Beef, Prime Boiled Beef, Tafelspitz, Viennese Tafelspitz
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Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 4mg