Dutch Slow-braised Beef (draadjesvlees)


This delicious, traditional Dutch dish is comfort food at its best. Tender stewed meat in a spicy, flavourful sauce. It's perfect for a cold day. Partners perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes.

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Dutch slow-braised beef (draadjesvlees)

Draadjesvlees translates as "meat cooked to threads" and describes the delicate texture of this dish produced by several hours of gentle simmering at a low heat. This method of cooking fills the whole house with a delicious aroma which is perfect on colder days.

Always sear the pieces of meat well and wait until they are well browned before turning them over. This will allow the meat to retain its juices, making it more tender.

Black pepper gives the dish a warm flavour, but you can also use white pepper if preferred, or a mix of coloured pepper grains if you don't have black pepper.

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Published at 2023-11-09, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 2 hours 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 19-01-2024

2 hours 40 minutes 6 people Main course
Dutch slow-braised beef (draadjesvlees)


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  • 6 pieces of feather blade steak (around 180 grams each)
  • 1 large onion
  • 100 grams butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • black pepper and salt to taste
  • 3 slices Dutch gingerbread (kruidkoek), or use Jamaican ginger cake
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch apple syrup (available online)
Dutch slow-braised beef (draadjesvlees) ingredients
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • frying pan with lid
  • kitchen tongs
  • large plate
  • wooden spoon

Dutch Slow-braised Beef (draadjesvlees)

2 hours 40 minutes 6 people Main course

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Preparation – 10 minutes + waiting time

Remove the meat from the fridge in advance to allow it to come up to room temperature.

Peel the onion and cut it into thin half moons. Sprinkle the steaks liberally with black pepper and salt.

Dutch slow-braised beef (draadjesvlees)
Dutch slow-braised beef (draadjesvlees)

Making the slow-braised beef – 2 hours + 30 minutes

Heat about 100 grams of butter in a frying pan and fry the steaks until nicely browned on both sides. Do not turn the meat until it is well browned.

Add the onion, along with 2 bay leaves and 6 cloves, and sauté until it has turned translucent.

Deglaze the pan with 100 ml red wine and, after a couple of minutes, add 300 ml of beef stock. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Dutch apple syrup and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn down the heat to low, place a lid on the pan and simmer gently for around 2 hours.

The exact simmering time depends on the type of meat; some cuts are tougher than others. If the meat is not tender after 2 hours, add a little extra water and simmer a little longer.

Remove the bay leaves and cloves. Remove the meat from the pan and crumble 3 slices of Dutch gingerbread into the sauce. Stir until smooth;  you will notice that the gingerbread will thicken the sauce.

Place the meat back in the pan and season with black pepper and salt. Serve the draadjesvlees with mashed (sweet) potatoes. Enjoy!

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Dutch Slow-braised Beef (draadjesvlees): frequently asked questions

Which cut of meat is best to use for draadjesvlees?

It is best to use feather blade, chuck or shoulder of beef.

How long should draadjesvlees simmer for?

Simmer the draadjesvlees for between 1.5 and 3 hours. The exact simmering time depends on the cut of meat, as not every cut of meat will be the same thickness or tenderness.