Seared Beef and Oranges with Arugula

Arrange succulent seared beef tenderloin, peppery arugula, and juicy oranges so that they overlap slightly but are still tossed together as in a composed salad.

  • Servings: 4
Seared Beef and Oranges with Arugula


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed of fat and sliced into four 1-inch-thick tournedos
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 oranges, 2 peeled, pithed, and sliced into 6 rings, plus 1 for juicing
  • 1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch of arugula (about 1/2 pound), trimmed and rinsed


  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a shallow dish. Add the beef, turn to coat, and marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, rub the olive oil into a cast-iron skillet and place over high heat. When the skillet is heated through, place the beef in the skillet and sear for 2 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes.

  2. Place the orange slices in the pan in batches and sear for 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a plate.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining orange juice and vinegar and salt and pepper. Add the arugula and toss to coat.

  4. Slice the beef tournedos into 1/2-inch-thick slices. To serve, place a handful of arugula on each of 4 plates, arrange 3 orange slices over the arugula, and top with sliced beef. Season with freshly ground pepper and serve.


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