Steak and kidney pudding

“Indulge in the rich and comforting flavors of our delicious steak and kidney pudding. This popular British classic consists of tender pieces of beef and juicy kidneys, wrapped in a light puff pastry. Perfectly prepared, our pudding is a true embodiment of comfort food at its best. Served hot, it exudes a tempting aroma that will transport you to cozy Sunday afternoons with your loved ones. Every bite melts in your mouth and creates a harmonious mix of hearty meat and delicious filling. Join us for a culinary experience that celebrates tradition and satisfies all cravings.”


  • 2 ½ tbsp frying or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 400 g diced lean braised steak
  • 2 kidneys (approx. 150 g), halved, cored and cut into pieces
  • 200 ml strong beer
  • 200 ml strong beef broth
  • Mashed potatoes and vegetables for serving
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 150g beef tallow
  • soft butter for greasing
  • chopped parsley (optional)


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To save time, you can make the pudding filling a day in advance. Take a look at ours Video on how to steam a pudding.

Preparation steps

  1. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in a large, non-stick pan.
  2. Fry onions, carrots and bay leaves for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
  3. Mix flour, mustard powder and some spices in a large bowl.
  4. Fold in the steak and kidneys until coated in the flour mixture.
  5. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  6. Add the remaining pan juices to the pan and fry the meat until browned.
  7. Stir the stout into the remaining flour in the bowl.
  8. Pour the stout mixture into the meat pan along with the broth.
  9. Stir over the heat until a thick sauce forms.
  10. Return the vegetables to the pan, cover tightly, and simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  11. If necessary, add a drop or two of water to loosen the consistency, but not too much.
  12. Set aside to cool or chill overnight.
  13. Place flour, baking powder and tallow in a bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  14. Pour in 150ml cold water and stir with a round knife until the mixture forms a dough.
  15. Knead briefly until smooth, then cut off 1/4 and set aside.
  16. Generously grease a 1.2 liter pudding tin.
  17. Roll out the largest piece of dough so that it lines the inside of the bowl all the way to the edge.
  18. Press the dough evenly into the bowl.
  19. Spoon in the steak and kidney mixture.
  20. Roll out the remaining dough to form a lid for the bowl.
  21. Brush the edge with water and place the lid on top, moistened side down.
  22. Seal the sides all the way around to enclose the filling.
  23. Cover the bowl with a double layer of greased baking paper and foil.
  24. Fold them first to allow for expansion.
  25. Tie it with string and add a string handle so you can easily lift it in and out of the pan.
  26. Place an inverted heatproof saucer in the bottom of a large skillet and place the pudding bowl on top.
  27. Pour in boiling water until it comes 3/4 of the way over the edge of the basin.
  28. Cover the pan tightly with a lid and simmer over low heat for 2 hours.
  29. Top up with more boiling water if necessary.
  30. Remove the pudding from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  31. Turn out onto a plate and serve with parsley, puree and vegetables.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Large frying pan
  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • mixing bowl
  • Pudding bowl or heatproof bowl
  • Steamer or large pot with steamer

Allergen information

This steak and kidney pudding recipe may contain the following allergens:

  • Wheat flour)
  • beef

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat the pudding, return it to the steamer or a pot with a steamer rack and steam for about an hour or until heated through.

Please note that reheated pudding may not be as tender as freshly steamed pudding.

Health Benefits of Steak and Kidney Pudding

Steak & Kidney Pudding, a traditional British dish, not only brings comfort and satisfaction to the taste buds but also offers several health benefits. Let’s explore the nutritional benefits of this delicious recipe:

Lean braised steak

One of the main ingredients in Steak & Kidney Pudding is diced, lean braised steak. Lean beef is a great source of high-quality protein, which is essential for repairing and building tissue in the body. Protein also helps maintain a healthy immune system and promotes satiety, so you feel fuller for longer.


Although the kidneys are an acquired taste for some, they add nutritional value to this recipe. Kidneys are a rich source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin and B12. These vitamins play a crucial role in converting food into energy, supporting brain function, and maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Stout & beef broth

The addition of stout and strong beef broth to the recipe provides an intense flavor, but also has health benefits. Stout, a dark type of beer, contains antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve blood circulation. Beef broth, on the other hand, is rich in collagen, which supports joint health, improves skin elasticity, and promotes digestive system health.

Mashed potatoes and vegetables

Steak & Kidney Pudding is often served with a generous portion of mashed potatoes and vegetables. Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6, fiber and potassium. They provide important nutrients while keeping you full and full of energy. Green vegetables like spinach or kale are rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as antioxidants and fiber. This vegetable contributes to overall health and well-being.

Beef tallow

The pudding’s crust is made from beef tallow, giving it a rich and filling texture. Although tallow is high in calories, it provides a good dose of healthy fats that support brain function, aid in the absorption of vitamins, and provide long-lasting energy.

Incorporating lean proteins, nutrient-dense ingredients and essential vitamins, Steak & Kidney Pudding can be enjoyed as a hearty and nutritious meal. The combination of flavors and health benefits make it a classic dish worth savoring.

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