How to cut meat into medallions

Written by william rockwell | 13/05/2017
How to cut meat into medallions
Meat medallions do not have to be completly circular; they can also be oval-shaped. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A true medallion cut of meat is named for its circular shape. Cutting meat into these medallions can happen at two different stages of meal preparation. Before cooking begins, this can only be done with select cuts of beef or pork. After cooking has been completed, there are special preparation steps that need to be followed. Use these techniques to cut perfect medallions every time.

Raw meat

Buy a whole trimmed tenderloin (beef or pork).

Lay out the tenderloin and remove the silverskin with a fillet knife.

Roll the tenderloin to a uniform shape.

Slice medallions starting at one end of the tenderloin until you have finished. Medallions do not have to be a specific width, but anything from 1.8 to 3.7 cm (3/4 to 1 1/2 inches) is good for grilling, while thinner cuts work well for pan-frying. A thicker cut is not recommended.

After cooking

Place the meat on a cutting board and cover it with cling film.

Pound the covered meat with the tenderising mallet until it is a uniform 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick.

Remove the cling film and roll the meat into a tight cylinder.

Tie the roll tight with butcher's twine.

Cook to preferred doneness. For medium doneness, cook red meat or pork at 162 degrees C (325 degrees F) for 38 minutes. For medium well, 43 minutes and well done 48 minutes. For chicken, cook for 27 to 30 minutes at 176 degrees C (350 degrees F).

Let the meat sit for 5 minutes so the juices redistribute in the meat. Failure to do so will result in dry meat and a puddle of juice.

Remove the butcher's twine with the scissors.

Slice the roll into medallions starting from either end.


Medallions can also be cut out of different meats by using a specialised circular cutter. Often medallions lack substantial fat. Wrap them in bacon to remedy this situation and add flavour. Rolled medallions can be made of chicken, turkey, pork, beef, veal, venison, etc. These are great for stuffing. Cover flattened raw meat with a filling mixture of spinach, cheese, ham or any other ingredients you like. When the medallions are cut, the stuffing will add a beautiful presentation to the dish.


Wash your hands after handling raw meat. Raw chicken and pork are prime candidates for causing salmonella poisoning.

Things you need

  • Butcher's twine
  • Scissors
  • Sharp fillet knife
  • Cling film
  • Meat tenderising mallet

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