BBQ Scotch Fillet

Scotch fillet is widely regarded as one of the most delicious, flavourful cuts of steak.

If you’re wondering how to cook scotch fillet so it turns out tender, juicy, and packed with flavour, I’ve got you covered.

In this blog, I’ve put together my top tips for cooking fillet so you can feel like a pro every time.

I’ll also give you my top spice recommendations to take your scotch fillet to the next level. Let’s get cooking!

BBQ Scotch Fillet

Blake Hall
Tender centre and a perfectly smoky outer crust
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 1 person


  • 1 whole beef scotch fillet
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil (optional)
  • 20-30 g SPG
  • 2-3 tbsp Memphis Red


  • Create a marinade using a blend of 2 to 3 tbsp of olive oil and 2 to 3 tbsp of Memphis Red and a few shakes of SPG. Spread over scotch fillet and allow to sit for an hour or overnight. 
    If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the marinade and simply rub a liberal amount of Memphis Red and SPG all over the fillet. 
  • Allow the meat to come to room temperature about half an hour to an hour before cooking
  • Heat your BBQ to medium heat before placing the scotch fillet on the grill. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes with the lid closed until the meat reaches a safe internal temperature (55-60°C for medium rare). Remember, how long to cook scotch fillet varies based on your grill, the thickness of the meat, and a variety of factors. 
    Pay attention to the meat throughout the cooking process by occasionally checking the internal temperature and turning the meat halfway through cooking to ensure an even outcome. 
  • Remove the scotch fillet from the BBQ and allow it to rest for ten minutes prior to serving.
  • Carve the meat into even slices and season with additional SPG to taste. Serve with your choice of sides. 


Bonus: If you have leftovers, you have the makings for an amazing roast beef sandwich the next day!
Keyword Barbeque
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Suggested Sides

For side dishes, I prefer pairing scotch fillet with light, fairly neutral options to allow the savoury meat to stand out as the main focus.

Here are some of my favourite sides to serve with scotch fillet:


The Best Spices for Cooking a Scotch Fillet

As much as everyone loves a tastebud powerhouse, like our Hot and Nashty, I like to keep it smooth and flavourful when cooking a scotch fillet rather than overly spicy or hot.

For scotch fillet, I like to let the meat be the true show-stopper. But the right spices and herbs can elevate scotch fillet’s rich flavour, as long as you know how to complement the meat without overpowering it.

That’s where our SPG and Memphis Red blends come in. These tried and true classics are customer favorites for a reason and make an ideal pairing for scotch fillets.

Memphis Red

Three packets of Memphis Red against a white background

With smoked paprika, oregano, a hint of cayenne pepper, and other carefully chosen spices and herbs, our best-selling Memphis Red keeps things smooth, earthy, and neutral while adding the perfect amount of flavour enhancement.

Memphis Red lets the richness of the scotch fillet come through and adds a savoury flavour boost without being too harsh or spicy.


Three packets of SPG against a white background

Our SPG rub and seasoning is a simple trio that yields powerful flavour results. With the ideal ratio of salt, pepper, and garlic, I’ve dubbed this blend “the foundation of practically any dish”.

I love combining our SPG rub and seasoning with Memphis Red to maximise the flavour of scotch fillet and create an elevated dining experience.

For other options that you can experiment with to find your ideal spice pairing, check out our handy spice guide.


Ready to Get Cooking?

When you learn how to cook scotch fillet like this, expect to have your friends, family, and guests asking for your secrets.

We love sharing our favourite recipes, BBQ tips, and spice recommendations with fellow foodies and we hope you enjoy this scotch fillet recipe as much as we do.

Are there other Big Dog rubs and spices you’ve tried with scotch fillet? Be sure to let us know! I always love hearing from our customers about unique combinations they’ve tried or their favourite ways to use our spice blends.



What is the Best Way to Cook Scotch Fillet?

If you want to learn how to cook scotch fillet like a pro, I have one word for you: BBQ. You can certainly cook scotch fillet in an oven or with a fry pan, but I choose BBQ every time.

Cooking scotch fillet on the BBQ results in a tender centre and a perfectly smoky outer crust, creating a mouthwatering main meal that you and your guests will devour.

How Long Should I Cook Scotch Fillet?

When barbequeing your scotch fillet, leave your scotch fillet on the grill for 30-40 minutes on medium for tender, flavoursome meat with a nice outer crust.

Before Cooking, Should I Marinate?

Scotch fillet is a well-flavoured cut on its own and does not necessarily require marinating. However, I recommend marinating it to further enhance the flavour.

What are Some Alternative Cuts?

If you can’t find scotch fillet, you can substitute it with shoulder tender or petite tender cuts in recipes. Check out our ultimate steak cut rankings for our expert opinions on each major cut of steak.

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