Spicy Thai Steak Salad

September  4, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

If you love Thai food as much as I do, you know it packs a punch of flavor. This salad won't disappoint: seared steak gets bathed in a fragrant dressing of fresh lime juice, robust fish sauce, fiery chilies, and garlic. It is then tossed together with crunchy sliced onions, chives, and cilantro -- get ready for a party in your mouth. I like to serve this with some steamed basmati rice to soak up all the delicious vinaigrette. —Merav

Test Kitchen Notes

Everyone loves Thai food, right? But it's so hard to reproduce those authentic flavors in your home kitchen. This recipe delivers that delicious flavor with a few simple (and easy to find in the grocery store) ingredients. The spiciness was spot on; hot enough without singeing your taste buds. Although I could have done with a lower onion-to-beef ratio, the combination of the herbs and onions with the lime and fish flavors was just fantastic. Served on steamed rice, it was great. Served as a filler for lettuce wraps, it was mind-blowing. Possibly the best part: It seemed to get even better when I ate the leftovers the next day. —LoganEatsFood

  • Serves 4
  • 1 pound steak (flank, top sirloin)
  • 1 to 2 fresh red chilies (bird's eye preferred)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 packet chives, sliced into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped
In This Recipe
  1. In a pan or on the grill, sear the unseasoned steak until browned well on both sides, and cook to medium rare or desired temperature. Allow the steak to rest while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. In a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic and chilies to create a paste. Scrape the paste into a large bowl, and add the lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Add the thinly sliced onions, chives, and cilantro, and toss well to combine. Next, slice the steak into thin, even slices across the grain, and add to the salad. Mix again thoroughly and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. Serve with freshly steamed rice.
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