• Thai Grilled Beef Salad


By Andrew Zimmern

There’s nothing like firing up the grill during the summer! Just in time for Father’s Day, I made a delicious Thai grilled beef salad. With aged beef and fresh veggies and herbs, you can put together a healthy, satisfying meal that is sure to wow Dad and your guests. Also, I used four different cuts of meat and I teach you how to butcher, grill, and slice them!

Watch me make this recipe :

Thai Grilled Beef Salad


  • 1 pound of the best aged beef you can get your hands
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 3 roma tomatoes or similar, seeded and trimmed, cut in julienne
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • Handful of Thai basil leaves, torn
  • 1 minced serrano chile or 2 Thai bird chiles
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or more to taste, some like it sweeter.
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted rice powder or more to taste.
  • Large butter lettuce leaves to serve in, use the interior of the heads, chopped in the salad.
  • Sliced Cucumbers, mint sprigs and cilantro sprigs for garnish


Grill/char your steak over a natural hardwood charcoal fire to just past rare. It needs to rest for 25 minutes.

While meat is resting on a plate, assemble the rest of the salad.

Combine the chiles, ginger, pepper, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and garlic. Set aside.

Combine the onion, tomato, mint, basil, cilantro, and rice powder. Set aside.

Lay a lettuce leaf or two on each of 4 plates/bowls.

Slice the meat paper thin and toss with the dressing. Toss the dressed meat with the vegetable-herb mixture.

Immediately divide the salad onto the lettuce leaves, garnish with herb sprigs, cucumber slices and serve.

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