Medium Rare Thai-Style Spicy Beef Salad

For anybody lucky enough to have traveled to Thailand and eaten the classic medium rare Thai-style salad with spicy beef, there’s a good chance you instantly fell in love with the dish. You’ll find this popular Thai dish cooked in restaurants around the world and now you can cook it at home yourself. This is a salad that has a little bit of everything and is big on flavours.

This is the latest in our series of tasty recipes  that are simple for even the home cook to prepare. They are all super tasty, and can be made by people of any cooking ability.

There are quite a few ingredients in this recipe, but they all play a key role and balance the dish out delightfully. You can play around with the spiciness and seasonings as you see fit.

Classic Medium Rare Thai-Style Salad: Ingredients

  • Spring onions (green onions)
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Coriander
  • Mint
  • Cucumber
  • Beef (Rib, striploin or fillet)
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Limes
  • Red Chillies
  • Brown sugar

Make the dressing first, by mixing the brown sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce together with the juice of the lime.

Add in the chopped chillies (seeds and all for an extra kick!).

Chop up the green onions (add them the the dressing as well).

With the dressing made, prep the salad ingredients. Pick the mint and coriander leaves and wash and dry. Slice the cucumber and red onions up as thin as you can. Quarter the tomatoes and remove the cores.

Combine all the ingredients in a a large bowl before you get into the process of cooking the steak.

Season the steak with salt and pepper and rub with some oil. Allow it to come to room temperature.

Rare Thai Style Salad steak

Heat a large griddle pan to the highest possible temperature. Place the steak into the pan and do not touch it. There is no need to move it around. Simply cook it for about 2 minutes on each side.

Rare Thai Style Salad Thaland

Remove the steak from the heat and let it rest for a good five minutes. This is a crucial stage. This is how the meat will become super tender. The salad is best enjoyed with medium rare beef but if you prefer it a little less bloody, cook for a bit longer.

Rare Thai Style Salad

Add the dressing to the salad and toss everything together. It is a real explosion of flavours.

Rare Thai Style Salad recipe

The rare Thai-style salad really is a classic dish that highlights all the best flavours from around Thailand.

Rare Thai Style Salad

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Niall Harbison
Niall Harbison

Niall is an international entrepreneur who has worked within the tourism and hospitality industries for more than 20 years. He started his career in the kitchen, with a 10-year stint as a private yacht chef cooking for billionaires, including a position as Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen's personal chef. Niall then moved into the digital media world to become a founder of several lifestyle publications. He continues to write about his core passion: food.

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