Keyword: authentic thai beef salad recipe, easy thai beef salad, easy thai beef salad recipe, nam tok beef, spicy thai beef salad nam tok
Prep Time: 5minutes
Cook Time: 15minutes
Marinating Time: 2hours
Total Time: 2hours20minutes
Author: Phasinee Doddeo
This warm Thai salad tastes great. It uses marinaded beef which is cooked to retain the juices and mingled with a slightly sweet sauce with added herbs. A truly great salad to eat on its own or as part of a bigger meal.
1tbspSpring OnionChopped including the green uppers.
A reminder to start your sticky rice soaking first thing. You can find several methods of cooking listed in the Notes below.
Marinating the Beef
Your beef should be cut into steaks about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick leaving the fat on. If there are any hardened sections of fat then trim these off minimally.
Add the sugar together with the other marinade ingredients and, using your fingers, mix them together with the beef steaks in a suitably sized bowl.The point here is to integrate the sugar with the other marinade ingredients and to gently squeeze them into the meat.
Leave to stand for about an hour to let the marinade seep into the meat fibers. You can marinate for longer in the fridge if you want but it isn't necessary. You can marinate the beef while soaking the sticky rice.
Part Cooking the Beef
After the beef has marinated, take the steaks and place in an air fryer and cook at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes until cooked rare.
If you prefer you can grill the meat or fry quickly in a skillet but the air frier uses barely any oil and cooks the meat brilliantly. If you fry or grill then ensure you cook the steaks rare!
Making the Thai Beef Salad Dressing / Finish Cooking
Let the cooked beef steaks rest a few minutes. This enhances the taste and makes the meat juicer as well as letting it cool a little before slicing.
Slice the steaks into bite-sized slices in preparation for the final cooking / warming / dressing.
Chop up the red onion, parsley and spring onions. Prepare the other dressing ingredients.
Place one portion of the steak slices together with one portion of the dressing ingredients excluding the onion and herbs in a saucepan and heat, stirring to mix well. Then add in the onion and herbs at the end and stir to coat thoroughly for a minute or two. You are not aiming to cook these but just to coat them with the sauce. I prefer to cook in small batches which makes it easier to get all the dressing around the meat.
The aim is to thoroughly coat the meat slices quickly, heat the meat through (if it got cold) and make a juicy pile of deliciously tasty meat all mixed together with the onions and herbs added at the last minute.
Easy & Authentic Thai Beef Salad Recipe or Nam Tok Nua (Quick & Unique Thai Salad)
This salad is supposed to be warm and wet - your man will love it!Some people put the beef in dressing on top of lettuce or other salad greens. I sugegst that you do not but rather serve the beef in a small pile in its juicy dressing with any other salad ingredients you want to add to one side.Serve this salad with sticky rice as they pair perfectly. Ball the rice up in your fingers and press into the juicy beef salad dressing to get all that flavor soaked up. Don't deny your mouth the taste experience it deserves!You can eat this as a small meal cum snack or as part of a bigger multi-dish meal.