Friday, January 25, 2008

A Great Technique for Cooking Steak and Delicious Thai Beef Salad

Laura and I are always looking for Meals to Depend On - tasty meals we can make with not too much effort on a weeknight that are healthy and full of flavour. This lovely Thai Beef Salad is definitely one we will be adding to our list.

We have made this salad before but the beef is never quite right, I usually overcook it via a stove-top pan-fry method.

This time, I decided I would try a new technique for cooking the steak (the worst that could happen would be overcooking again). I believe this is the restaurant method for cooking steaks: Pan Broiling. It was brilliant. A flavourful crisp on the outside, a delicious pink on the inside. No more overcooked steak for us.

Try this as home as soon as possible!

This salad is delicious and light. The beef was juicy and savory, the greens and herbs were fresh and flavourful, the dressing deep and spicy. Mmm Mmm Mmm!

Thai Beef Salad Recipe (with Pan Broiled Steak)

Steaks - we bought 3/4 inch thick grilling steaks from the supermarket

1. Preheat broiler and pan for broiling with the rack 4-5 inches from broiler. We used an oven-safe frying pan.

2. Brush with a little olive oil then salt and pepper both sides of the steak.

3. Place steaks in preheated pan and place under broiler. For our 3/4 inch thick steaks, 8-9 minutes were required for medium-rare doneness. Our steak were direct from the fridge but note if using beef at room temperature, it will cook a few minutes faster. While waiting, mix salad and make dressing (as listed below)

4. Turn steaks once just past half way through (~5min in).

5. Take steaks from oven when time is up and rest the meat for 5 minutes

6. Cut juicy thin pink slices to crown the salad.

Salad - mix in a bowl
2 small red onions, thinly sliced
10 kaffir lime leaves, shredded ( we soaked some dried ones and just used some of the soaking water instead)
3 large mild chilis, shredded with seeds removed
2/3 c cilantro leaves, chopped
2/3 c mint leaves, chopped
2/3 c basil leaves, chopped

Dressing - mix together
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp brown or palm sugar

1 comment:

Tessa said...

Thanks for this recipe Michelle - it was perfect! I am just learning how to cook meet and this broiling method was so good and easy!