Tender Thai spiced beef, cooked on the grill until smoky, juicy and pack with flavor. The Thai marinade makes the steak a little sweet and a little spicy, perfect for the outdoor grill. These Fragrant Thai Beef Skewers with Hot & Sour Dressing are a great summer recipe and one you’ll come back to again and again.
The sun had long since set in a riot of oranges and reds, but the evening was balmy and filled with the sweet fragrance of summer flowers and the bitter sweet scent of the open grill. All across the patio your family are grouped, chatting, laughing and just being together in a way only family can. Relaxing back on the brightly coloured bean bags that are scattered like confetti, decorating the new outdoor space.
Your heart smiles, after 3 long years and a lot of hard work, you are finally home. You feel the warmth of contentment and a realisation that life doesn’t get better than family, friends and food.
As another beer is opened the Thai beef skewers hit the grill and you are instantly transported back to the streets of Phuket, smoky streets filled with food carts as tuk-tuks flying past. Oh Thailand with the amazing food and beautiful scenery; your wanderlust starts to take hold but as your mouth starts to water and you look around you decide that in this moment there is nowhere in the world you would rather be.
Top tips for using skirt steak
How to cut skirt steak
Skirt steak is a wonderful cut of beef. If prepared correctly it can be super tender. Like all beef you are best to cut it across the grain.
Skirt steak comes as a very long piece so I find it best to cut it into 4 chunks and then cut the chunks across the grain.
This ensures that you cut through the fibres so each mouthful is melt in the mouth tender.
How to cook skirt steak
Skirt steak doesn’t need long to cook, it is best to cook it hot and fast. Get the grill seriously hot and flash the beef skewers on there. They will take 2 minutes max to cook.
How to make a Hot and Sour Thai Dipping Sauce
To make the hot and sour sauce you will need plenty of lime juice. Please use fresh limes, the difference is amazing and your dipping sauce will taste fresher and just fabulous.
Thai dipping sauces are often sweet and spicy, but I do love the sour element in this dipping sauce, something magical happens when the sour dipping sauce mixes with the smoky charred beef. Citrus, salt and sugar, three big flavor enhancers all combined into one ‘pack a punch’ dipping sauce. I could drink this…..don’t ask how I know this 😉
If you don’t want to make the dipping sauce or aren’t a fan of the sour nature, then use a sweet thai chilli sauce. It won’t be the same but it will still be good!
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Fragrant Thai Beef Skewers with Hot & Sour Dressing
For the marinade:
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 4 garlic cloves - minced
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sririacha
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
For the skewers:
- 1 1/2 lb skirt steak/flank steak
- 18 each bamboo skewers - soaked in water for 30 minutes
For the dipping sauce:
- 3 limes - juiced
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cloves garlic - crushed
- 3 finely chopped thai bird chilies - add more or less to taste
For the steak:
- Place the marinade ingredients in the food processor and whizz until you have a chunky paste.
- Cut the steak into 1 inch strips
- Mix the steak and the marinade together and place in the fridge for 4 hours.
- When you are ready to cook get the grill super hot and whilst it is heating up thread a strip of beef onto each bamboo skewers.
- Grill the beef skewers over a high heat for 1 minute on each side. Serve with the dipping sauce.
For the dipping sauce:
- Mix all the ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved.
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