Thai Grilled-Beef Salad

Published July 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.

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Flank steak proved to be the best cut of meat for our Thai Grilled-Beef Salad recipe. We grilled the steak over a modified two-level fire, a high-heat grilling method that charred the beef but kept the inside medium-rare. For our Thai Grilled-Beef Salad’s dressing, we used a base of fish… read more

Flank steak proved to be the best cut of meat for our Thai Grilled-Beef Salad recipe. We grilled the steak over a modified two-level fire, a high-heat grilling method that charred the beef but kept the inside medium-rare. For our Thai Grilled-Beef Salad’s dressing, we used a base of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and water, and then added a Thai chile and a mix of toasted cayenne and paprika, which added earthy, fruity red pepper flavor. We also made our own toasted rice powder, a traditional ingredient in Thai Grilled-Beef Salad recipes.

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Serves 4 to 6

Serve with steamed jasmine rice, if desired, although any style of white rice can be used. Don't skip the toasted rice: It's integral to the texture and flavor of the dish. If a fresh Thai chile is unavailable, substitute half of a serrano chile.

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