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vietnamese flank steak with asian cucumber salad

Recipe by
Vickie Parks
Renton, WA

The marinade is a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce called Nuoc Cham. It consists of mostly common pantry staples, so you'll likely only need to buy fresh limes and fresh jalapeños.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 40 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Broil

Ingredients For vietnamese flank steak with asian cucumber salad

  • 1/4 c
    fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    packed lime zest
  • 1/3 c
    fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 lg
    jalapeño pepper, deseeded and minced
  • 1 1/2 lb
    beef flank steak
  • 2 Tbsp
    sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 sm
    seedless english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch
    radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4
    scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp
    peanut oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    rice wine vinegar
  • 2 or 3 sprig
    fresh mint or cilantro, for garnish
  • cooked white rice or cooked rice noodles, for serving

How To Make vietnamese flank steak with asian cucumber salad

  • 1
    In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, lime zest, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic and jalapeño. Pour 1/2 of the mixture over the flank steak and let marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated, let meat rest on counter 15 to 20 minutes, to come to room temperature, before cooking.)
  • 2
    Pat steak dry with paper towels. Preheat broiler or outdoor grill. If grilling, grill steak on hot grill for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or done to taste. If broiling, heat a 10-inch oven-proof cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes. Add steak and sear meat in hot skillet for 2 minutes. Turn steak and transfer skillet to oven and broil for 3 minutes per side for rare (or longer for medium or well-done steak).
  • 3
    Transfer steak to cutting board, cover with foil, and let rest 10 minutes.
  • 4
    While steak is resting, prepare Cucumber Salad. Combine the cucumber, radishes, scallions, peanut oil and rice vinegar, and pour over salad. Add just enough of the marinade sauce to coat vegetables, and toss gently.
  • 5
    Thinly slice steak and arrange beef slices over cooked rice or cooked noodles. Sprinkle sesame seeds over steak slices. Top with cucumber salad, and garnish salad with fresh mint and/or cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.