Warm Flank Steak Salad with Mint and Cilantro

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:


  • 0.25 cup soy sauce
  • 0.25 cup cilantro leaves
  • 0.5 cup mint leaves
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 0.5 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 2 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 0.25 cup minced fresh lemongrass, from 2 stalks
  • 2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp roasted rice powder, optional; see Note


1. In a large glass baking dish, mix the soy sauce with the pepper and 2 tablespoons of the lemongrass. Add the flank steak and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

2. Light a grill. Grill the flank steak over moderately high heat, turning once, until charred on the outside but still pink within, about 8 minutes. Transfer the steak to a carving board and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut the steak in half lengthwise. Slice the halves across the grain 1/4 inch thick.

3. In a large wok or nonreactive skillet, combine the lime juice with the fish sauce, crushed red pepper, sugar and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemongrass. Cook over moderate heat until hot. Stir in the sliced steak along with 1 tablespoon of the marinade. Add the shallots, mint, cilantro and roasted rice powder, stirring to coat. Transfer the salad to plates and serve.