Nam tok beef is perfect when you're craving a plate of authentic Thai grilled beef salad. The tender, juicy grilled steak is tossed with fresh herbs and a sour, spicy dressing. This recipe is perfect for a quick dinner or lunch with sticky rice and fresh vegetables.
Nam tok beef is a classic Thai salad with grilled strips of marinated beef, tossed with a tangy, spicy dressing and fresh herbs. Often paired with sticky rice, this grilled meat salad originated in Isan, the Northeast of Thailand.
Also known as nam tok neua or nam tok nua, this spicy Thai beef salad is full of bold, authentic flavors. The steak is grilled over charcoal or in a grilling pan, infusing it with a smoky flavor.
Most salads are made of vegetables, but this one puts tender, thinly sliced steak in the spotlight. With Thai seasonings, spicy chilies, and fresh herbs, this dish is perfect on its own, but pairs perfect with other Thai food too.
Whether you're serving it up for a quick dinner or with other side-dishes, this nam tok recipe won't disappoint.
Nam tok originates from Isan, where I spent my early years and current time.
In Isan, we eat sticky rice with just about anything. And forget about forks and spoons, go traditional and use your hands!
Roll up a ball of sticky rice, dip it into the sweet-sour-spicy dressing, and grab a slice of that juicy, tender beef.
Sharing food with people is so important in Isan culture, and this nam tok beef recipe embraces that tradition.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
Most ingredients can be found at Asian markets or Asian grocery stores.
Nam tok goes with lots of Thai dishes.
In Isan, Thai people commonly eat their meals with lots of crunchy, fresh vegetables. This is also the case when we're having neua nam tok. Here are some suggestions:
Nam tok salad leftovers can be stored in your refrigerator, sealed or in an airtight container, for up to 2 days.
Toasted rice powder acts as a thickener when mixed with other ingredients. It also soaks up flavors from the other ingredients, so I suggest eating this salad in one go.
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Enjoy tangy, tender, and spicy flavors with this nam tok beef, the best Isan dish for a quick and easy dinner.
1: Begin by pounding the garlic using a mortar and pestle.
2: Combine the garlic, flavor seasoning, oyster sauce, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir the ingredients together until the sugar is fully dissolved in the mixture.
3: Add the beef to the bowl, thoroughly coat it with the marinade sauce.
4: Marinate overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours.
1: Grill the meat on one side for approx 5–10 minutes, then turn the meat and grill the other side.
2: After grilling, cut the meat. Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes and cut it into thin slices against the grain.
1: Mix the dressing. Mix fish sauce, fresh lime juice, chili flakes, and toasted rice powder.
2: Add sliced beef. Thoroughly combine it with the other ingredients.
3: Add the remaining herbs and spices.
4: Gently mix. Make sure to keep the herbs and spices intact. Serve immediately.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.