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Overhead view of several lemongrass beef skewers on a metal serving dish.

Lemongrass Beef Skewers

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

These skewers of tender lemongrass beef get a punch of flavor from lemongrass, cilantro, fish sauce, and oyster sauce, and need only 15 minutes to marinate.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves (about 1 large bunch)
  • 1/2 cup beer (use a beer you would be interested in drinking – I use Modelo)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Neutral flavored oil (such as grapeseed or canola), for grilling
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prep: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while preparing the steak and marinade (see Notes).
  2. Slice steak: Slice the flank steak across the grain on a bias into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Set aside.
  3. Make marinade: Stir together cilantro leaves and stems, beer, garlic, oyster sauce, sugar, fish sauce, lemongrass, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add steak, toss to coat. Marinate steak at room temperature for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  4. Skewer steak: Remove steak from marinade, and weave onto skewers, folding back and forth, accordion-style. 
  5. Grill: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush skewers lightly with oil. Grill steak, uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred and cooked to desired degree of doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium. Garnish with scallions, if desired.

Notes

  • I have found that wide flat skewers work better then the typical thin, round ones. The wider surface area grips food better making it easier to flip the skewers over.  
  • Skewered steak can be covered and chilled for up to 4 hours before grilling.
  • Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, July 2020.

Keywords: lemongrass beef, beef skewers, lemongrass recipes

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