Grilled Lemongrass Beef

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Grilled Lemongrass Beef

Do you remember when I mentioned that I got a side of beef? Well, I have tons and tons of beef in my freezer. What I’ve realized is that you have to sort of dig around to find creative beef recipes. Think about it. There are a zillion and one things you can do with a chicken breast, a sirloin steak…not so many. So I’ve been searching though my cookbooks especially regional and ethnic cookbooks looking to expand my horizon.

Since it was a weeknight and since quick and easy are my mantra, I looked through Quick & Easy Vietnamese: 75 Everyday Recipes. What I found was grilled lemongrass beef. It was excellent! I made the marinade in the morning and let it marinate all day.

Grilled Lemongrass Beef
Serves 4 – 6

1 pound boneless beef, such as tri-tip or sirloin
3 tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped onion or shallots
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

15 to 20 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Slice the beef thinly into strips about 2 inches long and put into a bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a mini processor or blender and blend until fairly smooth. Add a little water if necessary to move the blades. Pour the marinade over the beef and toss to coat. Set aside for 30 minutes or cover and refrigerate for up to a day.

Thread the beef on skewers. Heat your grill to high. Place the skewers on the hot grill and grill about 1 – 2 minutes per side.


This fabulous use of lemongrass will be my entry for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Anna from Anna’s Cool Finds.

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  1. says

    Yum, that looks so good. I will have to search around for some lemongrass. Maybe I will ask my favorite Thai restaurant waiter where they get theirs. They probably grow their own. Great recipe I will keep it.

  2. says

    Oh, does this look good! I’m impressed with all the thin slicing and skewering!! I just happen to have all the ingredients, too. I think fate is calling me! :-)

  3. says

    I have a butt load of beef as well and you’re right, it’s hard to think of stuff to do with it. We went in on a quarter with a friend and got, in addition to premium steaks and roasts, 38 lbs of ground! It’s the ground that’s hard to work with. I can only stand so many burgers or meatloaf. But now you’ve got me thinking maybe lemongrass meatballs??

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. says

    I love lemon grass !!! your lemongrass beef looks yummy !!! Looks like very easy to put together .. bonus !!! I will definately give this a try

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